January 2016. It’s a new month and a new year. Make this one count.
If you’re one of the thousands of people that make a New Year’s Resolution, then stay away from the usual keep fit, learn to drive, don’t drink as much and give up smoking options you usually take up for all of five days.
Make this one count.
Get out and see more live music. It’s as simple as that.
And don’t leave it until later in the year when the weather is warmer and you’re not skint. We can all make excuses.
If you love your music (and you will no doubt tell all your friends that you do and you can’t live without it), check out this list of gigs for January 2016.
Friday 15 January @ Barrowlands Ballroom – The Macabees
Thursday 21 January @ The Hydro – The Libertines
Saturday 23 January @ The Garage – Ocean Colour Scene
Sunday 24 January @ SECC – Motorhead / Girlschool
Friday 29 January @ The Hydro – Jason Derulo
EH! Recommendation – Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene are regarded as one of the leading bands of the traditionalist, post-Oasis British rock scene of the mid-’90s. Although they had formed in the late ’80s and had several hits during the height of Madchester in the early ’90s, the band didn’t earn a large following until 1996, when their second album, Moseley Shoals, became a multi-platinum success story in the U.K.
Their ascent was greatly aided by Paul Weller and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, who both publicly praised Ocean Colour Scene for keeping the flame of real rock & roll burning during the ’90s. And, according to one specific definition, they were right, since Ocean Colour Scene was nothing if not rock & roll traditionalists, drawing heavily from British Invasion pop, psychedelia, soul, R&B, and blues-rock to create a reverential homage to classic rock. Their devotion to trad rock may have earned them decidedly mixed reviews, but that was the very thing that earned them a sizeable following.
Ocean Colour Scene is considered one of the best live bands on the circuit and no-one has ever left a OCS gig feeling underwhelmed. One not to be missed.
Saturday 09 January @ East Village Arts Club – Alien Ant Farm
Friday 22 January @ Echo Arena – The Corrs
Friday 29 January @ O2Academy – Gabrille Aplin
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Tuesday 26 January @ O2 Academy – Cancer Bats
Thursday 28 January @ Riverside – They Might Be Giants
EH! Recommendation – They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants (often abbreviated to “TMBG”) is an American alternative music group from Brooklyn, New York. The group was founded by John Flansburgh and John Linnell, and has since expanded to include a backing band, currently composed of Dan Miller, Danny Weinkauf, and Marty Beller.
Throughout their 33-year career, the band has racked up several charting albums and singles, as well as two Grammy awards (one for their song “Boss Of Me”, and the other for their children’s album Here Come The 123s).
Additionally, their 1990 album Flood has been certified Platinum, while the DVD of Here Come The ABCs achieved Gold status. The band continues to record alternative albums, and have also branched out into the realm of children’s music.
Over the course of their career, TMBG has released 18 studio albums, 8 live albums, 6 full collections—and various truncated versions of these—in addition to the TMBG Unlimited series, more than 40 EPs, singles, and demo tapes, and 10 video releases. John Linnell and John Flansburgh have also individually accumulated a number of solo releases.
January is always a slow month for live music but if you look around there’s some cracking live bands in the local area.