It's hard to believe we're already here again. It seems like just yesterday we were planning how we were going to ring in 2014, then planning our festival season, then anticipating the fall tours, and so on.
But the year is drawing to a close. If you thought your choices for New Year's Eve were tough in 2013, the options are more enticing than ever this December 31. Unfortunately most of these shows are a hot ticket so you'll have to make up your mind quickly. The positive flip side, though, is that you can't go wrong with any of them.
Local electronic music promoters React Presents are known for taking advantage of the year's biggest party nights and NYE is no different. Festival favorites and modern day bass masters Zeds Dead are taking over the Aragon Ballroom for two nights on December 30 and 31. This is a costume party, too, so dress to impress. Tickets start at $50.
Local garage rockers The Orwells (above) have been making splash after splash on the music scene in 2014 and now they round out the banner year with a hometown show at Lincoln Hall. Buy tickets for $30.
The colorfully disguised musicians behind Masked Intruder have become somewhat of a Chicago punk favorite in recent years - despite the fact that they're from Wisconsin. They play the Beat Kitchen on the final night of 2014. Tickets are $20.
Local group Furious Frank (above) bills itself as "fractured folk rock" but that's not the full story. A horn section and gypsy punk rhythms makes for something that's hard to describe, yes. But you can dance to it and that's all you really need to know. They play the Hideout Inn on NYE. Buy tickets in advance for $15 or pay $20 at the door.
Mucca Pazza (pictured at top), the city's best (and only) punk rock marching band is something that you need to see at least once in your lifetime. Why not New Years Eve? They play the Double Door and tickets start at $25.
Sometimes the biggest and best parties are the ones with the most underground feel to them. Windy City Soul Club, a monthly party typically held at the Empty Bottle, moves to the higher capacity Logan Square Auditorium for the final night of the year. Expect the dance floor to be pulsing all night. The first price tier of tickets has already sold out so get yours soon for $20.
If you even know what the #EmoRevival is, then we're sure you're psyched for American Football's reunion at Bottom Lounge. Release your feelings and ring in the new year with them (above). There's no telling when they'll be back again. Buy tickets for $45.
Shemekia Copeland's (above) unmistakable voice propelled her out of her home in Harlem, New York, and onto the national scene. She brings her blues, R&B and gospel favorites to City Winery for two back-to-back intimate concerts on December 31. Tickets for both start at $45.
Fans of Dean Ween (you know, one half of the band Ween) won't want to go anywhere else in Chicago on the last day of December. Ween (above) plays The Tonic Room. A $150 ticket includes a commemorative t-shirt and open bar. Click here to buy.
From his time in Husker Du to his role in Sugar to his solo material, there's no telling how much material Bob Mould will pack into his set at the Metro on New Years Eve this year. Tables are sold out but standing room tickets are still available for $50.
Chicago's golden son with the pipes that just don't quit JC Brooks brings his Uptown Sound band to the stage at Wicker Park arcade bar Emporium for the final getdown of the year. You can still get early bird tickets for $25.
Photos Courtesy of: Mucca Pazza by Scrubhiker via flickr; The Orwells by bSides via flickr; Shemekia Copeland by Cristophe Losberger via flickr; Dean Ween by Shawn Anderson via flickr; JC Brooks by Dena Flows via flickr