Emerson Jay and Eastend Mile at Club Cafe; Moondog’s Holiday Party w/Norm Nardini, Bill Toms, 8th Street Rox (Sat., 12/3/16)
1) This late show at Club Cafe offers a double-billing of local, atmospheric music with Emerson Jay and Eastend Mile. You will sometimes shoegaze. Other times, dance. It depends on how Emerson Jay (née Jared Gulden) and his backing band work the synths or modulate the guitars and drums, all of which they can turn on a dime. Music blogs have lauded him, and he has played festivals such as North Coast in Chicago and Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan. This year, he opened for indie-pop royalty Haim at Stage AE, a venue which he has headlined too. Eastend Mile, meanwhile, will bring the jazz (along with a little fusion and hip-hop). The quartet has toured the northeast, and this October, they got passing crowds bobbing their heads at the Squirrel Hill Block Party. Earlier, in September, they released their sophomore album, I Had a Wonderful Time. Such will be patrons’ experience for this weekend pairing of exceptional homegrown talent. 10:30 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. (CM)
2) Three legendary Pittsburgh rockers performing at Moondog’s: what more could you want for a holiday rock party? Rockin’ the ‘dog will be Norm Nardini, “Pittsburgh’s uncrowned king of rock-n-roll;” Bill Toms, poet-guitar lord; and good-time band 8th Street Rox. Anything could happen when you combine these three rockers and the holidays. Should be a fun night. 8:30 p.m. 378 Freeport Rd., Blawnox.
3) We Are Scientists are a duo who write striking indie songs that skew slightly to the irreverent. The title of their fifth album, released this year, is Helter Seltzer. The music video for “Buckle,” a single from that album, depicts lead vocalist and guitarist Keith Murray hurling various foods, silly string, and, yes, seltzer water at bassist Chris Cain. The duo also starred in Steve Wants His Money, a series of comedic shorts which aired on MTV UK. The band formed in Berkeley, California, in 2000. They relocated to Brooklyn the following year. They are one of many New York bands featured on the soundtrack to the romantic teen comedy Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist. Their contribution, “After Hours,” also appears on 2008’s Brain Thrust Mastery. Their concerts, which include touring drummer Keith Carne, are known for witty banter and band members performing in the audience. Expect nothing less for their Cattivo show. Shade opens. 8 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. (CM)
4) Wouldn’t it be cool to see a holiday play on a farm? Well now you can! Shenot Farm Theater is producing as its debut production Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The holiday classic has been adapted, and is directed by Justus White and will be performed in the farm’s historic barn. Other seasonal enjoyments at Shenot Farm are singing, festive hayrides in the countryside, and hot apple cider and roasted and candied nuts. 3 and 5 p.m. Performances continue on Saturdays and Sundays through December 18. 3754 Wexford Run Rd.,Wexford.