Spoon and New Pornographers in Concert at Stage AE; Shadyside Sidewalk Sale Begins (Wed., 7/26/17)


1) Spoon headlines Stage AE. The indie, alternative rock band saw mainstream attention with 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and singles like “The Underdog.” Many listeners might be surprised to know the group has been around for almost 25 years, originating in Austin, Texas, in 1993. Spoon has released nine LPs. Music critic Steven Hyden frequently cites Spoon as one of the most consistently great record-makers of all time. This accolade is due to frontman and co-founder Britt Daniel’s thoughtful lyrics and the group’s ever-evolving sound. Co-founder and drummer Jim Eno deserves a shout-out too. Their latest album is this year’s Hot Thoughts. The New Pornographers, one of the great indie rock bands to emerge in the early ’00s, open. Albums by either the Canadian group or one of its members ranked in the top 40 of The Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop year-end poll from 2000 to 2007. Whiteout Conditions, the band’s latest album, was also released this year. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (EC, CM)

2) The annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale is happening today through Sunday, all along the upscale Walnut Street shopping corridor. Look for great bargains at the merchant’s outdoor tables. The sale is a neighborhood tradition happening for over 32 years. Then, savor your shopping successes by enjoying a meal and relaxing in the many cafes and restaurants, including: Pallantia, The Yard, William Penn Tavern, China Palace, Mario’s East Side Saloon, Cappys, Steel Cactus, Girasole, Coffee Tree Roasters, and more.

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