After returning all of those quirky holiday presents from relatives who are contractually obligated to buy you gifts, you’ve gotten what you really want, money. With all the cash you’ve surely reserved just to buy concerts tickets, you might be wondering what to see. Here are our picks for great live shows all January long.
The Soft White Sixties, Brick & Mortar, Wednesday January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
Catch one of our favorite local bands at their new Wednesday-night hangout. Every Wednesday night in January, you can catch TSWS at Brick & Mortar. Tickets for their month-long residency are as low as $10, so you can’t go wrong with any, or all, of the nights. If you need more convincing, check out our review of their Slim’s show last April here, or read our interview with the band here.
Cold War Kids, Mezzanine, Friday January 16th
After a last minute cancellation at Live 105’s Club Not So Silent Night, Cold War Kids have rescheduled just a month later. Catch them touring in support of their latest album, Hold My Home, which debuted in October 2014. With tickets at only $10.53 each, your excuses to not go are quite limited.
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Paramount Theatre Oakland, Friday and Saturday January 16th and 17th
Dave Matthews continues to wow audiences at every single show. Last time we caught him at the Greek in Berkeley, a fan told us it was his 40th DMB show, and he wasn’t an anomaly. Read our review here of that show, and get your tickets at the link below.
G. Love & Special Sauce with Matt Costa, The Fillmore, Thursday January 22nd
After selling out The Chapel in November, G. Love & Special Sauce are back to headline The Fillmore. We’ve been a fan of singer-songwriter Matt Costa for years, with his beachy and relaxed vibes from his home base of Huntington Beach. Make sure to get there early for his set.
The Wombats, Rickshaw Stop, Thursday January 22nd
British three-piece indie rock band The Wombats are part of Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop. You’ll probably recognize their hit “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” from numerous TV shows over the years. Prepare to dance the night away.
The Ting Tings, Rickshaw Stop, Friday January 23rd
British indie-rock duo are touring in support of their latest album, Super Critical, released this past October. They’ll be on a brief West Coast tour before heading back across the pond.
Tickets: Sold out
Waters, The Independent, Saturday January 24th
We caught up with lead singer Van Pierszalowski (read it here) this summer at The Troubadour in LA. The band puts on a great live show and just released a new single, “I Feel Everything” off their upcoming full-length album, which will be released early next year. We can’t think of a more perfect venue for this local band to headline.
Ty Segall, Great American Music Hall, Thursday and Friday January 29th and 30th
The 27-year old San Franciscan is playing two nights at Great American Music Hall. Known for his multi-instrumented performances spanning multiple genres, there’s a reason the Friday show sold out so fast. Get tickets fast for Thursday.
Thursday Tickets here
Friday: Sold Out
Sam Smith, Bill Graham Civic Center, Sunday January 31st
With nearly overnight fame, Sam Smith has quickly found a place inside of all of us, likely due to his popularity with local radio stations. We can assure you that his fame is well deserved though. We caught his sold-out show at the Fox in October and were blown away. Read about it here.