Consequence of Sound’s Guide to New Year’s Eve


Dried tears and liquor are sealing your eyes shut. A half-empty bottle of Asti-Spumante hangs out of your hand or mouth. Your clothes are anywhere but where they usually are. It’s early morning on January 1st and as the sun saws open your eyes, the first thoughts that race into your head are: “What was last night?”

Whether you chose to remember it or not, New Year’s Eve always becomes an event – be it a swanky party full of beautiful people, or a sad, lonely remembrance of 2010 alone in your darkened apartment. But save yourself the embarrassment of either and get out to a club and see a band. Below we’ve listed some of the major events happening in cities around the US. Do yourself a favor: go.

There are few things I regret more than not going to see Girl Talk last year in 2009, so don’t make the same mistake I did. Spend NYE with your most favorite band. Whether you know it or not, you’ll be surrounded by new friends. Oh, and you can get tumultuously drunk and rage to some amazing music. Happy New Year from CoS!

— Jeremy Larson
Senior Staff Writer

P.S. If we’re missing something, please let us know in the comments below.

New York City

Ariel Pink (solo): 234 Starr Street

The Bloody Beetroots (DJ Set): The Wellmont Theatre

The Butthole Surfers: Music Hall of Williamsburg

Class Actress: Spike Hill

Chuck Berry: B.B. King Blues Club

Drive-By Truckers: Terminal 5

Gov’t Mule: The Beacon Theatre

Guided By Voices: Irving Plaza

Har Mar Superstar: Littlefield

Holy Ghost!: Standard

Infected Mushroom, Shpongle: Hammerstein Ballroom

Patti Smith & Her Band: Bowery Ballroom

Passion Pit, Slick Rick: Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ)

Phish: Madison Square Garden

The Roots: Brooklyn Bowl

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: Best Buy Theater

Steve Angello: Roseland Ballroom

Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Julian Lynch: Ridgewood Temple

We Are Scientists: Mercury Lounge

Zach Deputy: City Winery


Big Freedia, Nobunny: Empty Bottle

The Black Keys, Greenhornes: Aragon Ballroom

Cave: The Hideout

Cursive performing Domestica: Subterranean

Flosstradamus, Gemini Club: Lincoln Hall

Future Rock: Kinetic Playground

Japandroids, Light Pollution: Schubas

Local H: Bottom Lounge

Mannequin Men, Pegboy: Abbey Pub

Mucca Pazza: Logan Square Auditorium

Pretty Lights, Holy Fuck, Tobacco: Congress Theatre

Robert Randolph & The Family Band, North Mississippi Allstars: House of Blues

Smoking Popes: Reggie’s Rock Club

Sublime with Rome, AM Taxi, The Dirty Heads: Navy Pier Ballroom

Umphrey’s McGee: The Riviera Theatre

Yeasayer, HEALTH: Metro

Los Angeles

ATB: Hollywood Palladium

HARD NYE (Mr. Oizo, Brodinski, DJ Falcon): The Music Box

John Digweed: The Avalon

Lucinda Williams: The Viper Room

Mayer Hawthorne, Classix: Viceroy Hotel

Nite Jewel: The Echo

NOFX, Dead To Me: The Wiltern

The Pharcyde: Key Club

The Raveonettes, Autolux: The Standard

Steel Panther: House of Blues

Together As One (Major Lazer, Diplo, Rusko, Laidback Luke): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena

Yard Dogs Road Show: Edison

London, UK

British Sea Power: Koko

Caribou: The Flowerpot

Carl Barât (DJ Set): All Star Lanes Brick Lane

Eastern Electrics NYE (Matthew Dear, Joker, Roska): The Tunnels

Foals: HMV Forum

Four Tet, James Holden, Jamie XX: Corsica Studios

Friendly Fires (DJ Set): XOYO

Sonic Youth, Factory Floor, Shellac: Hammersmith Apollo

Together (Mark Ronson, Annie Mac, Katy B, Fake Blood): O2 Academy



Bassnectar, Ana Sia: The Tabernacle

Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michele: Atlanta Civic Center

Coolio: Hyatt Regency

The Glitch Mob: New Earth Music Hall

Perpetual Groove: Variety Playhouse

Zac Brown Band: Philips Arena

Atlantic City:

B.B. King: Harrah’s Atlantic City

Maroon 5: House of Blues

Sarah McLachlan: Caesars Atlantic City


Jane’s Addiction: Belly Up

Athens, GA:

The Glitch Mob: New Earth Music Hall

of Montreal: 40 Watt Club


Adolescents: Red 7

— Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Grupo Fantasma: La Zona Rosa

Cake: Austin Music Hall

N.A.S.A., Ladytron: Seaholm Power Plant

The Sword: The Mohawk


Bettye LaVette: First Night Boston–Copley Square

Cass McCombs: The Modern

Dean & Britta, Nina Nastasia: Paramount Center

moe.: House of Blues

Soulive: Paradise Rock Club

Third Eye Blind: Wilbur Theatre


Crystal Castles, The Chain Gang of 1974: Boulder Theater


Ghostland Observatory: Plaza of the Americas

Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights: Granada Theater

Old 97’s: House of Blues


Big Head Todd and The Monsters: Paramount Theatre

Impact NYE (EOTO, Dieselboy, Freddy Todd): City Hall Events Center

Nosaj Thing: Casselman’s

Railroad Earth, Great American Taxi: Ogden Theatre

STS9, Tipper: The Fillmore Auditorium

Widespread Panic, G. Love & Special Sauce: Pepsi Center

Dublin, Ireland:

Les Savy Fav: The Button Factory

Edmonton, AB:

deadmau5: Shaw Conference Centre


Warpaint: Ground Hall

Las Vegas:

30 Seconds To Mars: Pearl Concert Theater

Erick Morillo: Marquee Nightclub

Jamie Lidell: Book & Stage – The Cosmopolitan

Jay-Z, Coldplay: Cosmopolitan

Paul Oakenfold, LMAFO: Palms Hotel & Casino

Pitbull: House of Blues

Santana: The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel

Louisville, KY:

The Pass: Headliners Music Hall


Nicki Minaj: The Mansion

Tiësto: Fontainebleau Resort

Usher, Trey Songz: American Airlines Arena


Girl Talk: The Rave

The Hold Steady: Riverside Theater


— Brother Ali, The Hood Internet: Marriott City Center Grand Ballroom

New Orleans:

Better Than Ezra: House of Blues

Bonerama: 12 Bar on Fulton Street

Galactic, Tea Leaf Green: Tipitina’s Uptown

Tab Benoit: Mid City Lanes “Rock ‘N’ Bowl”


Primus, The Dead Kenny Gs, Les Claypool: Fox Theater

Oklahoma City:

The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin: Cox Convention Center


Dada: North Star

Lotus: Electric Factory

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: World Cafe

Portland, OR:

Crooked Fingers, Heligoats: Bunk Bar

The Helio Sequence, Ramona Falls: Mississippi Studios

Japanther: Artistery

Langhorne Slim: Mission Theater

Lazer Sword, Eliot Lipp: Branx

The Shaky Hands: Backspace

Rome, Italy:

Aphex Twin: Palazzo dei Congressi

San Diego:

Crocodiles: Soda Bar

Designer Drugs: Voyeur

Dirty South: 4th & B

San Francisco:

The Dresden Dolls, Pomplamoose: The Warfield

Furthur, Phil Lesh: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The Growlers: Hemlock Tavern

John Lee Hooker Jr.: Biscuits and Blues

Mike Posner: The Regency Ballroom

Sea of Dreams (Thievery Corporation, Balkan Beat Box, Modeselektor, Beats Antique): Concourse Exhibition Center

The Slackers: Great American Music Hall

Steve Aoki: Fort Mason Festival Pavillion


AC Slater: King Cat Theatre

Lissie: Snoqualmie Casino

Reverend Horton Heat, The Dwarves: El Corazon

Z-Trip: Cirque Event Center

St. Louis, MO:

The Crystal Method: Nightclub Europe

Yonder Mountain String Band: The Pageant

St. Petersburg, FL:

Cope: The Local 662

Dead Kennedys: State Theatre

Washington, DC:

Gogol Bordello: 9:30 Club