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Critics' Picks: August 15 - 20

Local shows by Silverstein, Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L., and Birthmark, plus some local jazz musicians introduce us to a new jazz nonprofit



Canada's Silverstein has come a long way since its 2003 Victory Records debut, When Broken Is Easily Fixed. Nine years later, the band has released six full-length albums, the latter two released by Hopeless Records. Most recently, Silverstein issued Short Songs, a 22-track album clocking in at under 20 minutes. While the first half of the album consists of originals, the second half contains covers of influential bands such as Gorilla Biscuits, NOFX, Dead Kennedys and The Descendents. Silverstein plays Mr. Small's tonight with Such Gold, Lions Lions, Daytrader and Mace Ballard. Gregg Harrington 7:30 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $15. 412-821-4447 or

[JAZZ] + FRI., AUG. 17

Sometimes a music scene is as much about support and infrastructure as it is about talent — and for the contemporary jazz community in Pittsburgh, Jazzspace is keeping up that end of the deal. The nonprofit, founded by vocalist Maggie Johnson, looks to provide local jazz musicians with what they need — studio time, support — to succeed. The group's new resident artists are vocalist Angwenique Wingfield and pianist Joe Sheehan; they play tonight at The Mansions on Fifth Hotel to bring attention to the nascent program. Andy Mulkerin 7:30 p.m. 5105 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. $10-25. 412-254-3844 or

[PUNK] + FRI., AUG. 17

Jack Grisham has been a jack of all trades since fronting the legendary California goth-punk band True Sounds of Liberty in the 1970s and '80s. He has performed vocals in many bands, appeared in several films, written a book, practiced hypnotherapy and even ran for governor of California in 2003. Jack Grisham's Lost Soul is a celebration of his catalog with T.S.O.L. and The Joykiller, during which he will perform songs from his earlier bands. He plays The Smiling Moose tonight. GH 7 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $12-14. 412-431-4668 or

Birthmark Photo courtesy of Chris Strong


Nate Kinsella is a veteran of some legendary groups — Joan of Arc, of course, and Make Believe — and belongs to the royal family of Chicago indie rock, along with cousins Mike (Owen) and Tim (Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc). He lives in Brooklyn now, and records under the moniker Birthmark; his first full-length as such, Antibodies, is a collection of subdued but glitchy singer-songwriter fare. Birthmark plays Garfield Artworks tonight with Psychic Twin, The Mighty Still and A Life of Arctic Sounds. AM 8 p.m. 4931 Penn Ave., Garfield. $7. All ages. 412-361-2262 or

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