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Performances by Acid Mothers Temple, Oh Honey, Diane Coffee and DMA’S

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[PSYCHEDELIA] +  THU., MARCH 31

Now that the band has been releasing records for more than 20 years, is it safe to proclaim Japanese psych-rock institution Acid Mothers Temple legendary? Regardless, any fan of weirdo Japanese noise, krautrock, progressive rock — or anyone who just likes loud and fuzzy guitars — should give this group a listen. Even though Acid Mothers Temple might be the sort of obscure band your pretentious friend name-drops and expects everyone to be familiar with, now is a perfectly fine time to acquaint yourself with the band’s heady sounds. The five-piece plays tonight at Club Café with special guest Mounds. Andrew Woehrel 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com

Oh Honey - PHOTO COURTESY OF SHANNA FISHER
  • Photo courtesy of Shanna Fisher
  • Oh Honey

[FOLK POP] + THU., MARCH 31

At tonight’s CureRock 2016 benefit concert at the Hard Rock Café, all proceeds will go toward fighting pediatric and adolescent cancer. Musical guests include locals The Feel-Good Revolution and Mace Ballard, and headliners Oh Honey, a whimsical Brooklyn indie-pop group named after a reference to the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and the artisanal-honey trend. Despite the name of the event, Oh Honey — whose hit “Be Okay” was covered on an episode of Glee — has more in common with bands like the Lumineers than a certain famous goth act. But however sweet your musical tastes, the show offers a range of sounds and it’s hard to argue with supporting such a good cause. AW 8 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $25-300. 412-481-7625 or www.curerock.org

[INDIE ROCK] + FRI., APRIL 1

One could easily see the genre-defying, gender-bending androgynous rock star Diane Coffee as a spiritual descendent of the recently deceased David Bowie. Coffee’s versatile voice easily spans octaves, and his bombastic stew of disparate but familiar influences recalls the hard-to-pin-down nature of the Thin White Duke. Coffee even has a song titled “All the Young Girls,” which must be a sly wink at the Bowie tune given to Mott the Hoople. Coffee, however, leans harder toward the blue-eyed-soul side of the spectrum rather than the glam-rock side. Tonight Diane Coffee plays at Spirit, with Delicious Pastries and Ancient History. AW 10 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $10. 412-586-4441 or www.spiritpgh.com 

DMA’S - PHOTO COURTESY OF MCLEAN STEPHENSON
  • Photo courtesy of McLean Stephenson
  • DMA’S

[BRITPOP] + FRI., APRIL 1

Can an Australian group truly be called Britpop? Sydney trio DMA’S seems to want to prove that it can. Echoes of groups like Blur, Pulp and Oasis can be heard in the group’s playful and wistful guitar-pop. Following in the 1990s tradition of feuding between Britpop bands, the group has already attracted the derision of Oasis’ famously confrontational guitarist Noel Gallagher. Offended by comparisons to Oasis, Gallagher has threatened to go to one of DMA’S concerts just to boo them. If that’s not an endorsement of Britpop quality and credibility, nothing is. DMA’S plays tonight at Club Café with special guest Orange Mammoth. AW 10:30 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com


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