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What is this, June? February is supposed to be a slow month for shows, but there are top-notch concerts all month long, from country to rock, hip-hop to jazz, and a lot of post-punk.

Kid Cudi. Photo courtesy the artist.
Kid Cudi. Photo courtesy the artist.

Kid Cudi

Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.

Stage AE – 400 N Shore Dr.

$39.50 adv; $42 d.o.s.

Kid Cudi’s last album, Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven, was something of a head-scratcher. It wasn’t as bad as, say, Lil Wayne’s attempt at rock (at least Andre 3000 liked this one), but between all the acoustic guitar and bizarre (if hilarious) sketches of Beavis and Butt-Head tripping on mushrooms, you can see why Pitchfork started their review of the album by asking, “Is Kid Cudi serious?” Still, it’s rare when a top tier rapper comes to down, so we’re willing to overlook this misstep in hopes of a killer live show.

 Sound Scene

Sound Scene Express Best of 2015 Concert, feat. Nevada Color, The Commonheart and more.

Saturday, Feb. 6 at  9 p.m.

James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy – 422 Foreland St.

$10

Pittsburgh doesn’t have nearly as many music blogs as it deserves. Pittpunk has been on hiatus, Hughshows is scaling back in favor of a TV show, and the guy that did Pittsburgh Music Report has some other gig now. Fortunately, Sound Scene Express is picking up the slack–and then some. From concert photos, to album reviews, interviews and more, Randy and crew has Pittsburgh’s indie rock scene on lock. This year, their annual “Best of” awards is making the leap to IRL, with live performances from Nevada Color, The Commonheart, Ballon Ride Fantasy and Chase the Monkey, hosted by Danny Rectenwald, of Bastard Bearded Irishmen.
Caspian

Tuesday, February 9. 7 p.m.

Cattivo – 146 44th St.

$15

If you’re bummed that the Explosions in the Sky tour is skipping Pittsburgh, this Caspian gig is just what you need. That’s not to say that all post-rock bands sound the same, but those signature guitar swells work best in smaller venues, like Cattivo, where you can be completely enveloped by the sonic assault. The Massachusetts sextet is touring in support of their latest album, 2015’s Dust and Disquiet. Opening is O’brother, who you might remember as openers from when Minus the Bear played Club Cafe in late 2014. Here’s a taste of what to expect from Caspian:

 

Protomartyr, w/ Priests, The Gotobeds

Thursday, February 11. 9:30 p.m.

Brillobox – 4104 Penn Ave.

$10 d.o.s. (No presale)

If your eardrums aren’t already blown out from Caspian and O’brother, they will be after this one. Three of the best punk and post-punk bands in the country join together at Brillobox for an early “show of the year” candidate. Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds will set the tone by blasting through 9 or 10 songs in about 30 minutes, at which point you’ll say, oh, that’s why that major label signed them. Then, from DC, it’s Priests, only 2 EPs into their career and attracting all types of hype, thanks to frontwoman Katie Alice Greer’s snarl and stage presence. Finally, the new kings of Detroit punk, Protomartyr, with a spoken-word delivery and wit as sharp and cutting as the guitar work. There’s no presale, so get there early to snag a ticket. Doors are at 9.
Stretch & Bobbito

Saturday, February 13. 9 p.m.

Round Corner Cantina – 3720 Butler St.

$10 ($5 w/ movie screening ticket)

Source Magazine called The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show the best hip-hop radio show of all time. Airing on 89.9 WKCR, out of Columbia University, Stretch & Bobbito was where many of the best MCs of a generation first gained attention, from Nas, to Big Pun, to Jay-Z and more. The pair are touring the country in support of a new documentary, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, directed by “Bobbito” Garcia. Catch the movie at Row House Cinema at 7 p.m., followed by a post-screening Q+A. Then, make your way over to Round Corner Cantina for the after-party, where the duo will join local DJs on the ones and twos.

Kurt Vile

Monday, February 22. 8 p.m.

Mr. Smalls – 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

$20

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

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
Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue

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

Stage AE – 400 N. Shore Drive.

$30

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.

 

RJD2

Friday, February 27. 8 p.m.

Mr. Smalls – 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

$20

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”:

 

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Powered by NEXTpittsburgh / Written by Viriginia Phillips

For her show at Concept Gallery, The Ordinary Sacred, featuring her famous Black Madonnas, Vanessa German led a foot procession from her Homewood studio to Regent Square where she recited her poetry and sang.

If you know Vanessa German, you know it was not to be missed. And if you know art galleries in Pittsburgh, you know they aren’t what they used to be.

Things have changed in the art world and buyers have more choice than ever in where they buy—not just on the Internet but at big shows like Art Basel in Miami which is attracting buyers of all kinds.

That might be why, more than ever, the local scene deserves your support. And why we’re presenting these four wonderful, long-established galleries in Pittsburgh that are well worth a visit, even if you’re not in the market to buy art. It’s a treat just browsing. And if you can take in a performance or art exhibit opening or a fun party, all the better.

David Lewin’s Samaki, kiln-formed glass and metal at Morgan Contemporary Glass.
David Lewin’s Samaki, kiln-formed glass and metal at Morgan Contemporary Glass.

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery

Step into Amy Morgan’s jewel box of a gallery, the first in the region dedicated to contemporary studio glass, and marvel at the one-of-a-kind, stunning pieces made by glass artists.

In her beautifully arranged space on Ellsworth, you’ll find an astonishing collection, from majestic scale pieces to pocket-sized.

Among the space-dominating pieces: martial, somber-hued columns by American-born Czech artist Wesley Rasko. Equally powerful are curved basins in matte translucent peach, perches for dark sculpted birds and twigs by Hiroshi Yamano.

Midsize works abound for home or office. Consider textures: Cheryl Wilson Smith’s craggy folds mimicking rock or rosy coral and Jen Elek’s playful orbs in wet paint colors.

There’s a knitting project of glass yarn with needles, Jen Blazina’s frosted glass purses and picture frames with retro themes, along with Luke Jacomb’s pure-hued airborne birds—perhaps a flock—which can be screwed into a wall.

If you’re looking for a knockout gift, this could be the place, from teapots in all their anthropomorphic charms to tons of gorgeous jewelry in several media, not just glass.

Mark Leputa’s weighty, crystalline mortars and pestles in saturated colors—a lime mortar, say, with a cerulean pestle—would make a fabulous wedding present.

The Morgan Gallery opened in 1997, after a “try-out year” in Steve Mendelson’s gallery, when he was on a sabbatical in Paris. “Who knew from pop-ups then,” Morgan says.

Morgan, once the owner of a PR business and a former model, fell early for American glass art. Now a grandmother who was widowed three years ago, she’s a recognized expert and a major player in Pittsburgh’s enviable studio glass presence. The center of that scene is the highly-regarded Pittsburgh Glass Center which draws world-class teachers.

Her advice for collectors: “Buy what makes your heart flip-flop” and “If you love it, find a way to afford it.”

Drop in on Amy, Tuesday through Friday afternoons for a free education. She’ll coach you on how to choose work by artists who she thinks might be going all the way.

Flatbed collage by Steve Mendelson.
Flatbed collage by Steve Mendelson.

Mendelson Gallery

Lounging at his own dining room table, along with his affectionate cat and a primitive carving, is gallery owner Steve Mendelson, coffee cup in hand.

Behind him is a 1980s Keith Haring panel. “Haring spray-painted it on a construction wall enclosing the PPG site, and I rescued it,” he says. Below that is a similarly salvaged Man Ray poster. “I have tons of Haring and Man Ray,” he notes. And above dangle whimsical chandeliers, made by Mendelson.

A few steps down is a work by internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeois, known to Pittsburghers for her Katz Plaza fountain and signature “eye-benches.”

Pittsburgh artists abound at this Ellsworth St. gallery, from 90-year-old wood sculptor Thad Mosely and 93-year-old architect and artist David Lewis to mid-career pop artist John Chamberlain and abstractionists Emil Lukas and Mark Gualtieri.

Boundaries melt between living space and exhibition space. “It’s all connected,” says Steve. “I don’t see art as a commodity. It’s a living work of art, an expression of art by an artist that is (often) a friend of mine. Most of my artists I’ve known for decades.”

In the small bathroom of the house he shares with longtime companion Toni Chiappini, art vies with construction clutter. Steve has called in chips from painter Mark Gualtieri, to help him install a spectacular shower stall they had to wrestle upstairs in pieces.

Steve, a lithe 64, has been switching out the contents of his intimate gallery/home for 40 years.

Early on and after dropping out of the University of Michigan after a year, he ventured to India where he drew on a gift for connecting with every sort of person. In Paris he ran a gallery for several years, paying the bills as a mime and street entertainer. He was colorful enough to be featured in Italian Vogue.

He is a maker—of flatbed photo collages like the one in the photo above—as well as a collector and consummate storyteller.

“I am always complaining,” he says, in a run-up to how the art world has changed. At its best, he says, a gallery “should be an enriching experience, letting people who want to buy art meet the artists, put their trust in the gallery owner’s expertise, and support both artist and gallery.

“If I hadn’t bought good art and put my faith in artists, I probably wouldn’t be in business today,” says Steve, who has exhibited Warhol, Mapplethorpe and Rauschenberg.

“Though I run things more as a private gallery now, I am open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. I love to consult if people really have questions,” he offers. Call him on his cell at 412.654.7864.”

There is no charge for the stories, which are being assembled in a memoir. Ask him to tell you the one about dinner with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Warhol (“being his normal boring self”) and Margaux Hemingway, who drank so much he had to carry her down the stairs.

James Gallery

JG-Garden-copy

James Gallery in the West End Village is a beautiful modern space, encompassing two historic buildings with an adjoining outdoor sculpture garden, complete with a sizable pizza oven that is often put to good use. Owner James Frederick moved his gallery from Dormont in 2003 and renovated the turn-of-the-century horse stable with his partner, Gayle Irwin.

He has been matching art and clients for 40 years with a wide range of offerings by artists who exhibit widely and work in many media. Frame Foundry is part of the gallery, known for finding, framing and hanging art for corporate clients as well as residential.

The gallery is also known for great parties—from exhibition openings to the preview party for the International Jazz Festival this past year with renowned musicians wowing the crowd. “We try to look at art in a different way,” says Gayle, “pairing it with entertainment and music and food. It should be fun and educational.”

Concept Art Gallery

At Concept Art Gallery, a second-generation family enterprise owned and operated by Sam Berkovitz, you’ll find paintings by a dozen or more modern, established artists, many local.

Look for Vanessa German’s satirical figures of racial injustice, city views by Spanish artist Félix de la Concha known for One a Day: 365 Views of the Cathedral of Learning, a series that he painted every day during one year while staying in Pittsburgh, the knife-textured abstract oils of Pittsburgh’s Joyce Werwie Perry, and more.

Interspersed among the paintings are decorative arts pieces—furniture, silver and objets d’art.

Doug Cooper was featured in a recent exhibit at Concept Gallery in Regent Square.

A recent exhibit, Graphic Pittsburgh, featured three Pittsburgh artists, including Doug Cooper, CMU architecture professor, whose rollicking graphite murals feature a retro Pittsburgh, seen from on high.

What you see on the walls is only one dimension. Another way to explore Concept’s scope is to live-stream their auctions featuring contemporary or antique (prior to 1950) painting and sculpture, and furniture and jewelry.

“The auction is also a great way to buy furniture,” Sam adds. “Bids usually remain local since shipping is expensive. So people downsizing can sell extra household things. And those at the other end of things can outfit homes very reasonably.”

And while the gallery also offers museum caliber framing, sometimes the hardest part for people is hanging art they already have.

“People call all the time for that. Our art handler will help at $75 an hour. You can call and schedule an appointment.”

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HannaBrosIPFeatureNative Pittsburghers Freddy and Jimmy Hanna agree. These local lads, ages 10 and 11, have launched an online campaign to bring an NBA team to the region. To draw attention to their dream, they have raised $2,000 to put up two billboards, and plan to tie their campaign to this year’s celebrations around the 200th anniversary of the city’s incorporation.

They have a team in mind, by the way. In a powerpoint presentation, the boys note that the Minnesota Timberwolves, if relocated to southwestern PA, would encounter “the world’s greatest sports fans” (backed up by figures asserting that average attendance at our pro baseball, football and hockey games exceeds that of Minneapolis). While the fellows often persuade their parents to drive them to Cleveland for Cavaliers’ games, it can be problematic. “We got home at 1 a.m. on a school night once!”

Learn more about the Hannas’ dream here.

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