Consol Goes Gaga; Alabama Shakes Stage AE (CPs Thurs., 5/08/14)

1) Lady Gaga takes the stage at Consol Energy Center tonight, by what means and in what get-up we can only imagine. However, what we do know is that it is sure to be interesting. She is one of America’s most creative musical talents. An accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician, she overcame such difficulties as bullying in high school and an initial lack of success in her career to become a mega star. Lady Gaga has ridden her popularity wave to five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. Her hits have included “Born This Way” and “Poker Face.” She’s touring in support of her latest album, Art Pop. Special guests are Lady Starlight and Hatsune Miku. 7:30 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) Alabama Shakes is not an earthquake headline; it’s the name of a rock band out of Athens, Ala. In 2013, the group was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance, and Best Recording Package. Their roots rock groove can be heard in “Hold On.” Opening is Deslondes. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

3) Pittsburgh Improv hosts Dan Cummins, a comic known for his observational humor and taking a dark, funny look at his own life. He’s made all the usual stops on the late-night TV talk shows and even had his own Comedy Central special, “Crazy With a Capital F.” You can catch Cummin’s act tonight at 8 p.m., with additional shows through Sunday. 166 E. Bridge St., The Waterfront, Homestead.

4) An interesting mixed-arts exhibition is happening at the Warhol Museum. It offers  live electronic music from Brooklyn, N.Y., composer, artist, and performer Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), who’s supporting his latest release, R Plus Seven out on Warp Records. Nate Boyce, artist and collaborator, will be providing the live video art component of the performance. Special guest is Dutch E Germ. 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.

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