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Hot picks: Imagine Dragons, New Year's Eve, End of the Year Barn Burner

People's choice

Melissa Mitchell had a good 2012. She performed on public radio's "Mountain Stage" in September and was named a finalist for Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. She ended up with the People's Choice award for her song "Ask," and she'll close 2012 at the second night of Tap Root's End of Year Barn Burner. Also playing are Jack River Kings and Spiff, 9 p.m. Saturday, $10 (21 and older). Visit for info.

Tapped out

Las Vegas-based pop-rockers Imagine Dragons are bringing their arena-sized hooks to Bear Tooth for January's First Tap, but tickets have already sold out. If you want to catch a live performance of the hit "It's Time" or anything else from the album "Night Visions," you might have to dig around on Craigslist. The show starts 9 p.m. Thursday (21 and older). Visit for info.

Slow burn

Tap Root is hosting a two-night throwdown to mark the last weekend of the year, and the first night of the End of the Year Barn Burner features the Whipsaws, fresh off an album-release show in November, and shoegaze-y indie-rockers Ghost Hands, 9 p.m. Friday, $10 (21 and older). Visit for info.

In with the new

On Monday, put on your party hats and say hello to 2013. This year's Fire and Ice Celebration at Town Square is '80s themed, with music by DJ Encyclopedia Brown and cover band 80 Degrees. Festivities begin 5 p.m., free. At Dena'ina Center is the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball, with DJ Shawn Williams and reggae band H3, 8 p.m., $50-$60, (21 and older). The water park at H2Oasis is open for Let's Rage, an all-ages dance party starting 9 p.m., $25-$45. The free Torchlight Parade at Alyeska begins 8 p.m. in Girdwood. For more holiday happenings, check



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