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Critics' Picks: November 20 - 26 

Local shows by Matuto and Lissie, plus a record festival and an appearance by locally based touring terror Ali Spagnola

[RECORDS] + SAT., NOV. 23

Start your holiday shopping early or just treat yourself tonight at Pittsburgh Record Fest No. 10. The event marks the 10th time Belvedere's Ultra-Dive has hosted the fair, where record-lovers can buy and sell their collections. All are welcome to sell their stock at the festival, but you must reserve table space in advance. The event will have a huge selection of 45s, LPs, 12-inches, and 78s, and will feature live DJs and drink specials. Allison Cosby 7 p.m. 4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $3. 412-687-2555 or www.belvederesultradive.com

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[WORLD] + SAT., NOV. 23

The basic idea behind Matuto: Take good-time music from all over and put it together. The New York band — touring as a five-piece, though it sometimes adds an additional member — mixes bluegrass with Brazilian music, jazz and other party music with plenty of percussion. The band is on the heels of releasing its latest full-length, The Devil and the Diamond, which came out in May; it plays tonight at Thunderbird Café with Machete Kisumontao. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10-12. 412-682-0177 or www.thunderbirdcafe.net

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[INDIE POP] + WED., NOV. 27

Known for her smoky voice and straightforward lyrics, Lissie has a style you won't forget. A little country and a lot rock 'n' roll, her music is sweet, sincere and somehow still totally badass. Many critics have compared her to Stevie Nicks, and while there is a clear influence there, Lissie has a style all her own. She released her second full-length album, titled Back to Forever, in October, and her stop at Mr. Small's tonight is one of the early dates on her international tour. Indie-pop group Purple Apple and local indie-rock band The Artless will open. AC 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $18-20. All ages. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com

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[DRUNK] + WED., NOV. 27

Ali Spagnola is a firm believer in the medium-is-the-message thing — take, for example, the USB drive her Power Hour Drinking Game album comes on, which doubles as a shot glass. The Pittsburgher-gone-global, whose persona bridges the gap between frat parties and tech conventions, plays Club Café tonight, on the drinkingest night of the year. Arrange for a cab, fortify yourself with some food beforehand, and enjoy! AM 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $8. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com

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