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Critics' Picks: Piebald at Mr. Smalls

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[EMO PUNK] + WED., JULY 26

Formed in 1994, Piebald was a quiet pioneer of the emo and pop-punk genres. In the 2000s, the band would not see the same success as those acts influenced by Piebald did, but there was and remains a cult following for this criminally underrated outfit. The band wrote songs like “American Hearts,” a song about inequity that’s impossible not to sing along to — “Hey! You’re part of it.” With its music, Piebald built a community of passionate, empathetic humans, and an environment of genuine connection that remains in many pop-punk and emo scenes today. Pittsburgh heavy-hitters Same and Naked Spirit kick off this gig at Mr. Smalls.

8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $20-22. All ages. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com






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