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New Year's Eve is a big deal night for music in Chicago. The big names -- both local and national -- turn out to ring out the year on the good note. And -- if you're anything like me -- even though you've been getting e-mails about and seeing advertisements for NYE shows since what seems like July, you still don't have tickets purchased. Here's what's still available on the concert front for December 31.

Local H at the Beat Kitchen

What to expect: rock ‘n roll diehards; a broad age range; good beer
Tickets: $25  

The Chicago rock favorites take to a more intimate stage than they're used to for what's sure to be a swell show.

Porter Robinson at the Congress Theater

What to expect: lots of glitter; a crazy light show; a hangover
Tickets: $45  

Porter tours the world and puts on some of the craziest DJ sets this side of the apocalypse and--get this--he's only 20-years-old. So leave it to him to handle the music while you take care of the partying.  

Charles Bradley at Lincoln Hall

What to expect: top notch dance moves; a stylish night out; an elaborate midnight toast
Tickets: $75  

Jump on the last soul train of 2012. Bradley's been bringing the funk since he was inspired by a James Brown show back in '62. 

The Airborne Toxic Event at the Metro

What to expect: truly great live music; frat boys; Miller Lite
Tickets: $60  

If the name doesn't stick with you, TATE's songwriting skills definitely will. Beautiful alt-rock tunes range from angsty jams to heartfelt ballads.

Screeching Weasel at Reggie's Rock Club

What to expect: leather jackets; moshing; a whiskey toast
Tickets: $40  

It's the last big punk rock shindig of the year! Screeching Weasel is one of the most influential punk acts of the early ‘90s and we're just lucky enough to be able to call them Chicago's own.