So you think January's a slow time for concerts? Well, we did, too. But it turns out the only part of this month that lacked an excess of crazy shows was the first seven days -- and those are over. Here, then, is our list of the most notable medium-to-large concerts to know for the coming month. If you sleep on these and they sell out, don't blame us.
Thee Oh Sees @ The Independent, Jan. 11 and 12
Sure, the Oh Sees play around here fairly regularly. But a headlining two-night stand at the comfy and clear-sounding Independent is still something to get excited about. And with proteges like Sic Alps, the Mallard, and Warm Soda opening, this is a great chance to catch the deans of the S.F. underground rock scene.
Lady Gaga @ HP Pavilion, Jan. 17
A Lady Gaga show is never not fun -- just trust us. The queen of glam-pop and Madonna rip-offs is still touring on 2011's Born This Way, which is good, because they don't call the style she borrows from "arena rock" for nothing.
Ty Segall, Nick Waterhouse, and White Fence @ The Fillmore, Jan. 18
After a year that saw him release three albums and get cover features in both Pitchfork and SPIN, S.F. rock maven Ty Segall returns home for a victory lap: His first-ever headlining show at the Fillmore. With soul singer Nick Waterhouse and psych feak White Fence on the bill, this is one Segall performance we wouldn't dare miss.
Pinback @ Bimbo's 365 Club, Jan. 19
San Diego's moodiest -- and artiest -- alt-rockers swing up north in support of their first new album in five years, the relatively straightforward-sounding Information Received. Absorbing the band's gorgeous melancholy inside the posh environs of Bimbo's will be a super-extra bonus.
SFJAZZ Center Opening Celebrations @ SFJAZZ Center, Jan. 21 - 27
The only facility on the West Coast dedicated solely to jazz performance and education is opening up in San Francisco this month, and the opening festivities will include many of the greatest living names in jazz. Opening night itself is for VIPs only, but you can catch titans like McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Mary Stallings, Joshua Redman, and Bill Frisell performing during the center's first week.
Jessie Ware @ Rickshaw Stop, Jan. 24
Remember the sexy British R&B singer who turned SBTRKT songs like "Sanctuary" and "Right Thing To Do" into gorgeous hits -- and then put out her own acclaimed solo album last year? She's playing her first S.F. show this month. And yeah, it's sold out already, but that doesn't mean you can't get a little creative and find yourself a way inside.
Reggie Watts Residency @ Various venues, Jan. 27 - 29
The beloved beatboxer/improviser/comedian comes back to S.F. for three days of mischief at the end of this month, putting different shows each night with various collaborators at the Marines Memorial Theatre, The Independent, and Mezzanine, all as part of S.F. Sketchfest.
Muse @ Oracle Arena, Jan. 28
Is your 2013 lacking a little pompous grandiosity? A little robot-and-laser-infused bro-rock? Or are you just missing that ridiculous theme song from the London Olympics? If you checked "all of the above," this show's for you.
Testament @ The Fillmore, Jan. 30
One of the earliest and best Bay Area thrash metal bands, Testament is riding high on the release of last year's acclaimed new album Dark Roots of Earth. Here, the boys celebrate at one of their hometown's finest venues.
Geographer @ the Fillmore, Jan. 31
It's been a long road for Geographer, the local synth-pop trio that's been making waves in the local indie scene for many years now. After many years of opening for larger artists -- and headlining shows at smaller clubs around the city -- Geographer has graduated to a top-billed slot at the Fillmore, its very first such appearance.
Highlights for next month:
The Who @ Oracle Arena, Feb. 1
Swedish House Mafia @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Feb. 13-17
Noise Pop Festival, Feb. 26 - March 3