1) Pittsburgh rock royalty Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers have remained a constant on the Pittsburgh music scene as the city morphed from steel mills to high-tech foundry. Grushecky is a consummate singer/songwriter; in 2017, he penned the anti-President Trump protest song “That’s What Makes Us Great.” His pal, Bruce Springsteen, liked it and agreed to sing on it. Grushecky and The Houserockers are having a new album release party tonight for the much anticipated More Yesterdays than Tomorrows. Other recent work by Grushecky includes It’s In My Song, an acoustic solo album of songs in his catalog that he created new arrangements for. He and The Houserockers are playing just off East Carson Street on the South Side at Hard Rock Cafe. Special guest is Meeting of Important People. 8 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Dr., South Side.
2) How perfect when a singer’s world-weary lyrics dovetail with a world-weary voice. Such is the case of Brett Emmons, singer for The Glorious Sons. He shines on cuts like “Everything Is Alright” from their sophomore album, 2017’s Young Beauties and Fools: a 10-song, punch-to-the-gut rock album detailing Emmons’s wild life at 24. The record was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards. Wait, the JUNO Awards? The Canadian equivalent of the Grammys? Yes, though they invoke the heartland music of The Lumineers, these are Canadian sons from Kingston, Ontario. Two of the sons are also brothers: Brett and his sibling, Jay Emmons, on guitar. The Glorious Sons are opening for J. Roddy Walston and the Business, a similar sounding roots rock band formed in Cleveland … Tennessee, at Stage AE. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)