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Critics’ Picks, Nov. 26-Dec. 2 

Concerts by Campfire Cassettes, Doomtree, Troxum and Iron Butterfly


“Folk punk,” as a genre, is considered a dirty word by some listeners: The name can bring to mind stereotypes of over privileged, under-washed teens in bandanas, singing of naive politics and fabricated tales of train-hopping. These genre indicators are, thankfully, largely absent in the work of Los Angeles’ Campfire Cassettes, who still identify as folk punk, despite sounding more akin to alt-country. The competent guitar-playing and sweet harmonies are a welcome change from much of folk punk’s willful amateurism and often atonal vocals. Joining the band on percussion for its 2015 tour is Pittsburgh’s own Dane Adelman. You can see Campfire Cassettes, along with Giling, and Adelman’s project The Lampshades, tonight at Spirit. Andrew Woehrl 9 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-586-4441 or

click to enlarge Doomtree - PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY LOVERUD
  • Photo courtesy of Kelly Loverud
  • Doomtree

[HIP HOP] + TUE., DEC. 1

With a name like Doomtree, one might expect yet another retro psychedelic stoner-rock-revival band. In fact, Doomtree is a hip-hop collective, based in Minneapolis, which features notable solo artists P.O.S. and Dessa in its lineup. Known for combining rock-style electronics with complex rhymes, Doomtree has become a leader in the Twin Cities indie hip-hop scene. The seven-member group recently gained attention for its online pop-culture trivia game, “Pop Quiz, Hot Shot” which can earn participants Doomtree merchandise and a chance to meet the artists. You can see Doomtree tonight at Altar Bar, with support from Mixed Blood Majority and Bleubird. AW 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $18. 412-206-9719 or

click to enlarge Troxum - PHOTO COURTESY OF GREGORY NEISER
  • Photo courtesy of Gregory Neiser
  • Troxum


Electronic music isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve prematurely dismissed the genre as cold and soulless, Troxum may serve as an ambassador. Tonight, the Pittsburgh-based artist hosts a release show at Spirit for his debut full-length, Gaia Lesson. It’s a record, he writes in the press release, that “could be the soundtrack to a planet’s demise or its renewal.” Either way, it’s a vibrant, glitchy, psychedelic and strangely earthy auditory experience, reminiscent of the synth-based space music of Berlin School artists like Tangerine Dream. He’ll be joined by Albuquerque’s REIGHNBEAU and locals Slowdanger and Good Dude Lojack. Margaret Welsh 9 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-586-4441 or 

[ROCK] + WED., DEC. 2

Known for the psychedelic rock hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” — so named because frontman Doug Ingle was allegedly too drunk to properly pronounce “In The Garden of Eden” — Iron Butterfly is playing tonight at the Altar Bar, with Hepcat Dilemma and The Even Three. Thanks to constant play on classic-rock stations, a memorable appearance on The Simpsons (“rock and/or roll”), and the fact that it will forever echo out of Guitar Center amplifiers, that 17-minute riff-rock epic is burned into the minds of ’60s rock heads, as well as blossoming teenage guitarists the world over. You’ll be sure to hear it tonight (complete with extended guitar, organ and drum solos), as well as Iron Butterfly’s deep cuts for the real fans. AW 6:30 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $23-25. 412-206-9719 or


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