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Critics' Picks: November 28 - December 4

Local shows by Conditions, Rachael Yamagata, Aaron Dilloway and Jane Siberry, plus a benefit show headed up by Phat Man Dee

[ROCK] + THU., NOV. 29

For a band that lists Chipotle, beer and butt-rock as a few of its interests, Conditions isn't to be taken lightly. The four-piece has been refining its pop-infused, solid-rock sound since 2006, showcasing soaring vocals and refreshingly optimistic lyrics. Since dropping a self-titled EP last year, Conditions has been busy touring and hitting the studio to record the follow-up to 2010's Fluorescent Youth, which will be partially funded by donations from the band's loyal fan base. Catch them tonight at the Smiling Moose; Red Hands and Crash City open. Amanda Wishner 6:30 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $12-14. 412-431-4668 or


Rachael Yamagata is a hot commodity. The singer/songwriter has lent her sultry, bluesy vocals to countless television shows and films, and collaborated with big names like Bright Eyes and Jason Mraz; she's even played for President Obama. Earlier this month, Yamagata set out to tour North America in support of her recently released Heavyweight EP. She comes to Mr. Small's tonight with Ed Romanoff. It's a reduced-capacity event with partial seating, keeping true to the singer's promise of an intimate show. AW 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $20. 412-821-4447 or


Few experimental outfits have the name recognition of Wolf Eyes; the group has spent over a decade now at the forefront of wildly polarizing noise. Tonight, former member Aaron Dilloway and band founder Nate Young both appear solo at The Shop, with Young performing under the name Regression. Rounding out the bill: local notorious noise purveyors Cock Scene Investigator (that's Edgar Um, Trogpite's Nick Painter and Macronympha's Joe Roemer) and Dynamo Sound Collective founder Ryan Emmett. Andy Mulkerin 8 p.m. 4314 Main St., Bloomfield. $8. All ages. 412-951-0622 


Over the years, Vincent Eirene has often been the organizer of benefit concerts around town. (His most lasting, and noted, is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day show each year at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.) But the noted North Side activist, organizer and rabble-rouser is the beneficiary of tonight's show at Shadow Lounge. It's organized by the inimitable Phat Man Dee, who notes that Eirene, after years of operating a homeless shelter, is "teetering on the brink of homelessness himself." Proceeds from tonight help get him and his Duncan and Porter House of Hospitality back on track; besides Phat Man Dee, performers include: Miguel Sague Jr. and Miguel Sague III, Olivia Kissel and Crystal Hoffman. AM 9 p.m. 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. $10 suggested donation. 18 and over. 412-363-8277 or

[ART-POP] + THU., DEC. 6

Jane Siberry, who hails from Toronto, gained traction as a musician in the late '70s and early '80s as a contemporary of Kate Bush. In some ways, the two are comparable: Siberry fused traditional singer-songwriter fare with new-wave weirdness, gaining commercial success in Canada, but only modest renown in the U.S. She's maintained a lively career since, releasing albums and writing poetry, and for a few years there, changing her name to Issa. She's Jane again, and playing an intimate show with local folklorist Ellen Gozion tonight at the Friends Meeting House. AM 7:30 p.m. 4836 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. $35-45. All ages. 412-725-0044 or

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