Kurt Vile

Monday, February 22. 8 p.m.

Mr. Smalls – 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.


Long before anyone really knew who Kurt Vile was, he started billing himself as “Philly’s constant hitmaker” as sort of a joke. Turns out the joke was more of a self-fulfilling prophecy. With his latest album, B’lieve I’m Goin Down, Kurt Vile is unequivocally a rock star. Vile performed lead single “Pretty Pimpin’” on The Late Show with J Mascis, then went off to perform in Europe and Australia for two months. The new album is softer than his previous album, the fuzzed-out Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze, but it has always been Vile’s lyrics – self-deprecating and tongue-in-cheek – that set the constant hitmaker apart from the pack.

Disappears. Photo by Zoran Orlic.


Tuesday, February 23. 8 p.m.

Andy Warhol Museum – 117 Sandusky St.

$15 ($12 students/members)

From Chicago, Disappears performs dark, driving garage rock, reminiscent of Krautrock bands and Joy Division. The band will be performing two sets: The first set features their own material, including songs from their 2015 release, Irreal, and for the second set the band will perform David Bowie’s album Low, which they first recorded live at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in fall 2014. Pittsburgh native Noah Leger (formerly of the Karl Hendricks Trio) is on drums.

An Evening with Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette

Friday, February 26. 9:30 p.m. (7 p.m. session sold out)

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild – 1815 Metropolitan St.

$27 – $52.50

Now for something different, Jack DeJohnette, one of the best jazz drummers of all time, performs with Savion Glover, one of the most well-respected tap dancers alive. DeJohnette was the primary drummer on Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, and he toured with Davis for a number of years before setting off on his own. The event page on the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild site promises “multigenerational phrasing of elevated frequencies that propels sound to the fourth dimension and beyond,” and a “journey of melodies extracting unprecedented and beautiful music living within two masterful souls.” Who can resist?

Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue

Saturday, February 27. 7:30 p.m.

Stage AE – 400 N. Shore Drive.


Sorry Carrie Underwood, but if you see just one country singer-songwriter in Pittsburgh this month, make it Kacey Musgraves. Probably the only musician to be on the cover of both Redbook and The FADER, Musgraves pens clever, classic country gems that fans of both Katy Perry and Loretta Lynn can enjoy. Her major label debut, 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park, won the Grammy for Best Country Album, and the follow-up, 2015’s Pageant Material, is nominated for the same.


Friday, February 27. 8 p.m.

Mr. Smalls – 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.


This show will be exactly one year and one week from the last time Ramble Jon Krohn visited Mr. Smalls. Since 2002, with the release of his first album, the instrumental hip-hop masterpiece Deadringer, RJD2 has never stayed complacent, remixing his musical style as often as most artists change labels. He’ll be at Smalls in support of his new album, the soul-heavy Dame Fortune, which won’t be released until March 25th. Here’s the first single off of that album, “Peace of What”:

Deep Cuts:

The Soft Moon. Photo by Dennis Shoenberg.
  • Louisiana indie pop band Givers, of “Up Up Up” fame, visits Cattivo February 2.
  • Another indie pop band, Young Galaxy, from Montreal, visit Brillobox February 4.
  • A pair of top-notch local artists, Donora and Brooke Annibale, headline the Pittsburgh Winery February 13.
  • Spend Valentine’s Day with The Spinners at Greensburg’s Palace Theater.
  • Country music superstar and American Idol Season Four winner Carrie Underwood is at Consol Energy Center February 17.
  • Also February 17 is Zoso, the self-proclaimed “Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience,” performing at Stage AE.
  • Can’t get enough post-punk? Luis Vasquez’s The Soft Moon plays Cattivo Friday, February 19, with support from The Gotobeds and The Garment District.
  • Local MC contest King of the Burgh 7 is at the Rex Theater February 20.
  • Also February 20, progressive jazz at the First Unitarian Church with Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.
  • The Bone Thugs-n-Harmony concert at Mr. Smalls February 23 is sold out.
  • Neko Case is back in town February 28, this time at Mr. Smalls.

And for all those tours that skip Pittsburgh . . . Road Trip!

  • Indie mainstays Low will be in Philly February 1, at Johnny Brenda’s, and in Baltimore February 2.
  • Lupe Fiasco visits DC February 7 and Cleveland February 12.
  • Wavves and Best Coast‘s “Summer is Forever II” tour visits DC February 16, with a date at Philly’s Electric Factory the following evening.
  • A Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla triple-bill? (Shouldn’t this be at Star Lake in July?) The closest it comes to Pittsburgh is a date in Allentown February 17.
  • Love ’em or hate ’em live, Animal Collective are on tour in support of their tenth studio album, Painting With. Catch them in Philly February 19, or Columbus February 26.
  • Eleanor Friedberger, who played a free concert here last summer as part of the First Fridays at the Frick, embarks on a four month tour that takes sees pretty much everywhere but Pittsburgh. Catch her at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit February 23, or in Philly February 19.
  • Miss The Boss at Consol? Catch Bruce Springsteen in Cleveland February 23.
  • Garage-rock dynamo Ty Segall hits DC and Philly on back-to-back nights, February 25 and 26, respectively, in support of his new album, Emotional Mugger.
  • Finally, Lil Wayne, aka Lil Weezy, aka Lil Tunechi, aka Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., aka Weezy F Baby, aka The Martian, performs in State College on February 27.

Want more local shows in February? Here’s a feature specifically for February album release shows.

Looking for more Pittsburgh happenings? Check out our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in February.

Searching for fun for the whole family? Don’t miss Top family adventures in Pittsburgh this February.

Brian Conway

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.