The concert season, like a car on a frosty winter morning, can be slow to warm up in early January. With many venues still in the midst of holiday hibernation, we thought we'd take a look at 10 shows we're looking forward to getting out and seeing over the next couple months.

The concert season, like a car on a frosty winter morning, can be slow to warm up in early January. With many venues still in the midst of holiday hibernation, we thought we'd take a look at 10 shows we're looking forward to getting out and seeing over the next couple months.

Protomartyr at Ace of Cups, Jan. 20

January's weather can be as harsh and unforgiving as this Detroit post-punk crew's musical output. The band's latest, The Agent Intellect, from 2015, builds on Greg Ahee's corrosive guitar churn and frontman Joe Casey's blunt, everyman vocals. "Why does it shake? The body, the body," he intones on one bruiser, which transforms the concept of human fragility into industrial-grade music that hits like its reinforced with steel rebar.

Lower Dens at Rumba Café, Jan 21

On Nootropics, from 2012, Lower Dens singer Jana Hunter sounded like a soothsayer beset by visions of the end. "When I finally let my guard down I was in the middle of the sea and drowning," she sings on the dreamlike "Brains." Escape from Evil, released last year, sounds, at times, like the weather breaking, with Hunter marrying slightly more optimistic words ("I'm just glad to be alive," she sings on one tune) to dark, new wave-y tracks that conjure images of a goth-themed prom.

Young Thug at Newport Music Hall, Jan. 23

The inventive, impossibly prolific Atlanta MC released a trio of full-lengths in 2015, including Barter 6,Slime Season and Slime Season 2. Collectively, the recordings find Thug, born Jeffrey Williams, bending, twisting and warping his vocals like so much paint splashed on a Dali canvas. His music isn't simply some tongue-twisting, syllabic exercise in surrealism, though, and on songs like "Never Made Love," he offers glimpses of the man behind the malleable voice.

Dan Melchior at Kafe Kerouac, Jan. 23

Last year, England-born singer/songwriter Dan Melchior reunited his band Dan Melchior's Broke Revue for Lords of the Manor, its first album in more than a decade. Musically sprawling and imbued with a scrappy spirit, the record found Melchior flashing his trademark dry wit. "Only Glenn Beck's tears can wash us clean," he repeated on the opener. Expect similar lyrical bon mots when he visits Kafe Kerouac for this solo set.

Deafheaven at Ace of Cups, Jan. 27

The San Francisco black metal band allowed more light into its sound on the aptly named Sunbather, from 2010. With New Bermuda, released last year, the crew continued to expand on its repertoire like a veteran baseball hurler mastering a new pitch during the offseason. Songs, in turn, occasionally drift into gorgeous, space-traveling passages that offer a welcome counterpoint to the seedy, monochromatic buzz.

Yo La Tengo at the Wexner Center, Jan. 30

On last year's Stuff Like That There, the indie-rock kingpins, now 14 albums into a career that started in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1984, delved into their expansive record collections, turning out a casual, comforting selection of covers from artists that range from soil-rooted (Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry") to galactic (Sun Ra's "Somebody's In Love"). Of course, owing to Yo La Tengo's unpredictable nature (this is a band that has allowed a "Wheel of Fortune"-style spinning wheel to dictate set lists on past tours, after all), it wouldn't surprise if the set consisted wholly of new, unreleased material.

X Clan at Park Street Saloon, Feb. 12

The Brooklyn hip-hop crew, which consists of a rotating, X-Men-esque roster of MCs (at last count the group included eight contributors) launched this current tour to coincide with the 25th anniversary of its debut album, To the East, Blackwards, a radical, racially charged, funk-infused album that has only grown in stature with time. The group will be joined here by Dead Prez and Supernatural.

Des Ark at Double Happiness, Feb. 12

Prior to beginning work on Des Ark's third album, Everything Dies, singer Aimee Argote took time off to care for a trio of family members who were diagnosed with "nearly terminal forms of cancer," as the musician explained on Twitter. This brush with mortality resonates throughout the band's latest, which vacillates between quiet, introspective moments and comparatively cathartic turns like the surging "Ties."

Kacey Musgraves at LC Pavilion, Feb. 26

The country singer/songwriter frets that she's a fish out of water on "Pageant Material," the title track off her latest album. "There's certain things you're supposed to know when you're a girl who grows up in the South," she sings at its onset. Up until this point, at least, Musgraves' outsider status has been a boon to her songwriting, which is generally sharp, insightful, and, at times, progressive ("Follow Your Arrow," off her breakthrough sophomore LP Same Trailer Different Park, encouraged listeners to embrace their uniqueness).

Julia Holter at Rumba Café, Feb. 28

On Julia Holter's fifth full-length, Have You in My Wilderness, the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and arranger embraces atmosphere, constructing cinematic songs around lush, billowing clouds of strings. Both the music and the lyrics project surreal, dreamlike qualities - "It's impossible to see who I'm waiting for in my raincoat," she sings in a typically slippery aside on "Feel You" - but from this hazy portrait comes a sense of clarity.