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Critics’ Picks, Oct. 27-Nov. 2

Performances by All Get Out, The 1975, Danny Brown, plus some Halloween happenings

click to enlarge Artists performing at the Overboard Halloween Party - PHOTO COURTESY OF TATIONNA SMALLEY
Photo courtesy of Tationna Smalley
Artists performing at the Overboard Halloween Party
[HIP HOP] + FRI., OCT. 28
Local hip-hop collective #PirateGang is taking over The Smiling Moose for the Overboard Halloween Party. PirateGang is an acronym for “People Inspiring Real Aspirations To Experience Greatness Approaching Newer Generations,” and its mission is to celebrate and create art in the 412. In addition to vendors and raffles, the party will showcase some of Pittsburgh’s up-and-coming hip-hop artists. SpaceJam Jiff, of Braddock, brings backpack trap to the table with tracks like “Oh It’s Lit,” while Sosa412 takes a soulful approach to rap. Grimey Click inspires with a big style and smooth flow, and the pop hooks shine through with alternative rapper Jesse Ricketts of Common Wealth Family. GENO & the Scholars round out the lineup. Meg Fair 10 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $10-12, $8 with costume, $5 if you’re dressed as a pirate. 412-431-4668 or

Halloween cover shows are one of the best parts of the holiday. When local bands get to emulate their personal heroes, and audiences get to squint and pretend to watch their favorite long-disbanded acts, everybody wins. Tonight, take in an evening of re-animated punk, with Choir as the Stooges, the Bloated Sluts as Siouxsie and The Banshees, and Submachine as the Deformed. DJ Erica Scary provides additional spooky tunes, and all proceeds go to the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Margaret Welsh 7 p.m. The Shop. 4314 Main St., Bloomfield. $5. 412-951-0622

[POP] + MON., OCT. 31, and TUE., NOV. 1
The magic of The 1975 is its ability to mix the swagger and style of artists like Prince, Phil Collins and even Nine Inch Nails into a cohesive package with undeniable crossover appeal. Frontman/dreamboat Matty Healy’s slightly gritty vocals, along with the group’s fresh take on electro-pop, has spurred the kind of fan fervor often reserved for boy bands. The 1975 experiments with pop formulas, hiding sultry themes under a deceptively saccharine sound. It’s this magic formula that allows you to listen to the band while in the car with your mom. The band will spend not one, but two nights breaking hearts at Stage AE. MF 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. Sold out. All ages. 412-229-5483 or

click to enlarge Microwave - PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMERON FLAISCH
Photo courtesy of Cameron Flaisch
[ROCK] + TUE., NOV. 1
North Carolina-based All Get Out is a band that perfectly blends the intensity of Brand New with the melodic sensibility of Bad Books, walking a tightrope between alternative rock and pop punk. Unique vocals and warm guitar tone join forces to create an emotive powerhouse, especially on newer tracks like “Get My Cut.” Joining All Get Out tonight at Cattivo is Gates, from New Brunswick — a mathy and atmospheric rock outfit — and Atlanta’s Microwave, a grungy, darker alt-rock endeavor. Locals Instead of Sleeping’s radio-ready pop rock lightens the tone of the gig. MF 5:30 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $12. All ages. 412-687-2157 or

[HIP HOP] + WED., NOV. 2
Danny Brown is one of the most innovative, honest and wild artists in the rap sphere right now. His latest album, Atrocity Exhibition, is a blend of brilliantly sparse beats that emphasize clever and thoughtful lyricism, as well as collaborations with Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt. Atrocity Exhibition is a more quietly manic version of the work Brown showcased on past records, but his unique timbre and flow remain as addictive as the bad habits he explores in his work. It should be no surprise that Brown has a reputation for being quite the entertainer, so don’t miss your chance to witness the spectacle tonight at Mr. Smalls. Maxo Kream and ZelooperZ also appear. MF 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $22. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

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