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Critics' Picks: October 3 - 9

Local shows by Mutematch, Blondie, Propagandhi, Neil Young and Arc in Round



It's been a while since we've heard anything new from alt-rockers Mutemath. A year has come and gone since the release of the group's third album, Odd Soul, but the New Orleans natives and former Grammy nominees have been busy. On top of supporting Linkin Park and Incubus on the Honda Civic Tour, the band released a gritty (and groovy) live EP in August and announced its headlining tour this fall. Catch Mutemath tonight at Altar Bar; Civil Twilight and Quiet Entertainer open. Amanda Wishner 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $25-28. 412-206-9719 or

[ROCK] + FRI., OCT. 5

Debbie Harry was an icon of the '70s: The Blondie singer bridged pop and punk, Studio 54 and CBGB, glamour and guts. The band, which she headed up along with Chris Stein and Clem Burke, has the rare distinction of having revolutionized pop without having had a signature sound: From the hard rock of "Call Me" to the reggae cover of "Tide Is High" and the early rap of "Rapture," the constant has always been the voice — and persona — of Harry. Blondie plays The Palace Theatre tonight. Andy Mulkerin 8 p.m. 21 West Otterman St. Greensburg. $49.50-75. All ages. 724-836-800 or

[PUNK] + SUN., OCT. 7

Propagandhi is proof that punk's not dead. It's just gotten a little older, and in some cases, even angrier. Since forming in the skate-punk days of 1986, the quartet has become known for loud mouths, radical views and rowdy live shows. Following the success of 2009's critically acclaimed album, Supporting Caste, the Canadian punks continue to show off a heavier, thrash-influenced sound on Failed States, which was released early last month. Propagandhi plays tonight at Altar Bar; Comeback Kid opens. AW 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $18-20. 412-206-9719 or

[ROCK] + TUE., OCT. 9

What you do know: Neil Young and Crazy Horse are back, with a new album, Psychedelic Pill (the lead track of which is nearly a half-hour long), and with a show tonight at the Petersen Events Center. What you might not know: Young, a model-train enthusiast, collects O-gauge railroading paraphernalia, and used to be a part owner of Lionel. Rumor has it he rarely visits town without a stop to see the trains at the Carnegie Science Center. Just sayin'. Los Lobos and Infantree open the show tonight; no word on their hobbies. AM 7:30 p.m. 3719 Terrace St., Oakland. $42-103. All ages. 800-745-3000 or


Sometimes the company you keep says a lot about you; on its latest album, Philadelphia four-piece Arc in Round enlisted the help of folks like Kurt Vile and Chris Ward (Pattern Is Movement, Strand of Oaks). The synth-pop band's offering is pretty, comforting and at times epic. If you missed them last time they were in town, take refuge in the fact that they're already back: Arc in Round plays with Ghost Light, The Van Allen Belt and Dean Cercone tonight at Shadow Lounge. AM 8 p.m. 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. $7. 412-363-8277 or

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