The Beat: June's Best Concerts
Tegan and Sara, Titus Andronicus and Blitzen Trapper are coming to town.
Carnegie Library Music Hall
Behold Titus Andronicus, that roving army of musicians that earns its ducats playing various assortments of musical genres falling beneath the vague umbrella of “indie.” The group has made its way east to conquer the Carnegie Library Music Hall.
[510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall; 412/368-5225, librarymusichall.com]
Tegan and Sara
Seems like only yesterday that Tegan and Sara signed on with Neil Young’s Vapor Records. With a trove of acclaimed releases as well as a long list of accomplishments, the duo is touring in support of its 2013 release “Heartthrob.”
[400 North Shore Drive, North Shore; 412/229-5483, promowestlive.com]
New Hazlett Theater
In celebration of art and its most cherished muse — nature — Resonance Works concludes its first season with “Natural Frequency,” conducted by Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner. Music includes works by Debussy, Copeland, Barber and Carnegie Mellon University professor Nancy Galbraith, presented with projected photography by PM Art Director Chuck Beard. The Resonance Chamber Orchestra performs with local baritone Daniel Teadt.
[6 Allegheny Square East, North Side; 412/501-3330, resonanceworks.org] — Georgia Templeton
The Palace Theatre
Canadian singer-songwriter and all-around living legend Gordon Lightfoot helped to define the ’60s folk-pop movement. Luminaries including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and the Replacements have covered his songs.
[21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg; 724/836-8000, thepalacetheatre.org]
Can’t get enough of Southern-fried rock? Head to the café to see Blitzen Trapper, which has all the fixin’s for denizens who wish the Mason-Dixon ran a little farther north.
[56-58 S. 12th St., South Side; 412/431-4950, clubcafelive.com]
Sweet Little Honey Nothin’
Butterbirds offers a nine-song discourse on bedroom baroque-pop with precocious girl/boy vocals. If circuitous melodies cloaked in lush harmonies with hardly any downers in sight is your thing, “Sweet Little Honey Nothin’” might be for you. Songs such as “EndlessBummer” and “Friends” toe the line between undergraduate hootenannies and unbridled journal entries. The record’s overall vibe gives the impression that somebody’s been sleeping with Danielson records under his or her pillow.
At first glance, the shrapnel bursts of vocals and ear-splitting guitar shrills of Bat Zuppel’s “Brain Eater” nod in the direction of grunge godfathers Mudhoney. If you peel back the layers, though, a few more bits of chicanery abound. “No One Cares” taps into some post-punk zeitgeist with a rhythm section that has all the flurry and verve of sibling rivals battling for attention that calls to mind Television Personalities. “Old Skool” features Damned-like sonic swells. There’s also a significant ’70s Aussie-punk feel permeating the record, specifically conjuring thoughts of Radio Birdman and generally of a post-apocalyptic meltdown — which, while not the ideal living situation, makes for an intriguing listen.