With Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s running back-to-back, it’s easy to get a holiday hangover when January rolls around. You’re either left wanting more of it, or really not wanting more of it. Either way, there’s no better way to cure the winter blues than heading out to a concert in the NYC metro area.

After all, we’re all in this together. No one likes 14-degree temperatures with gale-force winds, so we might as well suffer together, drink in-hand at our favorite local venue. That said, here are the must-see concerts we picked out for January 2020. It’s going to be a great year.


The Felice Brothers

January 4, 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

Folk? Americana? Indie-rock? We’re not sure how to categorize The Felice Brothers, but their live show is not one to be missed. If you think you have an idea of what they sound like from their numerous incredible albums, go ahead and think again.

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Futurebirds

January 15, 7:00 pm
Bowery Ballroom

Some people may say country is dead, but we think it’s living right here. Futurebirds are part of an up-and-coming segment of roots-rock artists who lean toward the “red dirt” side of things. If you like a little bit of honky-tonk in your indie-rock, be sure to show up at the Bowery Ballroom.

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Talib Kweli (Bowltrane, the music of John Coltrane)

January 16, 11:30 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

As a perennial hip-hop producer, MC and artist, Talib Kweli is a must-see concert whenever he comes to town. But, this show is a little bit different, and that makes it all the more compelling. Part of NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest, Talib is playing a DJ set celebrating the music of John Coltrane. That sounds like the best of both worlds.

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Seu Jorge

January 16, 8:00 pm
Town Hall

Another entry to NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest, Seu Jorge is a household name and megastar—just not in the U.S. He’s a celebrated Brazilian folk artist and musician, and maybe one of the most talented live acts you’ll see in your life. You may have heard his David Bowie covers in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” but trust us, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

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Temples

January 21, 7:00 pm
Webster Hall

Nothing will warm you up faster than a great psych-rock show, and Temples is one of the best. This UK band has been making waves since they plugged in almost ten years ago, and their Deadhead-inspired jams will have you dreaming of surf breaks and sunlight, smack dab in the middle of winter.

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Snoop Dogg

January 22, 7:00 pm
Gramercy Theatre

Snoop Dogg is a rapper who came to fame in the early ‘90s, collaborating with the likes of Dr. Dre and NWA. Oh wait, nevermind, everyone knows who Snoop Dogg is. So, in that case, you know that his live shows are unrivaled and a must-see when he rolls through town. We don’t know what’s bigger than an icon, but Snoop is definitely that.

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Atmosphere

January 23, 9:00 pm
Webster Hall

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Snoop Dogg, you have the criminally underrated and underappreciated Atmosphere. While his fanbase may not be huge, they are dedicated. That may be due to his massive stage presence or his ability to thread a narrative in through maybe the chillest hip-hop you’ve ever heard.

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Billy Joel

January 25, 8:00 pm
Madison Square Garden

The Piano Man has been playing a monthly show at Madison Square Garden for years now—his only requisite being, “if there’s a demand for tickets.” Well, that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, and that’s for a good reason. He’s chocked full of number-one singles and you won’t want to miss a single one.

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Grouplove

January 25, 8:00 pm
The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

Grouplove is about as eclectic as they come. The Los Angeles band exists somewhere between grungy art-rock and top-40 pop anthems, and their catalog represents that. It may make them hard to define, but it also makes for a show that just about anyone can enjoy. So, treat yourself and your friends to an unforgettable night out at The Capitol Theatre.

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Brian Wilson

January 25, 8:00 pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ

Brian Wilson is such a mythic figure in pop music at this point that it’s almost hard to remember that he’s a real person. But, that’s also what’s made his music so great over the years. It’s so human. As a founding member of The Beach Boys, he expanded the surf-pop genre by integrating artistic productions and experimentation in a time when it was unheard of outside of The Beatles.

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Blackalicious

January 28, 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

“Alphabet Aerobics” is worth the price of admission alone. If you haven’t heard of Blackalicious, your favorite rapper definitely has. They’ve been defining the indie-rap scene for over 20 years now with a more chill take on the genre, and rapid-fire artistry that is unmatched. Brooklyn Bowl is going to blow on January 28.

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Bob Mould

January 29, 10:00 pm
Iridium

As a founding member of Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould initially helped to jumpstart the genre-mashing that would eventually become indie-rock and hardcore. Since then, he’s built a solid solo career on a more toned-down version of indie-rock, full of irresistible pop hooks and relatable songwriting. He’s a founding father of the genre, and his live show will prove why.

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Wu-Tang Clan (Loud Records 25th Anniversary)

January 30, 8:00 pm
Radio City Music Hall

Heading out to Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Loud Records’ 25th Anniversary is the inimitable Wu-Tang Clan. We’re not sure where to even start with their game-changing career, not to mention the numerous careers that have been launched off of them (RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, anyone?). So, we’ll just say this: Go see them whenever you get the chance.

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featured photo: Jason Persse/Flickr


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