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January Music Highlights

A Fresh Start

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to go to more concerts, you are in luck. January has a wide range of great performances from hip hop, to indie rock, to funk, to experimental art.

January 8th: The Pharcyde at The New Parish
One of hip hop’s signature “golden era” groups, today The Pharcyde still has one of the most unique vocal deliveries. For those that haven’t seen them yet, this is no time to pass them by.

January 15th &16th: Public Enemy at Yoshi's San Francisco
Where do you begin when describe Chuck D and Public Enemy? Activist, hip hop pioneer, philanthropist, and albeit, one of the most influential hip hop artists ever. A rare performance and a must see.

January 15th & 16th: Budos Band at The Independent
Signed to Daptone Records (think Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings), The Budos Band has sprung up as one of the funkiest Afro-soul bands in the soul-revival train. Put on your dancing shoes, bring a handkerchief and get ready to sweat — this show will be hot!

January 21st: Tobacco at The New Parish
Tobacco is the solo project of Tom Fec, better known as the front man for Black Moth Super Rainbow. If his new album, Maniac Meat, and single “Sweatmother” don’t suggest his musical style, think NIN meets Daft Punk.

January 21st: Ra Ra Riot at Great American Music Hall
These indie rockers span the spectrum from intense guitar crescendos to bursting pop. They’ve work with Vampire Weekend, toured with Broken Social Scene, suggesting just a snippet of their supporters.

January 22nd: The Pimps of Joytime at The Independent
Soulful, funky, and boogey down describes what goes into The Pimps of Joytime. Their infectious and animated sound is great for shrugging off any New Year’s worries.

January 28th: Monotonix at Rickshaw Stop
See why the acclaimed “wildest Israeli” band is banned from most venues in Israel. These nomads continue to tour everywhere with a growing buzz accompanying their riveting performances.

January 28th: Ween at Fox Theater
Laugh, cry, rejoice, whatever you may wish — Ween returns to kick dirt on the pop world, and you’re welcome to join their snickering, light-hearted rock ’n’ roll.

January 30th: The Blow at Great American Music Hall
The Blow, born Khaela Maricich, is a pop musician and performance artist. She’s performed in art spaces and venues both nationally and internationally, and is currently doing a narrative-performance with traditional pop art dynamics.

January 31st at Warfield – Interpol
Since leading the way in the post-punk revival in early 2000s, the members of Interpol went on to create many side projects, and lost bassist Carlos Denger, but the band back now, touring behind its 2010 self-titled release.