Protomartyr & The Gotobeds

Wednesday, April 8. 9 p.m.

Gooski’s – 3117 Brereton Street

$TBD (21+)

Is there a hotter band out of Pittsburgh right now than The Gotobeds? After releasing a pair of EPs on the local Mind Cure label, the band’s debut full-length, 2014’s Poor People are Revolting, earned praised from music critics nationwide. The band – founded by two members of former Pittsburgh garage-punk act Kim Phuc – was featured on NPR and opened for Girl Talk at his sold-out Stage AE New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Despite the acclaim, they’re keeping it real by playing the back room at The Goose. This time they’re joined by Protomartyr, a post-punk band (and another critics’ darling) from Detroit that has played both Howler’s and Roboto in the past year. It’s a fitting double-bill for a pair of raw-edged bands that seem to be following the same template and upward trajectory.

Single Mothers, w/ Edhochuli and Killing Thing

Wednesday, April 8. 8:00 p.m.

Club Cafe – 56-58 South 12th Street

$8 (21+)

I had to double check that this show was really at Club Cafe and not across the street at the Smiling Moose. Canadian punk band Single Mothers just released their debut album, Negative Qualities, on Hot Charity, an XL Recordings imprint. Based in London, Ontario, the band quickly achieved notice in the burgeoning Toronto punk scene, even after lead singer Drew Thomson skipped town for a while to become a gold prospector. The bill goes full-grown raucous with local post-punk act Edhochuli opening. They just wrapped up a national tour and are rumored to have enlisted Anti-Flag’s Chris #2 to produce their first proper album.

Dan Deacon, w/ Prince Rama

Thursday, April 9. 8 p.m.

Mr. Smalls – 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale.


Both Dan Deacon and Prince Rama started off doing the avant-garde thing.  Deacon’s first album had a song called “Junior High Band With Trucks & Dogs,” which was pretty much exactly that. Sister duo Prince Rama came out in 2010 with the very good Shadow Temple. It had a lot of chanting and drums, but in a good way. Now both acts are putting out music that’s a bit more accessible, and by accessible I mean listenable. Rama’s new album is a concept album where the sisters “invented 10 different pop bands that died during the apocalypse, channeling the ghosts of each one to perform the various songs.” (Seriously, how could that not be incredible?) One other note: Deacon’s live shows are a lot of fun and extremely high energy, for both him and the audience. Here’s “So Destroyed” by Prince Rama, which is the closest they have come to a pop single yet:

Mystery Lights Pittsburgh, Nox Boys, The Shop

Flier Design: Bob Powers

The Mystery Lights, w/ The Nox Boys and Dream Phone

Saturday, April 11. 7:30 p.m.

The Shop – 4314 Main Street.


The Mystery Lights do the whole 1960s garage-psych rock thing really well. They hail from Cali but live in New York, so maybe the bi-coastal range of influences has something to do with it.  They are signed to Panache Booking, the same people who handle Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Mikal Cronin — all  bands I’m sure The Mystery Lights would kill to go on tour with.

Local teenage garage rock heartthrobs The Nox Boys also perform. Word is they’ll be playing songs off of their upcoming second album. All-gal local supergroup Dream Phone opens. They count members of The Harlan Twins, The Lopez, Delicious Pastries, and more.

Primus Pittsburgh, Les Claypool Pittsburgh, Stage AE

A world of pure imagination…

Primus and the Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble

Tuesday, April 14. 8 p.m.

Stage AE (indoors) – 400 N. Shore Drive


There are basically two types of people in this world: those who would pay to see Les Claypool and a reunited Primus lineup (welcome back, Herb!) perform the Willy Wonka soundtrack, completely re-imagined, and in its entirety (along with other assorted Primus hits); and those you shouldn’t be friends with.




The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, w/ Danny & the Darleans

Saturday, April 25. 9 p.m.

Rex Theater – 1602 E. Carson Street

$15 (21+)

This could easily be another “two good shows on the same night” example, with former Comets on Fire gunslinger Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance project playing four blocks away at Club Cafe. But some bands just have to be seen live, and Jon Spencer makes his trio one of them. Spencer struts around the stage like he’s possessed by Elvis, while the drummer and rhythm guitar pummel away like they’re in battle with the devil for their mortal souls. In some nearby alternate universe, the Black Keys are still playing clubs in Akron, and Jon Spencer is getting trashed by Jack White in Rolling Stone.