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New Year’s Eve 2015 in the Twin Cities: 13 great shows to see

Tickle Torture (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)

New Year’s Eve with Tickle Torture

Fine Line, Minneapolis

8 p.m., $20/$50, 18+

A Tickle Torture concert is an experience that you’ve got to see to believe — and why not on New Year’s Eve?

Tickets and information here

Transmission with DJ Jake Rudh

Varsity Theater, Minneapolis

10 p.m., $8/$10

If you’re feeling a little nostalgic this NYE, head over to the Varsity for a night filled with the best jams from the “Transmission era” (late ’70s and early ’80s), probably with a few present-day surprises thrown in as well.

Tickets and information here

Frankie Lee & Friends

Turf Club, St. Paul

8 p.m., $20

Frankie Lee and the McNasty Brass Band, BBGun, and Alpha Consumer will rock 2015 right out the door.

Tickets and information here

The Crystal Ball: New Year’s Eve with Doomtree

International Market Square, Minneapolis

8 p.m., $50/$100

Tickets here

Wookiefoot New Year’s Eve Swing Party

Cabooze, Minneapolis

8 p.m., $20

Tickets here

New Year’s Eve in the 7th St. Entry

7th St. Entry, Minneapolis

8 p.m., $20

If you want to ring in the new year with some new local heavy-hitters, join Kill The Vultures, The Cloak Ox, Greg Grease, and Cherry Cola at the 7th St. Entry this NYE.

Tickets and information here

First Avenue’s New Year’s Eve Danceteria feat. Get Cryphy

First Avenue, Minneapolis

8 p.m., $10/$20, 21+

The Get Cryphy DJs — along with Slamdunkapher, Roy Freedom, DJ Smitty, and others — will be pumping out the jams to keep you dancing all the way into 2016.

Tickets and information here

Happy Crazy New Year V

Bedlam Lowertown, St. Paul

8 p.m., $16/$20/$10 kids, all ages

The merry pranksters of Dangerous Productions will perform the latest raucous installment in their Happy Crazy New Year series, then hit the dance floor while the Brass Messengers and Ms. Lakesha lead a New Year’s Masquerade.

Tickets and information here; masquerade admission separate, with discount for both events together

New Year’s Eve with E.L.nO. and Friends

Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis

8 p.m., $12, 21+

The original E.L.O. are back together, but that doesn’t mean Minnesotans have to give up our beloved E.L.nO., who’ll bring Jeff Lynne’s trademark brand of symphonic rock to Lee’s on NYE.

Tickets and information here

NYE Dinner with Tim Sparks and James Buckley

Icehouse, Minneapolis

6 p.m., $55

If you want to be serenaded by the sweet sound of guitars this New Year’s, hop on over to Icehouse for a delicious meal followed by beautiful tunes.

Information here

Davina and the Vagabonds

Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis

Dakota regulars Davina and the Vagabonds will send out the year with their signature combination of blues, jazz, and pop.

6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $112 and $94

Tickets here and here

Throwdown to Motown NYE

Nomad World Pub, Minneapolis

8:30 p.m., $15/$20, 21+

If you love the sweet sound of Motown classics, join Alex Rossi with special guests Elliot Balufuss, Debra G, and Maxaphone for a show filled with favorites.

Tickets and information here

Dude Year’s Eve

Parkway Theater, Minneapolis

8:30 p.m., $25/$30/$65, 21+

Not only will the night feature great performances from Useful Jenkins, Frogleg and Circle of Heat and special guest artists Mark Joesph of the Big Wu, Max Graham of Kind Country and Robert Hilstrom of Momentary Lapse of Floyd (a Pink Floyd tribute group), but the Parkway will be showing cult favorite The Big Lebowski.

Information here

Emily Raffesberger is a freshman at the University of St. Thomas, studying music business.