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Critics' Picks: July 24 -August 1

Local shows by Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, plus an anniversary for Bunjie Jambo and an art-music event at Most-Wanted Fine Art

Photo courtesy of Lauren Tabak
Photo courtesy of Lauren Tabak


Get down tonight to none other than Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, on tour in support of its new album, We the Common: The self-reflective album hits a sweet spot with thoughtful lyrics and catchy, folky beats. Indie darling Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and local folk-rock band Gypsy and his Band of Ghosts will join Thao Nguyen for a festive night of feel-good music. Kira Scammell 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $15. All ages. 412-821-4447 or


Lately it seems like there are "happenings" happening more and more around here — case in point, tonight's L2D2 event at Most-Wanted Fine Art Gallery. A follow-up to last month's Live and Direct art-and-music show at Evolver Tattoo, L2D2 throws musicians and visual artists together in what organizers Julie Mallis and D.S. Kinsel (a.k.a. Magic Organs) call an "action mixtape." Musicians at tonight's edition include everyone from DJ Nuke Knocka to vocalist Angwenique and MC Jack Wilson. Artists include: Apex, Vie Boheme and Jordan C. Taylor, among others. If you needed more incentive: It's free, and there'll be food trucks! Andy Mulkerin 5 p.m. 5015 Penn Ave., Garfield. Free. All ages. 412-328-4737 or 

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Old heads will remember Bunjie Jambo: The '90s party-ska-punks were ubiquitous at one time, opening for some of the biggest names of the era, and specializing in wild and sometimes ridiculous live shows. Now they're a little older — as frontman Mike "Walt" Waldo puts it, "We grew up and had a lot of babies." But they're still playing out every now and again, and tonight is one of those times. They play the Smiling Moose — owned by one of the members of the band — to commemorate the group's 23rd anniversary. AM 9:30 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $7. 412-431-4668 or 


U.K. DJ and producer Simon Green, a.k.a. Bonobo, will be making a stop at the Rex Theater tonight to spin some carefully composed ambient pop beats off his latest album, The North Borders. Luckoly for us, Green has made time for a set in Pittsburgh between shows in Los Angeles, Dublin and Liverpool. And who knows when the Brit will be back, so be sure not to miss him when he passes through. KS 7 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $22-26. 17 and over. 412-381-6811 or

Flamingo Fest at the National Aviary
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Flamingo Fest at the National Aviary

By Mars Johnson