Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in February

This month's lineup includes Jens Lekman, Donnie Iris, The Spinners and Travis Greene.


photo by ellika henrikson

 

Feb. 3/ hearing the music of Jens Lekman is akin to sitting down to a traditional breakfast of Swedish pannkakor. the melodies — whether simple and plaintive or jangly and exuberant — always convey a familiar and warm feeling, like a bite of buttery pancake. Atop that, there’s a lyrical layer of wry nostalgia, melancholy, romance and humor, as sweet and tart and complex as a spoonful of lingonberry jam. Join the affable Swede for a taste of a wistful pop journey unlike any other. (The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Shore; 412/237-8300, warhol.org)
 


 

Feb. 18/ The power of Palm, an emerging art rock band from the East Coast, comes from its complexity. While often jagged, the sound is precise and intentional; the instruments seem to be in a mathy conversation with each other. Who knows what they’re discussing (perhaps the merits of moving from the Hudson Valley to Philadelphia, of all places, or the value of a liberal arts degree in 2017). The fun is in the eavesdropping. (Club Café, 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side; 412/431-4950, clubcafelive.com)
 


 

Feb. 23-25/ The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has two Beethoven-forward shows in February: the iconic Symphony No. 5 early in the month and Bronfman Plays Beethoven. While the Piano Concerto No. 3 might be less familiar to the casual listener, the second movement is so simply and stunningly beautiful that this is a can’t-miss performance, especially with renowned visiting pianist Yefim Bronfman at the ivories. (Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown; 412/392-4900, pittsburghsymphony.org)  

Feb. 20/ Tyler, The Creator has been called a lot of negative things — abrasive, rude, no longer welcome in Australia, etc. — but he’s also making some of the most interesting music in hip-hop right now. His newest album, “Flower Boy,” is intricate, innovative, self-reflexive and fun to listen to. And maybe still a little rude. He’s joined on tour by Vince Staples, whose album, “Big Fish Theory,” was one of the best of 2017. (Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Shore; 412/229-5483, promowestlive.com)
 

Marco Benevento — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Feb. 1 
The Radio Dept. — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Feb. 2 
Donnie Iris 75th Birthday Bash — The Palace Theatre, thepalacetheatre.org Feb. 3 
Tiny Moving Parts — Cattivo, cattivopgh.com Feb. 5 
 


 

Starset — Stage AE, promowestlive.com Feb. 6 
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic — Jergel’s Rhythm Grill, jergels.com Feb. 7 
Elliott Brood — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Feb. 8
Beethoven’s Fifth — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org Feb. 9-11 
Yung Lean — Spirit, spiritpgh.com Feb. 10
Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley — Cabaret at Theater Square, trustarts.org Feb. 12 
 


 

The Lil Smokies — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Feb. 13 
The Spinners — The Palace Theatre, thepalacetheatre.org Feb. 14
William Matheny —The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Feb. 16 
From Swing to Rock — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org Feb. 16-18
 


 

Travis Greene — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Feb. 20
Missy Raines & The New Hip — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Feb. 22 
Less Than Jake — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Feb. 23  
Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line — The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Feb. 25
Mako — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Feb. 28
Deer Tick — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Feb. 28 
 

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