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Critics' Pick: Valerie June at Mr. Smalls




It’s hard to forget Valerie June’s voice once you hear it. It’s got a twang and sweetness, but there’s grit in there, too. She has a quality similar to that of Joanna Newsom, which is to simultaneously sound like a child and an old lady. Her latest album, The Order of Time, maintains her Memphis country-and-blues roots with a cosmic twist, featuring lyrics like “Dancing on the astral plane / Holy water, cleansing rain / Floating through the stratosphere.” Catch her mesmerizing live performance at Mr. Smalls tonight along with local roots group The Delta Struts.

8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $25. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

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