Low Cut Connie @ Rumba Cafe – Philly band put out one of 2017’s best rock records, now get their sweat in your mouth and wash it down with cheap booze.
Bluegrass Night @ Dick’s Den – Kick your year off right with a dose of bluegrass and a half dozen shots of whiskey.
Erra @ Skully’s – Alabama metal-core to help you head bang those winter blues away.
Relentless Mules @ Rambling House – Authentic Americana for people with beards and people who love people with beards.
Barely Civil @ Donato’s Basement – Touching indie rock from Wisconsin for smart, sad kids.
Avatar @ Newport Music Hall – Swedish theatrical metal might confound and confuse, but the freak show opener will just make you wanna barf. Check out our Q&A with the guys!
Flex Crew @ Skully’s – You can never go wrong with this veteran hip-hop/funk clan. It’s a good way to unwind before your ass is sitting in chemistry class the next day.
Jiwon Choi’s Parallel @ The Wexner Center for the Arts – By contrasting Korea’s political and cultural histories with personal and pop culture memories like K-POP, Choi hopes to shine a light on the more modern history of Korea through film.
New Basics Brass Band @ Rambling House – This throwback horn-heavy group will take you to the Roaring 1920s, for one night at least.
St. Vincent @ Express Live! – Imaginative alt-rock singer shreds guitar and faces, presumably while wearing something absurd and uncomfortable.
Keller Williams @ Woodlands Tavern – The guy that invented that solo acoustic guitar-looping pedal act years before that jerk-off in your dorm picked it up.
Linden Hollow @ Rambling House – The local folk trio release their brand-new EP at one of the area’s most unique venues.
Motherfolk @ The Basement – Cincinnati’s hipster rock sextet is the musical equivalent of a decent craft beer.
Drew Hanson @ Three’s – Drew Hanson has made a name for himself both nationally and in Columbus and he looks to put on a great show at Three’s.
Homeless Gospel Choir @ Woodlands Tavern – Pittsburgh singer/author/artist/activist is all about the personal empowerment and sing-along choruses and is pretty damn good at both.
JT Hillier @ Three’s – We could tell you more about JT but all you need to know is that it’s going down at Three’s so you know it’s a good time.
Blackalicious @ Skully’s – Long-running hip-hop duo keeps it cool more than 20 years into their career.
Mutts @ Spacebar – These Chicago animals mix rock, blues, jazz, and a little bit of every other genre into their unforgettable live performance. They definitely win our 1870 Mag “Best In Show.”
Snail Mail @ Big Room Bar – Low-fi teenage indie rock songstress from Baltimore will make the Big Room Bar feel oh so intimate.
Bootstrap Boys @ Rambling House – Country-fried western tunes for cowboys, outlaws, and general hillbillies. Yeehaw, partner!
Buku @ Skully’s – Pittsburgh EDM heavyweight will have Skully’s shaking. If you wanna lose your fucking mind on a Saturday night, there’s no better place to do it.
The Green @ A&R Music Bar – This band from Hawaii will warm up your frigid mid-January with their vibey sounds that mix reggae with traditional Hawaiian themes.
Lana Del Rey @ Schottenstein Center – Glum goddess brings some wintertime sadness to Columbus for smart, sad kids.
Flobots @ Skully’s – You know this recording group from their hit single “No Handlebars” from back in 2007. Reminisce the good old days plus soak in some new hits from their latest album “NOENEMIES.”
Saintseneca @ Ace of Cups – Columbus indie rockers have made a national splash with their compelling tunes. Catch this infrequent hometown show while you have the chance.
Bicentennial Bear @ Rumba Cafe – Local rock-n-rollers added a viola to their lineup and somehow got cooler.
Bridesmaid @ The Summit – Columbus stoner metal with two drummers, a billion sick riffs, and a pun-heavy sense of humor—what’s not to love?
Seaway @ Woodlands Tavern – Emo pop-rock will wrap up your weekend on a high note.
Sleeping With Sirens @ Newport Music Hall – Pop-rock with an electronic edge, but they kinda sound like they might try to steal your girlfriend.
Roger Beebe’s SOUNDFILM @ The Wexner Center for the Arts – This 16-millimeter film dives into the history of sound recording which has changed immensely throughout the years. Go out and educate yourself, music lovers!
Shredders @ Rumba Cafe – Midwest hip-hop super group closes out the month with what might be one of the best shows of the year.