Killswitch Engage and Anthrax Play Stage AE; Pittsburgh Playwrights Staging ‘Lights Out’ (Sun., 4/9/17)

1) The Killthrax Tour, a double billing of Killswitch Engage and Anthrax, descends upon Stage AE. Killswitch Engage are a metalcore band formed by members of Overcast and Aftershock in 1999. After original vocalist Jesse Leach left the band in 2002, Howard Jones (not the English musician) joined. Killswitch Engage released The End of Heartache in 2004. The eponymous song scored a Grammy nomination and was the theme to Resident Evil: Apocalypse. In 2012, Jones left and Leach returned. 2016’s Incarnate is the band’s latest album. Anthrax, who formed in New York City in 1981, have had even more lead vocalists. However, Joey Belladonna was part of the classic line-up. He was fired in 1992, returned and left again in the mid-’00s, and is back indefinitely. Their latest album is 2016’s For All Kings. The openers promise another one-two punch of metal: The Devil Wears Prada, a Christian melodic metalcore band named after a chick-lit novel, and Jasta, the frontman for Hatebreed. Doors open 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (EC/CM)

2) As the second in its spring series of new plays by local writers, Pittsburgh Playwrights presents Steve Hallock’s Lights Out. The situation is a power failure that stalls a streetcar in the trolley tunnel beneath Mt. Washington. It’s late at night; the car is filled with people who heretofore have been strangers; and many strange exchanges and adventures ensue. 3 p.m. Continues through April 15. 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

3) Our battlin’ Buccos take the diamond again today against the Atlanta Braves. It’s also Kids Day, with a Family Fun Zone outside the ball yard beforehand, and all fans 14 and under receiving a kids batting glove  and a chance to run the bases after the game. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. Next up for the Pirates is a three-game home series against the Cincinnati Reds beginning tomorrow.. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.