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Critics' Picks: May 11 - 16

Local shows by R. Ring, Flux Pavilion, Here We Go Magic, Tragedy and Lee Fields.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS GLASS
  • Photo courtesy of Chris Glass

[INDIE ROCK] + FRI., MAY 11

Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery have shown their respective musical talents through years of impressive performances — Deal in The Breeders and Montgomery in Ampline. Now the two artists combine forces in R. Ring, an instrumentally simplistic collaboration consisting of vocals, guitar and piano charged with emotion. The duo is currently on tour and plans to release a 7-inch single on Misra Records soon. They perform at Shadow Lounge tonight with locals Food and Action Camp. Nicole Chynoweth 6:30 p.m. 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. $10-12. 18 and over. 412-363-8277 or www.shadowlounge.net

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVI RUSSO
  • Photo courtesy of Davi Russo

[SOUL] + FRI., MAY 11

Lee Fields belongs to the Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley school: He's an older soul singer from the South who only gained any real fame in recent years. Unlike those two Daptone representatives, Fields is on Truth and Soul Records (another Brooklyn-based soul label). He and his band, the Expressions, play the Rex Theater tonight; local neo-soul outfit Black Coffee opens. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $12. 412-381-6811 or www.rextheater.com

[BLUES-ROCK] + SUN., MAY 13

Columbus, Ohio, is the origin of a few acts that have been associated with the Siltbreeze label — scuzzy garage punks Psychedelic Horseshit and Pink Reason, for example. Mount Carmel is a Columbus band, and a Siltbreeze act, but it's cut from a more bluesy mold. Heavy, fuzzed-out late-'60s stuff like Cream and Blue Cheer is the perfect reference point for this no-thrills, almost-stoner-rock band. Mount Carmel plays Thunderbird Café tonight with local hard rockers Carousel and The Slow Reel — whose new release will be its last, as members prepare to disband for different locales. AM 8 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $7. 412-682-0177 or www.thunderbirdcafe.net

PHOTO COURTESY OF GREG MITNICK
  • Photo courtesy of Greg Mitnick

[INDIE ROCK] + TUE., MAY. 15

Luke Temple originally formed Here We Go Magic as a solo project, making an album entirely by himself in 2009, with just a synthesizer and one tom-tom to back up his vocals. Since then, his one-man band has expanded into a five-piece that creates dreamy tracks that blur the line between melodic and psychedelic rock. The band's May release, A Different Ship, consists of playful rhythms and its signature blend of ambient sounds and folk. Here We Go Magic plays Brillobox tonight with Hospitality. NC 9:30 p.m.  4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $8. 412-621-4900 or www.brillobox.net

[HARDCORE PUNK] + WED., MAY 16

Tragedy formed over a decade ago from the ashes of seminal '90s crust band His Hero Is Gone; this year's Darker Days Ahead is the band's first album since 2006. The band — originally from Memphis, now in Portland, Ore. — is a bit of a cult phenomenon, maintaining no web presence and releasing records through its own Tragedy Records label. Epic, growly, infused with blast-beat aggression, the band brings its show to The Shop tonight in what's sure to be a sellout. AM 7 p.m. 4312 Main St., Bloomfield. $8-10. 412-951-0622

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