Local Scene: Metal meltdown this weekend

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• Saturday is shaping up as a hot metal day in the old Steel City. There's the Fist Fight in the Parking Lot release show at the Pub, but you can make a day of it by starting at The Shop, 4312 Main St., Bloomfield, at 2 p.m., where things will be a good deal heavier.

Abby Krizner's former band, Motorpsychos, is on a bill headlined by Argus and Complete Failure and also featuring Moths, Lady Beast, Grisly Amputation, Vitandus and Falling Upward.

"I wanted to pick a very diverse lineup that touched on every branch of heavy music as well as bands that do not typically get a chance to play all-ages shows," says Jon Leone, who booked the show.

He notes that it will be Argus' first all-ages headlining performance in support of "Boldly Stride the Doomed," that Motorpsychos will be debuting material from the forthcoming "Sheppard's File" and that Vitandus will be dropping a debut EP.

It's all ages. Admission is $10.

Punk news!

• Anti-Flag spent frontman Justin Sane's birthday Tuesday in "Shawshank" prison. The band was shooting a video for "This Is the New Sound" at the Mansfield, Ohio, prison where they filmed "The Shawshank Redemption." The band's new album, "The General Strike," is due March 20 on SideOneDummy.

• Code Orange Kids, newly signed to Deathwish, announced a midwest tour that will include five dates at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin. Also representing Pittsburgh is ear-smashing power-violence band Heartless, who also play the Mr. Roboto Project on March 11.

In the Spotlight

• The next installment of the New Hazlett Theater's "Songwriter's Spotlight" will focus on some relatively youthful voices with folk-pop artist Brooke Annibale, Rishi Bahl (SpacePimps), Steve Soboslai (Punchline) and Harrison Wargo (formerly of The Morning Light) exchanging songs and stories. It's at 8 p.m. March 9. Tickets are $12 advance; $15 at the door. www.showclix.com/event/213745.

Beasties pre-Ill

• So, the last time Madonna came to Pittsburgh was May 1985 at the Civic Arena on the Virgin Tour. Opening that show was The Beastie Boys, who had just undergone that punk-to-hip-hop transplant and had yet to release the breakout "Licensed to Ill."

The Post-Gazette reviewer at the time was not at all impressed with the three Beasties, writing, "Their overall vulgarity was a shoddy way to open a show of such magnitude."

Who could have imagined that both acts would go on to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Madonna, as we reported this week, returns to town for the first time in 27 years on Nov. 6 at Consol Energy Center.


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