World Cup Of Hockey Preview Games at Consol; Yo La Tengo and Lambchop Play Carnegie Music Hall (Wed., 9/14/16)

1) It’s been a little while since the Penguins won the Stanley Cup and rabid hockey fans can’t wait for the new Penguin season to open on October 13. Well, here’s a really good appetizer to hold them over—The World Cup of Hockey Preview games. The best hockey players in the world will play for their respective national home teams September 17 in the World Cup in Toronto. Before they do though, several of the top teams will face off here in the ‘Burgh. Pittsburgh is one of three U.S. cities chosen to host the pre-Cup games. The main event will feature top teams Canada and Russia at 7:30 p.m., in a contest that will have Penguins stars’ Sidney Crosby of Canada playing against the Russians’ Evgeni Malkin. Before the 7:30 p.m. game, Team North America, composed of the best players age 23 or under from the U.S. and Canada including Penguins’ goalie Matt Murray, takes on the Czech Republic at 3:30 pm. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) The Andy Warhol Museum’s Sound Series presents a pairing of respected independent music groups this month: Yo La Tengo and special guests Lambchop. Yo La Tengo turned 30 in 2014. In 2015, former member Dave Schramm returned on electric guitar, rounding out the Hoboken trio into a quartet. That same year, they recorded and released Stuff Like That There. The album includes covers, re-recordings of originals, and originals. The band executed this same concept on 1990’s Fakebook. Kurt Wagner, the man behind Lambchop, wrote an “(in)formal bio” of Stuff Like That There, one which can be found on Yo La Tengo’s website. Appropriate, then, that Wagner and his current incarnation of Lambchop will be not only opening for Yo La Tengo but also collaborating with them on their songs. (Yo La Tengo will collaborate on Lambchop songs as well.) Lambchop began in Nashville, as part of the alt-country genre, though their sound has evolved with every new release. Their newest album is 2012’s Mr. M. Although the Warhol brings both bands to Pittsburgh, the concert will take place at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. 8. p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. (CM)

3)  The musical duo of Anna & Elizabeth is composed of Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle, the pair’s notoriety comes from a combination of talents. Both are historians, storytellers, visual artists, and skilled, intuitive musicians with a groundbreaking approach. Utilizing guitar, banjo, fiddle, and a beautiful blending of their voices in tight harmonies they sing and tell stories of America, their elders, and our shared historical elements. They supplement their performances with crankies—hand cranked picture shows which they use in conjunction with cut-outs, puppets, prints, and various fabrics. 7:30 p.m. Song Space Gallery at the First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside.

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