Critics' Picks: Sept 15 - 20 | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Critics' Picks: Sept 15 - 20

Local shows from Tapes 'n Tapes, Why? and Mason Jennings, plus WYEP's annual Rock the Block party and a new local music-and-art event at Mexico City.


In case you weren't already confused by the number of concert venues in town with "Carnegie" in the name, enter a new one: The Carnegie Music Hall of Carnegie (the "Carnegie Carnegie," if you will) hosts its first rock show tonight, featuring Anticon act Why? The California pop-rock-kinda-hip-hop act is supported by Serengeti on this tour; it'll give the 400-capacity space its baptism by rock. Andy Mulkerin 7:30 p.m. 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. $13-15. 412-276-3456 or


[DANCE] + FRI., SEPT. 16

Disparate elements of Pittsburgh's burgeoning dance-music scene will join forces at Mexico City for an event that will demonstrate the scene's unity. The unique party experience offers a stacked lineup of local talent, including Expensive Shit, a full band that performs live electronic dance music; and DJs Cucitroa, Depth One, Keeb$, Cutups, Paul Fleetwood and many more. There will be projected visuals, 3-D art and sculpture provided by local artists as well as food provided by Mexico City. The party also supports Arts Greenhouse, a project that helps kids around the city learn how to play, perform and write music. Kate Magoc 8 p.m. 409 Wood St., Downtown. $5. 412-246-2042 or


[ROCK] + SAT., SEPT. 17

Block-party season may be winding down, but don't tell WYEP. The local Triple-A public-radio station holds its annual Rock the Block fundraiser tonight, shutting down the streets around its Bedford Square studios for a party featuring food, drinks and live music. Fountains of Wayne headlines; VIP attendees will get to check out Ben Sollee, and locals Chet Vincent and the Big Bend play as well. AM 8 p.m. Bedford Square, South Side. $45-55; VIP admission $125. (VIP party at 6 p.m.) 412-381-9131 or


Just off a nationwide tour, the four-piece Minneapolis indie outfit Tapes 'n Tapes has headed straight back out on the road and stops in Pittsburgh tonight. Purveyors of light-hearted dance pop that pays homage to The Pixies, the quartet can bring the party with its music but simultaneously keep it vintage and low-key. The band will be offering up some new sounds off its most recent release, Outside, as well as material from Walk It Off and The Loon. Howler and Static Jacks open. KM 9:30p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville.  $16. 412-621-4900 or


Sometimes it seems like every musician has put in some time living in Pittsburgh. Mason Jennings fits the bill: The singer-songwriter with the Dylan lilt in his voice spent a good bit of his childhood in town before moving back to his hometown of Minneapolis. He must really like it there, because his latest LP is called Minnesota. That's OK, we don't feel rejected or anything. As long as he doesn't stomp on a Terrible Towel. He swings back through the town of his youth tonight, playing at Mr. Small's Theater with The Pines. AM 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $16-18. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

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