The nicest new music venue in town is winding down its grand-opening year with an old favorite, the BoDeans, of "Closer to Free" and "Good Things" hitmaking notoriety. Singer/songwriter Kurt Neumann is still helming the band without his original partner Sammy Llanas, but he brought back drummer Kenny Aronoff to help craft a familiar-sounding 2015 album, "I Can't Stop." Fellow Milwaukee-area Americana rockers Trapper Schoepp open. (8 p.m. Thu., Ordway Concert Hall, $30-$85, or $100 VIP.) Chris Riemenschneider

The club that replaced the AQ has its own big night in store with one of the biggest and brightest voices in town, PaviElle French, for the big night. The good-vibing, St. Paul-bred R&B/soul powerhouse singer started the year with a breakout set at 89.3 the Current's 10th anniversary party. She and her innovatively funky band will be nicely matched with the venue's New Orleans menu. (10:30 p.m. Thu., Vieux Carré, $25.) Riemenschneider

Artists' Quarter owner Kenny Horst pledged to keep the AQ spirit alive even after his beloved St. Paul jazz club closed, and that's exactly what will happen when torchy vocalist Carole Martin revives her NYE show — a popular AQ tradition — in a different basement space in a different downtown. Guitar legend Dean Magraw will be joining her again, as will Horst on drums and bassist Phil Aaron. (9 p.m. Thu., Hell's Kitchen, $65 package.) Riemenschneider

Twin Cities troubadour Frankie Lee garnered a strong buzz in Europe with his 2015 album, "American Dreamer," which actually isn't set to be released stateside until 2016. The sweet-voiced Americana rocker is back home to celebrate New Year's with a promised batch of "friends," of which he has many. McNasty Brass Band, BB Gun and Alpha Consumer will all play opening sets. (9 p.m. Thu., Turf Club, $20.) Riemenschneider

The biggest and undoubtedly rowdiest NYE party for Minnesota hip-hop lovers isn't actually happening in the Cities, but rather St. Cloud, where south Minneapolis' madcap wiz Prof will wind down his biggest year yet. He and DJ Fundo had one of the most energetic sets at the Rhymesayers 20 earlier this month and put out one of the wildest and weirdest albums in the label's history in October, "Liability." There are plenty of nearby hotels to lessen revelers' liability. Two of the state's best MCs, Haphduzn and Baby Shel, open. (9 p.m. Thu., the Red Carpet, St. Cloud, $20.) Riemenschneider


This weekend at 7th Street Entry could unofficially be billed as the Johnson family reunion. Brothers Kirk and Kraig Johnson aren't only putting on another reunion set by their rowdy '80s-'90s art-punk band Run Westy Run, as they've done the past two years to great reaction (9 p.m. Fri., $25). They're also tacking on two shows by their fondly remembered post-Westies group Iffy, a psychedelically groovy and buoyantly catchy dance-pop band with bassist Tom Merkl and guitarist Dave Pederson that put on straight-up fun live shows. They were ahead of their time and are way overdue for another go-round, coming 12 years after the last one. (9 p.m. Sat. and Sun., 7th Street Entry, $25, sold out Sat.) Riemenschneider

Rowdy Twin Cities country-rock jammers the White Iron Band are fashionably late with their Xmas Yuletide Sweater Ball, the upside of which is fans might get to bring one of their presents from a day earlier and enter it in the ugly sweater contest. Their bluegrassy pals the Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins and the Plott Hounds also perform. (9:30 p.m. Sat., Cabooze, $10.) Riemenschneider

A nice little confluence of cross-generational influence and indie-rock geekery, Vaz was an offshoot of the Fargo-reared noise-rock band Hammerhead that recorded for Amphetamine/Reptile and specialized in manic, stormy, ear-pummeling guitar bliss. The group proved to be a big influence on modern blasters Jim and Mike Blaha of the Blind Shake, who will now open for Vaz with their own new offshoot duo, Shadow in the Cracks, offering a slower-stewing psychedelic garage-rock sound. (8:30 p.m. Sun., Turf Club, $6.) Riemenschneider

One of the most loved local purveyors of loud-quiet-loud gloom-rock in the '00s, Kid Dakota has been on the back burner as a live act in recent years as its namesake Darren Jackson attended grad school at Virginia Tech. He's been steadily recording new material, though, and now he has more new mojo in his corner for his latest homecoming gig: the return of original drummer Christopher McGuire, also of 12 Rods notoriety, who has an uncanny knack for matching Jackson's dramatic fluctuations. The Person & the People open. (8 p.m. Wed., Turf Club, $8.) Riemenschneider


Local hip-hop fixtures Maria Isa and Muja Messiah have put together their third duo project as Villa Rosa, titled "LeMuria," which gives both artists a chance to crystallize their Latin and R&B flavors against Maria's seductive croon and Muja's street-centric rhymes. "Mine," the sample track from the new disc, is more heavily produced than either have cut solo, but both have been in the game long enough to flex in new directions without losing their identity. A typical boatload of guests will chime in on this album release event. (8 p.m. Sat., Turf Club, $10.) Britt Robson


With each succeeding year, the Bad Plus cement their legacy in the jazz firmament. When they began at the turn of the century, they were impudent upstarts deconstructing Nirvana and Gloria Gaynor instead of the American Songbook, and patenting original songcraft that cloaked serious scholarship in playful panache. By now the audacious trio is in the vanguard of a new mainstream, their albums perpetually nestled near the top of the polls, their munificent, multifaceted side projects likewise tweaking and ratifying their "avant-garde populism." But in the final week of the year, they return to the club where they absorbed many a live performance growing up. Fun and games on the Bad Plus plane is a local tradition to be treasured, and extended, for decades to come. (7 and 9 p.m. Fri.-Mon., Dakota, $40.) Robson

All year long, Monday nights at Icehouse have been a reliable repository for some of the most restlessly original jazz in the Twin Cities, a marvelous mixture of local and national talent curated by drummer JT Bates. For the final Monday of 2015, Bates is showcasing his first record as a leader, the typically intrepid "Open Relationships." His manipulated solo drum passages feel like a mixture of Bill Laswell, Harry Partch and his own jump-cut-and-drone special sauce. Bates' set will be bookended by a pair of duo performances — Mankwe Ndosi and Davu Seru opening, Ryan Olson and James Buckley closing. (9:30 p.m. Mon., Icehouse, $10.) Robson