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Critics' Picks: September 3 - 9

Local shows by S. Carey, Chicago Afrobeat Project (with Tony Allen) and Tokyo Police Club, plus The Gotobeds' release show

click to enlarge S. Carey, Califone
Photo courtesy of Cameron Wittig


Calling S. Carey's well-crafted songs "understated" would be, well, an understatement. The Bon Iver drummer's latest solo effort, Range of Light, features vocals that are mostly just whispers, over arrangements of repetitive percussion and strings. It's not overwhelming, but it's beautiful; Carey's current tour is a co-headliner with chamber-pop group Califone. They play Club Café tonight. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $13. 412-431-4950 or

click to enlarge The Gotobeds
Photo by Heather Mull

[PUNK] + FRI., SEPT. 5

Some facts about The Gotobeds: They like beer, and the Buccos, and they think New York City is all right (but just all right). And here's something else we know: The local band's new record, Poor People Are Revolting (which it releases Friday, at Gooski's) captures a certain modern indie-punk zeitgeist, which might be described as "partying in the twilight of civilization." Or, if you were in a less serious mood, you might just call the record (which has garnered some extra buzz since being featured on NPR's First Listen) a party. The band is joined tonight by Gangwish. Margaret Welsh 9 p.m. 3117 Brereton St., Polish Hill. $5. 412-681-1658


It's enough simply that the Chicago Afrobeat Project is playing the Rex Theater tonight: The group's 2013 album "Nyash UP!" features Afrobeat covers of both Western and African music, and made Rhapsody's top-25 list for world releases last year. But on the band's current tour, as happened once before, it has a special guest: Tony Allen, the legendary drummer from Fela Kuti's Africa '70 band. Allen collaborated with Chicago Afrobeat on a forthcoming album, and is playing just eight dates with the band this fall. This one is not to be missed. Velvet Heat and Mathew Tembo open. AM 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $17-20. 412-381-6811 or


It's been a while since we've seen Tokyo Police Club around these parts. Then again, it's been four years since the Canadian indie-rock quartet released anything new (if you don't count a series of covers the band recorded in 2011). Earlier this year, the band returned with Forcefield, an LP release by Mom + Pop, which features super-clean, super-catchy guitar rock. Now, the group returns to Pittsburgh with a show tonight at Altar Bar, along with equally catchy locals Nevada Color. AM 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $17-20. 412-206-9719 or

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