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Critics’ Picks, Aug. 4-10

Performances by Elizabeth Cook, Looming, The Fall of Troy, Wiz and Snoop — plus the annual Girls Rock! Pittsburgh Showcase

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A Girls Rock! Pittsburgh camper rocks out - PHOTO BY STEPH DEFELICE
  • Photo by Steph DeFelice
  • A Girls Rock! Pittsburgh camper rocks out

[GRRRL PWR] + SAT., AUG. 6

Every year, a team of amazing non-male-identified mentors organizes a camp for girls to learn how to play instruments, write music and express themselves through performance and collaboration. After a week of workshops celebrating the power of being loud and taking up space, campers get to show off their new chops at the Girls Rock! Pittsburgh Showcase, at the Winchester Thurston School. It’s open to the public, so this is your chance to say you saw these bad-ass kids before they were famous. Meg Fair 4 p.m. 555 Morewood Ave., Shadyside. Free for kids, $5 for 18+. www.girlsrockpittsburgh.org 

Elizabeth Cook - PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORE FIRE MEDIA
  • Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media
  • Elizabeth Cook

[ALT COUNTRY] + SUN., AUG. 7

Elizabeth Cook has been through a lot since her last record, Welder, was released in 2010. She got divorced, lost her father in 2012, and her sister dealt with heroin addiction. Despite not using drugs herself, Cook went to rehab at the urging of her management team (where she was diagnosed with a “personality disorder,” she told Rolling Stone). But out of that chaos comes an edgy, poignant record, Exodus of Venus, about getting through the shit life drops in front of you and doing the best you can on the other side. Cook brings her traditional country twang to Club Café tonight with special guest Derek Hoke. Charlie Deitch 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $15. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com  

[INDIE PUNK] + MON., AUG. 8

What’s good in the indie-punk world? Everything happening at the Smiling Moose tonight. The gig will showcase Looming, Donovan Wolfington and Drug Church. Donovan Wolfington is the kind of gloomy punk you can bob around to, which works well with the atmospheric riffage of Looming. (To know what real bliss is, ride your bike on a cloudy day alongside a river to Looming’s “Onward.”) Drug Church supplies the heavy, while local openers Same and YRS’s supply the rock. Sick! MF 6 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4668 or www.smiling-moose.com 

[HIP HOP] + WED., AUG. 10

Hometown hip-hop hero Wiz Khalifa will return to (almost) Pittsburgh with movie co-star and rap legend Snoop Dogg. Festivities take place at First Niagara, and event organizer and online cannabis resource Merry Jane have carefully crafted a night of celebration with a stacked lineup of openers featuring L.A. rapper Casey Veggies, Baton Rouge, La.’s Kevin Gates and R&B angel Jhene Aiko. Is the lawn foggy, or is that just me? MF 7 p.m. 65 Pennsylvania 18, Burgettstown. All ages. $20-175. 724-947-7400 or livenation.com

[MATH ROCK] + WED., AUG. 10

You probably played The Fall of Troy’s “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” on Guitar Hero 3, but have you ever had TFOT’s mathy riffage, wailing vocals and weird time signatures melt your face in person? The Rex Theater is going to overflow with six-string madness as the band teams up with ’68, the noisy rock project of ex-Chariot vocalist Josh Scogin. Find a nice trash can to throw to the heavy-as-HECK opening act, Illustrations. Don’t actually throw a trash can though, that’d be very rude. MF 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $17-20. 412-381-6811 or www.rextheater.com


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