New Year's Eve is a time to count blessings, be merry, and let down the collective hair (or fake fur) one last time before embarking upon a new calendar year. For many, this process is aided by the benevolent sounds of live music.
From Poliça and Marijuana Deathsquads at the Turf Club, Dessa at International Market Square, Four Fists at the Triple Rock, to Tickle Torture at the Entry, the Twin Cities music scene is proudly represented throughout the clubs in town. Here is a list of the best concert options in the Twin Cities on New Year's Eve to help you see off 2014 in style.
Brandi Carlile The alt-country songstress from Seattle has already sold out her Varsity show on the 30th, and returns to festively ring in the New Year with the second gig of her two-night stand. Carlile's new record, The Firewatcher's Daughter, is set to be released in March, so this show should feature hits both new and old. $100 GA, $150 VIP, 8 p.m. The Varsity Theater
Crystal Ball New Year's Eve 2015: Featuring Dessa Dessa hit up nearly all of the local venues in town with her Doomtree crew during their recent run of Blowout gigs. But for New Year's Eve, she hits up the grand atrium of the International Market Square, a spacious location that will allow for 2,000+ revelers to take in her sure-to-be special solo performance. 8 p.m., $40-$80. International Market Square
Datsik The celebrated L.A.-based dubstep DJ Datsik should certainly turn the New Year's party out at the Skyway. There will be four stages of music spread throughout the venue, with a wide variety of DJs spinning tunes until Datsik amps things up with his distinctive drum 'n' bass style and emphatically ushers in 2015 for electronica fans in the Twin Cities. 7 p.m., $25. The Skyway Theatre
Frozen Teens Mod punks Frozen teens are calling it quits. But before they go, there's gonna be one last crazy bash at the Hex with Waveless, Dishpit, and Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band. 10 p.m., free. Hexagon Bar
Four Fists With Mike Mictlan and Tender Meat Special things tend to happen when Astronautalis and P.O.S. join forces. Their debut Four Fists performance at the Triple Rock in 2013 was one of the best shows of that year, and the duo return to the venue for what should be one of the hottest New Year's gigs around. Fellow Doomtree MC Mike Mictlan will also set the place off with his opening set, and Tender Meat's sonic experimentalism will get the party started early. 18+, 8 p.m., $30. Triple Rock Social Club [page] Naughty New Year's Eve Featuring Tickle Torture With Tawst (featuring DJ Shannon Blowtorch and Sophia Eris) The Entry is sure to get sultry and confetti-covered during Tickle Torture's New Year's set. His shows are always celebratory affairs, no matter what day it is, so this big year-end performance should prove to be quite the libidinous spectacle. GRRRL PRTY's Sophia Eris and Shannon Blowtorch open the festivities with their new project, Tawst. 18+, 9 p.m., $20. 7th St. Entry
Polica With Marijuana Deathsquads Our 10 Thousand Sounds headliners return home for their first local show since their big festival set, returning to the room that played host to one of their first local performances back in 2011. This will be a small, intimate hometown show for the breakout band, and they tapped their trusty international tourmates Marijuana Deathsquads to raucously open the night as only MDS can. 8 p.m., $20. Turf Club
RiFF RaFF Hip-hop has its fair share of cartoon characters that occupy spaces so radically different from the human realm that they are impossible to look away from, and the supremely swagged out, logo-tatooed prince of witty baller bragging is perhaps our generation's most profoundly bizarre. The line between imagery and reality is so thin that it hardly matters anymore, and RiFF RaFF has defiantly become the icon of garish style and clever bravado he touts himself as. He's truly a spectacle of rap merriment and gaudiness, and his treasure trove of thoroughly enjoyable party anthems and irrepressible cult of personality will make this a New Year's to remember. Don't forget to bring the rice out. --Jack Spencer 9 p.m., $35-$250. Fine Line Music Cafe
Rogue Valley Following a free dinner set by Tim Sparks & Friends (feat. Phil Heywood and Tim O'Keefe) earlier in the evening, Rogue Valley will close down 2014 at Icehouse with a late set. Chris Koza is fresh off releasing his well-received solo album, In Real Time, and is reconnecting with his Rogue Valley bandmates for what should be an uplifting set of soothing rock numbers that will bring the year to a fitting end. 10:30 p.m., $15. Icehouse
Wookiefoot New Year's Eve With Jon Wayne and the Pain and the Limns The veteran Minneapolis jam band is once again set to close out the year with a spirited show in the familiar confines of the Cabooze. The sprawling rock band has cultivated quite a dedicated following over the years due to their high-energy live show and welcoming nature, and those faithful Wookiefoot fans will surely pack the place as they all get down one last time in 2014. 8 p.m., $20-$25. Cabooze
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