So you made the decision to brave the dicey weather, intoxicated crowds and surge pricing to go out and see music this New Year’s Eve. Godspeed, intrepid reveler! This is Seattle, so your options are excellent. Whatever you choose, get there early and have a viable exit strategy, lest you be caught in the wee hours chasing the last available Lyft on earth.
NC-17-rated post-hesher goddesses Thunderpussy bring a night of “Fire and Ice” to the Showbox. We’re not sure what that entails, but any Thunderpussy show is as much about lead singer Molly Sides’ incalculable on-stage gymnastics as it is about world-conquering unisexual rock. As of press time, openers are unannounced.
Manatee Commune—aka the wildly talented Grant Eadie—will pour syrupy-sweet EDM all over Neumos two nights in a row (Dec. 30 is all-ages; Dec. 31 is not), both of which feature groove-attuned openers who might also accompany Eadie’s violin, drums and various inscrutable electronic widgets. A planetarium-show’s worth of radical visual effects will keep things well-lit, if you catch our drift.
With Flammable falling on New Year’s Eve, the West Coast’s longest-running house-music weekly will get a booster shot of debauchery at Re-bar. Around the corner, Kremwerk and Timbre Room host Shine, with three stages of diverse humans and sounds—from disco to house to funk to wtf—going until 5 a.m. Other DJ-party highlights include uber-cool neo-soul trio the Flavr Blue DJing for the see-and-be-seen set at Q and the should-be-world-famous Snap! crew spinning ’90s hip-hop and R&B to the packed dance floor at LoFi.
In its sixth year as an annual tradition, the Artist Home New Year’s Eve Celebration expands from Conor Byrne (which this year hosts the amiable fellows of Honcho Poncho and their annual Garbage Bash) to the Neptune, where dozens of musicians from bands including Smokey Brights, the Maldives, SassyBlack, Cumulus, Fine Prince and many more will perform covers of your favorite rock and pop songs. As far as end-of-the-year celebrations go, this feel-good, all-ages show is a relatively wholesome night out.