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Updated: December 19, 2013 12:48PM

It’s been quite the year in music. We learned what the fox says, got a royal lesson from a New Zealand teenager and almost made twerking our word of the year. So, naturally the best way to celebrate is by attending a concert on the last day of 2013. From a psych rock legend to a David Bowie cover band, these are the true noisemakers this New Year’s Eve:

Sons of the Silent Age

Let’s dance! Since David Bowie has given up touring, the next best thing is a cover super group that masters the glam rock icon. Fronted by Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks) and anchored by drummer Matt Walker (Smashing Pumpkins, Morrissey), nine musicians from Chicago’s elite will transform the Rogers Park club into Studio 54. Craft beer specials and a partnership with Hotel Orrington sweeten the deal. 9 p.m., Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse. $25. Info: (773) 381-4554;

Cheech & Chong/WAR

End your year on a, well, high note. The uncensored comedy duo joins forces with the American funk revue on the aptly titled “Up in Smoke Tour.” Hear hits like “Why Can’t We Be Friends” and “Low Rider” alongside comedy routines that will be popping more than bottles of Champagne. 8 p.m., Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. $59.50-149.50. Info: (312) 462-6300;


Minneapolis emcee is the new face of hip-hop, combining spoken word with rich vocals and freestyle with introspective narratives. Described as “a little Mos Def, a little Dorothy Parker,” her last appearance of 2013 caps a year of winsome performances in Chicago, from opening up Riot Fest to packing the lawn at Millennium Park. 10 p.m., Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln. $30-$35. Info: (773) 525-2501;


As we scratch our heads over new technological advancements in 2014 (Amazon drones, really?), it’s nice to know not all DJs sit behind computers. This Slovenian mix master records with live instruments, giving his eclectic compositions both heart beats and dance beats on songs like “Just Jammin’” and a cover of Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” 8 p.m., Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. $30.50-100.50. Info: (312) 341-2310;

Roky Erickson

If you like The Black Keys and The White Stripes, there’s one man you can thank: Roky Erickson. As the leader of the respected 13th Floor Elevators, the Austin-based artist helped to usher in the psychedelic rock craze of the 1960s and keeps it alive on this small venue tour. (If you miss him now, he’ll be back in February.) 8:30 p.m., Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. $30. Info: (773) 281-4444;

Black Joe Lewis

This band brings the noise, brings the funk and a whole lot of soul to its grab bag shows. If revival is the word for music this decade, this band that lets old sounds age gracefully. Go early for Chicago psych warblers Outer Minds. 9 p.m., Metro, 3730 N. Clark. $60 (advance). Info: (773) 549-4140;

Jimmy Eat World

The pop punk band has still not healed from “Bleed American,” which is good news for us. Go ahead, sing your heart out to “Sweetness.” No one’s watching, except those news crews filming their live countdown coverage. 10 p.m., House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. $100. Info: (312) 923.2000;


A tag team of local electronic whiz kids is threatening to bring back the “mosh pit” on their latest single. But don’t let it keep you away: Their street crunking style of big bass and heavy beats are the real mash-ups you’ll find here. 10 p.m., Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. $60. Info: (773) 275.6800;

Los Lobos

There’s even more reason to celebrate the night: This beloved Latino roots rock band is celebrating 40 years. And when it comes time for the toast, you know City Winery will have the best Champagne in town. 11 p.m., City Winery, 1200 W Randolph. $85-175. Info: (312) 733.9463;


Looking for the big beats? Crash the dance hall for Zedd, producer-DJ extraordinaire who is best known for producing Lady Gaga. Combining dub step with house and classical music, we have a feeling his night will truly be art pop. 8 p.m., Aragon, 1106 W Lawrence. $42-100. Info: (773) 561.9500;

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