Critics' Picks: The Wild Reeds at Mr. Smalls | Pittsburgh City Paper

Critics' Picks: The Wild Reeds at Mr. Smalls

[FOLK] + FRI., AUG 4

I always expect to be bored by groups of three women singing folk songs in pretty harmonies, but I never am. It’s a sound chemically designed to lull you into a calm, like sirens luring sailors. Los Angeles-based The Wild Reeds follows the format, but switches roles between songs: who sings lead, who plays the guitar, the banjo, the accordion. Their sound centers around strong harmonies and wistful lyrics, in the same vein as such peers as The Staves and First Aid Kit. It’s nostalgic enough to use the emotional tinge of a harmonica but not so nostalgic as to avoid the electric guitar. Joining them at tonight at Mr. Smalls is local singer-songwriter Angela Autumn.

9 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $12-14. 18+. 412-821-4447 or