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Critics' Picks: Nov. 6-13

Local shows by G-Eazy, The Barr Brothers and Bear Hands, plus a new Internet radio station launches, and an old goth night has a reunion at Cattivo

[HIP HOP] + THU., NOV. 6

The radio's not what it used to be, but some folks are finding creative ways to keep the spirit of the old airwaves alive: Take, for example, PR7X. The "pirate radio" Internet service (at, kicking off in grand style with a live broadcast from Howlers tonight, features hip hop and R&B, and some notable personalities, including program director DJ Nuke Knocka and DJ Dan Dabber. The live show tonight also includes live performances from Hubbs, Shad Ali, Soul Dean, MaVe Sami and the Get Down Gang. Rob Chilldren and Nuke Knocka head up the DJ crew for the night. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $7. 412-682-0320 or

click to enlarge Ceremony, a weekly DJ night, reunion
Photo courtesy of Russ Waspe


Goths of a certain age around here remember with fondness Ceremony, a weekly DJ night — first at Club Laga, then for a time at the old Pegasus club Downtown. Founded in 1997 by a group of then-college-radio DJs, Ceremony withstood the test of time, supplying goth and industrial every week until it wrapped up in 2008. Tonight at Cattivo, witness a one-night-only reunion of the old bunch: Eight former Ceremony DJs take over, and it's bound to be crowded. Also included: local vendors, with products including jewelry, body art and more. AM 8 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $7-8. 412-687-2157 or

[HIP HOP] + TUE., NOV. 11

Clean-cut and cute but insistent on casting himself as the rebellious youth, Bay Area rapper G-Eazy has established a profile as an up-and-coming performer popular with the college set. His songs are largely about seducing you or your girlfriend/wife/daughter, overcoming the odds and generally enjoying life. Who can argue with that, really? He comes to Xtaza Nightclub tonight with some other California hip-hop acts: E-40, IAMSU! and Jay Ant. AM 6 p.m. 1620 Smallman St., Strip District. $22-25. All ages. 412-720-1396 or


The Barr Brothers began a career in Boston, playing as an improv-based trio called The Slip. It wasn't until the three musicians (two of whom are actual brothers named Barr) moved to Montreal and heard their neighbor, Sarah Page, playing harp through the walls of their apartment that the band was formed. The group released its self-titled EP, Beggar in the Morning, in 2011, to critical acclaim for its powerful folk melodies. Now, the band is back with Sleeping Operator, an album that welcomes a wider variety of instrumentation.  Tonight, The Barr Brothers play The Andy Warhol Museum. Samantha Ward 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $12-15. All ages. 412-237-8300 or

click to enlarge BearHands at Cattivo
Photo courtesy of Nina Westervelt


Bear Hands was born from this distress: Fueled by a tumultuous time in his love life, Dylan Rau called in friend Ted Feldman and Brooklyn musicians Val Loper and T.J. Orscher to put together 2007's Golden EP; since then the band has toured with Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit and MGMT, and released two full-lengths, Burning Bush Supper Club, in 2010, and Distraction, in 2014. Catch Bear Hands at an intimate show at Cattivo tonight with Junior Prom and Total Slacker. SW 7 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $12-14. All ages. 412-687-2157 or