One more weekend of expectation-riddled festivities until the winter doldrums fully take over, enveloping bright spirits in gloomy slate gray days that never, ever, ever


The Weekend Preview: Ball Drop Edition

One more weekend of expectation-riddled festivities until the winter doldrums fully take over, enveloping bright spirits in gloomy slate gray days that never, ever, ever seem to end. Luckily there's still the most overly anticipated/inflated night of the year to look forward to. Hooray.


Friday, December 28


Spinderella (center), War Room, 12/28.

Is there anything else that needs to be said about tonight other than the fact that Spinderella is behind the steel wheels, bringing all of her reduced, reused and recycled celeb status to the War Room and GOODS Christmas party? I'm sure there is.


December 29


Team Gina, Chop Suey, 12/29.

Team Gina tag team Club Pop this week and Brian J. Barr notes in this week's Short List:

With matching outfits, multiple costume changes, synchronized moves, old-school beats, and, above all else, a sense of humor, what's not to like about Team Gina? The local lesbionic hip-hop duo is like a scrapbook from your ‘80s childhood; they drop references to Jem and the Holograms, wear neon tights, and employ those jabbing Run DMC-style beats.

Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $6.


The Pop Machine, Comet Tavern, 12/29.

The Comet has the extraordinarily awesome combination of Wallpaper and the Pop Machine, who Ma'Chell DUma Lavassar raves about this week:

Feeling the winter chill? Warm up with the Pop Machine. No, not the Pop Machine from Indianapolis, or the Pop Machines from Chicago, but Seattle's own Pop Machine, who play classic and I mean classic, sticky-sweet, toothache powerpop that's like syrupy, hot cocoa for your rock' n roll soul.

Comet Tavern, 9 p.m. $6. With Husbands Love Your Wives and Luminous Craft.

Skylark showcases Portland favorite Wow and Flutter with Ghost Lobby. Rachel Shimp wrote about the band recently:

This Wow and Flutter, known as a mild-mannered band in P-town for a decade, has undergone some fluctuations of their own as they finish their sixth full-length album. They’re more raucous than before—a Willamette Week writer recently saw front man Cord Amato playing guitar, keyboards, and a tambourine with his foot while singing at a house party—but with the same pleasing, energetic sound. Seeing them in possibly the best free music venue in all of Seattle may just set your heart aflutter. 9 p.m. free.


December 30


Wu-Tang Clan, Showbox SODO, 12/30

Two (sort of) words: Wu-Tang Clan. Showbox SODO, 8 p.m., $37.50 adv./$40.

Help keep the unexpectedly ousted Crocodile employees from having to visit the blood bank too many times! It won't hurt a bit either. As Hannah says:

While the closure of this local institution was a blow to the spirit of the community at large, no one took a harder hit than loyal employees like longtime general manager/Jedi Knight of Security Kevin Watson, beloved engineer Jim Anderson, and workaholic booking agent Eli Anderson. Tonight, former Croc booking agent Pete Greenberg has coordinated a benefit to raise funds for these and other Croc refugees at his new post over at Chop Suey. It’s a damn fine line-up that also includes two of the artists that inadvertently played the Crocodile’s final show, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes and J. Tillman, along with Damien Jurado, Peter Parker, Pale Pacific, Siberian, and the Pleasureboaters. Chop Suey, 7 p.m. $10.


New Years Eve. Woo-hoo.

Ma'Chell, as always, puts it best in her Whore Moans preview:

Poor, poor New Years Eve, your reputation is more tarnished than a certain parentally challenged pop tart. It's not your fault every party rookie in the world chooses December 31 to release their inner Winehouse.

Thats why I implore all you nightlife professionals out there, take back the night! And I can't think of a band more worthy of house party abandonment than my fave Seattle guitar heroes the Whore Moans. Party hard before their set and prepare to rock your buzz off with their hook-heavy hot licks infused with just enough sexy to inspire a midnight round of random stranger tonsil hokey. If that's not enough to get you out on the town, think of all the youtube worthy scenarios you'll be missing, like out the cab window vomiting (remember to duck), ankle-cracking high heel fall downs and crazy-ass, woefully under dressed chick fights. With the Tripwires, Zero Down & the Small Change.

Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $25 (?!?!?!?!?! Exactly why NYE is ridiculous.).

If there must be more. . .


The Lashes, Comet Tavern, 12/31. Photo by Blush Photo.

The Lashes + Feral Children + the Trucks + Flying Fox take over the Comet:

Tonight the Lashes have more than just the New Year to celebrate. This NYE bash marks the eve of the band’s second release since Get It—but not the whole enchilada just yet. Thank You Side A is exactly that, the first half (not an EP, thank you very much) of a batch of six new songs recorded by producer John Goodmanson last winter. “We’re more proud of this than anything we’ve ever done,” says frontman Ben Clark of the effort which will be self-released and available exclusively on tours and at Sonic Boom. Those who caught the band’s Bumbershoot set got a preview of each track including the poppy, Lashes-appropriate “Look at Us”—something the band certainly invites with antics like prank phone calls from the stage to TV news desks and silly string explosions. With the cheeky all-girl Trucks, Feral Children’s visceral rock and instrument bashing, and Jan Norberg’s writhing and wailing, Clark’s right when he says of the night, “It will be a crazy rockin’ good time.” AJA PECKNOLD

Comet Tavern, 8 p.m. $12 (not so bad.).

Ok, ok. And more:

Science Friction New Years party with 25 performers, and visual art

It was August and you were getting ready for Burning Man. You bought expensive lace and beading and made the most beautiful pair of four-foot alien enchantress wings. But then the car broke down halfway through Oregon, you spent four days trying to find a chop shop selling old Volvo parts, and by the time you were ready to go, the event was over and your beautiful artwork/costume was irrelevant. So what better time to resurrect the craft project you’d planned to debut in the Nevada desert than New Year’s Eve? West Seattleites hoping to indulge their love for electronic music and Cowboy Bebop (and avoid the bridge) can get that midnight kiss at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. They’re playing host to Science Friction, a party celebrating all things exotic and nerdy—sci-fi inspired costumes are encouraged. Located in an old schoolhouse, the Center’s great for events on a massive scale; four rooms are planned for this one, each with its own bar, featuring over 25 performers. Tunes start spinning at 9 p.m., but if you want to make it your after-hours stop instead, they’re running until 4 a.m.

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 9 p.m. $25 adv./$30.

That's it for this post. More ways to spend it here.

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