Get your ass in gear to ring in the New Year! Here are our top picks for a wild ride into 2010!
Someday Lounge—Detroit-based group Platinum Pied Pipers blends Motown and hiphop in their first Portland appearance. That plus Lifesavas, Dundiggy, Rev. Shines, and DJ Kez equals a groovin' party. 125 NW 5th, 8 pm, $20-25
Mississippi Studios—It's a Portland folk/rock/psychedelic extravaganza as local bands the Builders and the Butchers, Federale, and Dr. Helicopter play out an epic night in North Portland. 3939 N Mississippi, 10 pm, $15
Doug Fir Lounge—Hack up some good, clean fun at the Fir Ball: Indie rockers Quasi will be performing the Who! The Shaky Hands and Inside Voices play inside to help you get down, while DJ Safi spins party music all night outside in a free, heated patio tent. 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $13-15
Holocene—Get ready for some electro-glam-club sounds from Reporter, Guidance Counselor, DJ Beyonda, DJ New Moon Poncho, and Linger & Quiet, who converge on this most dance-tastic of clubs for a New Year's to remember. 1001 SE Morrison.
The Woods—Bhangra and Bollywood abound at any dance party with duo DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid, who host some of the best dance parties in town. Catch their South Asian beats tonight at The Woods. 6637 SE Milwaukie, 9 pm, $12-15
Crystal Ballroom—How can you not want to see a show called the Masters of Funk? Sugarfoot's Ohio Players, Barkays, Slave, Dazz Band, Liv Warfield, and Linda Hornbuckle get all funky and shit for a soulful start to 2010. 1332 W Burnside, 10 pm, $45, 25+
Roseland—The Murder City Devils know how to rock 'n' roll, and former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra really knows how to rock. See them both tonight and say goodbye to 2009 for good. 8 NW 6th, 9 pm, $30-55
Rotture—Their name is Japanther, for crying out loud. And they also happen to be old-school punk rocky and artsy and hardcore and awesome. Jaguar Love, Fist Fite, Serious Business, and Rude Dudes will also be there, providing extra awesome. 315 SE 3rd, 9 pm, $10
Portland Hilton—Yes, it's expensive, but tickets to the Champagne Ball, billed as Portland's most famous New Year's party, include dance parties on multiple floors, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, desserts, late-night pizza, complimentary champagne, party favors, and a huge countdown. w/Hit Machine; 921 SW 6th, 8 pm, $75-125
2410—The Time Squared party at 2410 will feature not only all this music: Flying Lotus, Bluetech, MarchFourth Marching Band, Eskmo, Saqi, Danny Corn, Tyler Tastemaker, Behnibubu, Jacaranda, Phidelity, Off the Grid, and Bitch Please, but also art installations to boot. 2410 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $25-35
The Knife Shop at Kelly's Olympian—Hey, it's a free show! Garage punk with local celeb Viva Las Vegas (Coco Cobra and the Killers)! Indie pop/rock (the Rainy States)! More catchy pop/rock (Yeltsin)! And even more ass-shakin' pop (Secrets in the Salt)! 426 SW Washington, 9 pm, free