7th St. Entry

The "special guests" slated to accompany local happening hip-hop duo Eyedea & Abilities on New Year's Eve can really only mean a few things: Will it be Slug? No, he's, like, on tour in Tasmania or something. Brother Ali, too. Seems like a slam-dunk it'll be some other members of the Rhymesayers crew, but who knows? It's New Year's Eve. A Doomtree appearance? Hell, it could even be De La Soul or the Roots, couldn't it? Okay, maybe not, but it's going to be terrif at any rate. The Entry is as fine a choice as any for this NYE. No worrying about party-hopping, a limitless supply of those big bottles of beer, and E&A's part Eminem, part Ozomatli beats. Rhyme in 2009 with them, and several to many hundreds of others at the likely sold-out show, too. You'll probably know some of them. $15. 18+. 9 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Jessica Chapman

Mark Mallman

Varsity Theater

Improvisational oddballs the Bad Plus
Mike Dvorak
Improvisational oddballs the Bad Plus

What better time to watch a madman crawl across his piano keys on all fours and fellate his microphone than on New Year's Eve, half-drunk on champagne? Mark Mallman, who has made a name for himself by being an equally talented and outrageous piano player and performer, will be playing the Varsity Theater for the third consecutive year, and it only seems to get crazier and more packed with each consecutive party. Last year, HowWasTheShow.com reported that Mallman drove a motor scooter up on stage and across his keyboard, shouting, "That's never been done! No one has ever played piano with a motor scooter!" Lord only knows what glorious ideas he'll have for ringing in the new year this time around, with 'fro-masters E.L.nO. and Gypsy-punk-folkies Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles at his side. 18+. $12. 8 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Andrea Swensson

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