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Sun., April 10 -- Electronic

Despite the Pitchfork buzz last year, the sometimes-local Wise Blood played his first local show just last month. Tonight he doubles that total, playing Liquid Sundays, the now-and-again, Sunday-night art-and-music party taking place at J. Verno Studios. Local fun folky act The Wreckids play as well, and Huck Finn DJs; art by locals -- salvage artist David Calfo and photographers Rebecca Chiappelli and Laura Mustio -- will be on display. Andy Mulkerin 6 p.m. 3030 Jane St., South Side. $12-15.


Sun., April 10 -- Western Swing

The Austin-based trio Hot Club of Cowtown is touring behind its new album, What Makes Bob Holler, 11 years after the band's debut release. The album is a long-awaited tribute to the band's primary inspiration, legendary Western-swing artist Bob Wills. The band honors Wills' timeless tracks by infusing them with its own touches; the album achieves both a sense of nostalgia and an exhilarating relevance. The band appears with Neon Swing X-perience and The Beagle Brothers at the Rex Theater. Bethie Girmai 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.). 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $12.50. 412-381-6811 or


Tue., April 12 -- Indie Folk

The Mountain Goats are back with their first album in two years, All Eternals Deck. Though the band name suggests otherwise, the Southern California-via-North Carolina outfit is run primarily by lo-fi legend (and black-metal expert) John Darnielle, accompanied by what seems like an endless list of rotating members. The new album (like much of the Goats' catalog) is difficult to categorize, but offers a perfect flirtation between folk and indie rock. Darnielle and friends play Mr. Small's tonight with Megafaun. BG 7:30 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $18. All ages. 412-821-4447 or


Tue., April 12 -- Alt-Country

Tonight's headliner at The Club at Stage AE is Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, but keep an eye out early in the evening for Tristen. The one-named Nashville alt-country singer just released her first full-length, Charlatans at the Garden Gate, on which she shows her chops as a pop-oriented songwriter. Musically sensible, lyrically mature but playful and eminently listenable, her songs are addictive. Chances are she'll be at the top of the bill when next she pulls through town. AM 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $10-12. 412-229-5483


Wed., April 13 -- Alt-Folk

You might already know Franz Nicolay. Perhaps you were into gypsy punks World/Inferno Friendship Society during the early part of the '00s; he rose to prominence in that band. Or maybe you like The Hold Steady -- the mustachioed wonder more recently held down the keys in that band for several years. Now he's on his own, and makes a stop at The Smiling Moose tonight, promoting his singer-songwriter release, Luck and Courage. The critically acclaimed David Dondero plays as well; Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts and Dazzletine open. AM 7 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4668 or

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