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Critics' Picks: August 26 - 31 

Local shows by Vieux Farka Touré and The Weepies; a loft party; a new dance club; and a show in a barn

[HIP HOP] + FRI., AUG. 26

Singer-rapper-beatbox enthusiast Gene Stovall is taking his talent to the loft. Classic 1824 & Social-Lite Event Group continue their monthly "themed experience" event series with Exposed: Loft Party, on Butler Street, in Lawrenceville, above 720 Music, Clothing and Cafe. The intimate setting is ideal for a performance by Stovall, who recently returned to Pittsburgh from playing a lead role in the National Black Theatre's production of Do Wop Love. It is sure to be a sexy, laid-back evening. Artwork will be presented by DSKinsel, with Madd Buddha as DJ. Free wine. Rory Webb 7 p.m. 4406 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $12. 412-304-1890


[DANCE] + SAT., AUG. 27

The halcyon days of Rosebud shows are long past, but the space at 1650 Smallman St., in the Strip, is still alive. Tonight it re-opens in its latest iteration: Static, which owners are billing as "the tri-state area's first European-infused electronic dance club." Longtime local DJ Strobe is Saturday's resident, and will direct programming. Tonight is the club's grand opening. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1650 Smallman St., Strip District. $10.

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[WORLD] + SUN., AUG. 28

Vieux Farka Touré is the son of the great 20th-century Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré. But, the story goes, his father didn't encourage him to play music; in fact, he wanted him to be a soldier. But the younger Touré persisted and took up guitar himself, eventually working with his father and family friend Toumani Diabaté on a debut album in the mid-2000s. The elder Touré passed away in 2006; Vieux's latest, The Secret, features the last collaboration the two played on -- as well as songs with Dave Matthews and other jam faves. Touré plays Thunderbird Café tonight. Legs Like Tree Trunks opens. AM 8 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $12-15. 412-682-0177



You might already know Daytrotter, the music blog that's wildly popular for having up-and-coming touring bands stop by its Illinois recording studio and cut a few tracks. What you might not know about is its Barnstormer Tour, a concert series the folks behind the website started in 2009. Daytrotter takes young bands on a short tour of a given region, playing unconventional venues -- mostly, as you might have guessed, barns. If that sounds cool, you might want to head for New Wilmington, Lawrence County, for the closest stop the tour makes to Pittsburgh. White Rabbits, Doug Paisley, Wildlife, Princeton, Hacienda and Christopher Paul Stelling all play. AM 6:30 p.m. Chaseland Barn, 3991 Bethel-New Wilmington Road, New Wilmington. $20-25.

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[FOLK POP] + WED., AUG. 31

The Weepies don't exactly fit the mold of the too-cool-for-school hipster guy-girl duo that's so popular of late. The pair -- Deb Talan and Steve Tannen -- is kind of dorky-cute, and plays music that fits that same bill. Their folky ditties, honest and sweet, are reminiscent of the nicest side of the '90s. (Fans of The Sundays take note.) They play an acoustic set tonight at the Rex Theater. AM 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $20. All ages. 412-381-6811 or


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