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Local Show-Down

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Look, we know your heads are still pounding and your stomachs are still churning from New Year's Eve. We're right there with you, typing this column from a bed with a bucket nearby. But the show must go on, and that means you must go to the show.

What show?

Well, if you're hardcore, then local punks Nude Oil and Diluted will shout themselves hoarse with touring punks Break the Cycle and Year of the Wolf at The Venue during the first punk-rock show of the year, Wednesday, Jan. 2. That show starts at 6 p.m. and costs $5 at the door.

But let's say your hangover is seriously kicking and you need something smoother on the ears to ease into the week. Something like Classical Revolution: Boise, for example.

The ad-hoc collective of local classical musicians will be making its second local appearance at The Crux on Thursday, Jan. 3, as part of this month's First Thursday festivities. The performance is free and features a variety of players from local orchestras like The Boise Philharmonic, The Boise Baroque Orchestra, and the Boise Cello Collective, performing shorter pieces for smaller ensembles. That should get going around 7 p.m.

Once your stomach has settled, you might be ready to head back out into the world and par-tay. One place to do that is Red Room Friday, Jan. 4, when Audiomedics will be putting on its regular EDM-a-palooza event, Audiotherapy.

Audiotherapy features a rotating cast of house, EDM and dubstep DJs making with the dance party from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. That event is also free.

But if all that wub-wub and wicky-woop makes you chomp down on your corn cob pipe and grumble about the old days when dancing was for squares, then you're not going to be left out on the cold. You can just shuffle on over to The Linen Building Friday, Jan. 4 and get down at the Hokum Hoedown with the Hokum Hi-Flyers. The monthly old-time event and square dance goes from 7-10 p.m. and costs $5 at the door or $15 per family. Make sure to wear your dress overalls.

Finally, take Saturday, Jan. 5 a little easier and a little tastier with Lee Penn Sky and Willy Dallas at The High Note Cafe from 8-10 p.m. The soothing tunes will fill your ears and heart, while a brunch burrito fills your belly. That's a two-fer.