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NY Hard Rock Examiner January ‘14 concert preview

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Hungover from the holidays? Broke from the holidays? Already giving up your New Year’s resolutions? It’s just as well, because with only a handful of shows this coming month, we’re all better off hunkering down indoors until better weather and concerts crop up in the spring. Still, rock n’ roll never dies so thanks to some faithful tributes and a couple of heroic A-listers, following are the few concerts worth hauling out for in January:

Saturday, January 4: Girls, Girls, Girls at Bowery Ballroom. As if an all-female Motley Crue tribute wasn’t fun enough, also playing is Guns n’ Hoses, the all-female Gn’R cover band. You can’t go wrong with hot girls, classic hair metal, and $20 tickets for a Saturday night tribute show.

Wednesday, January 8: This Or The Apocalypse at Webster Hall. It’s a night of metalcore on 11th Street. Support comes from likeminded core bands Shai Hulud, Sworn In, and Sirens & Sailors.

Thursday, January 16: A Pale Horse Named Death at Webster Hall. The downstairs Studio at Webster is a dark and grungy place, perfect for the nihilistic music of Type O Negative’s Sal Abruscato. With two full albums under their belts, APHND is one of the best and heaviest underground secrets in NYC, and sludge metallers Borgo Pass, an absolute favorite of this Examiner, is opening.

Friday, January 17: Iron Priest / Kill ‘Em All at Fontana’s. The Lower East Side isn’t usually thrash metal central, but hit up Fontana’s for a kickass dose of Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. Honestly, what more could any metalhead ask for?

Saturday, January 18: Stone Sour at Irving Plaza. Corey Taylor & friends are one of the few mainstream rock bands out on the road this month, and they’ve already sold out the tiny Irving Plaza. Hit up Stubhub to get in, or you can head down to Starland in New Jersey a few days later to catch them again. The Irving show is sure to be an out-of-control crush of bodies as Stone Sour rips through 5 albums worth of material.

Saturday, January 18: Datsik at Best Buy Theater. If you’ve been bitten by the dubstep bug, then this is one of the heaviest shows of the month. Best Buy’s great sound system absolutely crushes when the EDM DJs get hold of it, and the open floor lets you rave, mosh, or just trip out to Datsik's spectacular light & sound extravaganza.

Sunday, January 19: In This Moment at The Paramount. Maria & her band are probably one of the hardest touring hard rock acts in the country, and this time around they’re bringing the smoking hot Butcher Babies along for the ride. The Paramount is hands down the best rock venue in Long Island, so fans of either band should consider this a great opportunity for what’s practically a co-headlining set of female-fronted ferocity.

Tuesday, January 21: Stone Sour at Starland Ballroom. This show hasn’t sold out yet, but with SS’s popularity I wouldn’t be surprised if it did, so buy tickets sooner rather than later. The rebuilt Starland is nicer, roomier, and cleaner than ever, so if you haven’t checked it out since it reopened, consider this a perfect opportunity to do so.

Saturday, January 25: Kashmir at Bergen Performing Art Center. No month is complete without some Led Zeppelin, and the musicians in Kashmir have you covered. BPAC is a spacious theater with fantastic sound, so Jersey fans can take advantage of cheap tickets and comfortable seating to enjoy the timeless music of Zeppelin as performed by these longtime professionals.

Monday, January 27: Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden. In case you missed the announcement, Billy Joel has signed on as MSG’s newest franchise. The piano man will be playing one concert every single month for the foreseeable future, so expect to see this listing on a regular basis. Every month through August is already sold out, but tickets are selling briskly on Stubhub so keep an eye out for dropping prices, as well as future on-sales. September tickets are still available, and October will probably go on sale any day now.

As always, get monthly previews of New York concerts delivered right to your inbox by subscribing to the New York Hard Rock Examiner at the top of this page, or follow me at twitter.com/NYROCKEXAMINER.

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