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Critics' Picks: November 14 - 20

Local shows by Gilberto Gil, Bayside, Lights, Tom Russell and Rusted Root

Photo courtesy of Marcos Hermes
Photo courtesy of Marcos Hermes


Gilberto Gil is a legend of Brazilian music: In the '60s, he was an innovator of tropicalia music, playing with Caetano Veloso and Os Mutantes. For a time, he was imprisoned by Brazil's military dictatorship, but years later, in the '00s, he'd serve in the Brazilian government, under President Lula da Silva. Tonight, the 70-year-old Gil makes a rare Pittsburgh appearance; for lovers of Brazilian music, it's the equivalent of seeing Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones live. Andy Mulkerin 7:30 p.m. Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $30-53. All ages. 412-456-6666 or

[ALT-ROCK] + THU., NOV. 15

There are certain bands that take you back to the emo glory days of the 2000s. Bayside will forever be one of them. The band has come a long way from penning tunes about self-mutilation and self-medicating. After a three-year hiatus, Bayside released its latest album, Killing Time, in 2011, which has been called its most mature and well-rounded release to date, even with the same catchy, clever hooks, simple chords and Anthony Raneri's nostalgia-invoking voice. Catch them tonight at Altar Bar; The Composure and Trophies open. Amanda Wishner 7:30 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $16. All ages. 412-206-9719 or


Valerie Anne Poxleitner legally changed her name to Lights at the age of 18. Since then, the Canadian singer/songwriter has been making spacey synth-pop and lending her unique voice to tracks by prominent bands like Bring Me the Horizon, Silverstein and Owl City as a guest vocalist. Following her second full-length effort, Siberia, last year, Lights has been recording an acoustic version of the heavily dubstep-influenced album, set for release in late 2012 or early next year. See her tonight at the Mr. Small's with The Arkells. AW 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $15. 412-821-4447 or


Tom Russell has a wide appeal: His music, from the outset, is classic, salt-of-the-earth country. But his background and interests — the Beat poets, the '50s and '60s counterculture — indicates that he's more than just another country singer. The storytelling lyricist has had his share of career twists and turns, but he remains relevant; his most recent, Mesabi, came out last year, along with a DVD, Don't Look Down: The Tom Russell Movie. He plays as part of the Calliope series tonight at the Roots Cellar, at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. AM 7:30 p.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. $28. All ages. 412-361-1915 or 


The dream of the '90s is alive on Rusted Root's latest, The Movement. The longtime Pittsburgh jam band of course had a hit in 1995 with "Send Me on My Way" (which lives on in a car-rental commercial), and despite not reaching that level of success again since, has persisted, and maybe even seen a bit of a resurgence lately, appearing at this year's CMJ festival. The Movement features more of the Root's signature world-music-flavored rock with Michael Glabicki's unique vocal stylings overlaid. Tonight, the band plays on the Gateway Clipper's Majestic. Gypsy & His Band of Ghosts and Lucy Stone open. AM 7 p.m. 350 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $26.25. 412-355-7980 or

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