Critics' Picks: The Town Pants, Low Water, Sic Alps and DJ Gene Hunt | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Critics' Picks: The Town Pants, Low Water, Sic Alps and DJ Gene Hunt

Thu., March 10 -- Celtic

The members of The Town Pants may not hail from Ireland, the country whose music they choose to emulate, but the Vancouver natives have been a constant on the music scene since the late '90s, touring through Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Their sound is nothing less than authentic, infused with banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, spoons and, according to the band's website, "guttural sounds." St. Patrick's Day is still a week off, but you can still grab a Guinness and consider it a pregame. Opening for The Town Pants at Club Café are fiddler Vince Burns and guitarist David Shelow. Bethie Girmai 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.). 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. $12. 412-431-4950 or


Fri., March 11 -- Rock

Brooklyn-based Low Water is anything but mainstream, with a sound reminiscent of '90s rock and drawing upon a mélange of genres. But the band's following has been strong enough to keep it going for seven years and almost as many album releases; the new album, The Taste You Know and Enjoy, is just that. Band members John Leitera and Dave Rubin are former Pittsburghers; their performance at Brillobox this week is not only a homecoming, but an album-release show. Also on the bill are The Harlan Twins and Nik Westman and the Central Plains. BG 10 p.m. Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $6. 412-621-4900 or


Sat., March 12 -- Rock

Since their last appearance in Pittsburgh, San Francisco's noisy garage/lo-fi up-and-comers Sic Alps have signed with Chicago's Drag City label and issued Napa Asylum, a 22-track double LP that garnered high praise from online kingmakers like Dusted Magazine and Pitchfork. They appear at The Shop with Drag City three-piece Magik Markers, with whom Sic Alps released a split LP in 2009. Cleveland's Scarcity of Tanks and local punk favorites Kim Phuc open. Andy Mulkerin 8 p.m. 4314 Main St., Bloomfield $8. All ages. 412-951-0622


Sat., March 12 -- DJ

House DJ Gene Hunt has been at it for over 20 years, working with myriad producers and releasing records on labels including the venerable house imprint Trax. The Chicago resident presents a three-hour set at Shadow Lounge as part of the Soul Deep series; another Chicago DJ, Andrew Emil, joins the bill along with locals Soy Sos and C-Town. AM 9 p.m. 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. $10-15 ($12 with non-perishable food item). 18 and over. 412-363-8277 or

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