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Critics' Picks: Sports at Spirit


For most of us, Oklahoma brings to mind the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the same name, and the Dust Bowl. But Okla.-based Sports has me thinking we should start associating it with great synth pop. While the band employs an ’80s throwback vibe, it always feels fresh, self-aware and a little unsettling. The group’s latest album, People Can’t Stop Chillin’, features eerie but upbeat tracks like “Manicure,” with an accompanying video depicting a neon-lit nightmare of disembodied, but beautifully manicured, hands crawling up the walls. Sports will bring its funky tunes to Spirit, along with the experimental pop of L.A.-based Yeek.

9 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $10. 21+. 412-586-4441 or

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