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Critics' Picks: April 12 - 14

Local appearances by The Jezabels, The National Rifle and Howler, plus the grand opening of a new club in the Strip.



For most people, college serves as a place to study a subject of interest or learn the necessary skills for entering a specific field of employment. For Hayley Mary, Heather Shannon, Nik Kaloper and Sam Lockwood, the University of Sydney served as the birthplace of their band, The Jezabels. Since 2009, the at-times melodramatic alt-pop outfit has released several EPs and a full-length album. They perform at Brillobox tonight with Imagine Dragons. Nicole Chynoweth 9:30 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $15. 412-621-4900 or



Last month's taste-of-summer weather had far-reaching effects: Trees began to bloom early; insects came out of hiding; car stereos everywhere turned to upbeat, fun guitar rock. It's against that backdrop that Philadelphians The National Rifle come to town for a show at The Mr. Roboto Project; the four-piece plays infectious, riffy tunes that foreground the good ol' guitar. Make a spring evening of it and check the band out with locals The Lopez, Ash Dinosaur and Versations. Andy Mulkerin 7:30 p.m. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $5. All ages.

  • Howler photo by Pieter van Hattem


In 2010, Minneapolis residents Jordan Gatesmith and Max Petrek formed Howler, the surf-tinged rock group that now also includes Brent Mayes, Ian Nygaard and France Camp. Things moved quickly: The band released its debut studio album, America Give Up, on the venerable Rough Trade label in January, and are currently on tour in support of it. Check them out at the Smiling Moose tonight with Puzzle Pieces and Logan Venderlic. 10 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $8. All ages. 412-431-4668 or


Last year, Static opened in the Strip District, heralding a bit of a revival for the club scene that had faded there after Rosebud and Metropol closed in the mid-2000s and the Boardwalk complex was floated downriver like so much driftwood in 2008. Tonight, witness the grand opening of a companion club to Static: Exit, owned by the same company, will be separate from Static, but the wall between the two is removable so that they can be combined to make the biggest club in the area. The musical fare will be mainstream dance tunes, in contrast with the slightly more obscure electronic fare at Static. Tonight's opening is hosted by Playboy playmate Sara Jean Underwood, for what it's worth. AM 9 p.m. 1630 Smallman St., Strip District. $5. 412-720-1396 or

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