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Adult Mom

Whenever Adult Mom performs, the band’s gentle, warm indie pop surrounds you like a tender hug. Adult Mom is joined by the ever-charismatic, endearingly goofy power-pop artist Chris Farren. Feb. 4. Mr. Roboto Project, Bloomfield.

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Rostam, at Sound Series

The Warhol’s Sound Series brings multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Rostam to the ‘Burgh. Melt the winter blues away while dancing to a delightful fusion of pop, R&B, world music and a pinch of indie rock. Feb. 8. The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side. 412-237-8300 or

Take yourself and maybe a classical-music newbie to Beethoven’s Fifth!, a rousing Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra program that includes Kabalevsky’s “The Comedians”;  Vilde Frang, a young Norwegian violinist making her debut; and, of course, the titular Beethoven work that everybody knows at least the opening notes to. Feb. 9-11. Heinz Hall, Downtown. 412-392-4900 or

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Mal Blum

Fresh off its tour with the Welcome to Night Vale, Mal Blum will be supporting pop artist Mary Lambert (“She Keeps Me Warm,” as featured in Macklemore’s “Same Love”). It’ll be a night of queer-friendly pop tunes that’ll stay with you for ages. Feb. 9. Cattivo, Lawrenceville. 412-687-2157 or

Make Valentine’s Day smooth with the old-school soul of The Spinners. The vocal group, which includes original member Henry Fambrough, will perform some of its 1970s hits, such as “Rubberband Man,” “I’ll Be Around” and “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love.” Feb. 14. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. 724-836-8000 or

For another warm-up on Valentine’s Day night, try the eclectic R&B courtesy of singer and songwriter Eric Roberson. The New Jersey-born performer’s music ranges from smooth soul ballads to uptempo numbers, and taps influences ranging from gospel and jazz to hip hop. Feb. 14. August Wilson Center, Downtown.

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Some artists make music that feels like a massage for your brain, and Philadelphia’s Palm is certainly one of those bands. Surround yourself in the mathy riffs and dreamy tones, and enter another plane of existence. Feb. 18. Club Café, South Side. 412-431-4950 or

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Propagandhi return after five years to release Victory Lap, another record filled with anti-war, anti-fascist, anti-nationalist tracks to fuel your resistance fire. Get in the circle pit and burn off some of your political frustrations in good company. March 5. Rex Theater, South Side. 412-381-6811 or

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Screaming Females
Guitar rock isn’t dead or dying. In fact, it’s thriving thanks to bands like Screaming Females, whose raw riffs and punk energy fuse with vocalist and guitarist Marissa Paternoster’s distinct, haunting timbre. March 12. Mr. Roboto Project, Bloomfield.

Here’s one that the WYEP set won’t want to miss — and that goes for the rest of you as well. A pair of thoughtful and well-matched singer-songwriters — Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin — bring their acoustic guitars, extensive song catalogs and dry senses of humor to the Carnegie Music Hall. March 18. Oakland.

Ephemeral art made at Chalk Fest
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Ephemeral art made at Chalk Fest

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