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Critics' Picks: Banks at Stage AE

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[POP] + SAT., JUNE 17

If you believe in golden ages, then you might say we’re living in the golden age of alternative pop; there’s Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Perfume Genius. There’s also Banks, who, like a lot of her peers, sings dark and low, but remains accessible and endearing. The kind of sound you might dance to when you’re sad in the club. Her lyrics can be biting too, like on “Gemini Feed,” where she sings, “I follow you around like a dog that needs water / But admit it that you wanted me smaller.” Also playing Stage AE tonight is R&B/soul/electronic musician TOULOUSE, whose bluesy “No Running From Me” was featured on the 50 Shades Darker soundtrack. Listen, sometimes bad movies have good music. HL 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $25. 412-229-5483 or www.promowestlive.com


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