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Critics' Picks: November 13 - 19 

Local shows by Denver Broncos UK, Lil Rev and Basia Bulat, plus Kaytranada, Jerome LOL and Groundislava play a special Stackin' Paper party


The Stackin' Paper party returns to Belvedere's tonight for a one-time special event with an extremely stacked lineup. Hip-hop DJs and producers Kaytranada and Groundislava will headline the show alongside Jerome LOL — who is known for his niche in reappropriating an early Internet-age aesthetic. The party is presented by LazerCrunk, and local DJs Gusto, Naan Naan and Mr. Dug will open the night. Allison Cosby 9 p.m. 4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10. 412-687-2555 or

[ALT-FOLK] + FRI., NOV. 15

You know Slim Cessna best as the front man of the semi-nomadic psycho-country act Slim Cessna's Auto Club; tonight and tomorrow night, though, he graces his place of employment with another of his bands. Denver Broncos UK, a more subdued but equally weird alt-folk outfit, features Cessna and Auto Club vets Munly Munly and Lord Dwight Pentacost, along with Rebecca Vera. This weekend's two engagements at The Mattress Factory are rare appearances for the band, and rare music shows at the installation-art museum. Andy Mulkerin 8:30 p.m. tonight and Sat., Nov. 16. 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side. $15-20. 412-231-3169 or

click to enlarge Lil Rev, Ukulele, Wilkin School Community Center


No, Lil Rev isn't a new rapper from Atlanta — he's a cult ukulele player, known in uke circles worldwide. The virtuoso musician (real name: Mark Revenson) hails from Milwaukee, and he makes an appearance today to lead a workshop and perform a concert in association with Steel City Ukuleles. If you're a uke player — at any level — you're welcome to play along at the workshop or the jam session after the concert. AM 1 p.m. (workshop) or 7 p.m. (concert). Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave., Swissvale. $25 for workshop, $10 for concert, or $30 for both.

click to enlarge Basia Bulat, Club Cafe, Josh Verbanets
  • Photo courtesy of Caroline Desilets

[FOLK] + TUE., NOV. 19

It's not every day you get to hear someone play an autoharp — but today is one of those days. Toronto-based folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat is known for her deeply personal folk songs, which often incorporate unusual instruments like the autoharp, charango and hammered dulcimer. Bulat released her third studio album, Tall Tall Shadow, in September, and on it she steps out of her comfort zone, experimenting with more electronic production. She has said that the album was her way of working through the death of a loved one, and that comes through most strongly in the lyrics, which are at once heartbreaking and hopeful. She plays tonight at Club Café with special guest Josh Verbanets. AC 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or 


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