The best New Year's Eve shows in the Twin Cities

Categories: New Year's Eve
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Braving the murderous Twin Cities climate on New Year's Eve takes commitment, a strong jaw and the phone number for a reliable cab company. But look on the bright side -- with no major apocalypses planned for the end of this year, you can at least be confident we'll all survive long enough to tell our NYE stories on Wednesday. Might as well make plans you'll enjoy this time around, and Gimme Noise has a roundup of the best music-focused events to ring in that Auld Lang Syne.

First Avenue Mainroom:
First Avenue's New Year's Eve Danceteria Featuring Get Cryphy

with DJ FooLProoF + MC CLOUD (Forever Young),Roy Freedom and DJ Smitty
8 p.m., $5 advance / $20 door, 18+

Promising to be one of the most thoroughly "turnt" events in the 'cities this New Year's, First Avenue's annual party will once again partner with Hip-Hop DJ collective Get Cryphy. Now as well known for their manic, uptempo quick-mixing style as they are for their serious cutting abilities, Get Cryphy is one of the venue's signature dance nights, and their NYE shows are always a spectacle to behold. Joined this year by 90's-Experts Forever Young and Ian Rans of Drinking With Ian, plus any number of surprise guests, the Danceteria is always a safe bet.

The Record Room:
Too Much Love and WAK LYF present Y2KML

featuring Sovietpanda, Slamdunkapher, Buju Fanta and Jim Frick
8 p.m., $5.00 advance before Dec 25/ $10.00 advance on and after Dec 25 / $20.00 doors, 18+

Upstairs, First Ave mainstay Soviet Panda will be joining forces with buzzworthy, genre-bending DJ's Wak Lyf for a slightly different focus. Too Much Love has cornered the market on House in the Twin Cities for long enough to be a household name, but the addition of the arty upstarts in Wak Lfy, whose Kitty Cat Klub shows have been drawing national press attention, promises to buck the formula.

7th Street Entry:
Cream Sleeve Presents New Year's with Night Moves

with Pony Bwoy, Carroll, and Fatty Acids
8 p.m., $10 advance / $12 door, 18+

But let's say you want to spend your NYE at First Ave but desire something a little more... sultry. Night Moves and Pony Bwoy will satisfy those urges and so much more, baby. Trying out their new "Cream Sleeve" moniker, the swoon-worthy 'Moves will pair their countrypolitan-flecked indie with the avant-R&B of Pony Bwoy, which features rapper/wildman Spyder Baybie of the Clerb. More conventional indie fellas Carroll and Fatty Acids open.

Turf Club:
NYE Cover Band Show

Featuring sets of music by David Bowie, The Doors, and Blue Oyster Cult
with DJ Mark McGee
9 p.m., $10.00, 21+

Traditional cover bands can be as un-hip as dad jeans -- exceptions to this rule, you know who you are -- but you still will want to head east to the Turf Club. Featuring members of a diverse pool of groups including Seawhores, STNNNG, Moonstone, Gospel Gossip, Robust Worlds, Vampire Hands, the Chambermaids, and Voytek performing classic chestnuts from the catalog of Bowie, the Doors and BOC, the Turf is your ticket to get tanked and sing along.

Triple Rock:
Bloodnstuff, Buildings, Red Daughters, and Speed's the Name

9 p.m., $8 advance / $10 Door, 18+

There's no real evidence that this is an actual New Year's show, so if you're the kind of person that likes to grumble humbugs about the holidays, you might have just found plans. The night will host four strong local rock groups, ranging from heavy post-hardcore (Bloodnstuff & Buildings) to groovier territory (Red Daughters), plus good taps and an unbeatable punk atmosphere. What else could you possibly need?

2013 New Year's Eve with Solid Gold (Full Band)

with Year of the Horse and DJ's
5 p.m. dinner / 10 p.m. music, $20 and up, 21+

Icehouse has quickly become Eat Street's classiest club, with a regular selection of tastefully curated shows and a menu full of classy cocktails and chic bar food. Their New Year's show will play to that clientele, with varying packages depending on your investment. $100 gets you the full-monte, including a 5 course Prix Fixe dinner with wine pairings from World Class Wines before Solid Gold takes over with music at 10 p.m., or you can opt for cheaper options for music or dinner only.

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