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Critics' Picks: June 19-25 

The Wailers come to South Park, Why?, Yeasayer and Two Gallants play local shows, and The Wheals release their second album.


The Wailers were, of course, the backing band for the best-known reggae artist of all time, Bob Marley — and the group at one time included some other huge names, like Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh. These days, the band is held down by Aston "Family Man" Barrett, the bassist behind many of Marley's hits, and is fronted by the young singer Koolant Brown. Tonight, The Wailers play South Park, so get ready for that if you live downwind in, say, Jefferson Hills. Andy Mulkerin 7:30 p.m. Brownsville Road at McCorkle, South Park. Free. All ages. 412-835-4810


Wordsmith Yoni Wolf, brother Josiah Wolf and guitarist Doug McDiarmid make up the three-man band Why? If you know anything about Why?'s work, you know the combination of the quasi-hip-hop/indie/alternative mixture has been working for the band since its debut as a trio in 2005. On tour supporting its latest album, last year's Mumps etc., Why? will make an appearance at Mr. Small's with special guest Sarah Jaffe, who is known for her straightforward singer-songwriter tunes. Kira Scammell 7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $15. All ages. 412-821-4447 or


[ROCK] + SAT., JUNE 22

The Wheals have been around for several years, having released their first album in 2008, but the local five-piece is hitting its stride with its latest, Diamond Time. The full-length has a little bit of something for everyone, from Southern rockers to fans of Police-style pop-reggae. Tonight, the band releases the album officially with a show at Club Café. Things That Aren't There Anymore open. AM 10 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or

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The mildly psychedelic, pleasantly pop and refreshingly worldly-sounding Brooklyn foursome Yeasayer is on tour behind its third album, Fragrant World. The album retains the pop vibe we expect while incorporating new, light, electronic textures that are far from witch house or dubstep. You can catch Yeasayer (and maybe some synesthesia) tonight at Mr. Small's with ReptarKS 7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $20. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

[FOLK] + TUE., JUNE 25

San Francisco's Two Gallants reputedly got their name from the short story of the same name in James Joyce's Dubliners, not from the fact that neither of them is a Goofus. But there are indeed two of them, and they sing great harmonies together — and last year, they released their fourth album, a full five years after the previous release. The San Francisco band plays Brillobox tonight with Broncho. AM 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10. 412-621-4900 or


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