Wow, it's the first day of 2019—a shiny clean slate onto which we can project all of our hopes, dreams, and resolutions for the new year! Soundtrack your hangovers (both bodily and existential) with the Mercury's January playlist, a collection of songs from local artists releasing new music and touring acts headed to Portland this month.

A few of the most exciting things happening in town this January: Elton John's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour stop at Moda Center; the release of Dolphin Midwives' new album Liminal Garden; another Wonder Ballroom concert from bubbly British singer Nao; the return of synthesizer valkyrie the Space Lady; two sold-out performances from the Sun Ra Arkestra, who haven't played Portland since the '80s; iconic queer rapper Mykki Blanco's opening set for MØ; and a visit from the god of hellfire himself, Arthur Brown.

Be sure to check our Things to Do Music calendar for more details about upcoming shows in Portland!