Band of Skulls to Appear at Mr. Smalls; Smash Brothers Play Improv (CPs Thurs., 5/1/14)

1) Band of Skulls, English alt-rockers touring in support of their March 31 release of Himalayan, are in concert tonight at Mr. Smalls Funhouse. Their music can be heard as a backdrop in pop culture, including in The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, and Friday Night Lights Volume 2; they’ve also played the SXSW festival. SACCO opens the show. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

2) Known as The Smash Brothers, Cory and Chad are identical twins from East L.A. Their mom works for the postal service, and their dad is a wild biker. Having attended 14 different schools growing up, they were the perennial “new kids.” In order to avoid trouble and make friends, they used their sense of humor to become the funny kids. Yes, they have pulled some twin pranks over the years, like breaking up with each other’s girlfriend and switching classes in school. One twin is an upright citizen and doesn’t drink (Cory), the other, a bad boy partier (Chad). They make it through life together and are one of L.A.’s funniest comedy duos. 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday. Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., The Waterfront, Homestead.

3) Looking for the perfect mid-week perk? Make a point to stop at Carnegie Coffee Company. Located in the former Carnegie Post Office, the newly opened coffeehouse specializes in the European coffee experience. This is also the only coffeehouse in the area serving Illy coffee, which prides itself in educating growers on sustainability and ethical farm practices. Pair an espresso with locally made pastry or sandwich, and you’ll have the boost you need to get through the rest of the week. 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 132 E. Main St., Carnegie.

4) 3) Andy’s Wine Bar, the swank lounge inside the Fairmont Pittsburgh, hosts  live musicians Wednesdays through Saturdays. Filling the place tonight will be the soft sounds of the city’s own Tania Grubbs. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. 510 Market St., Downtown.

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