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Critics' Picks: July 1 - 6




Here's the premise: While swing-dance revival has been a thing for years, some folks decided that it was a little too … clean, compared with what swing was when it was new. Lessons in a church hall, hanging out with Granny -- not all that hip. So some folks decided to make swing a threat again at Belvedere's. Tonight's nitty-gritty show comes courtesy of The Neon Swing X-Perience (the city's premiere swing-revival outfit) and DJ Zombo (the legendary WRCT character). Light a cig, take a swig and swing! Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-687-2555 or



You probably don't generally associate Sewickley with hip hop, but this weekend the Sewickley Legion plays host to the First Annual Under the Bridge Hip Hop Festival. The festival is eight hours of performances and workshops geared at both hip hop fans and aspiring artists. Learn breakdancing, graffiti writing and MC skills, and check out up-and-coming local talent. The workshops and concerts take place Sunday, with performances by local notables like Taylor Gang member Tolly Bands, E-Dot and Varsity Squad. It's all organized by DJ Goodnight and local producer Boka (whose Weapons of Mass Productions producer showdown takes place Saturday at Shadow Lounge in association with the festival). Andy Mulkerin 20 Chadwick St., Sewickley. $10. All ages. 412-904-8410



Pittsburgh is no stranger to an electronic-music subculture, but for years, that subculture remained below the fold. Last year, VIA created a major electronic-music festival for the city; this year, a team of promoters who have been around the block in the electronic-dance realm have pulled together to create the Pittsburgh Electronic Music Festival.  The fest, at Stage AE, features headliners MSTRKRFT and Excision, special guests Designer Drugs and Mux Mool, and local support from Comic Stripps and Nice Nate. Two afterparties, free with a festival ticket, follow (at Mr. Small's and Brillobox). Kate Magoc 5 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Side. $30-35. All ages. 412-229-5483


  • Photo courtesy of Mike Vorassi


The release of Liturgy's Aesthetica last month provoked a lot of discussion in the metal world. The Brooklyn band melds black metal -- a subgenre that's always mixed an intellectual approach with the visceral release of heavy music -- with experimentation of different sorts. Aesthetica contains math-rock breakdowns and Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies along with its blast beats, ungodly screams and repetitive Anglo-folk riffs. Some say it's overly intellectualized; some say it's cutting-edge. Liturgy plays Brillobox tonight; Dope Body and Dwarf Fortress open. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $8-10. 412-621-4900 or

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