Maybe the people throwing the "Glitter" dance party are right. ("Thursday's the new Saturday!") There could be an interest to go out and party earlier, then let the amateurs run wild on 12/31...
9pm to 1am
"Glitter: A HollaGAY New Year's(ish) Dance Party"
at Milky Way Lounge/Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
$10 before 10pm? / $12 after / 21+
If the event title didn't relay it, there will be a "Gayest Outfit" contest. "Glitter" is the theme, so they suggest wearing something shiny.
As they say, you don't have to be party of the LGBTQ community -- just anyone "who loves and supports them, or anyone that just really loves glitter."
Note: The cover is listed as $10 on the venue site, and the event site has $12 with an ambiguous mention to 10pm.
The Milling Gowns, Cooling Towers, Daniel Ouellette & The Shobijin
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$5 / 21+
With the majority of people being bright and festive this time of year, isn't there room for those with a different perspective? Maybe not everyone wants to have a "happy new year". It's fine to brood if you like.
Instead of mixing with the merry-makers of Saturday night, there is dark, dramatic rock with atypical arrangements in three doses tonight.
The Narragansett Holly Jolly Holiday Party
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
Feat: The Wandas (Midnight), "The Blue Album" (11pm), "The Color & The Shape" (10pm), The 'Gansett Girls (9pm)
As I mentioned a couple days ago, 3 people won tickets to the Holly Jolly Holiday Party, and it looks like they chose random people who responded correctly. You can win stuff, if you try...
The Wandas charmed me at first listen with highly tuneful powerpop stuff, then lost me a little bit when I saw they included a laptop for additional instrumentation, but that's not so bad these days. The music is still good.
While I'm usually luke-warm about cover/tribute bands, "The Blue Album" and "The Colour & The Shape" are albums that I really liked by Weezer and Foo Fighters. And these folks aren't bashing it over and over again every weekend somewhere. This is the 2nd and probably last performance of "T.C&T.S."
For a night with 3 bands and burlesque, $10 is not a bad deal. When you consider that you'll probably get at least one ticket for a free 'Gansett, that's a $3 to $4 savings. (Since Narragansett Brewery considers December 29, 1890 as its birthday, the beer may be flowing even more freely...) If you walk away with a prize or shwag of some kind, that's another possible bonus.
There was a similar shindig in Providence, and there are some photos.