If for some reason you find yourself out the night before New Years Eve, don't blow your load on some party-in-a-can DJ or punk show that will leave you wilted for the following evening. Instead, mosey on down to the Tractor and enjoy the wholesome Americana that is Widower, a charming little septet that doesn't shy away from their love of steel guitar or banjos and bears more than a passing resemblance to Wilco with a dash of Beachwood Sparks. Rounding out the ticket are the Final Spins, a solid outfit who deliver their simple, raw lyrics with a chorus of male backing vocals and rambling, guitar-driven sound. At the end of the night, your musical cravings will be sated without leaving your body exhausted save it for New Years, kids!
Tue., Dec. 30, 9 p.m., 2008