The best NYC concerts in January 2019

We know it’s cold out there, but these NYC concerts in January should give you plenty of reasons to leave the house
Chris Dave Drumhedz
Photograph: Courtesy Jati Lindsay
By Andrew Frisicano and Time Out contributors |
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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 2019. 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

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

Winter Jazzfest

icon-location-pin Various locations,
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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.

Zola Jesus
Photograph: Jeff Elstone
Music, Rock and indie

Zola Jesus

icon-location-pin Kaufman Music Center, Upper West Side
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Working under the name Zola Jesus, Nika Roza Danilova creates unapologetically dramatic tunes that craftily balance arty texture with poppy drive. Expect tunes from her most recent album, Okovi, which marks her return to beloved local imprint Sacred Bones, as she kicks off the inaugural night of the 2019 Ecstatic Music Festival.

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best new artists
Photograph: Phobymo
Music, Rock and indie

Japanese Breakfast

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Steel, Williamsburg
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While her first album soared through majestic dream pop summits, Michelle Zauner's stellar latest, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, features a revamped sound that veers from shoegaze into ’80s synth-pop. Her band has been filling bigger and bigger venues, and deservedly so: Zauner is a confident and captivating performer.

Looking for some tunes to pump you up?

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