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Critics' Picks: August 1 - 7

Local shows by The Bouncing Souls, The Black Angels and Strung Out, plus the second Iron Atrocity comp is released and the Solar Concert Series returns

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[PUNK] + THU., AUGUST 2

After a surprising jump to the predominantly deathcore label Rise Records, punk veterans The Bouncing Souls released Comet, their ninth album. Despite the change of stable, the band isn't in bad company: The label also boasts punk stalwarts Hot Water Music and others. The songs on Comet are nothing short of what is expected of the New Jersey quartet: fast-paced and frantic punk rock. The Bouncing Souls bring East Coast punk to the stage of Mr. Small's tonight with The Menzingers and Luther. Gregg Harrington 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $18. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com

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[METAL] + FRI., AUGUST 3

Last year, the label/collective Innervenus released the first free Iron Atrocity comp, a collection of tracks by local metal bands. Tonight, Iron Atrocity v.2 is being rolled out with a show at the 31st Street Pub. From the gurgles of Liquified Guts (a band that actually sounds like its name) to the doom-y metalcore of Girlfight and the mathy, progressive shredding of Solarburn, the spectrum is represented. Tonight's show features Motorpsychos, Liquified Guts, Lycosa and Ascend the Fallen. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 3101 Penn Ave., Strip District. $1. 412-391-8334 or www.ironatrocity.com

[PUNK] + TUES., AUGUST 7

Since 1989, California-based Strung Out has made an impact in the punk community, being one of the few bands during the '90s to fuse the ferocity of punk rock with the technical precision and grit of heavy metal. Most recently, the band has displayed its signature sound on 2009's Agents of the Underground. On this current tour, the band has been playing its two landmark albums, Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted By Design, front to back. The band plays Altar Bar tonight with The Darlings, Handguns and A Vision Within. GH 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $18-20. 412-206-9719 or www.thealtarbar.com

[ACOUSTIC] + WED., AUGUST 8 

Perhaps you compost, and maybe you drive a hybrid ... but how sustainable is your concert-going? If you join up with the annual Solar Concert Series at Buhl Community Park, in the North Side's Allegheny Square, you can say you've reduced your carbon footprint some. The series, sponsored by the Saturday Light Brigade radio show, features local acoustic performers playing through a solar-powered sound system. It's free and it's at lunchtime; this week's performers: members of the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra. AM 12:15 p.m. Allegheny Square (across from Pittsburgh Children's Museum). Free. All ages. www.solarconcertseries.org

[PSYCH ROCK] + WED., AUGUST 8

It's kinda cool to see Tom Cruise bust dudes on Smallman Street in the Jack Reacher trailer, but it's cooler when The Black Angels' ominously groovy "Young Men Dead" kicks in about halfway through. The Austin band, appearing at Mr. Small's tonight, pays homage to the '60s psychedelia of Jefferson Airplane and The 13th Floor Elevators (they've performed as Roky Erickson's backing band), though they've got an eerier take on the genre. Call it "music to Ouija by." With The Night Beats. Margaret Welsh 7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $15. All Ages. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com

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