By Alan Ranta
We did it! Somehow, we survived a year under the tiny thumb of President bully von Pussygrabber. Still, time is tight. Best tell that little voice in your head that says “stay home and finish binging Halt and Catch Fire” to STFU more often. Get out there and see something difference. Make your experiences now. The same opportunities may never present themselves again.
Jan. 12 @ Celebrities
This trap-loving, Los Angeles-based producer of Vietnamese heritage is rising so fast, she’ll give you a nosebleed. As Skrillex associate, repping the OWSLA imprint, her debut at Happy Ending Fridays will likely be the first of many, but you have the chance to say you were there first, before she really blew up. Don’t blow it.
Jan. 18 @ The Commodore Ballroom
Norwegian tropical-house producer Tom Lagergren, famously known as Matoma, has such a keen ear for pop melodies, honed through years playing classical piano in his youth, that he can’t seem to keep his often-collaborative singles off the Billboard dance/electronic charts. For the One In A Million Tour, he’s pushing his latest single, a collaboration with Miley’s younger sister, Noah Cyrus, and if that track doesn’t make you drunkenly slur “hakuna matata,” lord only knows what will.
Jan. 21 @ The Commodore Ballroom
Once you hear the voice of electro indie-pop/alternative hip-hop songwriter Kristine “K.Flay” Flaherty, and the keen observations she has about life these days, it won’t ever leave you. She’s been on a slow burn for the last decade or so, starting off making reactionary hip-hop on her laptop, signing a later-regretted contract with RCA, ultimately coming out of that with a fan base dedicated enough to fund her debut record, before ultimately leading us to Every Where Is Some Where, her sophomore effort that basically blew 2017 up.
Jan. 27 @ Celebrities
The extensive personal archives of DC-based duo Andrew Field-Pickering (a.k.a. Maxmillion Dunbar) and Ari Goldman (a.k.a. Manhunter) have been expanded through years of working in record stores. Though deep house truly runs deepest in their souls, they can and will tap all veins of sound in their eclectic, horizon-broadening sets, from disco and UK garage to jungle and post-punk.
Joyner Lucas & Dizzy Wright
Feb. 03 @ Fortune
This will be a truly intense night of hip-hop. Joyner Lucas does not pull punches, evident from his gut-punching viral video for “I’m Not Racist” and his well-deserved Lil Pump diss track, while Dizzy Wright used 2017 to drop two thoughtfully blunted full-length sequels, The Golden Age 2 and State of Mind 2. Show up, and get woke.