It's Your New Year: Rounding up the best shows, dance parties, and clubby fêtes for people who like that sort of thing to ring in 2012 right!

Just be glad you've got us and won't be stuck watching the Ball in Times Square this year...horror show

Already checked out all the galas, boat parties, costume balls, and cover-free New Year's parties? Well, not to confuse you further or anything, but there are more! We've rounded up all the awesome live shows at which you can rock your way into 2012  [New Highway Hymnal + earthquake party!, J. Geils, and Mean Creek to name a few], NYE dance parties [Tupac Rave at Good Life sounds fun, plus "Heroes" NYE edition, Don't Ask Don't Tell: OPULENCE, and more] and, of course, the fancy schmancy nightclub parties for the stilleto and mini-dress crowd. It's all here...now it's up to you to decide how you're going to say peace out to 2011!

ROCKING IN THE NEW YEAR

The New Highway Hymnal is at O'Brien's

"RYAN'S SMASHING LIFE PRESENTS NEW YEAR'S EVE" | With Mellow Bravo, Township, Planetoid, Cocked N Loaded, and the Grinds | 8 pm @ Middle East downstairs | $12; $10 advance | mideastclub.com

"TOTALLY 90s NYE PARTY" | With Boston's only Justin Timberlake tribute band, the Timberfakes, and Porctopus as "Lady Ska-Ga" | 8 pm @ Middle East upstairs | $25 | mideastclub.com

THE NEW HIGHWAY HYMNAL + EARTHQUAKE PARTY! + THE FAGETTES | With DJ sets by Phoenix writer Liz Pelly | 9 pm @ O'Brien's | $25 | obrienspubboston.com

KINGSLEY FLOOD + MEAN CREEK + FREEZEPOP | With DJ set by the Bodega Girls | 8 pm @ Brighton Music Hall | $15 | brightonmusichall.com

J. GEILS + JEFF PITCHELL & THE TEXAS FLOOD + THE JEFFETTES | With Amy Black in the Ballroom and Donn Hill and the Jazz Depot in the Tap Room | 7 pm @ Bull Run | $100; $90 advance | bullrunrestaurant.com

"ROCK ON! PRESENTS THE JOSHUA TREE NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY" | U2 tribute | 8 pm @ Hard Rock Café | $25; $50 VIP with dinner | 617.424.7625 or hardrock.com

LUCERO + MOVERS & SHAKERS + LIONIZE | 8 pm @ Paradise Rock Club | $25 | thedise.com

"NEW YEAR'S EVE ROQUE & GLAM SLAM!" | With the Upper Crust, Sidewalk Driver, and Gene Dante & the Future Starlets | 8 pm @ Church | $25 | churchofboston.com/club

JASON ANDERSON & THE BEST + MATH THE BAND | 8:30 pm @ P.A.'s Lounge | $10 | paslounge.com

"HEAR NOW LIVE PRESENTS NEW YEAR'S EVE" | With Doctor Doom Orchestra and Danny Pease & the Regulators | 8 pm | Precinct, 70 Union Square, Somerville | call for ticket info | 617.623.9211 or precinctbar.com

"PLOUGH & STARS NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY" | With Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons | 10:30 pm @ Plough & Stars | call for ticket info | 617.576.0032 or ploughandstars.com

JAZZ IT UP

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE + INSIDE STRAIGHT + MELISSA WALKER | Shows at 8 + 11 pm @ Scullers | $50 for the 8 pm show; $309 dinner and show [per couple] + $60 for the 11 pm show; $379 dinner and show | scullersjazz.com

"NEW YEARS EVE WITH SOUL CITY" | 8 pm @ Ryles | $49.95; includes hors d'oeuvres and midnight champagne toast | rylesjazz.com

YOU CAN DANCE IF YOU WANT TO, YOU CAN LEAVE LAST YEAR BEHIND

"HEROES NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH" | "Heroes" gets the NYE special treatment with DJ Chris Ewen | 10 pm @ T.T. the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | $20; $15 advance | ttthebears.com

"DON'T ASK DON'T TELL: OPULENCE NYE" | "Grab that gown, mop those shoes, shine those pearls, weave that wig," 'cause DADT is getting opulent | 9:30 pm @ Great Scott | $10; $12 after 11 pm | greatscottboston.com

"TUPAC RAVE: NYE 2012" | Music by DJs Johanns G, Lacey, Craig MacNeil, Olivetti, On & On, Knife, Leah V, and Evaredy. With Vicks Inhalers, Pacifiers, Glow Sticks, Thug Life Tattoos, Bandanas, Thug Passion Toasts At Midnight, Candy Necklaces, West Coast Hip Hop, 90s Rave Den, Lightshow, and a super surprise guest! | 9 pm @ Good Life | $35 | goodlifebar.com

"BOOTY VORTEX NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY" | 9:30 pm @ Johnny D's | $26 | johnnyds.com

RIVER GODS NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY | Champagne and dancing all night | 9 pm @ River Gods | call for ticket info | 617.576.1881

MIDDLESEX NEW YEAR'S EVE | DJ Kon spins | 9 pm @ Middlesex | price TBD | middlesexlounge.us

"SOUL-LE-LUH-JAH NEW YEARS EVE PARTY" | Details TBA, check ZuZu's website | 11 pm | ZuZu, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge | $15 | zuzubar.com

"GLITZ NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY" | With DJ Darrin, plus complimentary early morning buffet, games, and more | 9 pm @ Machine | $25; $20 advanced | dykenight.com

PARTIES FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO DRESS UP AND SHOW IT OFF

"2012 HOUSE PARTY" | With DJ Costa | 10 pm @ Estate | $60 | theestateboston.com

DISTRICT NEW YEAR'S EVE | With passed appetizers, champagne toast, ball drop projections, and DJ Matty D | 9 pm @ District | $50-$500 | nyedistrict2012-esearch.eventbrite.com

GYPSY BAR NEW YEAR'S EVE | With DJs, champagne toast, and party favors | 9 pm @ Gypsy Bar | $50 | gypsybarnye.eventbrite.com

LIQUOR STORE NEW YEAR'S EVE | With DJs, champagne toast, and party favors | 9 pm @ Liquor Store | $25 | liquorstorenye.eventbrite.com

"NYE 2012: END OF WORLD PARTY BLACK + WHITE PARTY" | With four-hour premium bar, hors d'oeuvres, DJs, ball drop projections, and surprise guests. "Dress to impress" | 9 pm @ Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar | $100-$600 | clubzone.com

And for more New Year's parties, plus all the First Night events you need to know about, visit thephoenix.com/newyears!

 

 

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