Ah, New Year's Eve. The one night a year when even the most straight-laced among us get dolled up, hit the dance floor, swig champagne ... and kick off a new year under a small mountain of credit card debt thanks to New Year's Eve ticket prices.
Yes, a brief look at most venues' entertainment calendars will reveal a none-too-subtle spike in admission costs come Dec. 31. Don't get me wrong -- there are some great shows happening this year, and some of them are worth every penny.
But if you're not in a position to dole out $75 or more on a single evening's entertainment, you're not alone. Here are a handful of shows with tickets still available where you can be through the door and boogying (or moshing, or listening attentively) for $40 or under.
Knapsack, Never Young and Cutlass Supreme at Bottom of the Hill
Post-hardcore, emo core, noise rock, good ol' American punk -- if you're looking to give your body over to the controlled chaos of a thrashy dance floor this New Year's Eve, there's no better place to be. Hometown boys Never Young put on an especially cathartic live show. Tickets $20 - $25; details here.