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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October Pittsburgh concerts

10/9 Okkervil River & Crooked Fingers @ Mr. Small's
What a difference a month makes. October is shaping up to be a terrific month for concerts in the city, headlined by the Okkervil River appearance at Mr. Small's. The Austin indie rock troupe opened for the New Pornographers in April (see review here), then blew us away with an even more impressive show at Lollapalooza. Can they possibly top that? It will be difficult, but they've got a whole new album of material to present - The Stand-Ins, released on September 9 to much fanfare.

10/4 Vampire Weekend @ Carnegie Mellon University
It's not just a Vampire Weekend show. It's not just a FREE Vampire Weekend show. It's a free Vampire Weekend show as part of a voter registration drive for Barack Obama. Thank goodness Pennsylvania is considered a swing state - New York isn't getting shit like this! I wasn't sold on these preppy sweater-wearers at first, but now their diverse debut CD is shaping up as a potential Album of the Year contender for 2008.

10/17 Freezepop @ Mr. Small's
Freezepop has been one of my favorites of the electropop genre for some time. I'm not sure how well their music translates to a small theater like Mr. Small's, but it's worth finding out. I just found out this band has songs on Rock Band and Guitar Hero... what's up with that? Shouldn't the bands on those games actually be known by someone outside of a small cult audience?

10/21 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Brillobox {SOLD OUT}
Two years ago you would've killed to be at this show, but then CYHSY's blog-generated buzz died. Now, they're just another indie act trying to make it big. Though their second album fizzled out almost instantly, they still have "Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood," in which singer Alec Ounsworth expresses his concern for the well-being of child stars, in a wonderfully meandering, drunken tone.

Others to keep in mind:
10/1 The Queers @ Belvedere's
10/4 Langhorne Slim @ Club Cafe
10/13 Hanson @ Carnegie Homestead Library
10/14 Toadies @ Diesel
10/14 Tim Reynolds and TR3 @ Hard Rock Cafe
10/15 Family Force 5 @ Diesel
10/17 Kelly Clarkson & Reba McEntire @ Mellon Arena
10/18 Tom McRae @ Club Cafe
10/20 Alejandro Escovedo @ Club Cafe
10/20 Atmosphere @ Mr. Small's
10/21 NOFX @ Club Zoo
10/23 Joan Osborne @ Mr. Small's
10/24 Matthew Sweet @ Mr. Small's
10/25 Matisyahu @ Mr. Small's
10/28 Scary Kids Scaring Kids @ Mr. Small's

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