Yup, it's DVD, CD, and fireplace weather for the next few months. But if you live alone, you might get a little lonely. If you live with someone, you might wind up killing each other. And it's hard to dig a grave when the ground's frozen.
There isn't a ton of shows blowing through town, but there are definitely a few that've got me jazzed. Check the weekly music listings in City for the specifics on these and other shows.
Part songwriting genius, part crusty curmudgeon, Loudon Wainwright III returns to the Montage on January 12. Again at the Montage, on January 18, is the return of Sophie B Hawkins, who sold out the joint a couple of years back. She puts on a fantastic show. She's engaging and endearing --- damn, I wish she were my lover.
On January 15 our recently acquired Italian Baroque organ gets to flex its pipes with Hans Davisson at the wheel at the MemorialArtGallery.
Boston's Tarbox Ramblers hit Milestones with their menacing Delta boogie and their rusty roots rock on January 26.
Puccini's Madama Butterfly will be Mercury Opera's first production of 2006. The grandiose two-night stand is January 27 and 29 at the Eastman Theatre.
Nouveau punk rock for the kids complete with electric violin makes it to town when the Warped Tour staple Yellowcardhits WaterStreetMusic Hall on January 29.
Jazz piano legend Marian McPartland tickles the ivories with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble February 1 at Kilbourn Hall.
In what will hopefully be the beginning of many shows this year at the long-vacant Main Street Armory, O.A.R plays February 4.
And in the spirit of all that cool space-age-bachelor-pad-lounge-exotica, the Northwest's Pink Martini plays two luxurious nights with the RPO February 10 and 11.
Prong is one of those bandnames that make people ask, "They're still around?" These hard and heavy downstaters have been around forever --- still are for that matter --- and will prove it February 21 at the Penny Arcade.
Hear some Delta blues goosed with some good-lookin' hip-hop with Philly's G Love and Special Sauce February 23 at WaterStreetMusic Hall. His last album, The Hustle,was killer and the band puts on a terrific, no-frills show. Gonna be lots of cuties at this one for sure.
He's a crooner. He's a panty magnet. And, for some, he's a pop culture guilty pleasure. (Hell, it's not that unusual.) Well it'll be raining T-backs when the legendary Tom Jones plays the Auditorium Theatre on February 26.
Jazz trumpet and spacey loops will fill the Bop Shop Atrium when The Cuong Vu Trio returns February 27.
Not sounding nearly as industrial as I remember, Nine Inch Nails has a new album out and will be touring with a stop at Blue Cross Arena March 9. On the same night you can catch the big rock of Canada's GreatBigSeaover at WaterStreetMusic Hall.
And if you got chains on the tires and want to head west a spell, the Center for the Arts at UB has two shows worth the schlep. The Lyle Lovett Acoustic Trio plays January 29, and Magnolia songstress Aimee Mann plays February 2.
Or you could always just rent End of the Century.