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MUSIC

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If you're looking to step back in time, catching Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade is a good bet: The jazz/Dixieland/Western-swing outfit from Brooklyn via Cambridge, Mass., provides a genuine old-timey good time. Jan. 27. Thunderbird Café, Lawrenceville. 412-682-0177 or www.thunderbirdcafe.com


If you backed her on Kickstarter last year, you've already heard Jenny Owen Young's latest, An Unwavering Band of Light. If not, seeing the cheery Brooklyn songbird with the dry sense of humor live is a good way to experience it for the first time. Feb. 7. Brillobox, Bloomfield. 412-621-4900 or www.brillobox.net


Here are two names that need no introduction: Trey Anastasio and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Phish leader sits in with the PSO to provide a Valentine's Day destination for jam-band lovebirds to die for. Feb. 14. Heinz Hall, Downtown. 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org


The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of trumpeter Sean Jones, never fails to impress. Tonight it brings another homegrown virtuoso, percussionist Jeff "Tain" Watts, to do battle with Philly's Christian McBride in a "Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia" program. Feb. 18. August Wilson Center, Downtown. 412-258-2700 or www.pittsburghjazzorchestra.com


Heavy-rock outfit O'Brother is back with a new full-length, Garden Window. Tonight the band, touring with fellow epic rockers Junius, pulls into town to melt faces. Feb. 21. Stage AE, North Side. 412-229-5483 or www.stageae.com


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Photo by Erik Jacobs

Alt-country songstress Eilen Jewell calls her latest effort Queen of the Minor Key, which should tell music heads everything they need to know — even her happiest tunes tend to have a sinister, or at least sarcastic, undertone. March 1. Club Café, South Side. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com


The weirdest show on this winter's schedule may belong to Puscifer, the rather vulgar side project of Tool's Maynard James Keenan. It's undefined, it started as a joke and it may tangentially involve Milla Jovovich. Good enough for you? March 1. Byham Theater, Downtown. 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org


John K. Samson started out in Propagandhi, rose to more mainstream popularity leading the literate folk-and-rock outfit The Weakerthans, and is now back to just being John K. Samson. His solo debut, Provincial, was issued this month by ANTI-. March 16. Club Café, South Side. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com


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Photo by Dan Ozminkowski

Spirit of Uganda mixes music — mostly African drumming — with dance, in a demonstration of the culture of Uganda. It stars talented Ugandan children and teens, and is in town for one night only. March 18. Byham Theater, Downtown. 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org


Last time Bela Fleck and the Flecktones were scheduled to appear in town, there was a last-minute cancelation; tonight's your second chance to check out the banjo jam man and his fantastic band. March 26. Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall. 412-368-5225 or www.librarymusichall.com


It's been two years since Bear in Heaven issued its previous album, Beat Rest Forth Mouth. Due in early April is I Love You, It's Cool, the band's debut for Dead Oceans; catch the trio's entrancing live show tonight. March 28. Andy Warhol Museum, North Side. 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org

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