Another day, another dollar, another weekend filled with shows. Remember that this is just a sampling of what’s going on in the area… there are also tons of DJ nights, art shows, and dance parties, etc. Hit the town and see what’s up! 

~ FRIDAY, 11/17 ~


The Danger of Falling [6pm // The Smiling Moose // all ages // $12]

Kick off your weekend in the heaviest way possible with this early show at the Moose featuring WV-based melodic hardcore group The Danger Of Falling, with support from progressive deathcore outfit Shotgun Surgeon and the metalcore/heavycore stylings of locals 156/Silence.


Born Without Bones [6:30pm // Mr. Roboto Project // all ages // $10]

If genres like “deathcore” aren’t your thing, head over to Roboto to check out Born Without Bones (sweet Massachusetts indie rock), Super American (pure indie rock from Buffalo), In Motion (light pop punk from the Sunshine State), Good Grief (PGH indie rockers), and fake friends. Hit up Spak beforehand and make a night of it!


Bindley Hardware Co. “Ever Satisfactory” Album Release [7pm // Allegheny Elks Lodge // all ages // $10]

Celebrate the release of Bindley Hardware Co.‘s debut album “Ever Satisfactory”! Featuring special guest performances by Lawrenceville country queen Molly Alphabet and rust-belt rockers Dylan Rooke & Red Coal.


Pale Waves [7pm // Cattivo // all ages // $14]

Alt-pop/rock group PALE WAVES is in town all the way from the UK. Don’t miss them performing with special guests The Candescents in another awesome show put on by Mr. Smalls Presents.

“Fuck Thanksgiving” Presented by Almost Extinct: Lawn Care, Sikes, The Sonder Bombs, and Makayla Montarti [7pm // Cafe Verona // $5]

Come join as at Cafe Verona for Almost Extinct‘s annual “Fuck Thanksgiving” benefit! For the second year in a row, we will be hosting this event to raise money for various Pittsburgh based animal rights groups and promote veganism before Thanksgiving comes around. All profits will be donated, and anything given in addition to the cover fee will count towards that! Our lineup includes:

Lawn Care

The Sonder Bombs


Almost Extinct

Makayla Montarti

Show at 7pm / $5 cover


Action Camp, BBGuns, the dark lines [9pm // Howlers // 21+ // $5]

Go check out how much talent Pittsburgh has to offer at this all locals show, featuring postpunk doom rockers Action Camp (celebrating drummer Joe’s birthday!), the indie rock-inspired hip-hop of BBGuns (formerly LazyBlackMan), and the garage pop of the dark lines


Perverts Again, Bending, Peace Talks, Choir & Knight Terror [9pm // the Rock Room // 21+ // $7]

PERVERTS AGAIN: The agregious atrocity that is the proto-meatball rockers from Cleveland Ohio playing stomping chompers to wiggle your insides apart. Also, punk.

BENDING: Midwestern drone noises sure to be the perfect soundtrack for a night you will surely regret.


CHOIR: Is it punk? Is it grunge? Is it noise rock? Do accurate sub genre descriptions of bands really mean anything to anyone anymore? Put your pretensions aside for a moment and enjoy your life through loud music.

KNIGHT TERROR: Thrashin’ heavy metal from NYC. Their previous show fell through, now they will be playing this gig.


Gas Tiger, Stone Cold Killer, LIZE [10pm // Casey’s Draft House // 21+]

Get ready for a night full of rock & roll with the power pop trash of Gas Tiger, the hard rock of Stone Cold Killer, and LIZE providing sleazy covers of rock ‘n’ roll greats. Come check out this new South Side venue!

~ SATURDAY, 11/18 ~


CKY at the Rex [6pm // The Rex Theater // all ages //  $20]

Get ready for a night of crazy rock and roll with CKY and special guests Morgantown-based heavy rock/Southern metal outfit Worst Kept Secret, local rockers Blackbird Bullet, & the groovy rock bluesy goodness of Old Man Rob. Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm.


Today is the Best Day Ever’s EP Release Show [6pm // The Smiling Moose // all ages // FREE]

Come check out Today is the Best Day Ever and celebrate the release of their EP “Laugh More, You’re Dying.” They note: This is going to be a short show, and so we ask that you please show up by the start time of 6:30. Our set is less than 30 minutes long. We intentionally kept our songs short, energetic, and to the point. Our buddies in Curse Words will be opening and we want you to see them too.

The show will be dedicated to our friend Jared Joyner (1991-2017). We’ll make at least one Rocket Power joke to honor him. Maybe even two. To further honor his memory, we will be collecting donations for the drug prevention and treatment group Prevention Point Pittsburgh.


Mikey Erg / Save Ends / The Lopez / Rue [7pm // Mr. Roboto Project // all ages // $8]

Don’t Let the Scene Go Down on Me! Collective presents…

Mikey Erg: The man, the myth, the legend from The Ergs, Worriers, and a million other bands. First full length solo record came out last year on Don Giovanni Records!

Save Ends: Boston sad rockers. Tiny Engines/ Black Numbers

The Lopez: Pittsburgh’s snot rock power couple

Rue: Arts and crafts punks


Lorenzo’s Oil, Old Game, There You Are, Winter Makes Sailors [9pm // Howlers // 21+]

Come to Howlers for a scream… of delight! It is a 4 band night! More for your money, honey! Get ready for the hilarious bass comedy duo Lorenzo’s Oil, the dark alternative grunge of Old Game, alternative rock duo There You Are, and Columbus indie rockers Winter Makes Sailors.


BUILDINGS return to Pittsburgh [9pm // the Rock Room // 21+ // $5]

Buildings (Minneapolis): Shellac and The Jesus Lizard had a child and it turned into this… Now on it’s own in this dark, sad world. They have a new album out.

Glowworms (PGH): Epic noise rock from the steel city.

Unreliable Narrator (PGH): Highly educated hardcore punk. These guys got degrees… Well, most of them anyway.

Aloe (PGH): New noiserock/postpunk band from Pittsburgh with members from Brazilian Wax and Skinless Boneless


David Bazan [9pm // Club Cafe // 21+ // $20]

David Bazan with Michael Nau

Some see David Bazan touring in support of his new album Care.

As much of a follow-up to 2005’s synth-heavy “Headphones” album as it is to last year’s Blanco, Care also finds Bazan getting back to the calm minimalism of early Pedro The Lion. Produced, recorded, and mixed by Bazan and legendary Oregon-based producer Richard Swift, bare synthesizers dominate the tracks, giving Care an intimate, personal sound. The vocals are close, mirroring the experience from the front seat at a house show. Steady, sparse beats tie the ten tracks together, thrumming a boom-tap, boom-tap like a thread.

~ SUNDAY, 11/19 ~


Bleep Bloop – The Fifth Pupil Tour [7pm // the Rex Theater // 18+ // $16]

Bleep Bloop‘s music is classified as bass. I don’t know what that means and I have a feeling that I probably wouldn’t enjoy it, but I like the name so I threw them on here. They are touring with SAYER, Sumthin Sumthin, DICEY.


Stuyedeyed / BIRDS + Tremoravia / Tears of Joy [9pm // Gooski’s // 21+ // $5]

Gooski’s brings you two NYC-based bands and two locals to bring your weekend to a wonderful close. Get there early to chow down on some wings, then check out Stuyedeyed (Sike Garbage Spunk n Swoll) and BIRDS (everythingallatonce)
with locals Tremoravia (indie rock) and Tears Of Joy (power pop).


Karma to Burn, Doctor Smoke, The Long Hunt [8pm // Cattivo // 21+ // $15]

The return of West Virginia instru-metal giants Karma To Burn with heavy metal group Doctor Smoke and minimalist drone psych locals The Long Hunt.

Karma To Burn’s riff-driven, heavily grooving instrumental songs blend almost the entire history of rock music, from the late sixties with their euphoric atmosphere of departure to the present return to handmade, organic music which counteracts with passionate spiritedness the general trend towards cold digital sounds. Even without vocals, Karma To Burn fascinate their listeners from the first to the very last note.