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Critics’ Picks, Nov. 19-25 

Concerts by King Diamond, Kate Voegele, Summit Station and KRS-One and Rakim

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Daniel Snoke is not the first musician to find inspiration in the works of Alfred Lord Tennyson — British composer Edward Elgar, for one, set parts of “The Lotos-Eaters” to music in the early 1900s. But Snoke, a Pittsburgh native, might be the first to build a rock band around the poet. Employing delicate vocal harmonies and dramatic instrumentation, that band, Summit Station, falls somewhere between the baroque pop of Andrew Bird and neo-Americana bands like The Lone Bellow. Tonight, Summit Station will release its debut record, Memoriam, at 21st Street Coffee and Tea. The first 25 people will get a free drink voucher, so show up on time. Margaret Welsh 7:30 p.m. 2002 Smallman St., Strip District. $5. 412-281-0809 or

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[HIP HOP] + SAT., NOV. 21

Two legends of hip hop, KRS-One and Rakim, perform tonight at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum as part of THAT’S HIP HOP!, a production hosted by Paradise Gray. KRS-One is a politically minded rapper from the Bronx who was a founding member of Boogie Down Productions, a group that laid the groundwork for East Coast rap in the late 1980s. Rakim was half of the golden-age hip-hop duo Eric B. and Rakim, whose 1987 album Paid in Full is regarded as one of the best hip-hop albums of all time. These legendary MCs will perform along with DJ JS-1, DJ Nick Nice, Apocalypse, Demorne Warren, G. Huff and others. Andrew Woehrel 7 p.m. 7310 Frankstown Ave., Homewood. $30-60. 570-580-0961

[METAL] + MON., NOV. 23

Kim Bendix Petersen, better known as King Diamond, returns to Pittsburgh tonight, with support from Electric Citizen, at Stage AE. The former lead singer of Danish heavy-metal band Mercyful Fate, Diamond has been performing with his own band since 1985. Known for his distinctive falsetto and ghoulish facepaint, Diamond is one of the most respected vocalists in heavy metal. Though Diamond’s work in Mercyful Fate was a direct influence on ’90s Scandinavian black metal, his eponymous band’s almost glam-rock pomp, theatricality and sense of humor set it apart from black metal’s hissing harshness. AW 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $27. 412-229-5483 or

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[POP ROCK] + SAT., NOV. 21

Although she’s only 28, Cleveland-born singer/songwriter Kate Voegele has been performing and recording since she was 16. After releasing several albums on various labels, she recently took matters into her own hands by self-releasing her latest EP, Wild Card. Voegele has been steadily growing her fan base since performances at Farm Aid in Seattle, as part of the Women in Rock set at South by Southwest, and with a reoccurring role on teen drama One Tree Hill, in 2008. Lately, however, she’s been releasing more mature, edgy pop-rock music. Voegele performs tonight at Club Café with special guest Leslie DiNicola. Troy Michael 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12. 412-431-4950 or


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