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Critics' Picks: Oct. 2 - 8

Local shows by Peter Case, Norah Jones's Puss n Boots, Pujol and Porter Robinson

[ROCK] + THU., OCT. 2

Not many have the bona fides of Peter Case: In the music craft for 40 years now, he's been a rocker (in bands like The Nerves, with Paul Collins, and The Plimsouls) and a solo singer-songwriter. At age 60, he still tours regularly, despite having had heart surgery five years ago. The songwriter's songwriter won't slow down, and he appears tonight at Club Café for his first Pittsburgh appearance in a couple of years; locals The Damaged Pies open. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $15. 412-431-4950 or

click to enlarge Norah Jones, Puss n Boots
Photo courtesy of Richard Ballard


Norah Jones.

Great; now that we have your attention, take a closer look at Puss n Boots, a side project of Jones', with Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper (once of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals). Though established in 2008, it wasn't until 2013 that the trio signed with Blue Note and then, another year later, released its first album, No Fools, No Fun. The influence of Jones on this album is strong, but don't go expecting to hear "Sunrise" — you're in for a lot more than that. Catch them at Mr. Small's tonight to witness an installment of their first official tour. Samantha Ward 7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $25. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

[PUNK] + SUN., OCT. 5

While Daniel Pujol — who simply calls his band Pujol — released his second full-length on Saddle Creek, Kludge, this year, he couldn't help but revisit his last album too. The result: a full-length reboot of United States of Being called Re-United States of Being, issued by Saddle Creek for Cassette Store Day. Some of the songs have traveled through several phases — like "Black Rabbit," released as a demo years ago, recorded with Jack White for a single on Third Man, re-recorded for USB and now re-re-recorded for RUSB. Who said garage-punkers weren't perfectionists? Tonight, he finally brings his renowned live show to Pittsburgh, after a few false starts and cancellations over the years; the band plays The Mr. Roboto Project along with longtime favorite Screaming Females, from New Jersey. Locals Preppers open. AM 7 p.m. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $8. All ages.


Porter Robinson began producing music at the age of 12, inspired by video-gaming music like that from Dance Dance Revolution, and reached international success by the time he was 18. Now, at 22, he has released his first full-length album, Worlds, via Astralwerks. Even if the name is unfamiliar, you know his music: He coproduced Zedd's hit, "Clarity," and has worked with the likes of Avicii, Deadmau5 and Lady Gaga. Come to Stage AE tonight to check him out with openers Giraffage and Lemaitre and try not to feel too poorly about how far you had come by age 22. SW 8 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $25. All ages. 412-229-5483 or

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