Fist Fight in the Parking Lot
Year of the Ox
Two super-sludgy tracks bookend this five-song EP from the well-known locals, with some more upbeat heavy rock songs in between. Things get downright epic on the centerpiece, "Natural Fool," where singer Abby Krizner's voice shines, showing that she's got way more than snarl. Those stoner-metal tracks are where the band really shines, but this entire EP is quality.
FIST FIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT EP RELEASE. 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 11. Altar Bar, 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $5. 412-206-9719
Will Simmons & The Upholsterers
Innuendo: The Italian Way
(Unread/Almost Halloween Time)
Vinyl and cassette are the two ways to get this new release from the onetime Four Roses frontman, who's on to more earnest (but upbeat) material on this folk-pop release. Simmons is backed by scene vets Bill Fulmer, Bob Junkunz and Greg Lagrosa on 13 tracks of lo-fi sunshine pop and thoughtful, well-written (if at times maybe slightly overdone) lyricism. The trombone is tasteful and integrated nicely — a feat on a pop record.
WILL SIMMONS & THE UPHOLSTERERS LP RELEASE. 9 p.m. Sat., Jan. 11. Thunderbird Café, 4033 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-682-0177
Six tracks of cute, though sometimes deceptively complex, indie rock from the new local three-piece with some diverse backgrounds (including jazz performance). There's a certain youthful naiveté about Karl Jancart's lead vocals, which provides an interesting counterpoint to the complicated rhythms and the shifts from folk-pop to pop-punk and further. Nice first effort!