1) Critics and fans alike quickly canonized The Strokes’ 2001 debut album, Is This It. Since then, all but one member of the New York City rock quintet have been involved in various side projects. When navigating these solo discographies, a good place to start is with Albert Hammond, Jr., guitarist for the band. He’s often cited John Lennon as an influence, and you can hear that on his debut, Yours to Keep, particularly on the single “Back to the 101.” (In fact, Sean Lennon, John’s second son, plays on the album.) If Hammond’s name looks familiar, it’s because he shares it with his father, a popular English singer-songwriter. The lead-off single from the junior Hammond’s third album, this year’s Momentary Masters, is titled “Born Slippy.” It is neither a cover of the Underworld song of the same name nor a tribute to the Pittsburgh pronunciation of “slippery.” Perhaps he’ll drop some more Pittsburghese for his show at Brillobox. Prinze George opens. 9:30 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. (CM
2) Before We Go – I guess that saving the world as Captain America just isn’t enough for some people, so Chris Evans has directed his first movie. Such an undertaking would, for a newbie, seem rather daunting, so it’s understandable he’d opt for a project that wasn’t too demanding. Before We Go is a rom-com about two strangers who meet cute and fall in love. (See, I told you.) Alice Eve plays an art dealer who misses her train back to Boston and gets stuck in New York. Evans is a down-on-his luck street musician who takes pity on Eve and decides to help her get back home. They travel from the Big Apple to Bean Town and you’ll never guess what happens along the way. Check Fandango for screens and times.
3) Cappy’s Cafe in Shadyside is holding a Team Trivia contest tonight with Trivia Master John. 9 – 11 p.m. Yuengling draft special is $3 for a 20 oz. brew. 5431 Walnut St.