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[POWER POP] + FRI., JULY 15

Old heads remember Sodajerk, the alt-country band that was active locally in the late '90s. That crew fled town years ago, but tonight two of its members return with Young Antiques, the band they formed in the early '00s and revived more recently. The Atlanta-based band features Sodajerk's Kevin Charney and Blake Parris, and plays a less twangy take on power pop. They're supporting the band's newest release, A Man, Not a Biography, with two shows: the early show at Club Café with John Bechtel, and a late-night engagement at the 31st Street Pub with longtime punkers Mud City Manglers. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 58 S. 12 St., South Side. $7. 412-431-4900. Also 10 p.m. 3101 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412-391-8334

PHOTO COURTESY OF BEAU GREALY
  • Photo courtesy of Beau Grealy

[REGGAE] + SAT., JULY 16

Reggae has always been closely associated with spirituality -- though chiefly Rastafari, not Orthodox Judaism. But Matisyahu made a splash in the mid-2000s as the dancehall Hasid; at first it was a bit of a novelty, then we began to realize that he was a serious artist. His latest is a live album, Live at Stubb's, released earlier this year; he makes a rare Pittsburgh appearance tonight at Stage AE. AM 8 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Side. $28-30. All ages. 412-229-5483

 

[HIP HOP] + TUE., JULY 19

Nearing age 40, Tech N9ne is showing few signs of slowing down. The lightning-fast MC from Kansas City released his latest, All 6's and 7's, last month, featuring guest spots from artists from Snoop to B.o.B. to Deftones. That album reached number one on the Billboard rap charts -- and he followed up almost immediately with a new Collabos disc, part of a series that spotlights his work with other artists. Tonight the founder of the Strange Music label plays Diesel. AM 7:30 p.m. 1601 E. Carson St., South Side. $27.50. All ages. 412-431-8800 or www.dieselpgh.com

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[SOUL] + WED., JULY 20

By now you've probably heard that the venerable 720 Records -- once in East Liberty then, for a second, in Squirrel Hill -- has found a new home on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, and a more all-encompassing name, 720 Music, Clothing and Café. The latest from the music aficionados there, who stock everything from hip hop to jazz to punk rock, is an event that starts today: 720 on 7/20. Five days of events covering all of the shop's specialties (there are concerts, a fashion show and even a coffee sampling event) begin tonight with a show by British jazz-and-soul vocalist Julie Dexter. AM 8 p.m. Events continue through Sun., July 24. 4404 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10. All ages. 412-904-5492

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