1) Shock rocker Marilyn Manson rose to international prominence with the ’96 album Antichrist Superstar, co-produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame. Manson’s contrarian lyrics, industrial sound, and theatrics led to a “Best New Artist” accolade from Rolling Stone that year. U.S. senator Joseph Lieberman protested and religious groups picketed, yet Manson remains part of music’s mono-culture. In addition to recording and touring, Manson recently collaborated with filmmaker David Lynch at an Austrian art exhibition. He’s also appeared as a contributor to Talking Dead, a roundtable discussion of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Those buying tickets to his Stage AE concert also receive a digital download of his new album, The Pale Emperor. “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” continues his macabre sound. Unlocking the Truth opens. Doors open at 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.
2) Come celebrate the release of Donora‘s third album, Ha Ha Heart, at the Brillobox. (Yes, the album came out in December. But, according to the band’s website, this gives you a chance to learn the words!) The Pittsburgh trio is known for their upbeat, poppy sound. Their new single, “Memory,” finds them in a more contemplative move. The group is something of a brother/sister act: Jake Hanner, the older, provides drums; sister Casey, vocals and guitar. Mutual-friend Jake Churton plays bass. They gained national exposure when MTV series such as Engaged and Underage and Cribs began using their music. They are also signed to Pittsburgh’s Rostrum Records, home of rapper Wiz Khalifa. Kahli Abdu, VHS Safari, and Nox Boys open. Doors open at 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.
3) It’s Free Good Fridays at the Warhol in January, featuring art exhibits, music, and cocktails in the high temple to Andy Warhol’s numerous talents. The event is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan and includes free admission from 5 – 10 p.m., Pittsburgh’s own DJ Huck Finn, and a cash bar. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.