Wednesday, December 24, 2008

New Year's Eve show picks

Chicago, it's almost time to say goodbye to 2008, and you should most definitely do so while rocking out. If the season so far is any indication, you'll probably have to battle a foot of snow, winds that could make you airborne and frostbite-inducing cold, but hey, that will just make ringing in 2009 all the more memorable.

Here are my picks for the most promising local New Year's Eve gigs:

- Local H, Sybris, Office and Big Science at Bottom Lounge - Any fan of home-brewed music would do well to catch this one. Tried and true locals Local H combined with a few of Chicago's finest more recently-formed bands is sure to add up to a killer New Year's Eve. 8 p.m., 21+, $35. More info and tickets.

- Jay Reatard with Miss Alex White and The Yolks at Empty Bottle - Lauded Tennessee garage punker Jay Reatard will be joined by locals Miss Alex White (a.k.a White Mystery) and The Yolks for a loud and fast New Year's Eve celebration. 10 p.m., 21+, $25. More info and tickets.

- The Sea & Cake with Chandeliers at Schubas - These critically-acclaimed Chicago indie rock staples recently released their eighth LP, "Car Alarm." 10 p.m., 21+, $40. Drink specials: $3 Bud Light Drafts, $4 Titos Vodka cocktails, $4 Jim Beam cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight. For $30, attendees can add on a private pre-party from 7:30 to 9:30 that includes two hours of drinks and appetizers. More info and tickets.

- The Dandy Warhols at Metro - Portland's Dandy Warhols have been releasing records since 1995, gaining widespread recognition with their Velvet Underground-inspired psych pop. Robert Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will spin a special DJ set. 9 p.m., 18+, $55 advance, $65 day of. More info and tickets.

- Tight Phantomz and Cougars at Quencher's - Locals Tight Phantomz play down 'n' dirty, 70s-inspired rock 'n' roll that's perfect for a partying in the New Year. Fellow Chi-Town band Cougars will also be on hand to bring the rock. 9 p.m., 21+, $10 cover. More info.

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