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Auld Lang Syne: 14 ways to ring in 2016

A rock, soul, and hip-hop heavy rundown of local New Year's Eve concerts.

The Coathangers headline a who's who NYE bill of local garage-punk.
Photo credit: Jeff Forney

? Baby Baby, Cousin Dan (full band), How I Became the Bomb, and Sidney Eloise and the Palms @ Star Bar. $10. 8 p.m.
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? Baby Baby’s upbeat “fun rock” and Cousin Dan’s electronic party jams swing an ideal one-two punch for a carefree New Year’s Eve blowout. Pop stylings from the overdone ‘80s (How I Became the Bomb) and timeless ‘60s (Sidney Eloise and the Palms) kick off a night of nonstop dancing under the Star Bar’s disco ball.
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? Clashinista and Smithsonian @ Smith’s Ole Bar’s Music Room. $15-20. 8 p.m.
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? Local cover bands that recreate the sound and visual aesthetic of the Clash and the Smiths roll back the clock shortly before the Peach Drop beckons a new year.
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? The Coathangers, Black Linen, Bad Spell, and the Gartrells @ the Earl. $17-20. 9 p.m.
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? This can’t-miss garage-punk party is anchored by veteran power trio the Coathangers. The band’s stringent touring schedule has made rare local appearances into special events, with or without an alcohol-centric holiday. Rock and soul traditionalists Black Linen, garage purists Bad Spell, and newcomers the Gartrells (members of the Black Lips, Douglas’ Street Team, and Rod Hamdallah) bring fresh sounds and familiar faces to the EAV.
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? ??? exNYE2016: exwhy, Slowriter, Capital Arms, Bear Girl, Fox Grin, Flower, Sleep Dance, and the Marrows @ the Vinyl. $5-7. 7:30 p.m.

? Little Tybee, Small Reactions, and Fantasy Guys @ the Drunken Unicorn. $10-12. 9 p.m.
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? The Motet and the Main Squeeze @ Variety Playhouse. $30-35. 8 p.m.

? Funk is the word at Variety Playhouse’s final show of 2015. Denver’s the Motet plays freeform jams and incorporates stage dancing that’ll make the crowd boogie. Like-minded Chicago funksters the Main Squeeze open with jams from sophomore LP Mind Your Head, produced by American Idol’s Randy Jackson. 
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? NYE Pizza Punk Fest: Sadistic Ritual, Forsaken Profits, Random Conflict, Blue Tower, Poison Control, Bold Ashes, Forsaken Profits, the Commomwealth of American Natives, and Pleasures of the Ultraviolent @ Jack's Pizza and Wings. $5. 12 p.m.
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New Years Eve on Spring Street @ the Quad. $5-30. 8:30 p.m.
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? The Peach Ball: Princess Cut, Bryan-Michael Cox, Mix Master David, DJ Penny Lane, DJ Abe Hyde, and DJ Mike Nasty @ the Georgia Freight Depot. $55 general admission. 9 p.m.
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? Peach Drop Party: Michael Jackson (impersonator), Salsa Chest, IFLY, and more @ Mammal Gallery. Free. 8 p.m.
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Surfer Blood, Gringo Star, and Shantih Shantih @ Aisle 5. $20. 9 p.m.
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? T.I., Sister Hazel, All Cows Eat Grass, and Velveteen Pink @ the Peach Drop. Free. 7 p.m.
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? This year's free Peach Drop concert at Underground Atlanta was sweetened by the recent addition of T.I. The local trap music legend's New Year's resolution may involve building on the momentum of September's Da' Nic EP when The Dime Trap drops sometime in 2016.
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? Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics @ Venkman's. $40-60. 9:30 p.m.
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? Classic soul vibes at a nice restaurant — a surefire way to win over your Tinder date.
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? Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack, Abby GoGo, and DT (of the Difference Machine) @ 529. Free. 9 p.m.
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? The most eclectic mix of sounds you’ll find Thursday night won’t cost a dime. Ace saxophonist and Outkast collaborator Kebbi Williams brings class and finesse to the party just in time for the champagne. Opening support includes a rare appearance by psychedelic shoegazers Abby GoGo, and a psychedelic beats set by the Difference Machine’s DT.




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