‘Pepper’ Your Night with Lively Rock Music; Chamber Music Pittsburgh Presents Free Concert of Fauré String Trio (Wed., 11/11/15)

1) Pepper waited until its sixth LP to self-title an album. Why so late? The new record is a rebirth of sorts. After 2008’s Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations, the trio felt fatigued. It was a busy past 11 years: beginnings in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; a jump to the mainland—San Diego; appearances at many a Vans Warped Tour. They’ve opened for other reggae acts, like Shaggy, and weathered numerous comparisons to Sublime. 2006’s No Shame was the major label debut, with inescapable radio hits, like “No Control” and “Your Face.” Their music also appeared in movies, music, and even video game soundtracks. Then, from 2009 to 2013, a drought of new music, save the release of one EP. However, that EP, 2010’s Stitches, got them touring again, and the band soon regrouped in the studio. In 2013, they released Pepper—sonically expansive, tightly produced, flush with the band’s toes-in-the-sand vibe. They bring that sunny vibe to November-gray Pittsburgh with a show at Altar Bar. Ballyhoo and Katastro open. 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. (CM)

2) Chamber Music Pittsburgh is presenting Pittsburgh Performs, a no-charge concert featuring the talented Pittsburgh group Fauré String Trio. The concert will be held at Lawrenceville restaurant Franktuary, Wednesday, November 11, beginning at 5 p.m. The new release sums it up magnificently, “Local string trio Fauré String Trio has had the honor of premiering many new compositions since its inception in 2003, but this concert may be the first time they have the honor of being accompanied by a custom menu of gourmet hot dogs, grub and cocktails designed specially by the culinary creatives at Franktuary.” Although the concert is free, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and beverages by Franktuary will be available for purchase. 3810 Butler St.

3) The Pens are back in town from a long Canadian road trip and take on the Montreal Canadiens in a 7:30 p.m. game at the Consol Energy Center. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

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