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

The best New Year's Eve shows in the Twin Cities
Photo by Tony Nelson

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.


The Cedar Cultural Center:
Lizz Winstead in LIZZ 2013: The Windbag Beneath My Wings

Musical Guest Sam Breckenridge
$40 / $65 VIP, 7:00pm, AA

Bringing back her popular "year in review" routine, Daily Show-minted comedian Lizz Winstead will bring the yuks over on the West Bank for one of New Years' few all-ages events this year. Musical Guest Sam Breckenridge will perform a few tunes as well, but the real focus is on the hilarious, insightful multi-media sketches crafted by Winstead. If you can pony up for the VIP, expect a meet-and-greet, champagne and other goodies.

International Market Square:
Crystal Ball 10th Anniversary w/Har Mar Superstar

8 p.m., $40 and up, 21+

While it's not normally a place that screams "party", the Internatonal Market Square building just southwest of downtown Minneapolis will be the site of this year's Crystal Ball, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. If you've got money to burn, this is definitely your event, as the building's spectacular architechture means 5 floors of dancing and a staggering 250 bars. Bottle service? Naturally. Shuttles to and From the venue? You bet! VIP Cabanas? Play on playa! Just remember to dress up, as the event is a "Class Act Environment," which means no scrubs allowed. DJ's Include Strangelove, Fresko, DJ Indy, Kurt Schultz, Chris Castle, Julius Romero, Lindsay "Sheik" Earney.

Varsity Theater:
89.3 The Current Presents:Dawes-NYE 2013

w/Field Report
8 p.m., $75 GA / $125 VIP, 18+

89.3 The Current is hosting this event at the Varsity Theater, so you've probably heard mention of some fun giveaways and DJ appearances on their publicly-funded broadcast. The musical guest for the evening is none other than the Twin Cities' favorite L.A. alt-country band Dawes, and the Shakespearean digs of the Varsity Theater always make for a unique atmosphere. As usual, there's a champagne toast, and the VIP ticket gets you a chance to meet Taylor Goldsmith and company.

Hell's Kitchen:
Transmission in Berlin: Jake Rudh and Shannon Blowtorch

10 p.m., $10, 21+

Jake Rudh's immensely popular, 80's-themed Transmission dance party changes venues for New Year's and also adds DJ Shannon Blowtorch's considerable talents to the bill. Hell's Kitchen's great food, darkly classy atmosphere and multiple bars should make for an excellent place to witness Rudh and Blowtorch's selections. Just don't take the Ralph Steadman pieces on the wall as an inspiration to go all Gonzo on the room or you might get 86'd faster than Hunter S. Thompson after a huff of ether.

Kitty Cat Klub:
Hipshaker/Hotpants New Year's Eve

9 p.m., $10, 21+

The Hotpants and Hipshaker DJ crews specialize in dusty soul grooves and funky rare vinyl, and they're pooling their collective powers of rump-moving at the Kitty Cat this NYE. The usual Hipshaker suspects will be aided by Benjamin Mena of Hotpants and Dan MacAllister of KFAI's Kind of Cloudy and Worldwide Discotheque for a solid evening of vintage R&B, Afrobeat, Latin and more.

Other NYE Events:

NYE with Phillip Morris, Black Diet and Rapper Hooks

9 p.m., $5, 21+

331 Club:
NYE with The Drug Budget

10 p.m., Free, 21+

Wants Vs. Needs New Years

DJ Espada, DJ Booka B, DJ Petey Wheatstraw and DJ Anton
9:30 p.m., Free, 21+

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