Back in town
• This is a big week for ex-Pittsburghers returning home for the holidays and picking up a gig.
In particular, we have an influx of gentlemen from Nashville.
Steve Soboslai, best known as the frontman for veteran pop-punk Punchline, left for Music City in July, just after he formed the solo project Blue of Colors. The band, which headlines Club Cafe Saturday, allows the sweet-voiced singer to get more personal with the lyrics and experiment more with melody and texture.
Joining Blue of Colors will be Jon Bindley, who left Pittsburgh for Nashville as part of Americana band Bear Cub and then went his own way as a singer-songwriter. He's working on a solo album, having already released the singles and videos for the songs "Three Rivers" and "Full-Time Fool."
Also on the bill is New York/Philly trio End of America, described by Spin as "Appalachian balladry with soulful Low Anthem harmony and strum."
It begins at 10:30 p.m. Admission is $8; www.clubcafelive.com.
• Speaking of Bear Cub, the alt-country band led by Jesse Hall is visiting from Nashville as well and playing what should be a very packed show at the Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville at 9 p.m. Saturday with Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts (led by former Haste the Day drummer Giuseppe Capolupo) and Black Six.
Bear Cub, which departed in 2010 after building a sizable following in Pittsburgh, released its third album, "Good Morning, Every Morning," in 2012.
The show begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $10; www.thunderbirdcafe.net.
• One more connection here is that the current guitarist for Bear Cub is Ford Thurston, who worked the clubs here for many years as a solo artist and member of funk-rock band The Vibro Kings. The Kings get back together for a show Friday night at Club Cafe with members of Grapevine. It's at 8 p.m. Cover is $12; www.clubcafelive.com.
• You may have bumped into Mac Miller this week as well.
The rapper was home from Los Angeles having just released his first concert album, "Live From Space."
Recorded during the summer's Space Migration Tour, it features nine songs with Odd Future offshoot duo The Internet as well as five outtakes from "Watching Movies With The Sound Off." Guests on those include Future and Syd & Thundercat.
• Bill Deasy released the solo album "Start Again" in April, but now he's starting again on a different track.
When the singer-songwriter plays his annual Boxing Day show at Club Cafe tonight, he'll be joined by his reunited band The Gathering Field.
The popular '90s band formally reunited last month, and Mr. Deasy says, "There lots of new material already, which has been a pleasant surprise."
The show is at 8 p.m. Admission is $12; www.clubcafelive.com.