RITZY PARTIES: Slushii, Sam Feldt, Slander
The good thing about New Year's Eve falling on a Sunday: You can go just as hard all night on Friday and Saturday. That's the thinking at the Ritz Ybor, which is planning to be an EDM wonderland all weekend. On Friday, bassheads will throw down as Slander ($20 and up) takes the stage for a special, noggin-throttlin' edition of Pound Fridays. On Saturday, things will get more tuneful as Dutch deep and trop house DJ Sam Feldt ($20 and up), whose recent two-album collection Sunrise to Sunset featured vocals from singers as disparate as Akon and Joshua Radin, and even includes a cover of Eagle-Eye Cherry's Save Tonight. Headlining the whole shebang on Sunday is Slushii ($30 and up), whose melodic, at times ethereal new album Out of Light belies the innately crowd-pleasing live chops he displayed at this year's Sunset Music Festival, where he mixed in oddball choices like Oasis' Wonderwall and Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams. As EDM weekends go, it's an eclectic mix, which is a good way to close out a pretty unpredictable year. Each show starts at 10 p.m. at the Ritz, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 390-0397. theritzybor.com.
FRESH COAT: The Spill Canvas
Throughout 2017, the Spill Canvas have been celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their breakthrough major label debut No Really, I'm Fine, a fine time capsule of mid 2000s emo-pop-punk. But their concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N in Ybor City, will feel a little more subdued. It's billed as an acoustic show, which will give them a chance to flex a of the melodic, almost alt-countryish muscles they've shown on songs like Whiskey Dream Kathleen and Lullaby. Donna Lu opens. $15 and up. (813) 241-8600. facebook.com/crowbarlive.
STAMPEDING BACK: Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale
If it's New Year's Eve, you can bet Donna the Buffalo, above, will be back in Tampa, spending a long weekend at Skipper's Smokehouse. The New York roots band is more or less the official holiday house band of the Skipperdome, returning each year for a multi-day stretch to ring in the new year. This year they're joined by Grammy-winning bluegrass and Americana songwriting legend Jim Lauderdale. 8 p.m. Saturday ($25 and up) and Sunday ($35 and up). Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666. skipperssmokehouse.com.
TRAVELING MAN: Henry Rollins
As one of the most intimidating figures in the history of hardcore punk, former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, below, can do whatever he wants on stage. If he wants to sing, he'll sing. If he wants to read poetry, he'll read poetry. And if he wants to make you sit through a slideshow of his vacation photos, well, good luck saying no thanks to his face. Rollins' latest spoken-word tour sees him recounting stories from his years traveling the globe, with an emphasis on his huge collection of photographs. It's not just some vanity project; Rollins actually has been on assignment for National Geographic and in 2011 published Occupants, a book of his images from travels to Iraq, Cambodia, North Korea and other harsh locales. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $29.50 and up. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.
ROLL WITH IT: 69 Boyz
C'mon, you know you're putting Tootsee Roll on your New Year's Eve party playlist. Why not go the full nine and celebrate with the 69 Boyz themselves? Florida's own booty-rollin' bassmasters will usher us from 2017 into 1994 at 8 p.m. Sunday at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. If you feel a whoop coming on, you can dip, baby, dip on in for just $10, or take advantage of an "all you can responsibly drink" pass for $40. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.