PiL. Photo by Paul Heartfield.

PiL. Photo by Paul Heartfield.

Public Image Ltd

Thursday, November 12. 9 p.m.

Altar Bar – 1620 Penn Ave.


John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, is coming back to Pittsburgh. Public Image Limited, Lydon’s post-punk, post-Pistols endeavor, is back on tour in support of their new album, What the World Needs Now… The band has been playing gigs in the UK and the reviews have been fairly positive. He chided the crowd in Glasgow for not getting into the music enough (the same thing he said to Pittsburgh crowds in 2010), but the same reviewer went on to say that Lydon’s voice is “as sharp and efficient as a can opener, still a spine-shivering delight to hear performing live.” Joining Lydon are guitarist Lu Edmonds and drummer Bruce Smith, who were both with PiL in the late ’80s, as well as new bassist Scott Firth.


Thursday, November 12. 9:30 p.m.

Brillobox – 4104 Penn Ave.

$10 (21+)

Punk rock meets the Power Rangers meets . . . you know what, I don’t even know. “Japanese Action Comic Punk Band” Peelander-Z has been around since 1998, with various members coming and going throughout the years, all from the Z area of Planet Peelander (obviously). The band is from New York but the members all grew up in Japan, so their songs are sung in both Japanese and English. There are a lot of songs about outer space, and another one called “Taco Taco Taco,” which I’m pretty sure is about tacos. Their live shows involve lots of audience participation, human bowling and maybe some giant guitar-squid character? Yeah, I’m thinking what you’re thinking: this is going to be AWESOME.

Neon Indian

Saturday, November 14.

Mr. Smalls – 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale


Neon Indian’s new album, Vega Intl. Night School, released just last week, is an instant contender for “Album of the Year” plaudits. Alan Palomo spent four years creating the album, which borrows from so many different genres that applying a single label would be pointless (although many commenters are calling it “future funk.”) What the album isn’t is chillwave, that ultra-specific, tenuous label that came to define many of Neon Indian’s early releases, as well as albums by Washed Out and Toro Y Moi. There’s disco in Night School for sure, plus 16-bit electronica, musique concrète, synth-pop . . . why not forget the labels and listen for yourself:


Flamin’ Groovies

Sunday, November 15.

Hard Rock Cafe – 230 W Station Square Dr.

$14 (21+)

The middle sixties San Francisco scene is synonymous with bands like Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Grateful Dead. But what about The Flamin’ Groovies? The band, native to San Fran, was there for it all, but they never adopted the psychedelic sound that marked the era, preferring to stick with a more straightforward garage rock sound. As a result, they never made it big at home. The band did find some success in Europe in the mid-70s, which is when they cut their most popular track to date “Shake Some Action.” (They are often cited as an influence on the nascent UK punk scene) Opening for the Groovies are Pittsburgh indie rockers Meeting of Important People and longtime local rock band The Wurms.

Deep Cuts

Casey Veggies. Photo courtesy the artist.

Casey Veggies. Photo courtesy the artist.

  • Just a few months out from playing Brillobox, The Screaming Females return to Pittsburgh November 2 for a date at The Smiling Moose, with support from local rockers The Lopez and Roulette Waves.
  • Whoop whoop! Insane Clown Posse is at Mr. Smalls November 2, with support from P.O.D.
  • David Rawlings, longtime music partner of Gillian Welch, visits the Byham November 4 in support of his new album, Nashville Obsolete.
  • Grammy-nominated bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters play the Rex Theater November 5.
  • Alt-country singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless visits Club Cafe November 6, with support from local indie rock band The Red Western.
  • On November 12, California Composer Ken Ueno will perform his concerto for throat-singing and orchestra, “On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis,” with Alia Musica Pittsburgh’s orchestra at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Shadyside.
  • Grateful Dead cover band par excellence Dark Star Orchestra visit Stage AE November 12.
  • Also at Stage AE, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on November 14.
  • Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra, better known as Zombi, play a hometown show November 14 at Cattivo. Moore’s former band Microwaves opens, along with Pinkish Black.
  • The Lido Shuffler himself, Boz Scaggs, performs at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead November 15.
  • Social Distortion guitarist Jonny Two Bags visits Mr. Smalls November 15, with Scott H. Biram.
  • It’s P.A. all day November 15 when a pair of post-punk bands, The Gotobeds (Pittsburgh) and Dark Blue (Philly) play Brillobox.
  • On November 19, at CMU’s Miller Gallery, the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra and Roger Zahab will perform John Cage’s “Twenty Three,” a piece includes scores for 23 string players (13 violins, 5 violas and 5 cellos) and lasts 23 minutes.
  • Casey Veggies, a founding member of the Odd Future hip-hop collective, performs a late show at Altar Bar November 20.
  • Creed Bratton was a member of 60s pop band The Grass Roots but is famous today for playing a fictionalized version of himself in NBC’s The Office. See him at the Hard Rock November 24 for “an evening of music and comedy,” with support from piano-heavy local indie rock band Wreck Loose.
  • Punk rock veterans The Menzingers play Mr. Smalls November 24, with support from mewithoutYou.
  • Local scuzz-rockers William Forrest release their new EP November 27, with support from Pet Clinic and Sikes.

Road Trip!

  • Kendrick Lamar plays the Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC on November 1.
  • Deafheaven play New York, DC, and Philadelphia on November 5, 6, and 7, respectively.
  • Leon Russell visits Morgantown, WV on November 6 and Stage College on November 8.
  • Grimes hits the 9:30 Club in DC on November 13 and Union Transfer in Philadelphia on November 14.
  • Ty Segall’s Fuzz performs at the Black Cat in DC on November 13 and Underground Arts in Philadelphia November 14.
  • The Flaming Lips join Miley Cyrus on tour in Detroit on November 21 and in DC on November 27.
  • Eric Burdon & The Animals play the Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio on November 30.