The best NYC concerts in January 2018

We know it’s cold out there, but these NYC concerts in January should give you plenty of reasons to leave the house
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Another new year...another year of live music to see. What a life! Am I right? Hopefully the hangover from your packed weekend of New Year's Eve parties and New Year’s Eve concerts has worn off and you're ready to get at it with these NYC concerts in January 2018. The month features top-notch music, including the annual Winter Jazzfest, that will brighten even the most sunlight-deprived month.

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NYC concerts in January

RJD2
Photograph: Benny Mistak
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

RJD2

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The turntable whiz hits Brooklyn Bowl to ring in 2018 with his dense, party-fueling beats. He was last heard on the 2016 soulful sixth album, Dame Fortune, in which the "Mad Men" theme producer lays out his ominous hip-hop production behind contributions from artists including R&B guitarist Son Little and spitfire North Carolina rapper Phonte.

Moor Mother
Photograph: Courtesy Bob Sweeney
Music, Rock and indie

Moor Mother + Dreamcrusher

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As Moor Mother, Philly artist Camae Defstar makes music that bespeaks a punk ethos—sonic chaos and a revolutionary spirit—but relies on noise instrumentation: field recordings, analog sequencers and distorted drum machine collaged into witchy lo-fi "dark rap." Here she pairs with anarchic local noise-maker Dreamcrusher and a special guest.

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Aurora Halal
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Clubs, House, disco and techno

Aurora Halal

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Halal is a creative overachiever in music, video and event production and anything and everything in between. Devoted to New York's underground scene, she is the creator of the party series Mutual Dreaming and stages the annual weekend festival Sustain-Release. Catch her darkly hued, hallucinatory techno at this eight-hour set.

Eyehategod
Photograph: Dean Karr
Music, Punk and metal

Eyehategod

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Few sounds in rock are more loaded with promise than the shrill feedback drone that precedes this band's every gig. The New Orleans sludge-metal group started three decades ago as a bad joke and slowly evolved into an institution, amassing a global following and even turning up on Treme. Here, the masterful riff wranglers, soldiering on after vocalist Mike IX Williams's recent liver transplant and the death of longtime drummer Joey LaCaze, turn up in support of their fine 2014 self-titled comeback LP.

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San Fermin
Photograph: Courtesy Denny Renshaw
Music

San Fermin

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Brooklyn composer-songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone's San Fermin touches down to deliver sweet, brass-fangled baroque folk—like Dirty Projectors jamming with DeVotchKa. Prepare yourself for an circuitious journey through Leone's nimble, expansive story-telling, chock-full of grand epiphanies and subtle truths.

OSHUN
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Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

OSHUN

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The Brooklyn group, which combines neosoul, hip-hop and pop into an intoxicating mix centered on its two talented vocalists, previews its debut album at this gig.

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Craig Taborn
Photograph: John Rogers/ECM Records
Music, Jazz

Winter Jazzfest Marathon

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Each January, Winter Jazzfest offers a crash course for anyone interest in exploring NYC's jazz scene. Its signature two-night Greenwich Village marathon brings vets and up-and-comers, hordes of music fans and a palpable air of excitement to an array of cozy downtown venues. The shows aren't individually ticketed, so a wristband grants you access to any of each night's shows—as long as a given club doesn’t hit capacity, that is.

Drugdealer
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Music, Rock and indie

Drugdealer

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On his project’s debut album, The End of Comedy, musician Michael Collins creates mind-bending, lysergic pop with contributions from Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood, the latter of which joins him at this show.

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Mariachi Flor de Toloache perform at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Music, Latin and world

globalFEST

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This annual international-music showcase takes over three stages with represented genres including Indian hip-hop, Iranian folk, Mexican mariachi and Brazilian Tropicália.

Max Bemis of Say Anything
Photograph: Neil Visel
Music, Rock and indie

Say Anything

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For more than a decade, frontman-songwriter Max Bemis has transformed his neurotic woes and exceedingly dirty thoughts into an ongoing alt-rock opera that's brash, barbed and frequently hilarious. Tonight you'll get the best of both worlds, as Bemis presents SA tunes new (heard on its latest LP, I Don't Think It Is) and old.

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Looking for some tunes to listen to at home?

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