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Critics' Picks: June 27-July 1

Local shows by Os Mutantes; St. Vincent and David Byrne; The Front Bottoms; and Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, plus an indie-rock cruise on the Gateway Clipper


Since its resurrection in 2006, Brazilian psych band Os Mutantes has been churning out fresh progressive-rock songs that diverge from — but are still in line with — the music the band put out when it was originally active throughout the ' 60s and ' 70s, at the advent of the Tropicália movement. Of the original members, Sérgio Dias remains with the group. Check them out tonight at Club Café. Kira Scammell 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $20. or 412-431-4950


Remember those old Gateway Clipper commercials where they sang the song about how it' s rivertainment time? If you weren' t enticed by the Dixieland band and showgirls they featured back then, maybe you' ll be more into this afternoon' s local indie-rock event. Round Black Ghosts, Grand Piano, Chet Vincent and the Big Bend, and Josh Verbanets will be playing on the fleet' s Princess boat, plus Shelf Life String Band will be leading a bluegrass jam on the upper deck. It' s billed as a "three-hour tour," but don' t ask us who' s the Ginger of this crew and who' s the Mary Ann. Andy Mulkerin 2 p.m. 350 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $22. All ages.

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Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, and David Byrne, of Talking Heads, are rolling through the area this weekend, performing songs from their collaborative album Love This Giant. After seeing Bjork and Dirty Projectors play a show together in New York City in 2009, the pair decided to try their hand at writing music collaboratively. The result is a full-length album heavy with swanky brass sounds that complement Clark' s soft, feminine voice and Byrne' s unmistakable one. The set features songs by Byrne, St. Vincent and Talking Heads, in addition to the collaborative album. Catch them at Greensburg' s Palace Theatre tonight. KS 8 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. $59-79. All ages. or 724-836-8000


The Front Bottoms aren' t a joke, but they' re also far from serious. The New Jersey four-piece recently released its latest, Talon of the Hawk, on the venerable Bar/None label, in May. It' s a mix of catchy pop hooks, fun guitars, and a delivery that sometimes recalls Atom and His Package — all lighthearted, good stuff. Tonight, the band plays the Smiling Moose along with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and The Artless. AM 6 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $10. All ages. 412-431-4668 or


While Steve Martin has always been a banjo player, it wasn' t considered his stock-in-trade throughout most of his career; he was, of course, best known as a wild and crazy guy. But in recent years, he' s returned to bluegrass, playing with his band, The Steep Canyon Rangers, usually without an arrow through his head. In April, he released Love Has Come for You, an album on which he collaborated with Edie Brickell; the former New Bohemians frontwoman accompanies him tonight at Heinz Hall. AM 6:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $45-150. All ages. 412-392-4900 or 

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