Hey CYY peeps! Hopefully everyone had a good Christmas, and didn't OD too bad on cookies or candy canes. Though we're all back to the grind, we won't be for long - New Year's is this coming week! Here are a few shows definitely worth checking out:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28th

Skosh Album Release Party
Portland House of Music (Portland)
8:00pm Doors / 9:00pm Music
$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show
21+
- Local Ska band Skosh have been gigging in Maine for a long time, and have garnered themselves some well-deserved respect. Their new record is due out this Friday, so swing by the show to get a load of the new tunes!

Sea Level, Fred Copeman, Moseart 212
Empire (Portland)
9:00pm Doors / 10:00pm Show
$5 Tickets
21+
- Sea Level, better known as Dan Capaldi, has been in tons, and I mean TONS, of local bands over the years, so when he finally went out on his own, he had a huge pool of experience and influences to draw from. It'll all be on display at the show, where he uses loops and live instruments to create a lush, layered sound.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31st

The Masterstroke Queen Experience
Erik’s Church (Windham)
7:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Music
$75
All Ages
- After Bohemian Rhapsody became one of the biggest films of the year, kids are finally getting into Queen. It's about time! Celebrate the music with these guys, who I must say are the best damn Queen tribute I've ever seen, and have dinner in a tux to ring in the new year! 

The Motet / Moon Hooch / Jaw Gems
State Theatre (Portland)
7:30pm Doors / 8:30pm Show
$35 Advance / $40 Day of Show
All Ages
- Fronted by local soul-master Lyle Divinsky, Denver's The Motet have been hitting the road hard for the last few years. If the video is any indication of what we can expect on Monday night, sign me up!

El Grande, The Midnight Riders, Elvirus Outsider, Sonic Libido
Geno’s Rock Club (Portland)
8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Music
$10 Tickets
21+
- Finally, for those who wanna rock a jean jacket and some exposed tattoos on NYE, this one's for you. When I was younger and playing in bands, Sonic Libido would often times be on the same bill - and they sound better and better every year.