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Danny Clinch


All systems go

In the video for their song about drugs, “Outta My System,” My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James goes down a rabbit hole and enters an animated, surreal world that looks like a cross between “Yellow Submarine” and “The Jetsons” (see for yourself on YouTube: Usher in the new year with the American rock ’n’ roll band from Kentucky that throws elements of psychedelic rock, funk, dub, and reggae into the mix with their rock and country roots. The band is touring in support of its latest release, “Circuital,” recorded in the gym of a Louisville church. Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. $50.50. Agganis Arena, 925 Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-358-7000,


37th celebration New Year’s eve arts extravaganza First Night Boston inspired similar events across the nation. The 37th edition features the usual festive parade, ice sculptures, family festival, midnight fireworks, and hundreds of exhibitions and performances around the city by artists including the Magnetic Fields, John Scofield, and Tanya Donelly. Dec. 31, noon-midnight. Buttons $18, under 4 free. 617-542-1399,

Opera new year For the annual New Year’s Eve and First Day concerts, Boston Baroque presents Pergolesi’s comic opera “La serva padrona” with soprano Courtney Huffman, baritone David Kravitz, and actor Remo Airaldi. The program also features Baroque concerti by Arcangelo Corelli, Telemann, and Alessandro Marcello, and champagne at intermission. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Jan. 1, 3 p.m. $25-$80. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-987-8600, ext. 113;


Swing time In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” Tom says civilization is going to pieces. We say, not as long as there’s swing dancing. For 2013, hearken back to the Roaring Twenties at Boston Swing Central’s New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby Gala. The party includes music by the Recessionals Jazz Band and a Paper Moon Photo Booth. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dance lesson at 8 p.m. $30. Crosby Whistle Stop, 24 Roland St., Charlestown.

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Hank love Don’t be so lonesome you could cry on New Year’s Eve. Join Girls, Guns and Glory and Miss Tess and the Talkbacks for a tribute to country legend Hank Williams. The event description says the show features “the timeless country classics of Hank Williams, plus a few obscurities that GGG has picked up in their quest to absorb as much as they can from the master of heartache.” Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 9 p.m. $15-$20. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-0759,

Laugh at 2013 We resolve to laugh more in the new year, but why wait until then? Start tonight at Laugh Boston’s New Year’s Eve show featuring Charlestown native son Steve Sweeney and Friends. The friends are Joe Yannetty and Bethany Van Delft. Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. $33. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 617-482-9393,


Sail into the new year We’d rather start 2013 on a tropical island, but we’ll settle for the New Year’s Day Seafarers Cruise to Spectacle Island. Once there, enjoy five miles of walking trails, kite flying, and maybe even some snowman building. Jan. 1, boarding begins at 11:30 a.m., boat departs at noon, returns at 4 p.m. Rowes Wharf, 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston. $25, $22 seniors, $20 ages 3-12, students with ID $17. 781-740-4290,