2005 rocks one last time

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Has it been 365 days already? Just when we were getting used to writing 2005 on our checks, it's time for 2006. Don't fret; now's the time to grab tix for the last concerts of the year.

Ninth Annual New Year's Eve Rock 'N' Roll Ball
Still think Stacy's Mom has got it goin' on? Check out performances by Fountains of Wayne, Freddy Jones Band and The Redwalls. (And, for your information, our sources tell us that she does, in fact, still have it goin' on.)

The New Pornographers
If you want to close the year with catchy, hummable pop-rock, you can't do much better than the creatively-titled New Pornographers. Don't get too excited, kids; it's just a name.

Local H
They started in Chicago, and Local H isn't a band that forgets its roots. Join them for another rockin' New Years in their, and our, hometown.

Umphrey's McGee
Let's jam! Head to see Umphrey's McGee and Keller Williams and suffice it to say the song structures will be loose and the vibe will be, like, totally far out, man.

The Changes
Ready to see Chicago's next great band before they break out nationwide? Don't miss The Changes, the only unsigned band that was picked to rock Lollapalooza this past summer (which now seems like years ago!).

The Juan Maclean
Think rock 'n roll's getting a bit too predictable? Then you'll love the experimentation and unpredictable sound of The Juan Maclean. And even if you don't, well, it's just sort of fun to say, don't you think?

The Iguanas
It is a common misconception that reptiles do not like music, especially on New Years Eve. As The Iguanas prove, it isn't true. But please leave your lizards at home.

The Armageddon Radio Hour New Year's Eve
Remember the good ol' days of radio? We don't either, but here's your chance to relive them and turn back the clock as it's moving forward.


New Year's Eve Fireworks at Buckingham Fountain
And if you don't feel like shelling out the cash for a late-night bash or a rockin' live show, there's always fireworks!

mpais@tribune.comOriginally published November 15, 2005.

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