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Local shows by Last Good Tooth, People Get Ready, Daniel Bachman, Baby Dee and Joey Bada$$

[INDIE FOLK] + THU., APRIL 11

If ever there were a moment for Last Good Tooth to make a stand, it's now: The upstate-New York-based quartet just released a new full-length, Not Without Work and Rest, and its trademarks — an Americana sound, shouts and fiddles — happen to be the currency of a lot of pop music in 2013. This band's a little more raw and eccentric than your Lumineers, but Edward Sharpe fans should still take note. Last Good Tooth opens for Providence duo Brown Bird tonight at Club Café. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10-12. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com 

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIN HARRIS
  • Photo courtesy of Erin Harris

[INDIE ROCK] + FRI., APRIL 12

People Get Ready blurs the line between music and performance in a remarkable fashion. It's the product of a collaboration between Steven Reker and Luke Fasano, who came together to create a group that is half band, half performance-art troupe. Reker is a dancer and guitarist from David Byrne's band, and handles most of the performance-art aspect; Fasano was a drummer for Yeasayer. The duo's music is melodic, emotional indie rock at its best, and the performance aspect is tightly choreographed. They'll be playing at The Andy Warhol Museum with noise-poppy outfit Deerhoof. John Lavanga 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $18 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org

[ACOUSTIC] + FRI., APRIL 12

He may be young, but he's good: As a teen-ager, Daniel Bachman became a protégé of the late guitarist Jack Rose; today, he carries on the American-primitive tradition of his teacher and those who came before him. Bachman is on tour with mustachioed singer and guitarist Milo Jones, and the pair stops at Acoustic Music Works in Squirrel Hill tonight. Local guitar wizards Pairdown open. AM 8 p.m. 2142 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. $8 suggested donation. All ages. 412-422-0710 or www.acousticmusicworks.com

[AVANT-GARDE] + SAT., APRIL 13

It's a bill that sounds a little like a Saturday-morning cartoon: Baby Dee and Little Annie. But don't expect cartoon fare. Cleveland-based harpist, pianist and songwriter Baby Dee is one of the great unique voices in music today, and has collaborated with the likes of Will Oldham and Andrew WK. Her latest is a collaboration with Little Annie, who's been tangential to groups like Crass and Nurse With Wound; both play tonight at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside. AM 8 p.m. 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside. $12-15. All ages. 412-361-2262

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY JOSH WEHLE
  • Photo courtesy Josh Wehle

[HIP HOP] + TUE., APRIL 16

To say that 18-year-old Joey Bada$$ is a look at both the past and future of hip hop might seem like a contradiction in terms, but the talented young rapper makes it work. He and his crew, Progressive Era, have modeled themselves after '90s masters of boom-bap rap like Nas — a fact that separates their style from rap's other up-and-comers. Perhaps more importantly, he emulates the '90s "keep it real" attitude in his lyrics, forgoing aggrandizing for more emotional rhymes about day-to-day struggles in the city. The whole package makes his album 1999 feel like time travel. At Altar Bar with Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers and DJ Statik Selektah. JL 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $16. 412-206-9719 or www.thealtarbar.com

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