Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in January

This month's lineup includes Lauryn Hill, Matt Lorenz and Steve Gunn.


Jan. 31/ Nearly 20 years after its release, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” remains one of the most lauded R&B albums of all time. With her new tour, The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!, Hill promises much of what made her only solo studio album such an enduring success: a poetic balance of the political and the intensely personal set against her distinct blend of neo-soul, hip-hop and reggae. (Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown; 412/392-4900, pittsburghsymphony.org).

PHOTO Courtesy Bill Foster

Jan. 14/ Matt Lorenz, the force behind the one-man folk pop band The Suitcase Junket, may initially come off as an old-timey peddler. He tours with a weathered guitar and a percussion kit that includes a gas can, a saw and assorted silverware. But his deft mastery of his ramshackle setup, along with his rich and raspy voice and some occasional throat singing, helps him overcome what might otherwise seem gimmicky and gives him a sound that is resonant, complex and satisfying. (Club Cafe, 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side; 412/431-4950, clubcafelive.com)

PHOTO Courtesy Shawn Brackbill 

Jan. 19/ The Jan. 19 edition of The Warhol’s Sound Series is a celebration of the guitar, featuring two highly skilled axemen: Brooklynite Steve Gunn (pictured), who has spent the last 10 years morphing into a confident front-man, and Lee Ranaldo, best known as one of the founding members of noise-rock legends Sonic Youth. Both will play solo sets in the museum’s entrance, a space extraordinarily conducive to focusing on the technical mastery of two accomplished musicians. (The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Shore; 412/237-8300, warhol.org)

Raelyn Nelson Band — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Jan. 5
Galactic Empire — Rex Theater, rextheater.com Jan. 6
South City Jazz — Pittsburgh Winery, pittsburghwinery.com Jan. 7
Old Wounds — Smiling Moose, smiling-moose.com Jan. 8
Big Thief — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Jan. 9

photo Courtesy reelbigfish.com

Reel Big Fish (pictured) and Anti-Flag — Stage AE, promowestive.com Jan. 11
The Toasters — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Jan. 12

Run The Jewels (pictured) — Stage AE, promowestlive.com Jan. 13

photo Courtesy Matt Arnold

Huey Mack (pictured) — Rex Theater, rextheater.com Jan. 14
PSO: Beethoven’s Seventh — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org Jan. 15
Man About a Horse — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Jan. 16
Circa Survive — Stage AE, promowestlive.com Jan. 17
Deerhunter — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Jan. 18
Invogue Records Unplugged Tour — Diesel, dieselpgh.com Jan. 20
Kurt Metzger — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Jan. 26


21 Pilots (pictured) — PPG Paints Arena, ppgpaintsarena.com Jan. 27
Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo — The Andy Warhol Museum, warhol.org Jan. 28
Richard the Lionheart — Pittsburgh Opera, pittsburghopera.org Jan. 29
Hiss Golden Messenger — The Andy Warhol Museum, warhol.org Jan. 31

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