Whether you're saying goodbye or good riddance to 2013, there's no shortage of New Year's Eve music options this year.
Garage-soul fans in need of flashbacks to school gymnasium dance parties — but with much, much better music — can head to the Ivywild School for Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds' New Year's Eve Rock & Roll Show. The show will also feature These United States' front man Jesse Elliott's new band, Ark Life.
Those who prefer to get high on hip-hop can drift over to the Speak Easy Vape Lounge. There you'll find the New Year's Eve Hip Hop Party, with performances by Reflecshaun, Frank G., Scroggins and a number of other emcees who'll be featured on the forthcoming Clydesdale Entertainment Work Ethic album. V-Bar master turntablist DJ Gravity will be manning the decks.
Rap fans who find themselves in Boulder, meanwhile, should check out the ReMINDers and Brother Ali at the Fox Theatre, which happens to be one of our critic's picks here.
The more acoustically inclined can spend time with Grass It Up and Chauncy Crandall's new(ish) band, Broken Never Better, at McCabe's Tavern, while those who need to catch up on their quota of 1-4-5 progressions will find Lethal Lisa McCall and her band belting out the blues at On the Avenue.
And yes, there's more: Living Deadheads can pay homage to Jerry and company with Big Sky Shakedown at the Ancient Mariner, while Goya will be putting its hard-rock spin on any genre that dares cross its path at Union Station's Facing Forward New Year's Eve Bash.
As for you vinyl fetishists out there, Rawkus will be hosting the turntable talents of DJ Sh3vy and Operator 9 at its Black & White Fetish NYE Ball. Or head downtown to Zodiac, whose own fetish ball will feature music, dancing and, um, fetish tastings by Celebration of Power.
And finally, here are two quick updates on last week's music section.
New York composer Phil Kline, whose Unsilent Night composition was paraded through the streets of Old Colorado City last Saturday, has another, albeit less direct, local tie that went unaddressed in last issue's interview. Turns out he's been working with acclaimed filmmaker Jim Jarmusch on a music theater piece called Tesla in New York, which is billed as a "more or less true series of fantasies based on the incredible life of Nikola Tesla." Tesla, of course, was the brilliantly eccentric inventor who lived in Colorado Springs for about seven months in 1899-1900, during which time one of his experiments reportedly blacked out the entire town.
Also overlooked last issue, in this very column, was the Christmas song "If You Believe" by Colorado Springs band the Wild Hares. The track was included on Frothing the Nog, a holiday compilation that also featured the Young Fresh Fellows. All of which means Unikord and Knight in Colors were not the lone purveyors of local Xmas odes in recent years. Apologies to all whose holiday gift-giving was impacted by this unfortunate omission.