Old school indie rock

To the relief of Gen X fuzzheads everywhere, J. Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. are still cranking out jaw-dropping guitar solos well into the 21st Century. No one will confuse their new album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not with their very best work, but almost any Dino is good Dino and it’s certainly well worth blasting out your stereo speakers. They perform at Mr. Smalls October 9, with support from another supreme guitar slinger, Steve Gunn. Gunn just released a split EP, Parallelograms, with Kurt Vile and a new LP earlier this year that’s as good as anything he’s ever released before.

October 1 sees a visit from influential UK industrial/post-punk outfit The Legendary Pink Dots at Brillobox. Nada Surf plays a sold out show at Club Cafe October 7. And on October 11 that same venue hosts new wave/garage punks Electric Six, with Denver two-piece rock duo In The Whale opening.

New school indie rock

Allison Crutchfield is twin sister to Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee. Allison is also a member of Philly alt-rockers Swearin’, and she and her sister have played together in P.S. Eliot. This summer she signed to the venerable Merge Records, which will release her debut album next year. In the meantime, Crutchfield is touring some of her new material around the country with backing band The Fizz, including a date at Cattivo October 2.

On October 13, Shreveport, Louisana’s Seratones visit Club Cafe. Signed to Fat Possum Records (former home to the Black Keys), the band is only one album into their career and their gritty rock and soul sound is already earning comparisons to The Alabama Shakes.

October 16 sees performances by Austin indie folk band Okkervil River at Mr. Smalls and New Jersey rock duo Brick + Mortar at Brillobox. Okkervil River’s new album Away is a gorgeous, tender work that some consider their very best. Brick + Mortar’s latest album shows a shift away from straightforward garage rock toward a sound that incorporates pop hooks and electronic flourishes.

On October 20, Montreal psychedelic rockers Elephant Stone play Howler’s for their first ever Pittsburgh performance.The band incorporates elements of ’60s psych pop (even sitar!) with that of more modern psych rock bands like Tame Impala. LA surf punk outfit Bleached plays Cattvio October 22 with openers Beach Slang, who are signed to Polyvinyl Records. The month ends with the very popular UK rock band The 1975, who play a pair of sold-out shows at Stage AE October 31 and November 1.

Best of the Rest:

  • Clutch plays Stage AE October 1 with support from Zakk Sabbath.
  • Post-hardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance visits Mr. Smalls October 3.
  • The All-Scene Music Festival takes over Mr. Smalls October 8, complete with a live painting contest and over a dozen local bands on the bill.
  • Thalia Zedek Band plays the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls October 9, with support from Emily Rodgers Band and Nox Boys’ Zack Keim.
  • Grateful Dead cover band par excellance Dark Star Orchestra trucks on down to Stage AE October 15.
  • Rock The Block with Nevada Color, Emerson Jay and Eastend Mile October 15 at the corner of Murray and Forbes in Squirrel Hill.
  • Two-time Grammy winner Colbie Caillat visits the Carnegie Library of Homestead October 19.
  • Longtime Jamaican roots reggae group The Meditations play SALEM’s Event Center at 2911 Penn on October 22.
  • Meeting of Important People and Arlo Aldo headline a night of local music at Spirit October 22, with special guests Paddy the Wanderer and Kayla Schureman.
  • Cali pop-punks Joyce Manor visit the Rex Theater October 24, with support from The Hotelier and Crying.
  • GWAR returns to Mr. Smalls October 28. RIP Oderus Urungus.

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Brian Conway

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.