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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

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

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

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

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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