We all have that one friend who always knows about the latest, up-and-coming bands and artists. They’re always turning you on to some cool new indie rock band, asking if you’ve heard of an unknown singer-songwriter or going to all kinds of shows each week at different venues around town. We love having friends like that, but it also makes us feel a little bit lame — which is why we turned to Mr. Smalls Presents to fill us in on the under-the-radar bands that are passing through Pittsburgh this month.

From rock shows at the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls (the smaller room above the main venue, if you haven’t been yet) to solo acoustic performances at the Rex Theatre, we’ve packed your month full of great live music all around the city. To make it even easier to find your new favorite band, we also gave you some more well-known artists to compare them to.

If you like Arkells… You won’t want to miss Dwayne Gretzky at the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls on 7/11. 
This Canadian cover band is a self-described “live music collective.” Expect to see covers of Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac and more when they hit the stage at the Funhouse.

If you like Jason Isbell… You won’t want to miss John Moreland (Solo) at The Rex Theater on 7/15.

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For fans of Isbell’s Americana sound and killer songwriting, John Moreland delivers the same thoughtful, groovy acoustic rock with a touch of punk influence. Check out his Tiny Desk Concert to see for yourself.

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If you like Q Tip… You won’t want to miss Slum Village at Spirit on 7/15.

The Detroit-based hip hop group has had a few lineup changes over the years, but rappers Illa J, Young RJ, T3, J Dilla, Elzhi, and Titus Glover have all been members at one point or another. Expect thought-provoking verses about racial equality, American economic systems and the like.

If you like Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job… You won’t want to miss  Neil Hamburger at The Rex Theater on 7/20.
This type of alternative comedy isn’t for everyone, but if you’re one of the many Tim & Eric fanatics, it’s safe to say it’s probably for you.

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If you like The Clarks… You won’t want to miss Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls on 7/24.
Fans of classic, alternative or Southern rock will likely connect with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (RCPM, as they’re known to their fans). Frontman Roger Clyne and drummer Paul “P.H.” Naffah were former members of ’90s group The Refreshments (“Banditos” and the King of the Hill theme).

 If you like  Nevershoutnever, We The Kings, The Ready Set, or anything Warped Tour… You won’t want to miss He Is We at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls on 7/26.
This female-fronted indie pop band blends infectious lyrics, indie rock melodies and years of touring to create a fun and inspiring live show for the Warped Tour set.