Gig Watch: January 2024

L’Rain at The Sinclair, October 2021

Shows not to miss in and around Boston for the month of January.


New year, same dedication to the gig. January might be the slow season for touring, but that just means more time to explore some locally-focused bills – and this month has no shortage of great ones. My picks below.

1/4 – Comfy / Really Great / Puppy Problems @ Notch Brewing
Rochester, NY power-pop crew Comfy headline the first (free!) gig of the year at Notch’s Brighton beer hall with local pals Really Great and Puppy Problems.

1/5 – Geskle / Paper Lady / Trophy Wife @ Crystal Ballroom

Worcester’s Geskle, Boston’s Paper Lady and the formerly Allstonian/currently Brooklynite Trophy Wife converge on the Ballroom for a night of dreamy jams.

1/12 – Gone / Husbands / Main Era @ O’Brien’s Pub

Shoegaze-y slowcore trio Gone, hailing from VA, team up with Candlepin Records labelmates Husbands and the great Main Era on a killer Friday evening bill at O’Brien’s.

1/13 – The Veldt @ O’Brien’s Pub

Criminally underrated soul-gaze vets The Veldt return to town for a can’t-miss set, whether you caught their mesmerizing show at The Rockwell a few years back or not.

1/14 – Bong Wish / Mountain Movers / Heathen Shame @ Faces Brewing

A heavy evening of weirdness awaits on a Sunday at Faces, uniting New Haven jammers Mountain Movers, psych-folk project Bong Wish and way-out, noise-worshipping Major Stars offshoot Heathen Shame.

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Heathen Shame at Hassle Fest, November 2015

1/18 – Lovelorn / No Nations / Crescent Ridge / Dwelley @ O’Brien’s Pub

Philly’s Lovelorn bring their electro-post-punk to OB’s on an unstoppable bill featuring some of the best capital-G Guitar bands in the city.

1/24 – L’Rain @ The Sinclair

Fresh off her acclaimed and startlingly-titled third album I Killed Your Dog, the genre-defying L’Rain returns to The Sinclair as a headliner after having opened there for Black Midi a few autumns back.

1/27 – Diva Karr / A Constant Knowledge of Death / Prayer Position / The Cost ov Living @ O’Brien’s Pub

Another heavy one helps usher out a top-notch month at O’Brien’s, this time a four-headed beast of a bill pulling from black metal, sludge, dark ambient and other manner of bleak but seasonally-appropriate sounds.

1/27 – Torres @ The Sinclair

One day after the release of her new record What An Enormous Room via Merge, the always-electric Mackenzie Scott brings her winter North American tour to a close in Cambridge.