Sound Picks: 10 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in October


The Zombies

Wednesday, October 14. 8 p.m.

Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead – 510 East 10th Ave, Munhall


Not only are The Zombies performing their era-defining album “Odessey and Oracle” in its entirety, the British psych-pop legends are also touring in support of a new album, Still Got That Hunger, which comes out in early October. For what it’s worth, Rolling Stone hyped the new album in a recent piece on The Zombies, but remember that this is coming from the same magazine that named U2’s Songs of Innocence “album of the year” last year. With a pair of founding members still onboard, keyboardist Rod Argent and singer Colin Blunstone, the new tunes can’t be that bad. If nothing else, they’ll put timeless tracks like “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There” in proper perspective.

Kylesa. Photo courtesy the band.

Kylesa. Photo courtesy the band.


Saturday, October 17. 8 p.m.

Altar Bar – 1620 Penn Ave.


Kylesa bubbled out of the same cauldron of stoner psych and sludge metal as fellow Savannahians Baroness and Black Tusk. The band is touring in support of Exhausting Fire, their seventh and newest LP, which will be released on October 2nd. The new singles released so far find the trio as heavy as ever. Guitarists Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants continue to trade off on vocals, lending even more variety to the band’s already diverse sonic palette.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour

Monday, October 19. 8:00 p.m.

Consol Energy Center – 1001 Fifth Ave.


Stevie Wonder has had an incredible life so far. Number One hit at age 13. Academy Award Winner. More Grammys than any solo artist.  UN Messenger of Peace. Motown legend. He even led the campaign to honor Dr. Martin Luther King with a national holiday.  Take the money you were going to spend to see The Who at Consol and re-invest it into seeing an American legend. Stevie will be performing his Songs in the Key of Life album in its entirety, as well as other hits from his expansive back catalog.

Big K.R.I.T.

Thursday, October 29. 8 p.m.

Mr. Smalls – 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale


Most probably heard Big KRIT for the first time on “Glass House,” a track tucked at the end of Wiz Khalifa’s hyper-popular Kush and OJ mixtape. That was in 2010, a year before the Mississippi MC appeared on the cover of XXL‘s Freshman issue, alongside the like Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Yelawolf and Meek Mill. Big KRIT is still as vital as any of those rappers. Currently signed to Def Jam, KRIT’s latest album, Cadillactica, was seen as one of the best hip-hop albums of 2014. And while KRIT is not officially working on a new album, he did just release a new track, “86,” just last month:


Bully. Photo by Emma Swann.

Bully. Photo by Emma Swann.

  • Grungy Nashville rockers Bully play Brillobox with Heat October 3, and were just featured on an episode of Sound Opinions.
  • Local singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale celebrates her new album, The Simple Fear, with a full band album release show at the Pittsburgh Winery October 3.
  • 70s NY punk rocker Sonny Vincent performs at Get Hip Records Headquarters October 3.
  • Also on October 3, famed jazz outfit The Yellowjackets visit Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.
  • Electronic artist Michal Menert performs songs from his Space Jazz album at Club Cafe October 4.
  • Indie rock veterans Built to Spill visit Mr. Smalls October 4 in support of their new album, Untethered Moon.
  • Steve Hackman is back for more FUSE@PSO, this time mashing up Beethoven + Coldplay October 6.
  • Nevada Color headline a quartet of local rock bands at Cattivo October 9, including Emerson Jay, The Nox Boys and William Forrest.
  • Portland post-metal band Red Fang perform at Altar Bar October 9.
  • The Van Allen Belt play a free show October 11 at Spirit, w/ The Lopez and Mrs. Paintbrush.
  • LA rapper Hopsin — AKA the guy with the white contact lenses — is at Altar Bar October 12.
  • Guitar virtuoso Mark Knopfler performs at Heinz Hall October 13.
  • Buzz-heavy Toronto electro-pop band Grounders visit Spirit October 16.
  • Local indie pop bands Donora and Wreck Loose welcome Chicago’s AyOH to Brillobox October 16.
  • Electronic artist Emancipator brings the full ensemble for a performance at the Rex Theater October 20.
  • And finally, the rock-steady, inimitable Ringo Starr brings his All-Starr Band (including Todd Rundgren) to Heinz Hall October 27.

For even more October happenings, check out our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in October.