North Dakota, Meat Puppets, Gin Blossoms, Minibosses, Jerry Riopelle, and More This Weekend

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Phoenix New Times New Year's Eve Guide

Ring in the New Year With These Local Shows (Minibosses, Meat Puppets, Futurekind, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Thieves

We owe a lot to The Meat Puppets around here (you know, our name and all), so we're always happy when the Kirkwood boys are back in town. But their gig at the Clubhouse is hardly the only worthwhile show going down Saturday night. New Year's Eve is popping with shows all over the Valley.

Read on for a special, extra-sized edition of Shows to Catch This Weekend, New Year's Eve Edition.

KUPD Presents Mötley Crüe and Van Halen tribute acts Motley, Inc. and The Atomic Punks at Celebrity Theatre

Follow up your Guns N' Roses rockout with tribute performances of a couple classic rock legends.

Biologia, Playboy Man Baby, North Dakota at The Compound in Tempe

Post-punks North Dakota join over 60 artists at this underground Tempe spot for "Maybe 2012 Will Be Better."

Gin Blossoms, Sawyer Brown, Kelley James, and The Jeff Clay Band at Fiesta Bowl Block Party on Mill Ave

Relieve the glory days of Mill, when the Gin Blossom's signature jangle wasn't such a rare, special treat.

Goblin King New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball at FilmBar

DJentrification and Futurekind will help you to "Jump, Magic Jump" into the New Year.

Jason Devore of Authority Zero at Marquee Theatre

Authority Zero frontman and Voodoo Glow Skulls bring the rock at the Marquee.

Cirque du Soleil presents Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour at US Airways

The King of Pop is gone, but his memory lives on.

The Love Me Nots and The Minibosses at Yucca Tap Room

Respective stars in their fields (garage rock and Nintendo rock), The Love Me Nots (featured on a recent Serene Dominic Show installment) and The Minibosses ring in 'oh-twelve at Tempe favorite the Yucca Tap Room.

Jerry Riopelle and Garland Jefferies at The Orpheum Theatre

A NYE tradition in the Valley, favorite rocker Jerry Riopelle is joined by Garland Jefferys in one of downtown's most beautiful venues.

Dead Hot Workshop, The Persuaders, and Ghetto Cowgirl at Tempe Tavern

More classic Tempe action at a Tempe bar with a lot of history.

Power 98.3 Live Broadcast at 910 Live

Power 98.3 will broadcast live and feature hip-hop performances and a fashion show by New World Culture.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.