BMS Guide to New Year’s Eve in Boston

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Another New Year, another New Year’s Eve filled with concerts. This year there are hometown favorites galore around town, so if you’re tired of the same old New Year’s Eve traditions and have no desire to go to an expensive ticket party, why not try one of these options.

Passion Pit at Great Scott: For just fifteen bucks you can score entry to the hippest New Year’s Eve party in Boston. Slug Pabst and dance the night away to the electro stylings of Boston indie rockers Passion Pit, who have been on fire since their appearance at the CMJ Marathon festival in New York. Giantess is also on the bill along with several DJ sets. Nothing says New Years like Great Scott.

First Night: Whatever you are looking for, chances are you can find it at one of the many First Night events in Boston. Tons of acts in Rock, jazz, African, Middle Eastern, classical, and more (even Ukulele!) will spread out across the city to perform. Check out BMS favorites Girls, Guns & Glory perform with The Scissormen at the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium or brave the weather and head outside for Black Taxi and Downbeat 5 at the Boston Common’s Parkman Bandstand. A First Night button gets you into all the indoor activities for $18. For all the details, go here.

Soulive at the Paradise Rock Club: Same as last year. The band is also playing Tuesday night if you want to keep your Eve free. Doors are at 7, so expect a long night of funky jazz. Tickets are $40.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: After conquering Boston this past weekend at their annual Hometown Throwdown the Bosstones head down I-95 to take on Lupo’s. The Agents, Far From Finished and The Cobramatics join the bill. There probably aren’t many tickets left at $30, but see what you can find.

Badfish at the Middle East Downstairs: Badfish on New Year’s Eve at the Middle East is becoming a bit of a tradition of its own. Hear your favorite Sublime songs from this spot on tribute band. Tickets are $40.

The Uppercrust, The Konks, and Watts at Church: Last year was an $8 bargain show, this year Church has upped it to $25 and brought in three Boston bands to play some serious rock music. Celebrate how great Church was in 2008 at this show.

Waltham and friends at Harpers Ferry: Twenty bucks gets you Waltham, Ashers, Organ Beats, My Stupid Friends, Morgan Knockers, The Andwutz, White Mic, Oak Lonetree, Buzzwater, The Franks, Dirty Sanchez and more. Allston Rock City indeed.

Other Quick Hits: The Middle East Upstairs has the 2009 New Yearz Bash with Elemental Zazen, Rite Hook, Amadeus The Stampede, Scroll, and Launchpad. Catch Ellis Paul, who is back for another year at Club Passim. hi8us takes on the Lizard Lounge. Sparkle Throwdown is at the Midway in Jamaica Plain. Cease & Desist, Captain Cutthroat, and The Minus Scale take on Olivers Nightclub at the Cask n’ Flagon. Witch Tomb, 26 Beers, and Boarcorpse hit O’Briens in Allston. TT the Bear’s Place will host another Heroes dance party. Joshua Tree will rock some U2 tunes at the Hard Rock Cafe. James Montgomery Band brings the blues to Showcase Live! in Foxboro. Out in Northampton Martin Sexton plays the Calvin Theatre and Assembly of Dust are set to rock Pearl Street. Finally, if you want some slot machines or card games with your music, head down to Connecticut for Hall and Oates at Mohegan Sun or Earth, Wind and Fire at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino.

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