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Spring shows preview: Our favorite get-tickets-now concerts on the calendar

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Not wholly unlike record releases, shows tend to dry up in the winter doldrums. But even halfway through January (Cate, Cruiser, The Sword, Royal Bangs, Johnny Flynn), in the homestretch of the first month of 2014 (Damien, Jay Z, Brazilian Girls, Bone Thugs) and into early February (Katie Frank, Deerhunter and Darkside, Maria Taylor and Mutual Benefit) do things start getting heated up. You can almost feel the spring thaw coming, and when it does, we will party. Of course, as the coming weeks unfold, and you, our good human readers, note gaps and holes in the below-listed favorites, this list will be updated and beefed up and improved with time. Links are provided for each venue so that you can hunt down tickets.

BOOT & SADDLE
1/17: Cate Le Bon
1/18: Rosetta with Grimace Federation
1/23: Buried Beds
1/25: Damien Jurado
1/28 & 1/29: Young Widows
1/30: Ron Gallo
2/1: Mirah with Divers
2/2: Whirr with Nothing
2/5: Maria Taylor
2/6: Mutual Benefit
2/18: Those Darlins with Diarrhea Planet
2/21: Gardens & Villa
2/27: Quilt
2/28: Augustines
3/13: Com Truise
3/15: Xiu Xiu
3/20: Adam & Dave’s Bloodline
3/21: Sam Smith
4/3: Pattern is Movement
4/16: We Are Scientists
4/25: Woods

SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER
3/1: Demi Lovato
3/6: Robin Thicke with Jessie J
3/7: Imagine Dragons

THEATRE OF THE LIVING ARTS (TLA)
1/18: Action Bronson
1/25: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with Freeway
1/30: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
1/31: Karmin
2/15 and 2/16: G. Love & Special Sauce
3/1: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
3/8: Nipsey Hussle with Gillie Da Kid
3/15: HIM
3/28: Mobb Deep
3/29: 3rd Annual East Coast Beard and Mustache Competition
5/9: Primal Scream

TOWER THEATER
2/14 & 2/15: An Evening with Bob Weir & RatDog
2/26: Young the Giant
3/22: 2 Chainz with Pusha T
4/12: The Wanted

WELLS FARGO CENTER
1/29: Jay Z
1/30: Lady Antebellum with Kacey Musgraves
2/19: Kings of Leon with Gary Clark Jr.
2/25: Justin Timeberlake
3/7: Paul Simon & Sting
3/17: Arcade Fire
4/22: Miley Cyrus
5/12: Lady Gaga

UNDERGROUND ARTS
1/17: The Sword with Serpent Throne and Sunburster
1/31: Brazilian Girls with El Malito & the 33rd Century
2/12: Dead Meadow
2/19: Russian Circles
4/12: London Grammar with Vancouver Sleep Clinic
4/14: Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear/Department of Eagles) with William Tyler

MILKBOY PHILLY
1/18: Royal Bangs
2/21: Katie Frank and The Pheromones (release show)
3/1: Milagres

THE TROCADERO
1/25: Reverend Horton Heat
1/30: Sean Paul
2/13: Skinny Puppy
2/21: Buckcherry
2/27: Dumpstaphunk and Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
3/23: Gary Numan
4/18: Stephen “Ragga” Marley

NORTH STAR BAR
1/18: Johnny Flynn

KUNG FU NECKTIE
1/15: Cruiser with Suburban Living and Dream Safari

UNION TRANSFER
1/21: Phosphorescent
1/29: Jason Isbell
2/5: Deerhunter
2/6: Darkside
2/7: Murder City Devils
2/8: Pissed Jeans with Purling Hiss and Trophy Wife
2/16: The Black Angels with Roky Erickson
2/21: RJD2
2/23: White Lies with Frankie Rose
2/27: White Denim
2/28: St. Vincent
3/1: mewithoutYou
3/3: Brett Dennen
3/10: Bombay Bicycle Club with Royal Canoe
3/18: The War on Drugs
3/22: Warpaint
3/24: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
3/28: Okkervil River with Typhoon
4/2: Lake Street Dive
4/18: The Black Lips
5/7: Bombay Bicycle Club
5/8: Mogwai
5/14: Chromeo


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