Can't Miss Concerts in Pittsburgh in February
On tap this month: Xiu Xiu, Poppy and Three Dog Night.
photo by DACHSTOCK
An Evening with Xiu Xiu (Solo)
Xiu Xiu has a reputation for occupying a space between noisy art pop and avant garde experimental rock, with emotionally blunt lyricism and tremulous vocals from frontman Jamie Stewart. This Sound Series performance at The Andy Warhol Museum finds Stewart giving a solo show in the intimate Warhol theater, a perfect venue for being absorbed into that particular space.
NORTH SHORE: 117 Sandusky St., 412/237-8300, warhol.org
There’s no shortage of arguments about how manufactured pop music and its stars can be, but few subjects are as intriguing as Poppy. With a YouTube channel of surrealist videos, an oeuvre of formulaic music that incorporates surprising “off” moments that can often be dissonant, and a social media “church” that some have suggested could be … culty, the debate continues as to what degree of “real” the elvin pop star even is. Is she a carefully crafted persona of SEO terms guaranteeing her fame? Is she merely a player in someone else’s artistic statement on the nature of the popular music industry? Is she just a weird young girl from Nashville looking for her niche? Head to Stage AE and judge for yourself.
NORTH SHORE: 400 North Shore Drive, 412/229-5483, promowestlive.com
Three Dog Night
If you had to pick three dogs from pop culture to hang out with for one night, who would you choose? I would choose Air Bud, Wishbone and Garfield the cat, because this is my thought experiment and I make the rules. I will also allow you to choose the band Three Dog Night, a band that — nearly 50 years into its career — still has one of the most recognizable catalogues of any American rock band. Its warm, nostalgic boogie is the perfect sonic dogpile to warm you on a cold February night at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall.
MUNHALL: 510 E. 10th Ave., 412/462-3444, librarymusichall.com
Nellie Mckay| photo by amy t. zielinski
Also in FEBRUARY
Romantic Ideas for … THAT Holiday
Valentine’s Day once again thrusts itself upon the masses, and what better gift for your paramour than a night on the town? The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is always a solid choice, presenting Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo & Juliet, Plus Emanuel Ax” (Feb. 15-17, pittsburghsymphony.org).
The PSO is also bringing superstar Babyface earlier in the month (Feb. 9, pittsburghsymphony.org).
Accompanied by someone who puts the sweet in sweetheart? Take them to hear honey voiced Nellie McKay at the Warhol (Feb. 15, warhol.org).
If your date likes a little rock and roll, try Bob Mould at Mr. Smalls (Feb. 19, mrsmalls.com).
And if your date has a great sense of humor or loves Shrek, it’s off to Jergel’s Rhythm Grille for a solo performance from Steve Harwell, lead singer of Smash Mouth (Feb. 12, jergels.com).
Le Butcherettes | photo by monica lozano
Michael Buble is at PPG Paints Arena (Feb. 22, ppgpaintsarena.com).
The Afro Yaqui Music Collective is at City of Asylum (Feb. 7, alphabetcity.org).
And Mexican garage punk band Le Butcherettes comes to The Rex (Feb. 24, rextheater.net).