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Critics' Picks: November 20 - 26 

Local shows by Matuto and Lissie, plus a record festival and an appearance by locally based touring terror Ali Spagnola


Start your holiday shopping early or just treat yourself tonight at Pittsburgh Record Fest No. 10. The event marks the 10th time Belvedere's Ultra-Dive has hosted the fair, where record-lovers can buy and sell their collections. All are welcome to sell their stock at the festival, but you must reserve table space in advance. The event will have a huge selection of 45s, LPs, 12-inches, and 78s, and will feature live DJs and drink specials. Allison Cosby 7 p.m. 4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $3. 412-687-2555 or

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[WORLD] + SAT., NOV. 23

The basic idea behind Matuto: Take good-time music from all over and put it together. The New York band — touring as a five-piece, though it sometimes adds an additional member — mixes bluegrass with Brazilian music, jazz and other party music with plenty of percussion. The band is on the heels of releasing its latest full-length, The Devil and the Diamond, which came out in May; it plays tonight at Thunderbird Café with Machete Kisumontao. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10-12. 412-682-0177 or

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Known for her smoky voice and straightforward lyrics, Lissie has a style you won't forget. A little country and a lot rock 'n' roll, her music is sweet, sincere and somehow still totally badass. Many critics have compared her to Stevie Nicks, and while there is a clear influence there, Lissie has a style all her own. She released her second full-length album, titled Back to Forever, in October, and her stop at Mr. Small's tonight is one of the early dates on her international tour. Indie-pop group Purple Apple and local indie-rock band The Artless will open. AC 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $18-20. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

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[DRUNK] + WED., NOV. 27

Ali Spagnola is a firm believer in the medium-is-the-message thing — take, for example, the USB drive her Power Hour Drinking Game album comes on, which doubles as a shot glass. The Pittsburgher-gone-global, whose persona bridges the gap between frat parties and tech conventions, plays Club Café tonight, on the drinkingest night of the year. Arrange for a cab, fortify yourself with some food beforehand, and enjoy! AM 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $8. 412-431-4950 or


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