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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The 10 Best New Year's Eve Parties in St. Louis 2014

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Little Big Bangs Wednesday, December 31 CBGB 10 p.m. | free By Joseph Hess We get it: Some of these parties come with too many bells and whistles. And they're expensive. CBGB provides a stripped-down affair with an extended set St. Louis' beloved Little Big Bangs. This gig is tailor-made for weirdos who don't mind getting a little messy. It's nearly impossible to avoid bumping shoulders in the close confines of this shotgun-style bar. But that's a good thing -- New Year's Eve is here to bring us together.

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Bret Michaels NYE 2015 Wednesday, December 31 Hollywood Casino 11 p.m. | $100 By Allison Babka On New Year's Eve, you ain't lookin' for nothin' but a good time. Fortunately for St. Louis, Bret Michaels wants to give you something to believe in. Over the years, hair-extension fan Michaels has expanded his personal brand by starring in VH1's Rock of Love dating show and winning the third season of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice. But no matter where his reality-show acumen or solo career may take him, the Poison frontman always returns to the stage to talk dirty to fans and do the unskinny bop. Plunk down a Franklin for this casino show and expect to hear a full catalog of '80s glam-metal hits, unabashedly punned here for your pleasure.


New Year's Eve Metal Assault w/ Grand Inquisitor, Encrypted, All The King's Horses, Compelled To Destroy, Some Kinda Khaos, Spirit Of Chaos, As Each Second Fades, Metanoya, Washco Fubar 7 p.m. | $8 By Joseph Hess Bless its blackened heart, Fubar tends to be the stomping ground for metal acts who fly right under the radar. The owners here don't collect the largest checks, but they take risks -- which pays out in spades for music fans. This is the perfect dimly lit dive to discover new bands, but bring earplugs. The name "New Year's Eve Metal Assault" is no bluff. Check out Grand Inquisitor below for proof:

The Schwag Wednesday, December 31 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $10 By Joseph Hess Tribute bands tend to be a cash grab, but the Schwag takes the spiritual approach when channeling the Grateful Dead. The group invokes the feeling of Garcia and company, propelling itself beyond the confines of covers and into inspired psychedelic space. In many ways the Schwag is an original band, but founder Jimmy Tebeau prefers to wear the Dead on his sleeve. But make no mistake -- he's as authentic as they come.

Ring in the new year with an aural acid trip (no drugs required). On this night the Schwag will be joined by Hoop Conscious Girls, Soulshine Liquid Art Light Show and Astral Gypsies Giant Puppets.

TIMECHASER - An End of the Year Celebration of St. Louis Nightlife w/ Downstereo, Blank Generation, Mathias and the Pirates, DJ Mahf, Farout, MC Scrub, MME, Family Affair, DJ Needles, Mark Lewis, Hal Greens, Dino, John Cobb, Scotty Mac, Michael Bishop, Brad Scheske Wednesday, December 31 Empire Hall 9 p.m. | $20 By Joseph Hess TIMECHASER welcomes showgoers to a three-ring circus of hip-hop, DJ and dance music. While most parties on this night aim to drown patrons in a big vat of bubbly, art is the sole focus at Empire Hall. Both the FarFetched and IndyGround collectives merge for a gala of progressive sound from the greater St. Louis region. The lineup reads like a survey of the year's strongest performers -- this night should kick off the new year with an overwhelming sense of unity.

xNYEx at Lemp w/ Mariner, Plunge, Lion House, Moonasi, Jr. Clooney Wednesday, December 31 Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center 7 p.m. | $7 By Joseph Hess Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center provides a safe haven away from bar culture, catering to music fans of all ages. Straight-edge New Year's Eve is an annual tradition for the venue, which typically features two things: art and bottled water. On this night, LNAC offers punch, a waffle bar and couches to sleep on for attendees who're too tired to drive after the show. "No booze, no drugs, no jerks," indeed.

The lineup includes three touring acts in Moonasi (Texas), Plunge (Texas) and Lion House (Kansas City). Local rippers Mariner and Jr. Clooney open this post-hardcore sleepover.


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