Metronomy. Altar Bar. 8 p.m.
English electronic pop band Metronomy will play the Altar Bar in support of their recently released fourth album, Love Letters. Tickets start at $16 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com.
Hawthorne Heights and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Altar Bar. 8 p.m.
These titans of the screamo genre — which you loved at one time, don’t deny it — will be wearing their broken hearts on their sleeves and letting you know about how much it hurts. Tickets start at $16 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com.
Willie Nelson & Family. Benedum Center. 8 p.m.
The red-headed stranger, iconic country music outlaw Willie Nelson will be performing from his extensive catalogue at the Benedum Center. Expect marijuana smoke clouds thicker than Snoop Dogg getting ready for his Dominos order to arrive. Tickets start at $42.25 and can be purchased at trustarts.culturaldistrict.org.
Panda Bear. Mr. Small’s Funhouse. 8 p.m.
Popular indie-electronic artist Panda Bear — one of the four animals of Animal Collective — will play Mr. Small’s. Expect a psychedelic trip no matter what state you arrive in. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at ticketweb.com.
Dangerous Beauty opening. Hunt Library, 5th floor. 5 p.m.
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation fall exhibition, Dangerous Beauty: Thorns, Spines, and Prickles, will see its official opening. It features drawings, watercolors, and books that depict the beautiful defensive structures of thorns, spines, and prickles. Admission is free and open to the public.
Islands. Altar Bar. 8 p.m.
Canadian alt-rockers Islands — buddies with other Canadian alt-kings Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade — will be playing the Altar Bar. Expect skinny jeans and brightly-colored faux-flannels. Tickets start at $13 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com.
Clemente: The Legend of 21. NightBlue Theater. 8 p.m.
This play tells the story of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente, from his early years in Puerto Rico, through his 18 years with the Pirates amidst the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, and finally his tragic accident. Performances run through Sunday. Tickets start at $49.25 and can be purchased at trustarts.culturaldistrict.org.
Two Trips. Heinz Hall. 7:30 p.m.
Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they travel through the opioid hallucinations of lovesick Hector Berlioz in their performance of his Symphonie fantastique. Also on the program is Mason Bates’s Rusty Air in Carolina and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Performances continue through Sunday. Tickets start at $25.75 and can be purchased at trustarts.culturaldistrict.org
VIA Festival. Various Locations. Oct. 1–5
One of the premier events in independent music, the VIA Festival will feature a diverse array of artists across musical genres, as well as platforms for visual artists and other workshops. Tickets start at $70 and can be purchased at via2014.com.