Does the frigid cold or recent announcement of the headliners for Boston Calling have you pining for summer concerts? Luckily there is plenty happening right now in Boston to chase those winter blahs away. If you are still afraid to crawl out from under the blankets after last weekend’s sub zero temperatures then don’t fear—you can still catch the likes of Typhoon and Kimbra at the end of the month.

Friday, January 12

Felice Brothers at Sinclair – Selected by Amie

Festival favorites, The Felice Brothers, are rolling back into town to play a solo show at the Sinclair on Saturday night. The band of brothers got their start playing in the New York City Subway and have since played the likes of Bonaroo, Newport Folk Festival and Mountain Jam. They also have opened for the likes of Neko Case, Dave Matthews Band and Justin Towns Earle. The kinetic energy of their edgy Americana is not to be missed live. Particularly on such gems as “Sally.”

Saturday, January 13

Horse Jumper of Love at Great Scott – Selected by Charley

After the release of their eponymous LP in 2016, slow-rock trio Horse Jumper of Love were catapulted to the premier slot of Boston-house-show-favorites. The trio’s intensely patient approach and out of the box concepts, courtesy of frontman Dimitri Giannopoulos, have made them a staple of Boston’s underground scene, flirting with concepts of post-hardcore, slacker rock, retro emo, and quirky indie rock. The music of HJOL is both hypnotic and cryptic, challenging both your ability to feel and think abstractly. Joined by Wildhoney, Mini Dresses, and Strange Passages, HJOL will perform at Great Scott on 1/13/18, doors at 9:30pm.


Thursday, January 25

Typhoon at Paradise – Selected by Knar

Just four years ago twelve members of Portland-based Typhoon crammed onto the Brighton Music Hall stage to perform their first Boston show—one in which the audience’s overwhelming enthusiasm left the band visibly dumbfounded. This month, Typhoon’s many layers of sound will return to Boston with fresh material off of their newest release, Offerings. In true Typhoon fashion, the album explores a dark topic—the connection between memory and identity, and what happens to a world that loses all sense of history—through a driving and sometimes uplifting sonic landscape. See you there.

Friday, January 26th

Zilla at Plough and Stars – Selected by Colin

Since 2014, ZILLA has morphed into a soul-slinging five piece powerhouse. Originally birthed from the vision of front woman, Meredith Snyder, the band captured listeners with a wild arrangement of Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why.” With this, they portrayed a fresh inventiveness that garnered sounds from classic soul, r&B, rock, and funk music. In 2016 ZILLA recorded an EP entitled, Dream State, on which they craft cutting vocal harmonies around lyrics about robots, giant spiders, and love. They are an incredibly exhilarating live band straight out of Boston who lay down an insatiably funky beat and bring people to their feet. Don’t miss ‘em!

Sunday, January 28

Kimbra at Paradise – Selected by Kevin

Things have been quiet in recent years for Kimbra, the New Zealand pop star probably best known in the US as the female counterpart in 2011’s ubiquitous hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” But this year Kimbra will be releasing her first album since 2014’s “The Golden Echo,” and she is primed for a comeback. Kimbra brings her Prince-inspired brand of pop/soul/R&B to the Paradise, an intimate location for an internationally renowned performer.

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