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Critics' Picks: July 16 - 22

Local shows by Band of Horses, Touché Amoré and Milk Carton Kids, plus a CD release from Nameless in August and a Woody Guthrie tribute at Club Café


It's still July, but the guys of Nameless in August couldn't wait any longer to release their first full-length, Wheelhouse. The Pittsburgh-based four-piece provides plenty of banjo-picking goodness on the debut release, plus some sweet, tender vocals that set the band apart from plenty of others locally. Fans of the Avett Brothers and that camp of new Americana will do well to check the band out tonight at the Pittsburgh Winery, because Nameless in August will likely be playing bigger stages soon enough. Andy Mulkerin 8 p.m. 2815 Penn Ave., Strip District. $15-20. 412-566-1000 or

[FOLK] + FRI., JULY 18

The official anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth was this past Monday, July 14, but tonight, he gets a proper tribute at Club Café courtesy of a local lineup put together by Bryan McQuaid. McQuaid will perform, along with the likes of Slim Forsythe; Chet Vincent and Molly Alphabet; Broke, Stranded and Ugly; and a few out-of-towners — Jason Bennett, Matt Charette and Zach Schmidt. Discover a few of our contemporary folksters while paying tribute to the greatest. AM 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or


As part of the Warhol's Sound Series, Band of Horses is back in our fair city. The Seattleites' last studio album came in 2012, in the form of Mirage Rock. Then, this past February, the band released Acoustic at the Ryman, a live album recorded over two nights at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, with hits like "The Funeral" and "No One's Gonna Love You" played in a stripped-down fashion. The band, now operating out of Charleston, S.C., hasn't said anything about new music, but perhaps fans will be clued in at tonight's show at Stage AE, with Midlake. Zach Brendza 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $36-40. All ages. 412-229-5438 or


L.A.'s Touché Amoré has this pedal-to-the-floor mentality about it, both in the band's songs and in its touring ethic. The post-hardcore/screamo band is on Deathwish Inc., the label founded by Converge frontman Jacob Bannon. And while TA fits in well on the label, its latest album, 2013's Is Survived By, is not the stereotypical "this is noise"-type record; it's worlds better. With each LP it puts out, the band refines and sharpens its sound. Touché Amoré plays Altar Bar tonight with Tigers Jaw and Dads. ZB 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $15. All ages. 412-206-9719 or

[FOLK] + WED., JULY 23

Geography doesn't always dictate what an act sounds like: Pop-country darling Taylor Swift, for example, was raised in Wyomissing, Pa., until she was 14, don't ya know. In the same vein in terms of misplaced pieces is Milk Carton Kids. The Grammy-nominated folk duo hails from Eagle Rock, Calif., a neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. From somewhere in the blur of glitz and glamour in the City of Angels comes one of the most talented folk groups around right now. Give folk a chance: The band plays the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater tonight. ZB 8 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $25-28. All ages. 412-363-3000 or

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