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Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Eve: 10 Bands Playing Live in S.F. Worth Spending Your Evening With

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 7:47 AM

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  • Furthur.
5. Furthur at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Just as seeing Primus on Dec. 31 screams Bay Area, so does catching a year-changing concert from Furthur, the band brought to you by Grateful Dead alums Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Surely, if nothing else, that's where all the good acid in town will be.

click to enlarge Bobb Saggeth. - BOBBSAGGETH.COM
  • Bobb Saggeth.
4. Bobb Saggeth at Elbo Room For some, it just ain't New Year's in San Francisco without getting effed up to a cover band. This city is lousy with 'em, but the female-fronted Black Sabbath-tributing Bobb Saggeth manages to rise above a frequently cringeworthy herd.

  • The Velvet Teen.
3. The Velvet Teen at Bottom of the Hill The awesomest rock outfit outta Santa Rosa heads south on the 31st to headline a bill with the whimsically named Happy Body Slow Brain and Fake Your Own Death. The venue is special for the band: it's where the Velvet Teen launched its most recent EP, No Star.

  • Greyboy Allstars.
2. Greyboy Allstars at the Independent The San Diego ensemble has recruited James Brown's trombonist Fred Wesley for this occasion to help perform its 1994 debut West Coast Boogaloo. Expect some extra horny jazz-funk.

  • X.
1. X at the Xmas Traveling Rock & Roll Revival at Slim's One of the biggest rock guarantees in town happens to be an all-ages event as well. Exene Cervenka and L.A. punk legends X lead a night of punk rock reminiscence and/or discovery, depending on one's generational situation.

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