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3 can't-miss shows: Folkfaces, The Cure film, Heart Bones

Folkfaces, 7 p.m. July 11, Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.), $12.

Local Americana favorites Folkfaces will be celebrating the release of its latest album at the Amherst Street musical landmark.

The follow-up to 2017's genre-sprawling collection "How Long?," "Fat Ol' Rat" finds the quartet picking up right where it left off, delivering foot stompin' cuts of roots music that recall the likes Old Crow Medicine Show and the Felice Brothers. The record's spirited title track is currently streaming below.

Recording an album is not cheap (neither is maintaining a working tour van), so even if you can't make it to the show, you can still support Folkfaces and hand over a few bucks to lessen financial load over at the band's successful GoFundMe campaign.

Getting in on the celebration will be Finger Lakes bluegrass unit Dirty Blanket as well as old-timey Pittsburgh roots act the Jakobs Ferry Stragglers.

"The Cure: Anniversary 1978 – 2018 Live in Hyde Park London," multiple screenings.

The Cure's concert film "Anniversary 1978 – 2018 Live in Hyde Park" was filmed during the legendary post-punk band's headlining set at London’s British Summer Time Festival last July. The movie, shot by long-time band collaborator and music video director Tim Pope, captures the group delivering a marathon, career-spanning set that featured four decades of hits and memories.

"I knew as the set list unfolded that the only way to show people the real Cure was to capture not only the grand, epic dimension of their stage show, but also the close, intimate side of this band simply making music together," Pope said in a previously released statement.

It is screening at 7 p.m. July 11 at the Regal Transit and 9:30 p.m. July 12 at the North Park Theatre.

Heart Bones, 7 p.m. July 16, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $15.

The collaborative project between the irony-laced retro soul singer Har Mar Superstar and Austin musician Sabrina Ellis (Sweet Spirit, A Giant Dog) will make a welcome visit to the Babeville basement.

Forming in 2016 after the two musicians shared a string of tour dates, Heart Bones is an over-the-top project that performs a grab bag of electro-pop, doo wop, musical theater and dance music during the duo's unpredictable set that is full of showmanship and tongue-in-cheek moments. Fans of Sonny and Cher or Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's joint albums would have a blast at the show.

Don't be too surprised if Heart Bones pulls out selections from the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack. The group did finish off 2018 with an introductory batch of dates called "Heart Bones Do the Songs of 'Dirty Dancing,'" delivering committed renditions of some of the movie's most beloved songs to very eager audiences.


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