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Critics’ Picks, Sept 29-Oct. 5

Performances by Dressy Bessy, the Legendary Pink Dots, Pity Sex, Mutlu and the inimitable Tom Jones

[POP] + THU., SEPT. 29
It’s easy to get lost in a fog of The Beatles and The Who and forget that one of the most commercially successful artists to emerge from the British Invasion was Tom Jones, the dreamy baritone your mother had a huge crush on. He’s pumped out some iconic hits across the genre spectrum, and Jones’ most recent record, last year’s Long Lost Suitcase, has a country feel while retaining that charming tone for which he’s known. Catch Jones at the Benedum Center playing tunes from his half-century-long career. Megan Fair 7:30 p.m. 237 Seventh St., Downtown. $59.50-85. All ages. 412-456-6666 or

Two decades into its career, Dressy Bessy has grown into the 2000s with grace while retaining the charm of the late ’90s. Dressy Bessy’s latest record, KINGSIZED, emanates a darker, saltier attitude than the previous release while holding onto a sweet melodic feel. Opening the gig at Club Café is The Garment District. That project of Pittsburgh’s Jennifer Baron has an intricate poppy folk and electro foundation that is irresistible and worth experiencing. MF 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12-14. 412-431-4950 or

Photo courtesy of Chromatic Publicity
Pity Sex
[ROCK] + SAT., OCT. 1
Pity Sex, the most bummed-out band on Run For Cover’s roster, is currently touring on its latest effort, White Hot Moon. Gloomily catchy, Pity Sex wraps its listeners in a cloud of noisy guitars and understated melodies, seasoning a stew of Morrissey, Hum and The Cranberries with a dash of modern indie context. Cattivo also hosts locals Curse Words and rchrd prkr. Supplying the math and the twinkle, Curse Words holds down the sad-boy jams while rchrd prkr drips the riffage into a lo-fi indie soundscape. MF 7 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. All ages. $13-15. 412-687-2157 or


The week of music veterans landing in Pittsburgh continues with a performance by the Legendary Pink Dots with Orbit Service at Brillobox. Led by space-cadet psych dudes Edward Ka-Spel and Phil “the Silverman” Knight, LPD emerged from London in the early ’80s, growing and stretching its sound from jam-based to groovy electronic to rock-based psychedelic. What the Dots deliver in structure, Denver’s Orbit Service deconstructs in its noisy electronica, and the evening is sure to be one for sensory exploration. MF 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $20-25. All ages. 412-621-4900 or

click to enlarge Mutlu - PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS EPTING
Photo courtesy of Chris Epting
Mutlu sews together quiet acoustic themes with grooving rhythms and multi-genre influences. For someone with an EP called Caffeine & Whiskey, it only makes sense for viewers to enjoy the show with delicious libations at the Pittsburgh Winery. The singer/songwriter’s voice has a crisp, cleanliness that’s radio-ready and irresistible for fans of the adult-contemporary universe. Also performing is genre-bending hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz, whose sound and unique flow is light and uplifting. It’s hard not to smile when Knotz gets on the track. MF 9 p.m. 2815 Penn Ave., Strip District. $12-15. 412-566-1000 or

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