The Best New Year's Eve Shows In Houston This Year

Reckless Kelly, House of Blues: They may originally be from Oregon, but having moved to Texas and occupied it for nearly 15 years, we'll give Kelly a pass as honorary Texans. And if you don't already have plans, a four-pack of tickets is only $20. So save some dough, call some friends and get familiar with some music on New Year's Ever.

BLT VII, Warehouse Live: They do it every year, and every year it sells out. But no one's really surprised about it. For those unaware, BLT stands for Black Tie, Lingerie or Toga, and the seventh annual inception should be no different. And if you haven't already bought tickets, assuming they're still available, they cost $100 at the door. Yeesh.

Free Press Houston NYE Cataclysm, Fitzgerald's: It may be a mouthful, but somewhat rightfully so. The party's lineup is an eclectic one, ranging from the likes of B L A C K I E and Fat Tony to LIMB and Weird Party. The Wild Moccasins, Delicious Milk, Golden Axe and Hamamatsu Tom are also on the bill. Free for 21 and up.

Musical Resolutions, Hobby Center: Creepy flyer aside, this looks to be interesting. According to the Hobby Center's Web site, "this festive program of Musical Resolutions mixes concerti and suites by Bach and Telemann with Handel's sublime dramatic cantata Apollo e Dafne." And if you don't know what that means, you should know that there will be champagne and hors-d'oeuvres.

Scout Bar's NYE 2010 feat. The Hunger: Looking to jam some rock and roll? Head down to Scout Bar for a show by The Hunger, Dev Electric and Raging Apathy. It's free with an invitation, but the cover is a steep $20 without one.

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar NYE Celebration: Admit it, you think it would be classy as hell to spend NYE at a piano bar. You'd be right, too. And if someone else is playing the piano, you'll most likely enjoy the music even if it isn't your all-time favorite song.

Allen Oldies Band, Continental Club/The Umbrella Man, Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge: Say hello to 2011 Island-style with surfin' birds the Allen Oldies Band and Gulf Coast musical polymaths Nick Gaitan & the Umbrella Man. Both free, dancing guaran-damn-teed.

NYE At Lucky Strike Houston: If you haven't already been to Lucky Strike Lanes, know that it's not just any bowling alley. With its atmosphere, drinks and food, bowling can become something of an afterthought, which is what will most likely happen tomorrow night for most of the venue's patrons.

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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