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Critics' Picks: September 10 - 16

Local shows by Spoon and Sean Rowe, plus an album release from Lungs Face Feet and the return of Randy Baumann's Thunderbird Ramble


Chances are if you're headed to Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead tonight, you've had tickets for a while, and you know who you're going to see: Spoon. But don't arrive late; you don't want to miss the tour's two opening acts, each of which features someone you know from another band. Operators is headed by Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and the Britt Daniel-aided Divine Fits), and Hamilton Leithauser is better known as the frontman of indie greats The Walkmen. After that band's departure last year, Leithauser bounced back quickly with a fantastic solo effort, Black Hours. It's a stacked bill at the library that's worth, er, checking out. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 510 E. 10th St., Munhall. $27.50-50. All ages.


At first, it might be hard to figure exactly where accordion-and-brass band Lungs Face Feet sounds to be from — it just sure doesn't sound like anything that might rise out of Pittsburgh. In fact, though, the eight-piece outfit hails from here (though the members have plenty of travel time logged collectively, which contributes to the eclectic sound). While the band chiefly borrows from Latin American cumbia music, there are touches of Eastern European folk, such that fans of groups like Gogol Bordello could find plenty to like. Lungs Face Feet celebrates the release of its new full-length LP, Protection from Perfection, tonight at The Shop, with help from The Working Poor, Come Holy Spirit, Common Visions and Pandemic Pete. AM 8 p.m. 4314 Main St., Bloomfield. $5. 412-951-0622

[ROCK] + SAT., SEPT. 13

You know him best as host of WDVE's long-running morning show, but Randy Baumann also has a talent for the keys ... and a knack for getting top local talent to sit in at his occasional event, Randall Baumann's Thunderbird Ramble. This time around, the featured guest is Grand Piano, but expect plenty of other notable figures to hop on if it's anything like past events. The focus is often on The Band and roots-and-blues music of that era (the Ramble is, after all, modeled on Levon Helm's famous events), but anything could happen tonight at Thunderbird Café. AM 9 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10-12. 412-682-0177 or

click to enlarge Sean Rowe at Club Cafe
Photo courtesy of Anthony Saint James


With a booming baritone and well-honed sense of lyricism, Sean Rowe has in recent years become one of our foremost singer-songwriters. The native of upstate New York (who's also an avid outdoorsman and survivalist) grew to fame with 2009's Magic, and branches out on his brand-new Madman, a record that features a sophisticated, minimalist take on soul songwriting without losing sight of Rowe's folk-style roots. Fresh on the heels of its release, Rowe plays Club Café tonight with local folk-rock songwriter Tom Breiding. AM 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12. 412-431-4950 or

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