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Winter Guide 2015

Don't let the cold keep you inside. Check out CP's Winter Guide for activities and events happening this season.

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MUSIC

If you're in your 30s, Marilyn Manson was the name that terrified your parents when you were a teen; two decades after his early work, the industrial-shock-rocker is still at it, with his latest, The Pale Emperor, having dropped this week. Jan. 30. Stage AE, North Side. 412-229-5483 or www.stageae.com

click to enlarge Josh White Jr. and Rev. Robert B. Jones
Josh White Jr. (left) and Rev. Robert B. Jones, Jan. 31

Lead Belly is arguably the biggest name in the history of Delta blues; the guitarist and singer informed early rock and made "Goodnight Irene" a household phrase. Josh White Jr., Rev. Robert B. Jones and Radoslav Lorvokic pay tribute in a program presented by Calliope. Jan. 31. Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland. 412-316-1915 or www.calliopehouse.org

click to enlarge Zap Mama
Photo courtesy of Columbia Artist Management Inc.
Zap Mama, Feb. 4 / Photo courtesy of Columbia Artist Management Inc.

Zap Mama grew to fame in the early '90s, melding polyphonic vocal styles with African rhythm; Antibalas is an American standard-bearer of Afrobeat, having been the band in Broadway's Fela! The two groups are touring together this winter, with both separate and collaborative sets. Feb. 4. Byham Theater, Downtown. 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org

Former Drive By Trucker and songwriter's songwriter Jason Isbell broke out as a certified solo artist with a hit record in 2013; this winter he tours with another, slightly less twangy but similarly respected name in writing, Damien Jurado. Feb. 9. Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead. www.librarymusichall.com

click to enlarge The New Pornographers band
Photo courtesy of Chris Buck
The New Pornographers, Feb. 13

Last year's Brill Bruisers was a lauded new release from longtime Canadian indie band The New Pornographers, something of a supergroup: Since the band's founding, acts like Neko Case and Destroyer have spun off their own successes. Feb. 13. Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com

Producer and songwriter RJD2 was one of the headliners of the first Thrival Festival, in 2013; he returns to town this winter with Chrome Sparks, the buzzworthy project of Pittsburgh-born Jeremy Malvin. Feb. 20. Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com

Longtime folkie David Bromberg returns to town this winter with his quartet; the fiddler and guitarist has recorded with a laundry lists of greats, from Bob Dylan to Carly Simon and even Sha Na Na. Feb. 20. Rex Theater, South Side. 412-381-6811 or www.rextheater.com

Cory Henry is well known for his work with the group Snarky Puppy, the Texas jazz outfit that shared a Grammy with Lalah Hathaway last year. He brings his other group, the Cory Henry Trio, to town on its winter tour this year. Feb. 23. Thunderbird Café, Lawrenceville. 412-682-0177 or www.thunderbirdcafe.net

click to enlarge Silk Road Ensemble
Photo courtesy of Max Whittaker
Silk Road Ensemble, Feb. 25

Yo Yo Ma has the distinction of being one of a handful of classical instrumentalists with instant name recognition even among non-music-types. This winter, his Silk Road Ensemble, which aims to entertain and educate about the traditions of Asia's Silk Road, comes to town. Feb. 25. Heinz Hall, Downtown. 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org

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