Built to Spill in Concert at Mr. Smalls; Shadyside’s Soba Features Pan Asian Fare (Tues., 9/17/19)

Built to Spill return to Mr. Smalls Theatre. The band rose from Boise, Idaho to prominence in the ’90s. The group never had a hit, per se, but albums such as 1997’s Perfect from Now On and 1999’s Keep It Like a Secret are indie-rock cornerstones. In fact, the band members are touring for the 20th anniversary of the latter record, the band’s fourth overall. Their latest release is 2015’s Untethered Moon, their eight album. The band has seen members come and go; the sole core member is singer/guitarist Doug Martsch, who has said that he wanted to change the lineup for every album. Built to Spill also saw its share of tragedy. Former drummer Andy Capps died in 2006. But they’ve pressed on, and last year they toured with the Afghan Whigs, another great indie-rock group from the ’90s. Prism Bitch and And And And open. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (CM)

2) Soba Restaurant—located along Shadyside’s Ellsworth Avenue—specializes in traditional and contemporary Asian dishes. With many small plate offerings Soba is perfect for sharing food with friends and family and making new culinary discoveries. Most of the inspiration for the menu comes from the cuisines of China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.  An especially tasty small plate item is the rock shrimp tempura with spicy aoli , tsume, ponzu, and chives. The menu is categorized by sections: small plates, dim sum, sides, maki & sashimi, soups and salads, large plates, and noodles. Highlights include: Korean-style miso black cod, filet bulgogi dolsot bi bim bap, chirashi bowl, and Thai chicken curry. The culinary team is led by the restaurant’s executive chef, Lily Tran, and Big Burrito Group’s Executive Chef Bill Fuller. Soba sports a modern, yet comfortable interior. There is a happening lounge there as well featuring a fun selection of cocktails, wine, sake, and beer offerings. Open for dinner 7 days a week and the bar is open late. 5847 Ellsworth Ave.

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