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Skull Fest must-sees

Precautions will be necessary if you’d like to hear past the age of 50

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Set cash aside for some 40s and tall boys of PBR, sew some floss back through that Aus Rotten patch and replace all your missing studs, because, Pittsburgh, it’s time for Skull Fest! Happening Thu., Aug. 18-Sun., Aug. 21, Skull Fest 8 boasts a lineup of more than 60 bands. Here are a just a few highlights:

+ Wear earplugs to the Wolf Eyes set. Trust us, it’s for the best. The Michigan noise-rockers will mangle your eardrums with hellacious sounds, and precautions will be necessary if you’d like to hear past the age of 50. Then take your place in the crowd and attempt to stand up straight against the spastic yet methodical wall of noise. With Haram, Los Huaycos, Choir and NØthing. 6 p.m. Fri., Aug. 19. The Shop, 4314 Main St., Bloomfield. $15. All ages.

+ Feeling like maybe you can’t hang? Too many sweaty bodies and flailing crusty dreadlocks coming your way? Lucky for you, Skull Fest has caringly provided something a bit more melodic to space out to. Unleash your inner mod to Barcelona post-punkers Belgrado. Be prepared to feel something other than rage and embrace the existential crises you’ll experience following this performance. With Shadow Age and Empty Beings. 10 p.m. Fri., Aug 19. Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $15. 421-621-4900 or www.brillobox.net

+ The Pittsburgh and Cleveland feud is a little less heated when it comes to music, and — contrary to popular belief — that city’s greatness doesn’t end with Lebron James. Cleveland does hardcore right, and if you’re in the mood for high-quality pissed-off punk (and why wouldn’t you be?), Vanilla Poppers is a must-see. This punk four-piece will have you hurling the nearest chair, table or person into the crowd in no time. Playing at Cattivo with the Repos Sat., Aug. 20. See show info in main story.

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