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Critics' Picks: October 17 - 23

Local shows by Fiona Apple, Laura Marling, Morrissey, Touché Amoré and Dinosaur Jr.

[ALT-ROCK] + SUN., OCT. 21

There's something unique (and a little mysterious) about Fiona Apple. The eccentric singer/songwriter seems to have garnered a cult following of fans from all genres, from jazz and folk to adult contemporary, and her success shows it. Her critically acclaimed 1996 debut, Tidal, has gone three times platinum, and its hit single "Criminal" even earned her a Grammy in 1998. After taking a seven-year hiatus, Apple returned to the spotlight with the release of The Idler Wheel... in June. She plays tonight at Stage AE; Blake Mills opens. Amanda Wishner 7 p.m.  400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $35-37. 412-229-5483 or

click to enlarge Photo courtesy of Lucy Hamblin
Photo courtesy of Lucy Hamblin


For someone so young, Laura Marling has done so much: The British singer-songwriter was in Noah and the Whale as a teen-ager; won a Brit Award and an NME Award last year at age 21; and has three full-lengths under her belt already. Her voice points to Sharon Van Etten, her songwriting more to Joni Mitchell. Tonight, she brings her Working Holiday Tour to Club Café. Andy Mulkerin 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12. 412-431-4900 or

[POP] + TUE., OCT. 23

What's left to write about Morrissey? One of the great contemporary poets; a staunch supporter of animal rights; a wily misanthrope. He's quick with a quip, famously (reportedly) celibate and his view is terribly dreary. "Armageddon — come, Armageddon! Come, Armageddon, come!" he wrote on his first solo record in 1988; "I know by now you think I should have straightened myself out / Thank you, drop dead!" he pleads on his most recent, from 2009. He plays Heinz Hall tonight, assuming the smell of nearby cheeseburgers doesn't cause him to turn his back and gag. With Kristeen Young. AM 8 p.m. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $43.75-83.75. All ages. 412-392-4900 or


If you're into post-hardcore, chances are you've heard of Touché Amoré.  Known for utilizing shouted/spoken vocals and brutally honest lyrics, the five-piece is one of the staple bands in the self-proclaimed post-hardcore movement known as "The Wave." Since the release of Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me in 2011, Touché Amoré has released a number of live and split EPs, and toured with big names like Rise Against and Converge. Catch the group tonight at Altar Bar; Balance and Composure, O'Brother and Worn Colors open. AW 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $13-15. 412-206-9719 or

click to enlarge Dinosaur Jr. Photo courtesy of Brantley Gutierrez
Dinosaur Jr. Photo courtesy of Brantley Gutierrez


Dinosaur Jr. is one of those rare rock bands that can stick to a basic formula and still come up with good, interesting records year after year. The original trio of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph re-formed in 2005 and has released three new records, the latest of which, I Bet on Sky, came out last month on Jagjaguwar. Tonight at Mr. Small's, it'll be worth the price of admission just to watch J. shred. Shearwater opens. AM 8 p.m. Mr. Small's Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $25. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

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