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Critics' Picks: October 9 - 15 

Local shows by Earl Sweatshirt, St. Vitus, The Belle Game and Hugh Laurie, plus the Third Man Rolling Record Store wheels into town

[HIP HOP] + THU., OCT. 10

Los Angeles-based rapper and member of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) crew Earl Sweatshirt has had a career defined by mystery. After releasing a popular mixtape in 2010, the rapper disappeared. It was later discovered that his mother had sent him to a Samoan boarding school, but when he returned to L.A. at age 18, he also returned to his rapping. Since his re-emergence, Earl Sweatshirt has been featured as a guest on albums like Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE, and this summer he released his own debut album, titled Doris. The alt-rap star will perform at Mr. Small's tonight with special guest Vince Staples. Allison Cosby 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $20. All ages. 412-821-4447 or


Forget happy hour today and head for Mind Cure Records for record hour. Besides the usual selection, the Polish Hill shop plays host this evening to the Third Man Rolling Record Store, a project of Third Man Records, the Nashville-based store started by Jack White. The store-on-wheels has been in commission for two years now, and is on a U.S. tour that brings it to Pittsburgh for the first time today. Andy Mulkerin 3-8 p.m. 3138 Dobson St., Polish Hill. Free. All ages. 412-621-1715 or

[DOOM] + SAT., OCT. 12

Long before Southern Lord began to bring doom and sludge into a hip, almost mainstream spot, there were a few originators; chief among them was St. Vitus. The L.A. band formed in the late '70s, spent time on Greg Ginn's SST label in the '80s and, after a dormant period in the late '90s, re-formed with most of its original members. The four-piece helped pioneer the visceral, deep-in-the-gut style of slow, plodding metal that took early Black Sabbath to its logical conclusion. Tonight, the band plays the Rex Theater along with Pallbearer, The Hookers and locals Lady Beast. AM 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $16-20. All ages. 412-381-6811 or

click to enlarge The Belle Game, The Smiling Moose


Making its Pittsburgh debut, Vancouver quintet The Belle Game brings its no-frills indie rock to the Smiling Moose tonight. Guided by singer Andrea Lo's powerfully honest voice, the band builds layered tracks with diverse instrumentation, often involving trumpet, violin and piano. The musicians draw heavily on other indie rock favorites (think Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Feist), but the familiarity of the band's sound doesn't ruin it, and the music has a subtle darkness that sets the act apart. AC 7 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $10. All ages. 412-431-4668 or

click to enlarge Hugh Laurie, Carnegie Library Music Hall
  • Photo courtesy of Mary McCartney

[BLUES] + THU., OCT. 17

It's been a couple of years since House became a piano man, at least professionally. But if you had your doubts at the time about how long Hugh Laurie's music career would last, perhaps he quieted them with this year's Didn't It Rain, the full-length follow-up to 2011's Let Them Talk. TV star Laurie plays piano blues from W.C. Handy to Dr. John on the new album; his live show (with full band) is renowned, so a trip to see him tonight at Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead would be a good bet. AM 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th St., Munhall. $55-95. All ages. 412-368-5225 or


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