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Photo courtesy of Hayley Mandel - CHOIR
  • CHOIR
  • Photo courtesy of Hayley Mandel

[PUNK] + SUN., DEC. 31

Hold onto your butts, people. There will be a New Years Punk Extravaganza at The Shop that is sure to make all your punk-rock dreams come true. This year sucked total ass, and nothing can quite exorcise a dumpster-fire year like headbanging with your friends. Join in with Concealed Blade, CHOIR, Barlow, Peace Talks The Electric Word Life Band, Charged D.I.S. and Substance (from Houston, Texas). Stop by, if you ain’t a jerk.

8 p.m.
4214 Main St., Bloomfield.
$5. All ages.
www.facebook.com/theshoppittsburgh/

The Commonheart - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BAND
  • Photo courtesy of the band
  • The Commonheart

[SOUL] + SUN., DEC. 31

If punk isn’t your thing, head down to Mr. Smalls for another New Years Eve party option. The Commonheart headlines (a few of its members performed the national anthem at this month’s Steelers game against the Patriots), ringing in the new year with its energetic, passionate strain of soul-infused rock ’n’ roll. Kicking things off is the ever-reliable and omnipresent DJ Selecta (with special guest Daru Jones), and Cisco Kid’s laid-back funky rock. If you don’t know that crew, start with Cisco Kid’s “Genial Gene” — it’s a charmer.

8 p.m.
400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.
$25. All ages.
www.mrsmalls.com


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