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Critics' Picks: Nov. 20-26

Local shows by Dinner and a Suit, The Apache Relay and Mike Doughty, plus album releases from rapper Amuck and cabaret singer Daphne Alderson


Nashville-based quintet Dinner and a Suit got its name from the family history of band members (and cousins) Jonathan Capeci and Joey Berette. The tale goes that their great-grandmother was a seamstress who collected and repaired discarded suits from the factory that she worked at; she made it a common practice to invite people who were in need over to her house during the Depression and offer them dinner and a suit. The group released its latest EP, Stay, on Oct. 7, and is visiting the Altar Bar tonight with Milly, Instead of Sleeping and The Velcro Shoes. Samantha Ward 7:30 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $10-12. 412-206-9719 or

[HIP HOP] + SAT., NOV. 22

Amuck has been around long enough now to be a well-known player on the local alt-hip-hop scene. The rapper and member of Plutocrat Noose (along with a couple other local MCs) has a new EP to release tonight; Detonate makes its debut with a show at the Smiling Moose. Also on the bill: Overdost, Barz Blackman, Lazy JP, Connect and DJ Blacklisted. Andy Mulkerin 9:30 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $8-10. 412-431-4668 or

click to enlarge The Apache Relay, at Club Cafe
Photo courtesy of Melissa Madison Fuller


Nashville's The Apache Relay has some of the trappings of the recent crop of "Americana" indie-rock bands, but fills out with an old-soul vibe and talent for classic songcraft that puts the band a notch above most. While it's not the band's first, its latest album is self-titled, perhaps signaling a new start — and an upping of the ante — for the six-piece. The band brings its impressive live show to Club Café tonight. Good Thing opens. AM 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $13. 412-431-4950 or

click to enlarge Daphne Alderson, at Christine Frechard Gallery
Photo courtesy of Thurner Photography


Daphne Alderson is certainly unique, locally if not everywhere. The opera singer and teacher has chosen in recent years to pursue cabaret-style singing more than opera, and her latest album, Joan of Arc, is all covers of songs popularized by two artists: Edith Piaf and Leonard Cohen. She certainly adds a dimension to the Cohen tunes (many liberally covered already), given the original author's famously non-operatic voice; the Piaf work is often haunting and beautiful. The animated performer celebrates her CD release this evening, along with some talented local backup musicians, at Christine Frechard Gallery. AM 5 p.m. 5871 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. $10. All ages. 412-421-8888 or

[ALT ROCK] + MON., NOV. 24

Mike Doughty may be best known for his role at the helm of the '90s alt-rock band Soul Coughing. When Doughty split the group in 2000 amidst a battle with addiction, he began a three-year tour toting his solo album, Skittish, eventually selling 20,000 copies at shows. Since then, the self-made artist has released a memoir, a book of poetry, six solo albums, a few EPs, a couple of live albums, a covers album and an album of remixed Soul Coughing songs. You can see him tonight at what's sure to be a packed show at Club Café. SW 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $18. 412-431-4950 or

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