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Critics’ Picks, Nov. 3-9

Performances by S U R V I V E, Lady Beast and Loreena McKennitt, plus Brewtal Beer Fest and the Up and Comin’ showcase

click to enlarge Lights La Soul - PHOTO COURTESY OF KATHLEEN KERSNICK
Photo courtesy of Kathleen Kersnick
Lights La Soul
Ace Hotel and Martin Guitar have joined forces with The Good Peoples Group to award small grants to promising local artists. Tonight, Ace hosts Up and Comin’, showcasing the artists who have been awarded grants. The event will be emceed by 17-year-old, earworm-writing rapper Bird; other featured artists include DJs ONDO / GUSTO of MISC Records, art-rock quartet Working Breed, trap-heavy Jason Stabbs and decadent hip-hop artist Tek Bennet. Lights La Soul will perform smooth R&B-fused rap, while Moonspeaker brings the festival-ready pop folk. Meg Fair 5 p.m. 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. Free. All ages. 412-361-3300 or


Shave your head. Gain telekinetic powers. Ready your bikes. The Moog-manipulatin’, atmosphere-creatin’ geniuses behind the Stranger Things soundtrack are coming down from outer space to tantalize showgoers at Spirit. S U R V I V E’s latest record, RR3749, is a masterpiece of electronic tunes designed to transport you to another dimension (thought one that is much less horrifying than the Upside Down). Opening this gig is Pittsburgh’s own Moog wizard, Majeure. MF 10:30 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $13-15 412-586-4441 or

click to enlarge Loreena McKennitt - PHOTO COURTESY OF ANN E. CUTTING
Photo courtesy of Ann E. Cutting
Loreena McKennitt
In 1985, multi-instrumentalist Loreena McKennitt started her own label so she could make a cassette to sell while she was busking. Since then, her records — which draw together Celtic and Middle Eastern musical themes — have sold more than 14 million copies world-wide. Tonight, the Stratford, Ontario-based artist performs at the Byham Theater with two longtime collaborators. “It’s a bit … like sitting down for dinner with friends,” McKennitt says of the tour, so expect an intimate evening of stories and songs from throughout her career. (Read more from our Q&A with McKennitt at Margaret Welsh 8 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $49.75-79.75. All ages. 412-456-6666 or

Lady Beast is a behemoth of heavy-metal attitude and mind-melting riffage. Previous releases Lady Beast and Lady Beast II blister with crunchy guitars, luring vocals and relentless energy. Both were warm-ups for the release of its third album, which the Pittsburgh-based band celebrates tonight at Brillobox. As for the openers, metal vikings Del Rios will bring the river metal slaughter, and Peace Talks defies definition outside of the fact that it brings some delightfully unpredictable, spastic punk rock to the gig. MF 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-621-4900 or


Some fast facts about tonight’s Brewtal Beer Fest at Spirit. It’s a beer fest, but also a metal fest, where local heavy bands pair with local breweries. Vermithrax teamed up with Spoonwood Brewing, Greywalker with Penn Brewery, World’s Scariest Police Chases with Rock Bottom and Natural Causes with East End Brewing Company. The winner of the best brewery/band collaboration receives a WWE-style championship belt bearing the insignia of the brewery, so it’s kind of a big deal. It’s also a music fest featuring all the aforementioned artists as well as headliner Child Bite and RPG metal act Dethlehem. MF 4 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $36-55 412-586-4441 or

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