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Critics' Picks: May 3 - 8

Local shows by Suckers, Kalob Griffin, The GrandMothers of Invention, St. Vincent and Angela Easterling

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[ART ROCK] + THU., MAY 3

So many of the hallmarks of the early-'00s buzz band are fulfilled in Suckers: There are ethereal harmonies coexisting with dry, disaffected lead vocals. There are big, anthemic progressions. There are some bloopity-bloop synth things. If there's a formula for Pitchfork/Stereogum success, these guys found it — but of course, locating a formula is nothing without the talent to write the songs and perform them. And they're pretty great at that. Check them out tonight at The Club at Stage AE. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $10-12. 412-229-5483 or www.stageae.com

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[COUNTRY ROCK] + FRI., MAY 4

The Kalob Griffin Band is based out of Philadelphia and has Pittsburgh ties (Griffin himself is from Clarion), but its music sounds as if it's of the South. The band's country-fried rock is colored by Griffin's drawling vocals; its first full-length, June Found a Gun, comes out next month, but you can get a taste of it tonight at Club Café. Cabinet opens. AM 9 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com

[ROCK] + SUN., MAY 6

Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention were the avant-garde composer's experimental orchestra throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The rock band, whose line-up and name changed throughout its existence, assisted Zappa in creating his eclectic and sometimes satirical fusions of modern music and classical approaches on albums like Bongo Fury and One Size Fits All. Today, former members Napoleon Murphy Brock, Tom Fowler and Don Preston, along with Miroslav Tadic and Christopher Garcia, continue performing Zappa's compositions worldwide as The GrandMothers of Invention. Catch them at Rex Theater tonight. Nicole Chynoweth 7:30 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $25-30. 412-381-6811 or www.rextheater.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF TINA TYRELL
  • Photo courtesy of Tina Tyrell

[INDIE POP] + MON., MAY 7

Annie Clark's music combines dark, mysterious bass lines, ominous piano chords and charming appearances by strings and woodwinds to create a bipolar sort of indie pop that traverses a hodgepodge of emotions. Known by the stage name St. Vincent, Clark has played guitar in The Polyphonic Spree, performed in Sufjan Stevens' touring band and released three albums of her own. As a meticulous, multi-talented musician, St. Vincent triumphs both lyrically and instrumentally. She performs at Altar Bar tonight. NC 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $19-21. All ages. 412-206-9719 or www.thealtarbar.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF JON HOLLOWAY
  • Photo courtesy of Jon Holloway

[COUNTRY] + TUE., MAY 8

Don't let Angela Easterling's sweet voice and simple melodies catch you off guard: The South Carolina songwriter takes on some heavy topics in her tunes. Like, for example, Western expansion, or a woman having an affair with her brother's wife. She's gained high praise from everyone from No Depression to The Byrds' Roger McGuinn; her latest, Beguiler, released last year, was recorded with Will Kimbrough. Tonight she plays at the Brentwood Public Library. AM 7 p.m. 3501 Brownsville Road, Brentwood. www.brentwoodpubliclibrary.org. Also 6:30 p.m. Wed., May 9, at Western Allegheny Community Library, 8042 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale. www.westernalleghenylibrary.org

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