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Feature Thu Nov 18 2010
The weather's turned mittens-optional, and our pumpkin chais are getting changed out for peppermint lattes, so of course we're starting to get the itch to make plans for the holidays. For music lovers, there's often an maddening abundance of great shows at local venues at a variety of ticket prices. The Transmission staff has started a New Year's Eve show roundup here, listing our favorite club's plans for the night where everyone rides
free, er, cheap. You still have time to get tickets to almost all of these concerts, and we even mention some great, though sold out, shows, just in case you happen to get a pair of tickets as a gift for the holidays. What follows is those Chicago venues that have announced their December 31st entertainment. Check back as we add additional lineups.
Abbey Pub: Pegboy, Mannequin Men, White Mystery; 8pm doors; Tickets
$20 now $25 until 12/30, $30 at door (if available); 21+; 3420 W. Grace [Update: Price has gone up. Tickets now available at the Abbey Pub box office. Evening will include favors, champagne toast at midnight.]
Best place to wish on a (fake) shooting star...
...And I'm not talking about rock stars. Anyone who's ever been to the Aragon has gazed up at the sky at some point during the show and noticed the space-scape painted on the ceiling. While it might look more like something out of a wizard comic shop, it certainly adds character to the ballroom turned venue. The real stars on December 31st though (their second NYE spent with Chicago), will be The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney as they play to a sold out room. The blues rockers have had a huge following for some time now, only intensified this year by the release of their latest album, Brothers, on which they returned the grit after a somewhat melancholy Attack and Release in '08. Tracks from the album have popped up all over the place including several television commercials, and the boys even won an MTV Video Music Award for "Tighten Up" (even if the original moon man was made out to Fergie--whoops!). This show is the second of a three night stand.
[Update] Green Mill: Battle of the Saxes: Von Freeman & Edward Petersen; 8pm-12:30am, followed by live jazz jam session until 5am; Tickets $25 (at door) cover includes drinks, midnight champagne toast, party favors; 21+; 4802 N. Broadway Ave.
You want to dance your party pants off...
...but you can't decide whether you want to booty drop to DMX or get off your feet to something more like Daft Punk. And you won't know whether you want to doll up (spiff up for the males) or just roll out of bed and throw on skinny jeans until day of. Either way, you definitely want to get down (and have a few PBRs, but not without a wristband). If this is you, then you should spend the countdown at Lincoln Hall with Chicago's DJ duo Flosstradamus. Starting at 10pm Flosstradamus will be mashing up old and new favorites while maintaining a consistent dance beat, with special guests Gemini Club and Prefrosh.
Lincoln Hall: Flosstradamus with special guests Gemini Club and Prefrosh; 10pm; Tickets $25 until 12/1, $30 after; 18+; 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. [Updated with supporting acts, ticket also includes complimentary champagne toast, balloon drop, and $3 Bud draughts.]
You know what 2011 is gonna sound like?
Mucca Pazza, that's what. I predict that next year is going to be totally amazing for everyone--a year that kicks off with a snare drum marching step, continues with brassy flair and ends on a glockenspielesque "ting!" Make that dream a reality by dancing in the new year with local marching band rock stars Mucca Pazza at Logan Square Auditorium. It's going to be a crazy fun time, so ask yourself: Do I deserve to ring in the new year with a tuba? The answer, my friends, is a resounding yes.
If you want a long strange trip of a night...
... then head over to the Metro for Yeasayer. The psychedelic pop outfit are known for some very trippy videos to match their sometimes jarring catalog of work. Yet with their latest release, Odd Blood, the band has found a more accessible sound to gain the attention of a larger audience (they graced the Lollapalooza field this past summer). Buried under some standout pop hooks though are hints of seriously dark drugged out music. And if the show isn't weird enough for you, stumbling through Wrigleyville at 2am on New Year's Eve when all the bars let out will provide you with a cornucopia of long strange trips.
Metro: Yeasayer, w/ Health, DJ sets by DARKO; Doors 10pm, show 10pm-4am; GA tickets $56 adv/$66 day of show, VIP tickets $500 includes balcony reserved table for 2, 2 posters, 8 drink tickets, bottle of champagne, must be 21+ to get champagne; Show is 18+; 3730 N. Clark St. [Update: Download a Darko-created mixtape to get yourself in the mood. Also, 12/30 Yeasayer and Health show now added, plus a new video flyer.] [Update! This show is sold out.]
Rodan: DJ's Joe Proulx and Al Valentine; 9pm; No cover charge; Normal dinner and drink services (no packages), champagne toast; 1530 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Best Place to Pop an Eardrum
Vancouver garage/noise rock duo Japandroids were just another cacophonous guitar/percussion until their debut Post-Nothing was released and caused some people (like me) to ask, "Is this the same band that put out those mediocre EPs?" Yes, it's the same personnel, but at some point they learned how to craft dynamic songs. And, oh boy, did they ever figure out how to play live. (When they last rolled through Chicago, they upstaged the Walkmen.) For New Year's, they'll be headlining Schubas and undoubtedly wowing with their wild antics, tight play and those glorious cover songs.
SmartBar: DJs Orchard Lounge, Nate Manic, Major Taylor, Kid Color; 9pm; Tickets GA $25 before 12/1, $30 after and night of show; VIP tickets $80, includes reserved table with cocktail service, gift bag and 6 drink tickets per person (2 beer, 2 well, 2 premium), Platinum tickets $400, includes seating for 4 VIP 1 bottle of champagne, 6 drink tickets per person and gift bag, Diamond table ticket $600, includes seating for 6, 2 bottles of champagne, 6 drink tickets per person and gift bags; 21+; 3730 N. Clark St.
SPACE: Early Show: Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney; Tickets GA $20 adv/ $25 day of show — $34 reserved seating. Late Show: Shemekia Copeland; 10pm; Tickets GA $40 adv/$45 day of show — $60 (reserved table seating, includes champagne toast at midnight); 1245 N. Chicago Ave., Evanston
[Update!] Wicker Park Art Center: New Years Global Dance Party with Nguzo & the Groovement, Eyes Manouche, DJ RomaSoul, and Mae the Bellydancer; 9pm doors / 10pm show; Tickets $40 advance, $50 door. Sponsored by Hot House Chicago. Includes hors d' oeuvres, dessert & a champagne toast. 2215 W. North Ave.
More venues to come as shows are announced!