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Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Gringo Star, The Black Lips and more ring in the New Year

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New Years Eve is tomorrow night and with that comes the pressure of making plans. Do you go out and party? Do you stay in and relax? Do you make it a family event or hire a sitter? My suggestion is to head out for a night of great music since there are a ton of bands jamming around Atlanta.

Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ @ Variety Playhouse

Bringing the hammer down New Years Eve, Atlanta’s favorite purveyors of rock Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ will set up shop at the Variety Playhouse for an evening that should blow your ears off. Blistering guitars thunderous rhythms and Kevn Kinney’s one of a kind voice ring in the New Year as they offer up tunes new and old. This should be a great show for everyone satisfying the young and older fans. Look to hear songs from their 4 EP’s that have been littering the music world over the last year or so and don’t worry all the classic songs that fans dig will dominate the set list. If you have not seen DNC live ever, in a few years or in a few days you need to be at this show. Joining them on stage will Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project. The Collective Soul front man will jamming tunes from his side project's upcoming album.

Gringo Star @ The EARL

Gringo Star is an Atlanta band that has mastered the art of the power-pop song. They have developed a devout national following with multiple albums and a relentless work ethic. Playing anywhere and anytime they will be jamming some killer tunes at the EARL in East Atlanta. Come listen to tunes from their latest release Floating Out To See as well as music from their back catalog. If you dig music from the likes of Big Star, Cheap Trick or Material Issue then you need to give Gringo Star a listen.

Mike Snowden @ Hop Alley Brew Pub

Up in Alpharetta at Hop Alley Brew Pub, cigar box guitar virtuoso Mike Snowden will be supplying the soundtrack as folks ring in the new year. Ice cold beer and nasty blues music is the perfect combination for a great night. Snowden is a one man band as he manipulates his hand crafted cigar box guitars, mans the drums and handles lead vocals. His shows are a combination of original material, classic blues and some pretty cool covers. If you have not seen Mike live you need to get your ass to a show.

The Black Lips @ Drunken Unicorn

The best way to describe Atlanta’s Black Lips is controlled chaos. They have been lighting up music halls for the past several years delivering guitar driven music that walks a fine line between genius and crazy. Infusing copious amounts of fuzz, just the right amount of noise a taste of 70’s psychedelic rock with punk sensibilities the Lips will be blasting tunes off the walls of the Drunken Unicorn and into your unprotected ears. Bring your ear plugs because it is going to get loud Tuesday night, but it will be good.

The Biters & The Booze @ Star Bar

New Years Eve at Star Bar brings an all night party with a butt load of kick ass rock and roll. The later you get into the evening the better the music gets. A couple of Atlanta veterans will be closing out the night. The Biters will break out the guitars as they dish out a high octane punk rock that deserves to be heard at the Star Bar. Before the Biters take the stage look for the Booze to offer up a batch of rocking tunes infused by the sound and swagger of the Rolling Stones. This party should go early into 2014 as the beer flows freely and inhibitions fade into 2013. This may be the best bet of the night.

Zach Deputy @ Smiths Olde Bar

Zach Deputy out of Savannah has mastered the art of mixing a wealth of musical styles and creating one tasty sound. Part rock, part island, part jam, part soul are just a few influences you will hear in Deputy’s music. He will be packing the upper room at Smiths Olde Bar with his devout fan base which are there to sing, dance and groove to the music. His live shows are the best way to experience his music as you will see nothing like them. If you are looking for a little more laid back atmosphere I suggest you get to Smiths.

Washed Out @ Terminal West

If you are looking for something different then you need to find your way to Terminal West for some sweet synth-pop from Georgia’s Washed Out. Offering up mellow music loaded with pop melodies, electronic beats, killer grooves and haunting vocals then this will be the place for you. Look for a mellow set of tunes that are infectious as they invade your brain and keep you moving. It is hard not to like this music.

There you go, now you have no excuse about not finding something to do tomorrow night. Atlanta offers up great music each and every night of the week, but every so often you get a night like this Wednesday when choices are hard but never wrong.

Happy New Year everybody now get out of the house and enjoy some great tunes.


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