June suffers from an embarrassment of great shows. If you wanted to you could see Tame Impala, My Morning Jacket, Jessica Hernandez, Taylor Swift, Wire, Andrew WK and The War on Drugs on back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back nights.

(Did I mention we’re giving away two tickets to see Tame Impala? Details are at the bottom of the post.)

Also happening: Three Rivers Arts Festival begins June 6. Don’t miss easy breezy pop quintet Alvvays’ first-ever Pittsburgh performance June 7, nor fiery bluesman Benjamin Booker June 14. The full schedule is available on the Cultural Trust website.

And then there’s this British band called the “Rolling Stones” stopping through town…

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Tame Impala. Photo Credit: Matt Sav.

Tame Impala

Wednesday, June 3. 8 p.m.

Stage AE (indoors) – 400 North Shore Drive


Aussie psychedelic rock band Tame Impala make their first Pittsburgh performance a month before the release of Currents, their hotly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s sensational Lonerism. From the few new tracks released so far, it sounds like band leader Kevin Parker is evolving toward a danceable, disco-influenced sound, sort of like Daft Punk did in 2013 with Random Access Memories. I think this new album will cross over and put them into the same level of global super-stardom that Daft Punk occupies. Listen to new track “Let it Happen” and then scroll to the bottom of this post to enter to win two tickets to this performance.


My Morning Jacket. Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

My Morning Jacket

Thursday, June 4. 8 p.m.

Stage AE (outdoors) – 400 North Shore Drive


If a show is going to cost over $40 with taxes and fees, it better be worth it. Fortunately, My Morning Jacket’s sets are legendary. Last time Jim James & co. played Stage AE, in 2012, they ended with a six-song encore filled with more blistering guitar solos than At Fillmore East. They’re touring in support of new album The Waterfall. I don’t think it’s anywhere close to Z, my pick for best MMJ album, but it cements their status as one of the most consistently innovative rock bands in America today.

Father John Misty. Photo Credit: Emma Tillman

Father John Misty. Photo Credit: Emma Tillman

Father John Misty

Saturday, June 6. 8 p.m.

Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead – 510 East 10th Ave, Munhall


Don’t be shocked if I Love You, Honeybear becomes your favorite new album: it’s lushly orchestrated, meticulously arranged and simply a joy to listen to. Father Jon Misty (J. Tillman) used to drum for Fleet Foxes. His first solo album, on Sub Pop, Fear Fun, came out in 2012. Honeybear picks up right where Fear Fun left off. Tillman can sing with the fervor of a revivalist preacher and his lyricism and wordplay are second to none. It will be a treat to witness him perform in the stately, century-old Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead.

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Wire. Photo Credit: Phil Sharp.


Sunday, June 7. 8 p.m.

Mr. Smalls – 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale


While it’s been a while since Pink Flag, Wire can still make great music. Their new, self-titled album had one critic say that it proves that Wire is still “one of the most inventive and exciting bands around.” Don’t miss this rare performance by the post-punk legends, whose influence on subsequent generations of bands is incalculable.


flogging molly gogol bordello concert posterFlogging Molly and Gogol Bordello w/ Mariachi el Bronx

Friday, June 12. 7 p.m.

Stage AE (outdoors) – 400 North Shore Drive


Punk rock comes in three different flavors for this one, none of them vanilla. Start the party with Mariachi el Bronx, LA hardcore band The Bronx’s mariachi themed side-project that’s been taking up more and more of the band’s time. Gypsy-punk pioneers Gogol Bordello are next, followed by Flogging Molly, neither of whom need an introduction. There won’t be another show all summer as fun or as raucous as this one.



Man Man

Friday, June 19. 9 p.m.

Club Cafe – 56-58 South 12th Street

$18 (21+)

Experimental band Man Man, from Philadelphia, visited Pittsburgh last year as openers for Brand New at Stage AE. Now back as headliners, this is the perfect type of show for a venue like Club Cafe. Cram a piano, some horns and a bunch of singers onto that tiny stage and let them blow the roof off of the place. No word yet on a follow-up to their most popular album to date, 2013’s On Oni Pond, so expect to hear at least a few new tunes in the mix.