Elvis Costello makes up for his canceled show last year by visiting Heinz Hall June 13, while Dead & Company (a.k.a. longtime members Weir, Hart and Kreutzmann with John Mayer for good measure) play KeyBank Pavilion the final day of spring, June 15. Finally, assuming she shows, Lauryn Hill‘s performance at the Byham June 2 is not to be missed.
Up & Comers
There are few better feelings than when an artist you adore visits your city for the first time. A pair of musicians make their Pittsburgh debuts on back-to-back nights when San Francisco garage-rock wizard Ty Segall plays Mr. Smalls May 21 and Mac DeMarco performs to a sold-out crowd at the same venue May 22. And speaking of garage rock, brash young Chicago five-piece The Orwells headline the Rex May 20 in support of their new album, Terrible Human Beings.
Another up-and-comer, Allison Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, plays the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland March 23 with Kevin Morby and Mary Lattimore. (Just 18 months ago she was playing Cattivo, and in 2013, she was opening at the Roboto Project.) Multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi headlines the Rex Theater April 16 in support of his new album, Sonderlust, while the band he formerly played in, psychedelic pop veterans Of Montreal, plays Mr. Smalls April 25. And on May 28, don’t miss Baltimore synthpop act Future Islands, which features one of the great frontmen of our time, Samuel T Herring.
Welsh rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen will also make their Pittsburgh debut when they play Mr. Smalls May 7. Another top-tier British rock band, The 1975, return to Pittsburgh May 11 for an outdoors show at Stage AE, while indie dream pop trio The XX play the same stage May 16 in support of their third studio album, I See You. One more British artist of note is folk singer Laura Marling, who visits the Rex Theater May 11 on the heels of her new album, Semper Femina.
On the local front, DVE’s Randy Baumann hosts a who’s-who showcase of the Pittsburgh music scene April 1 with another installment of the semi-regular Ramble at the Rex. Meanwhile, Mr. Smalls hosts Pittsburgh’s Very Own, a showcase of local psychedelic rock bands April 8 including Misaligned Mind, Nox Boys, The Garment District, Wwoman and Delicious Pastries.
Rest of the Best
- The Stunt Queen Tour w/ Mykki Blanco & Cakes da Killa hits Cattivo March 24.
- Portugal. the Man, who one time opened their set at Thrival with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2,” performs a sold-out show at Mr. Smalls March 27, with openers HDBeenDope.
- Matt Hires returns to headline CureRock at the Hard Rock Cafe March 30, with support from Kyle Cox and Chet Vincent & the Big Bend. The event exists to raise awareness and funds for the fight against childhood cancer.
- Seattle indie rock veterans Minus the Bear headline Mr. Smalls April 1 in support of their first new album in five years, Voids. Beach Slang and Bayonne open.
- Celebrate Spirit’s second anniversary April 7 with Dan Deacon and some cover sets performed by two separate supergroups comprised of members of a half-dozen Wild Kindness bands.
- Indie-folk mainstays The Decemberists headline Stage AE April 8, with the promise of a “bunch of new songs.” Julien Baker opens.
- The Andy Warhol Museum welcomes American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel April 13. Howe Gelb will also perform.
- San Francisco chillwave artist Tycho headlines Stage AE April 18.
- Prolific Japanese psychedelic space rock legends Acid Mothers Temple return to Club Cafe April 29.
- Calliope welcomes Loudon Wainwright III to the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland May 3, with special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche.
- Meat Puppets top a mean triple bill at Mr. Smalls May 17 with The Minutemen’s Mike Watt and Husker Du’s Grant Hart.
- Mumford and Sons kick off the concert season in Burgettstown when they play KeyBank Pavilion May 24.
- The always-excellent Old Crow Medicine Show headline Stage AE May 30, performing their Columbia Records labelmate Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde album in its entirety.
- Ned Flanders-themed heavy metal band Okilly Dokilly play Hard Rock Cafe May 30, with support from Dethlehem. (Yes, it’s really a thing.)
- Fuzzed-out Austin garage-rock duo Ghost Wolves close out spring with a show at Brillobox June 20.