New Year's Eve music picks
There's no shortage of New Year's Eve entertainment, so to help you decide where to head, here's some can't-miss music picks from across the spectrum.
Copywrite, Blueprint, Path, Psychedelic Horseshit, The Unholy Two, High School
9 p.m. at Carabar
115 Parsons Ave., Olde Towne East
The city's most diverse music showcase features hip-hop veterans Blueprint, about to drop a brave new LP, and Copywrite, who just released the celebrated comeback album "The Life and Times of Peter Nelson," plus youngster Path, the most prolific man in Columbus rap.
Also: the alternately gauzy and brittle pop experiments of Psychedelic Horseshit; pop-punk up-and-comers High School; and the grotesque, gripping noise rock of The Unholy Two. DJ Drastic will spin. And it's free.
Shin Tower Music, The Compressions, Phantods, Crime and Punishment
8 p.m. at Kobo
2590 N. High St., Campus
Oldfield's on High's return to relevance as Kobo was one of the biggest local music stories of the year, and they're capping off 2010 with a doozy of a free show.
After Crime and Punishment comes Phantods - basically Columbus rock's band of the year - then the rousing apocalyptic pop of The Compressions, now featuring Six Gallery's Ben Schreiber and Alex Weinhardt. (Disclaimer: I used to play in this band.) After the free champagne toast at midnight, Shin Tower Music's audiovisual extravaganza will bring in 2011.
10 p.m. at Rumba Cafe
2507 Summit St., Campus
Twang in 2011 with the city's foremost roots-rock troupe, The Spikedrivers. A $15 fee gets you a dinner buffet, a champagne toast and a full night of Jesse Henry and company doing their "swinging, bluesy, upbeat, country-fried rock 'n' roll." Advance tickets are available through ticketfusion.com.
Bobaflex, Noise Auction, Live My Last, Day of Refuge, Enemy by Mourning, Brain Leak
6 p.m. at Alrosa Villa
5055 Sinclair Rd., North Side
Rock station 99.7 The Blitz assembled a murderer's row of local modern rock acts to ring in the new year at the longstanding heavy metal hangout. Get advance $20 tickets through Ticketmaster.
17th Floor, Lt. Dan's New Legs, The Reaganomics, Chris Logsdon, The Floorwalkers, Paradise Island, Capital Sound, DJ Marino Monaco, DJ Ant
8 p.m. at Hyatt Regency
350 N. High St., Downtown
The Hyatt's fancy hotel party ain't cheap - $400 for a two-person room, $500 for the VIP package - but you get unlimited food and booze, a breakfast buffet, a champagne toast, karaoke, DJs and live music. Plus you don't have to check out until 2 p.m. the next day.
About those bands - yeah, they're cover bands, but New Year's Eve lends itself to the hits. And The Floorwalkers are on hand, which always makes for a good time.