Gin Blossoms and Cold War Kids in ‘Burgh Concerts; St. Patrick’s Day at Mullaney’s (CPs Tues., 3/17/15)

1) Jergel’s Rhythm Grille has really been bringing in some popular national talent to their North Hills venue. Tonight that stream of talent continues with the rock band Gin Blossoms, who rose to fame out of Tempe, Arizona, in the ’90s. The band is sure to play some of their big hits, including: “Hey Jealousy,” ” Allison Road,” and “Found Out About You.” 8 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. 9 p.m.


2) There’s nothing childish about Cold War Kids. Just listen to the ache in singer Nathan Willet’s voice, the bluesy piano which recalls old school alternative groups like the Velvet Underground. The band received international attention from their first album, 2006’s Robbers & Cowards. “Hang Me Up to Dry,” arguably their most popular single, epitomizes their metaphorical lyrics and twitchy instrumentation. They have had a few lineup changes over the years, the most notable of which was Joe Plummer, formerly of Modest Mouse, taking over drumming duties in 2013. The group averages an LP or EP every year and are no strangers to Pittsburgh. They played Stage AE on the Dear Miss Lonelyhearts tour and will be playing the venue again to promote their newest release, 2014’s Hold My Home. Nevada Color opens. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.


3) One of the most happening spots to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle. With a tent connected to the Pub the celebration space is doubled. Irish bands and performers hold court all day and night in both spaces beginning at noon and going until about midnight. Headliners are Red Hand Paddy and Guaranteed Irish  along with other acts including Whiskey Limerick and Weekend at Blarney’s. 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District.

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