Hippo Campus Plays Stage AE; Jergel’s Hosts Balcony Big Band (Mon., 10/22/18)

1) Pittsburgh has gotten to watch the rise of a great indie-rock band, Hippo Campus. The group gave a landmark performance at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2017 and later that year played Mr. Smalls. Now comes a headlining show at Stage AE. Their music combines Animal Collective-esque harmonies with Vampire Weekend’s world-music rhythms. What’s even more impressive is how fully formed the group sounds despite the members’ youth. (Of course, they had two EPs, 2014’s Bashful Creatures and 2015’s South, to realize their sound.) The Animal Collective parallels are sure to persist, for like their noise-rock forebears, all the members perform under eccentric stage names: Turntan, Stitches, Espo, and Beans. DeCarlo Jackson is a new band member and plays trumpet. (No word on if he gets a cool name too.) Their latest EP, warm glow, is out now, fresh off the heels of their debut LP, 2017’s Landmark. Look for a new LP, Bambi, this November. The Districts open. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)

2) The Balcony Big Band is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The 18 member group makes a big, beautiful sound. Get in some Monday relaxation with good music. Slippery Rock Jazz joins in the fun. 7 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.