Our writers have a wide range of interests, especially when it comes to live events! Each month we pledge to scope out a live event and attend it (or at least be there in spirit)! The following is a list of our favorites for the month of January 2012.
Adrian's Pick: The Black Keys
"At heart, the Black Keys are a two piece blues outfit made up of Dan Auerbach on vocals and guitar and Partrick Carney on drums. Together they make a hell of a racket but for their latest album El Camino they're bringing a whole band on tour. Their new songs are reminiscent of the best classic rock, full of killer riffs, pounding drums and Auerbach howling about bad romance. The track "Little Black Submarines" is a modern day "Stairway to Heaven" complete with a quiet intro that lights the fuse for the explosion in the second half of the song. The Black Keys tour dates kick off at the end of January."
Ali's Pick: The Addams Family
"I wanted to be Wednesday Addams when I was a kid — the Christina Ricci version was just so cool to me growing up. I’m not sure what that says about me now but I am excited to see The Addams Family when the touring cast reaches the Northeast!"
Andres' Pick: NFL Pro Bowl
"Showcasing the most talented players in the NFL in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii, the NFL's Pro Bowl is one of the most unique events in sports. Taking place the week before the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl provides a great opportunity for NFL fans to take in a final game of the season in a spectacular setting."
Carrie's Pick: Boston Celtics
"Happy to see the NBA back in action for the 2012 season, I’m rooting for the Boston Celtics yet again. My 77-year old grandmother is the biggest sports fan I know and her love of Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo has led my family to purchase tickets to at least one Celtics game each year — a tradition I cherish! Can’t wait to see the guys in green do their thing live at the Garden. Go Celtics!"
Dave's Pick: The Book of Mormon
"I’ve been waiting to make this recommendation ever since I first bought the cast album and was blown away by the hilarious songs and incredible talent. But now that I have actually seen the show (about four months after finally finding a ticket), I must say that it definitely lives up to the hype. Along with the music, the sets, costumes, dancing, and poignant story amount to Broadway perfection.The Book of Mormon is riotously funny and ultimately satisfying in spite and because of its shocking profanity. Get your tickets now; they’re worth the price and the wait, trust me."
Ian's Pick: Neil Diamond
"I’m picking Neil Diamond because he’s created so many iconic tunes over the years. His voice is as strong as ever, and who doesn’t want to hear “Love on the Rocks” or “Forever in Blue Jeans (Cracklin’ Rose)” performed live by this anthemic superstar of the stage? There aren’t many men can pull off an all-white suit covered in rhinestone, but Neil is one of them, and for that alone you should honor this elder statesman of pop-rock."
Kristina's Pick: Wu-Tang Clan
"Who remembers when the Wu-Tang Clan first swarmed the hip-hop scene like killa beez? Their gritty rhymes, hypnotic beats, and almost comical kung fu B-movie sampling bring me back to my high school days in the 90s. Two decades later, the saga continues: the Wu have been busy bringing da ruckus in Europe and Australia, and now they’re back in the U.S. for their Wu Fest Tour. Catch them stateside through the end of January."
Stacey's Pick: U.S. Figure Skating Championships
"I wouldn’t consider myself much of a sports fan, but I grew up faithfully watching figure skating stars like Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, and Brian Boitano on television. The 2012 United States Figure Skating Championships are held this month from January 22 - 29 in San Jose, California, providing fans with the opportunity to see potential future Olympic medalists live."