Sunday, March 20. 7 p.m.
Cattivo. 146 44th Street.
Has someone ever told you that a band “takes a while to get into?” Titus Andronicus is one of those bands. A New Jersey punk outfit with a Civil War concept album? How about a 29-song, five-act rock opera that spans over an hour and a half? That last one, titled The Most Lamentable Tragedy, was released on Merge in 2015; by most accounts it was brilliant. The band’s Springsteen meets The Decemberists meets The Clash aesthetic and originality is something to be admired. Opening is Craig Finn, of the Hold Steady.
Friday, March 25. 9 p.m.
Spirit. 242 51st Street.
If Black Moth Super Rainbow is Pittsburgh’s Animal Collective, then Tobacco must be Panda Bear. BMSR gained national attention almost a decade ago with their neo-psychedelic electronica album, Dandelion Gum. Like Panda Bear, Tobacco continues to record with the band and on his own, his most recent solo effort being 2014’s Ultima II Massage. There are rumors of a new Tobacco album in 2016, but in the meantime let’s just enjoy this first Pittsburgh performance in 18 months, which may or may not include other members of BMSR. Chicago MC Show You Suck and mixtape purveyors The Hood Internet open.
Spring Fling Rock AF Tour, w/ Cage The Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Foals, and Bear Hands
Friday, March 25. 7 p.m.
Petersen Events Center. 3719 Terrace Street.
A mini-festival to bid farewell to winter? What a pleasant surprise. Bear Hands hits the stage first, on the heels of their first top 10 hit, “Giants.” UK rock band Foals and Silversun Pickups, both mainstays on The X, come next; think back and you might remember when these two headlined Stage AE in 2013. The main act, Cage the Elephant, are on the brink of superstardom themselves, driven by lead singer Matt Shultz and his manic stage presence. $30 is a very fair price to catch four solid rock bands. Hey, look, they even made this nifty promo video:
Acid Mothers Temple
Thursday, March 31. 8 p.m.
Club Cafe. 56-58 S 12th St.
Acid Mothers Temple are unlike any band you’ve ever heard before. Founded in Japan in 1995, the band (more of a collective, really) and their multitudinous side projects have put out over 70 studio albums and 30 live albums of cosmic psychedelic space rock so far-out that it would make Hawkwind blush. Their album art makes Sgt. Pepper look like Rubber Soul, and they might be the loudest band you’ll ever hear (seriously, bring earplugs). Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO (as the current lineup is known) are touring in support of a new album, Wake to a New Dawn of Another Astro Era. Bonus points to anyone who caught them in 2001 at the Millvale Industrial Theater.
Whale Watching Tour 2016
Thursday, March 31. 8 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky St.
When it comes to live music in Pittsburgh, the Warhol is at the vanguard of the avant-garde. OK, probably more “cutting-edge” than “avant-garde”, but that doesn’t rhyme as well. Anyway, the point is that the Warhol Museum, through its Sound Series, continually brings in top-notch performers from around the world. This month, it’s a collective of artists from Iceland’s Bedroom Community record label, including Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Sam Amidon and Valgeir Sigurðsson, in case those names mean anything to you. This is the first Whale Watching tour since 2010 and the first ever to visit America. Pittsburgh is one of only seven scheduled appearances for the collective. This tour marks the tenth anniversary of the Bedroom Community label.
- Coheed and Cambria perform at Stage AE March 1, with support from Glassjaw.
- Endless Mike and the Beagle Club celebrate the release of their new LP March 3 at Roboto.
- Nathan Zoob, of local indie pop band Wreck Loose, celebrates his first solo EP with a show at the Pittsburgh Winery March 5.
- The Dropkick Murphy’s show at Stage AE March 8 is SOLD OUT.
- Also March 8, Less Than Jake perform “Losing Streak” & “Hello Rockview” at Altar Bar.
- Local samba group, Timbeleza, performs at Rio Masquerade at CAVO March 11.
- On March 12, local punk rockers Brazilian Wax release a new EP at Gooski’s
- Oakland punk-rock band SWMRS visit the Smiling Moose March 15.
- On March 16, Philadelphia psych-rock band Dr. Dog returns to Stage AE.
- DVE’s Randy Baumann hosts another Ramble, March 18 at the Rex Theater, featuring Funky Miracle and a who’s who of local musicians.
- Carly Rae Jepsen, of “Call Me Maybe” fame, performs at Mr. Smalls March 18.
- The inimitable Bonnie Raitt performs at Heinz Hall March 23.
- Also March 23, Australian crooner Vance Joy at Stage AE.
- The Son Little show at Pittsburgh Winery March 25 is SOLD OUT.
- Stoner rock OG’s Bongzilla play Altar Bar March 30.
- CureRock 2016, which benefits childhood cancer patients, comes to the Hard Rock Cafe March 31 with headliners Oh Honey.
And for all those tours that skip Pittsburgh . . . Road Trip!
- From Mexico, Teri Gender Bender and her garage punk band, Le Butcherettes, visits Columbus March 4 and then Philadelphia a week later.
- Also March 4, Jason Isbell’s former band, Drive-by Truckers, visit Washington DC.
- On March 6, in nearby Morgantown, it is the four axe attack of Diarrhea Planet.
- Slayer is on tour. Catch them in Columbus March 8.
- Dave and Phil Alvin, of Blasters fame, have a sold out show at Club Cafe March 11. Catch them in Columbus a day before or Cleveland the night after.
- ShamrockFest comes to DC’s RFK Stadium March 12, featuring Dropkick Murphy’s, Flogging Molly, and, uh, Vanilla Ice.
- Perennial crowd-pleasers Lake Street Dive will perform in Cleveland March 14 and Philadelphia March 18.
- If you missed Beach House at Mr. Smalls, they will be playing on back to back nights at Philly’s Union Transfer, March 18 and 19.
- Face-melting instrumental psych-rock band, Earthless, will be in Philly, DC, and Columbus, March, 19, 20, and 21, respectively.
- AC/DC is on tour! See them March 23 in Columbus or March 26 in Cleveland.
- And finally, Shannon and the Clams perform in Columbus March 24.
Looking for more Pittsburgh fun? Check out our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in March.
In search of family fun? Don’t miss our Top Family Adventure in Pittsburgh in March.