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Have Fun and Don't Get Arrested - Happy New Year!

Uh-oh - New Year’s Eve is tomorrow! Do you have someone to kiss at midnight? Do you have any plans!?! Well, it’s up to you to swing the former, but we can certainly help you with the latter. And the right event might just get you the action that you are looking for. Now, we think that there will be plenty of kissable peeps at The Annual R5/Making Time New Years Eve Freakout at 90 Degreez (formerly Transit), and the all night open bar will help create a little social lubrication. But if you don’t have your tix already, SORRY, because this baby is SOLD OUT. Also the Hands and Knees/Tigerbeats Party is a good alternative, but unfortunately, there is no open bar there. Luckily, there are plenty of open bars and kissable people throughout the city on NYE. If your pockets are a bit deeper, The Blockley has the man who laid down plenty of those beats that you were jamming out to when your parents just didn’t understand. DJ Jazzy Jeff will be spinning his favorites just for you. Open bar is also included. Now, if live music is your thing and you’re still trying to get some lovin’ (we just want to say that we do not condone excessive PDA in the middle of a live performance - unless it is on stage), then you might find a love fest at KFN with Dangerous Ponies, Banned Books and Bandname. Your odds of a hookup might also be best at a molly-fueled jam band show like Lotus or The Disco Biscuits. But most of that action is back at the hotie anyways. Honestly, there is a shitload of options for your flava and we’re kind of feeling like the guy in Clerks that’s not even supposed to be here today/this week so we’d like to direct you to the friendly folks at Phrequency who have kindly put together a list of more options and details for this weekend here. We’ll be back with Weekend Warrior next week. Happy New Year - we’ll see you on the other side soon enough! - The Deli Staff
 
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Gettin’ A Bit Cozy w/Cozy Galaxies at North Star Bar Dec. 30

There’s something strange about Cozy Galaxies and their self-titled LP, which was released late summer. On the one hand, the five-piece (formerly known as The Major Leagues) crafts really lush, clean, and picturesque soundscapes - ones that, in regards to both technical and emotional reverence, sweep you away with its driving rock swells and marching dream-pop coating. But on the other, the Philly (by way of Lancaster) outfit throw in random sprinkles of lyrical defiance - or, by Tipper Gore standards, “explicit” vocabulary - like “bullshit”, “motherfucker” (“Clean Yourself Up”), and “shit” (“Dreamer”). It’s not confusing or disturbing. More like weird and unexpected - a sort of wake-up call from the inevitable reverie you’ll slip into when listening to their songs or, rather, while watching them live like you will tonight at North Star Bar. They’ll work the stage with other noteworthy locals, like Giant Mind, who smolders with their irresistible soft-spoken slithers and red-light rock-jazz; Ah, Wilderness, who takes it back with jangly, ‘60s psych-pop; and Flamingo, who’s absolutely tempting with their one-two punch of dripping-sex vocals and ripe-tide of guitar riff come-ons. Tip: this show is best paired with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, tea light candles and some brie, but I somehow don’t think that you’ll be getting all three at the North Star, unless you sneak in your own. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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Alien Architect Opens for Wu-Tang Clan at The Troc Dec. 30

Versatile rhyme-sayer Alien Architect has a huge show tonight opening up for the legendary and bombastic motherfuckin’ Wu-Tang Clan at The Troc. Known to perform in various incarnations from acoustic spoken-word to prog-rocky full band productions, AA creates genre-bending tunes that would allow you to find him on a singer-songwriter stage like The Tin Angel or the big stage like this evening. Sharing the bill with such hip hop royalty should allow him to gain a bunch of new fans and continue to assert the depth of the Philly hip hop scene. He will also be doing a bunch of more intimate shows in the next few months, but given this opportunity expect Alien Architect to bring his A-game to the highly coveted opening slot. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 9pm, $41.50 adv/$44 door - Adam G. 
 
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Noteworthy NYC Artists from Best of NYC Submissions: Cheese on Bread

Prominent in the city’s anti-folk scene, Cheese on Bread’s songs sound raw and unfinished. This is probably due to the fact that the duo recorded their album in their bathroom - initially because of purely economic reasons, later from habit. But because of their low-tech recordings, the songs sound more authentic, like if they were recorded by a couple of friends, and thanks to this the people and places in their stories sound more familiar and real. They’re silly and undeniably charming in a Kimya Dawson way, their songs bearing the same honesty and emotion as high school lovebirds. - Katherine Bennet

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Noteworthy NYC Artists from Best of NYC Submissions: Beyondo

With an impressive list of recording credits, including indie rock legends TV on the Radio, Regina Spektor, and Pete Yorn, Eric Biondo still has time to front his own modern big-band, wittily named “Beyondo”. Biondo adds trumpet and a falsetto akin to fellow Brooklynite Justin Rice (Bishop Allen), to reggae-inspired down-tempo tracks. Following the pattern of many of his songs, “Gambler” is calypso jazz, structured around quick African drumming, a full acoustic back-up band, maracas, and funky organ chords. In traditional jazz style, his songs are built off improvisation, and have energetic, spontaneous, and definitely danceable attributes. - Katherine Bennett

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