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Critics' Picks: April 19 - 21

Local appearances by Good Old War, Quilt and Lambchop, plus Celtic harpists at PCA and Passion Pit headlining CMU's Carnival

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[INDIE FOLK] + THU., APRIL 19

After having backed up Anthony Green on stage and in the studio, the boys of Good Old War are well prepared to demonstrate their capabilities as their own musical entity. Philadelphia's Keith Goodwin, Daniel Schwartz and Tim Arnold have released several full-lengths and EPs since 2008; the latest is 2012's Come Back as Rain, a tranquil collection of refined, layered vocals and fetching melodies. The band is currently touring with friends The Belle Brigade and Family of the Year. Catch them at Mr. Small's tonight. Nicole Chynoweth 7:30 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $17. All ages. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com

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[IRISH] + THU., APRIL 19

If the only Irish harp you're familiar with comes on draft at the local pub, it might be worthwhile to head to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts tonight, as Calliope, the folk-music society, presents two master Irish harpists. Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson hail from Ireland and Scotland, respectively, and tour together as a harp duo (with some tin whistle and other similar stuff thrown in). While we're used to fiddles and bouzoukis in our Irish folk bands, it's a relative rarity — and a pleasure — to hear the subtler side of Celtic tunes coming off the harp strings. Andy Mulkerin 7:30 p.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. $20. All ages. 412-361-1915 or www.calliopehouse.org

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[POP] + SAT., APRIL 21

With its patchwork of psychedelia, grunge and pop, Quilt has chosen a rather fitting band name. Members Shane Butler, Anna Fox Rochinski and John Andrews piece together a colorful fantasy rich in echoed vocals, lustrous guitar riffs and coarse percussion. The band's self-titled album, released last November, layers hypnotizing verses and chant-like choruses to accent the infectious rhythms produced by the instruments. The band plays Shadow Lounge tonight. NC 7 p.m. 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. $10. 18 and over. 412-363-8277 or www.shadowlounge.net

[SYNTH-POP] + SAT., APRIL 21

Passion Pit made a splash with its 2009 debut LP Manners, released on Frenchkiss. Packed with otherworldly electronic noises and melodies constructed for a post-Animal Collective world, the anthems contained therein infiltrated cable TV, soundtracking shows like Skins and Gossip Girl. While we await a second full-length (scheduled for release in June), the band headlines Carnegie Mellon's Carnival, the annual weekend-long spring festival. Donora opens. AM 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Mellon University Lawn, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. www.springcarnival.org

[ALT-FOLK] + SAT., APRIL 21

Lambchop's understatedly beautiful Mr. M is the latest in a 20-year-long line of releases from the Nashville outfit fronted by Kurt Wagner. With some nods to the band's early alt-country material, the new album comprises complex, well-arranged tunes that have as much in common with Silver Jews (with whom Lambchop has shared members) as with Leonard Cohen or Cat Stevens. Wagner and company make a rare Pittsburgh appearance tonight at Club Café. AM 9 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $15. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com

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