What to Look Forward to in January 2013 (the music stuff)

A few days ago, Dusty posted what he’s looking forward to in January 2013 and covered sports, movies and TV. Since his musical taste consists of Brad Paisley, Bruce Springsteen and whatever YouTube video I send him during our 9 hour work days, he’s left the music section up to me.

My contribution will be an album release (or multiple releases) that I’m really stoked on as well as concert(s) (moving forward referred to as “shows”) that I would like to attend or plan on attending. This part will mostly be local to the Raleigh-area, but likely these bands will be touring so you can catch them in your city.

I was doing a lot of digging for albums to really get jazzed up this month, and while I didn’t come up empty, nothing really moved the needle. But here are a few that I’ll most certainly be listening to:


January 3rd: Skrillex – “Leaving” Ok, I have a soft spot for electronic music, and more specifically Dubstep (brilliantly named “Dump”step” by my buddy Blake). Anyway, its awesome music to party and workout to; 2 things I thoroughly enjoy.

January 8th: HBO “Girls” Soundtrack – Here’s a link to the bands and songs that will be featured including Fun., Grouplove and Fleet Foxes to name a few. Girls is sorta like Entourage with a bit of estrogen and a lot less wealthy,  Its hilarious and gives us guys a bit of insight into the minds and lives of these crazy girls we pursue. If you need more than that, Marnie Michaels (played by Allison Williams) is really hot. To add to Dusty’s TV post, I’m stoked for this shows Season 2 premier January 13th on HBO.

Sorry…I got caught up in that GIF and forgot what I was doing for a second. Here’s the song from Fun. “Sight of the Sun.”

January 15th: A$AP Rocky – “LongLiveA$AP” This kid has been living off of a demo album for about a year, and its landed him on major records like Big Boi’s “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.” His album is likely to be full of chill beats, catchy hooks and beautifully dirty verses. Disclaimer, if you’re easily offended by profanity, I’d probably skip this album and the song below. This was your warning.

January 29th: Local Natives – “Hummingbird” I’ll be completely honest, I don’t know a whole lot about Local Natives. I know they’re on my iPod, and when it comes on shuffle, I never skip a song. Maybe I need to start making them a destination and not just a Cracker Barrel pit stop on my metaphorical road trip.


I’ve been searching for a show to check out, since its been a while since I’ve stood in a dimly lit, old smoke-smelling venue drinking a tall boy PBR and doing the hipster rock/sway dance.

The only thing I came up with is on January 22nd at the Local 506 in Chapel Hill. The front man for Augustana will be headlining an acoustic set which is sure to be heartfelt and intimate while he wails on his Martin and belts out “I think I’ll go to BOSTON.” Needless to say, I’ll be there, singing along.

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