Hallelujah the Hills, Great Scott, Allston, MA
Hallelujah the Hills were fantastic when I saw them at this year's Harvard Square Mayfair, and that was playing mid-afternoon on a makeshift stage in front of a beer tent that seemed to be more interested in listening to the in between bands playlist of No Doubt and Third Eye Blind. Seeing them on New Year's Eve in a tiny club? Sounds just about perfect. If you like your roots music loud and raucous instead of singer-songewritery, this may be your best bet.
Hallelujah the Hills, The Barbazons, and Milk. $15. Tickets here.
Andrew W.K., Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
I've never quite gotten the whole Andrew W.K. thing, but most people I know seem to love him. Maybe seeing him live would get me over the hump into obsession. New Year's Eve sounds like the perfect date to see a guy who does nothing but party anthems. Plus, he'll be doing the entire album of I Get Wet.
Andrew W.K., Tigerman Whoah, Vundabar. $33. Tickets here.
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Sure, Holyoke is pretty much nowhere near Boston, but the trip out will be worth it for this show. Rubblebucket blew me away this year at Green River Festival with their psychedelic version of indie dance music. I can't even imagine what they'll pull out for New Year's. I'm fully expecting special guests, aliens, balloons, and more confetti than I ever thought possible. Plus, And the Kids are opening. They're another solid choice, and I've been near obsessed with them since I saw them opening for Sallie Ford last year. This might be the pick of the year for me.
Rubblebucket, And the Kids, Mal Devisa. $25. Tickets here.