When Khan and his wife AnnMarie booked the Dels' first show without consulting the band – because at that point, there was no band – they had exactly three weeks to not only practice material, but also to find out what kind of sound Khan was going for. As Mondello describes it, "Loose drums, flopping bass, the drunken sax careening through it all, and this moronic guitar kind of barking out." Read more.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Will's Pub, $10
American Party Machine
Ditch the pomp and embrace the circumstance with Norsekorea’s White Trash New Year’s Bash. Shove a 10-foot beer bong in your face to impress your date, saddle up at the Straw-Ber-Ritaville bar for some saccharine-sweet dranks or partake in the “longest PBR- can wizard staff” contest. They’ve got it all – including live music by American Party Machine! - Brendan O'Connor Read more.
10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Backbooth, free
If you’ve got an Uptown Girl who loves the BJ then you better Tell Her About It, because he’s playing the Amway tonight. - Erin Sullivan Read more.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Amway Center, $150
Maniacal Mojo's New Year's Bash
Gritty Orlando rockers the Glorious Rebellion hold down a heavy, Haven-style New Year's Eve party with Born From Ashes, Auditory Armory and more. Admission includes snacks and champagne toast.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the Haven, $10
Aahz Decade II
At any rate, the AAHZ phenomenon at the Beacham is giving itself a “Decade” sequel on New Year’s Night (because hair of the dog?) and Rabbit in the Moon’s David Christophere is headlining, along with stalwarts DJ Icey, Kimball Collins, Dave Cannalte and Chris Porter. Five hours of regrets are certain to follow, so you obviously have to be there. Rave. ’Til. Dawn (or 2 a.m., really). - Billy Manes Read more.
9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at the Beacham, $20-$50
Kick off the new year with a pop-punk reunion featuring the Hi-Life along with a super-fun bill of many of Orlando's favorite punk/ska bands: Caffiends, the Areolas and Control This!
8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at Will's Pub, $6
Propagandhi and War on Women
In addition to punk messiahs Propagandhi, whose legacy in political punk dates back to the early ’90s, hardcore feminist punks War on Women join up, pairing with Propagandhi this year to tour in a massive, righteous move toward combating human rights abuses through heavy, intense live music. Read more.
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at the Social, $20
Rapper Afroman returns (because he got high, duh) to show Orlando a good time with resident party rapper Luscious Lisa.
9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at Will's Pub, $10-$12
If you like scrappy acoustic punk with gruff vocals, you're going to dig this new Dead Yetis-affiliated project, and not just because I wanted to make a dog pun – also because even the super-lo-fi Bandcamp recordings give you feels.
10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Space, $5
Influential rockers Clutch tear up House of Blues this week with Torche and Lionize on a stacked bill that would've been plenty heavy with any one of these bands, but is beyond loaded with all three.
6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at House of Blues, $20
Singers and Songwriters Night
The latest edition of Singers and Songwriters Night pulls in Brent Byrd, Matt Welsh, the Moon and You, and Anthony R. Smith, who pepper the pub with country and sweeten it with indie folk.
8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at Will's Pub, $3
The Chris Charles Quartet livens up the Smiling Bison every Tuesday with a revolving lineup of sensational players who aren't by any means dainty dinnertime background music.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Smiling Bison, free