Between The Buried and Me Play Stage AE; Warhol Sound Series Hosts Son Lux (Sat.,4/9/16)

1) And the prize for best name of a band visiting Pittsburgh in April goes to … Between the Buried and Me. The group hails from Raleigh, North Carolina, which is actually between Chapel Hill and Rocky Mount. But these boys are known for progressive, spiritually inspired metal with death-metal overtones, and thus the name, which evokes both mortality and salvation. Formed in 2000 by lead vocalist Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. and guitarist Paul Waggoner—both formerly of the now-defunct straightedge metalcore band Prayer for Cleansing—Between the Buried and Me has toured extensively and recorded prolifically. The quintet’s latest album, last year’s Coma Ecliptic, shot to #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Top Rock, and Tastemaker charts. Currently the cool Carolinians are touring with Christian metal faves August Burns Red, and the two bands are co-headliners for a concert at Stage AE, with Good Tiger opening. Doors at 5:30. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (MV)

 

2) Contrary to what some may think, Son Lux is no relation to Sun Ra, although they do have a few things in common. Son Lux—born Ryan Lott—has followed the lead of the late, great jazz musician in adopting a two-syllable name that evokes transcendental cosmic light, and like Sun Ra he is known to make eerie electronic sounds. But whereas the jazzman has joined that big band in the sky, Son Lux is reported to be very much alive. The young singer/composer is bringing his post-rock, electronic chamber-pop sound to the Warhol Sound Series for a gig with his current trio mates, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Son Lux has performed at venues ranging from Moogfest to SXSW to (believe it or not) Carnegie Hall in New York. He’s one of those artists who is not a household name unless your household is the arcane progressive type, in which case this concert might be just your cup of Saturday night tea. 8 p.m. Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Shore. (MV)

 

3) My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2—Now this is what you call “counter programming.” Here’s a film that’s the complete opposite of Batman vs. Superman. Cast your mind back to 2002 and the release of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a tiny independent Canadian-American romantic comedy about a young woman from a very strong-willed, close-knit Greek clan, Toula, who goes and falls in love with Ian, a non-Greek WASP, leading to no end of complications with her family. Made on a budget of $5 million, the film grossed in it’s first year of release $242 million, making it one of the most profitable films of all times. Over the years, writer and star Nia Vardalos has hinted at a sequel and now she delivers. The marriage of Toula and Ian has hit a rough patch just as their teen-aged daughter Paris is dealing with troubles of her own. But things go from bad to even worse when a long-hidden family secret gets aired and everybody’s in crisis. Returning from the first movie are Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, and Andrea Martin. New to the series are Elena Kampouris, John Stamos, Rita Wilson, and Joey Fatone. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)