Rockin' into the teens with shows from Mangum, Morrissey, Miller and more
January 3, 2013 10:00 AM
Morrissey: Set for Jan 21 at Heinz Hall, but we'll see ...
Green Day plays the Consol Energy Center on March 31.
The Bad Plus will play two shows Feb. 2 at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.
By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
2013 has started with the news that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is back on his feet and Green Day is back in action.
We can add the pop-punk band back to the concert schedule, with a March 31 date, which will be the third show of a tour that opens in Chicago on the 28th.
The first month of '13 is still loaded with an surprising number of shows, including indie darlings Jeff Mangum, Morrissey and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, breakout pop star Ed Sheeran and Triple A stalwarts Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
The first few months also bring The Lumineers, Coheed & Cambria, Tenacious D, Eric Clapton and more.
13 Shows to Watch For
Jeff Mangum (Carnegie Lecture Hall, Jan. 10): Fans of '90s indie great Neutral Milk Hotel understand that you can't sleep on this one, as Mangum sightings are few and far between. Based on recent reviews, expect an emotional evening, with lots of sing-alongs, with the brilliant and reclusive frontman. It's comes courtesy of the Andy Warhol Museum.
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly/El DeBarge (Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Jan. 18): Here's a blast from the past for the soul crowd. Maze, a group introduced by Marvin Gaye, ruled the R&B charts in the late '70s/early '80s with such hits as "Love Is the Key," "Back in Stride" and "Can't Get Over You." This special MLK Day/Obama Inauguration Show pairs them with El DeBarge, who split from his hitmaking family for a string of solo hits in the late '80s and revived his career with 2010's Grammy-nominated "Second Chance."
Rhett Miller with Black Prairie (Club Cafe, Jan. 19): This intimate evening at the South Side cafe pairs the frontman for '90s alt-country rockers The Old '97s with Black Prairie, an acclaimed string band made up of three members of the Decemberists -- Dobro guitarist Chris Funk, bassist Nate Query and accordionist/keyboardist Jenny Conlee -- plus violinist Annalisa Tornfelt (the Woolwines, Bearfoot) and guitarist Jon Neufeld (Jackstraw, Dolorean).
Morrissey (Heinz Hall, Jan. 21): He has 18 days to cancel this, but let's hope the former Smiths singer, who has only actually appeared here once as a solo artist (amid two cancellations and a postponement), keeps the date. The last time we saw The Moz, on St. Patrick's Day 2009, the voice, the drama, the self-loathing were all in peak form, and he was as warm and generous as he could be.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy (Carnegie Lecture Hall, Jan. 26): BPB is Will Oldham of Palace Brothers fame doing hauntingly intimate folk-based music. This was one of the best concerts of 2010, so don't miss it.
Ed Sheeran (Stage AE, Jan. 28): This is the first show here since the 21-year-old British singer-songwriter blew up with the sensitive Top 40 ballad "The A Team." If you actually get to hear him sing it over the crowd at the sold-out Stage AE, it will be a small miracle. He'll be back with Taylor Swift at Heinz Field on July 6.
Hot Water Music (Altar Bar, Jan. 30): Chuck Ragan has been through here a few times for some stunning sets with his solo band. Now, the singer-guitarist is back with Chris Woolard and the Gainesville, Fla., punk band for its first tour in eight years, having recently released the comeback album "Exister." Hot Water will certainly heat up a chilly January night.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (Stage AE, Jan. 31): The Vermont beauty has a voice that can fill a stadium, as it did last summer with Kenny Chesney, and the Nocturnals back her up as a potent jam band in the mode of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Coheed & Cambria (Stage AE, Feb. 7): The New York prog band is the Rush of its generation, venturing into grand concepts like its ambitious, two-part concept album, "The Afterman." Two days before the Pittsburgh show, it will drop "The Afterman: Descension," in which Sirius Amory explores the Keywork and discovers that, according to frontman Claudio Sanchez, "your energy in life echoes in death."
The Lumineers (Stage AE, Feb. 5): Along with Mumford & Sons, the Denver band has brought rustic folk-rock to the Top 40 with "Ho Hey." This sold-out AE show comes five days before the band will be up for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album at the Grammys.
Tenacious D (Stage AE, March 5): Tenacious D isn't making any best-of lists, but the hard rock duo's latest, "Rize of the Phenix," is nominated for a Grammy -- for Best Comedy Album. While this won't be the musical highlight of 2013, this is as close are you're likely to get to Hollywood star Jack Black.
Green Day (Consol Energy Center, March 31): Just like Uno-Dos-Tre, Billie Joe Armstrong is back in the game. The Green Day frontman has bounced back from rehab and will lead the ambitious pop-punk band on its first tour for the new trilogy of releases "¡Uno!, "¡Dos!" "¡Tré!" That will give Green Day the mixed blessing of another 37 songs to choose from.
Fleetwood Mac (Consol Energy Center, April 26): There are three classic rock shows at Consol. Bon Jovi will be a crowd-pleaser as usual (hard to miss with that hair and smile), Eric Clapton just needs to show up and people bow down to him, but I'd put my money down on FM's Lindsey Buckingham to deliver the most fiery performance.
FLYLEAF/DROWNING POOL: Altar Bar, Feb, 22, 8 p.m. $25-$28; TF.
KELLER WILLIAMS: Mr. Smalls, Feb. 23, 9 p.m. $22. TW.
CHRIS TOMLIN: Consol Energy Center, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. $26-$37. TM.
ROOTS OF ROCK & ROLL XXXIX: Featuring Kenny Vance & The Planotones, The Flamingos, The Clovers, The Charts, Kathy Young and Pure Gold. Benedum Center, Feb. 23, 5 and 8:30 p.m.; $30.75-$45.75; 412-456-6666.
MURDER BY DEATH/MAN MAN: Mr. Smalls, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. $15. TW.
FREEDY JOHNSTON with AARON LEE TASJAN, MARTIN RUBEO: Club Cafe, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., $12. TW.
SUZANNE VEGA: Club Cafe, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., $35. TW.
DIRTY HEADS/SHINY TOY GUNS: Carnegie Library Music Hall, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. $25. CL.
SLIGHTLY STOOPID: Stage AE, March 15, 7 p.m. $22.50-$25; TM.
BRIAN REGAN: Palace Theatre, March 17, 7 p.m. $42.50; 724-836-8000.
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: Mr. Smalls, March 20, 7:30 p.m. $26; TW.
HERE COME THE MUMMIES: Altar Bar, March 22, 7:30 p.m. $25-$27; TF.
JEWEL: Palace Theatre, March 20, 7:30 p.m.; $49-$39; TF.
TED NEELY AND LITTLE BIG BAND: Palace Theatre, March 24, 7 p.m. $28-$45; 724-836-8000.
AS I LAY DYING/DEVIL WEARS PRADA: Mr. Smalls, March 24, 7 p.m. $30. TW.
DARWIN DEEZ: Stage AE, March 26, 7 p.m. doors. $10-$12; TM.
FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Mr. Smalls, March 29, 8 p.m. $16. TW.
GREEN DAY: Consol Energy Center, March 31, 7:30 p.m. $26-$64. TM
ERIC CLAPTON/WALLFLOWERS: Consol Energy Center, April 6, 7:30 p.m. $56-$116. TM.
GABRIEL IGLESIAS: Benedum Center, April 13, 8 p.m. $42; 412-456-6666.
PAJANIMALS: Palace Theatre, April 18, $35-$130; 724-836-8000.
BARRY MANILOW: Consol Energy Center, April 19, 7:30 p.m., TM, $9.49-$143. TM
BETTYE LAVETTE: Cabaret at Theater Square, April 23, 8 p.m. $30.75. 412-456-6666.
FLEETWOOD MAC: Consol Energy Center, April 26, 8 p.m. $47-$169. TM
JAZZ AT THE GUILD
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, North Side; 412-322-0800; mcgjazz.org.
John Pizzarelli (Jan. 18, 7 (sold out) and 9:30 p.m.): The guitarist will interpret music from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington and The Beatles.
The Bad Plus (Feb. 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m.): The cutting-edge trio performs original music as well as deconstructing pop, rock and country songs.
International Guitar Night (Feb. 15, 7 and 9:30 p.m.): Founder Brian Gore leads a guitar ensemble that features Scotland's Martin Taylor, Solorazaf from Madagascar, and Celso Machado from Brazil.
Jack DeJohnette 70th Birthday Tour (March 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m.): The drum legend, who played on Miles Davis' groundbreaking "Bitches Brew," leads a band that includes Tim Ries (saxophone), Lionel Loueke (guitar), George Colligan (keyboards and piano) and Jerome Harris (bass).
Joe Sample with Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash Duo (March 17, 7 and 9:30 p.m.): The pianist who founded the Jazz Crusaders will pay tribute to American music with Soul Shadows on a bill with the saxophone-drum duo.
John Scofield's Hollowbody Band featuring Mike Stern, Ben Street & Bill Stewart (April 6, 7 and 9:30 p.m.): Two guitarists from Miles Davis' electric days square off with a hot rhythm section.
Brecker Brothers Band Reunion (April 12, 7 and 9:30 p.m.): Trumpeter Randy Brecker leads a supergroup with guitarist Mike Stern, keyboardist George Whitty, bassist Neil Jason, drummer Dave Weckl, and walking in the late Michael's footsteps, Italian saxophonist Ada Rovatti.