March 1, Princess: Andy Warhol Museum, North Side.
Avant-pop duo Princess have put misogyny on notice, with a video concept album and live performance piece entitled “Out There.” It’s a science fiction fantasy collaboration that builds upon the legacy of the original MTV (when it had music) and epochal concept albums like David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.” The Warhol will host the world premiere of “Out There,” which features collaborations with JD Samson (Le Tigre), visual artist Jennifer Meridian and the band TEEN.
March 2, Charenée Wade and the Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson: Kelly Strayhorn Theater, East Liberty
Gil Scott-Heron’s pugilistic poetry is both a foundational text for what would become hip-hop and its own thing entirely. Virtuosic jazz vocalist Charenée Wade interprets Scott-Heron’s ever-relevant music from a female perspective, in a way you’ve probably never heard before. The special tribute to Scott-Heron and his musical collaborator Brian Jackson is being presented as part of the Kelly Strayhorn’s SUNSTAR Festival, which celebrates women in music and runs Feb. 28-March 2.
March 2, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y: Stage AE, North Side.
No, the North Side isn’t burning to the ground. It’s just Wiz Khalifa, weed connoisseur and world-spanning rapper, back in his hometown again. He’s since graduated to much bigger venues, so a show in the relatively intimate confines of Stage AE is a rarity.
March 7, Rafiq Bhatia with special guest WILLS: Andy Warhol Museum, North Side.
Densely-textured guitar improvisation — with live and electronic and acoustic drums, bass and synthesizers — will be delivered by Rafiq Bhatia of Son Lux. Titled “Breaking English,” the live performance also features immersive multimedia experiences by visual artist Michael Cina and video artist Hal Lovemelt. Bhatia’s intensely personal style blurs the boundaries between static sound art and fluid jazz improvisation, with the occasional sonic subversion of Indian musical stereotypes.
March 18, Mariah Carey: Benedum Center, Downtown.
Mimi is taking a break from her career as a living meme to grace us with her presence here in Pittsburgh. You can go for the music or purely for the curiosity: Can she still hit the high notes? Does she still have it? Do we even dare ask the question? (No, we do not.)
March 20, Sun of Goldfinger and White Hole: Spirit, Lawrenceville.
Tim Berne, David Torn, Ches Smith are all esteemed bandleaders in their own right; together, they make music that takes avant-garde jazz as its point of departure. Sometimes melodic and intricate, other times roaring and chaotic, Sun of Goldfinger can be both minimalist and maximalist, electronic and organic, cinematic and improvisational — revolving around the one constant of Berne’s potent saxophone.
March 23, A Night of Deep Listening with Joe McPhee, Claire Chase and Peter Evans: Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland.
Four of the most visionary sonic explorers of the 20th century — John Cage, Harry Partch, Pauline Oliveros and Sun Ra — interpreted by one of the 21st century’s most fearless musical explorers, jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee. The performance, influenced by Oliveros’ theories of “deep listening” — a method of listening and responding to music, often performed in reverberating spaces like cathedrals, caves and underground cisterns — is co-presented by the Carnegie International. It will also feature a revival of Lucia Dlugozewski’s “Space is a Diamond,” performed for the first time in 40 years.
March 28, Mdou Moctar, Andy Warhol Museum, North Side.
Rock and roll has an amazing capacity for regeneration, despite all the abuse it has suffered over the years. Deep in the remote, war-torn deserts of the African Sahel, rock and roll is being born anew, via a generation of nomadic Tuareg guitarists like Mdou Moctar. Along with bands like Tinariwen and Bombino, they’ve pioneered a hybrid of electric blues and the hypnotic, indigenous music of the West African deserts. Mdou also wrote and starred in the first Tuareg-language film, “Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It,” a Saharan remake of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
March 29, Mitski, Jay Som: Mr. Small’s, Millvale.
2018 was the year of Mitski — hardly anyone got more critical plaudits than her record “Be The Cowboy,” a compilation that veers wildly from electropop sheen to anxious piano balladry. Her cool, clear voice suggests an icy remove from the roiling passions and contradictions writhing in her lyrics. It’s also breathtakingly romantic, both seeking perfection and threatening to subvert it.