8PM, Tuesday January 3rd
The Hi-Tone (Small Room)
It’s no secret that Memphis has long been a metal-friendly scene, and The Hi-Tone have certainly done their part to keep that tattered flag waving through the years. As the tinsel gets packed away for another year and 2023 settles into existence, you’ll want to drop by the Small Room on Tuesday if you’re a cherisher of all things heavy. Moisturizer come to us from Rhode Island, and their pummeling grindcore roar should segue nicely into the similar blood-soaked assault of local supporters Korroded. Mammoth Caravan, meanwhile, hail from another metal polestar, Little Rock, and offset the headlong tumble of their bill-mates with a doomy sludge churn that haunts as much as it enthralls. Power through the rest of January’s first week on a dark wave of black-charred vibes and epic melancholy.
8PM, Friday, January 6th
Otherlands Coffee Bar
Raise your hand if your new year’s resolutions include both drinking less and seeing more live music. See, I knew I wasn’t alone! That’s just one of the many reasons why I’m excited for the dulcet, soothing tones of both Bailey Bigger and Josh Threlkeld this Friday at Otherlands, a sort of throwback show to the era when singer-songwriters often made their names by performing at bohemian coffee shops. Bailey Bigger, of course, has emerged as one of the city’s most celebrated young performers over the past year and is still riding the momentum of her excellent album “Coyote Red,” while Threlkeld blends folk, pop, and a little R&B into a relaxed sound that has earned him comparisons to Jason Mraz. Start the year off right folks and don’t miss this one.
8:30PM, Saturday January 7th
That’s it for the holidays, Memphis, at least until Valentine’s Day swings by to make midwinter feel even more lonely. But despite the relentless gloom of months ahead, there’s always plentiful local live music options to keep one distracted from the dark and cold. A Saturday night at B-Side should be just the ticket. Yesterday’s Trash kick proceedings off with some tribute work to legendary Minnesota jangle-punks The Replacements, and from there on out, the fine-tuned indie and garage of area outfits Wagoneer, Symptoms, and Joybomb take the reins. It’s a new year, winter or not, so you might as well make the effort to lose yourself in something other than the weather report and existential despair.
8PM, Saturday, January 7th
Neil’s Music Room
As with scotch whiskey and Brussels sprouts, it took me well into adulthood to be able to appreciate the dreamy sounds of Fleetwood Mac, butI eventually came to understand the hype. That said, I’m still not a big enough fan to shell out the big bucks that would take to catch the iconic band live in concert, but thankfully the next best thing is available this weekend just up the road. On Saturday, guitarist Robert Allen Parker will be assembling some musician friends to pay tribute to the timeless songs of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Christine McVie at Neil’s Music Room, a hidden gem of a dive bar nestled in E. Memphis.