Every New Year’s Eve, Portland’s Parson Red Heads descend on the White Eagle to play a formative and beloved record from cover to cover. Last year the folk-rock trio tackled David Bowie’s monolithic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars mere weeks before the glam icon’s death. This year they’ll perform the entirety of Tom Petty’s 1989 classic Full Moon Fever, which features hits like “Free Fallin,’” “I Won’t Back Down,” and my personal favorite, “Yer So Bad.” Though these songs are probably some of the most overplayed at barbecues and karaoke bars nationwide, they’re also comfy and familiar, the musical equivalent of a steaming bowl of macaroni and cheese. Letting go of another year can be difficult, as we’re forced to acknowledge the passage of time and our own frail mortality, but with the Parson Red Heads’ tender and uplifting Americana spin on these Petty classics, tonight will allow for a soft landing into 2017. Bonus! The Replacements, featuring members of Poison Beaches, Divers, and Dovecotes, will play all of the Replacements’ 1985 landmark Tim, while Josh White tackles Buddy Holly’s 1958 self-titled album. CIARA DOLAN
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