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Monday, December 30, 2013

Live Music on New Year's Eve: Your Five Best Bets in S.F.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Fat Mike and the NOFX crew could be part of your New Year's Eve.
  • Fat Mike and the NOFX crew could be part of your New Year's Eve.

Boom, kids, it's New Year's. What are you doing? Oh, right, you don't know, because you only make decisions five minutes in advance. Whatever. Here are five places where people will be holding musical instruments and making loud, maybe pretty noises with them on New Year's Eve. And one rap show, too, because we say so. If you want a more dance- and DJ-focused New Year's, we got all that covered. For those who like it live, read on for your five best bets.

See also: The Top Five Parties in San Francisco: How to Party for 28 Hours on New Year's Eve

NOFX, the Dillinger Four, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Implants @ the Warfield

What kind of notorious rowdiness will NOFX get up to when it plays the Warfield on New Year's Eve? We got Fat Mike, the band's 46-year-old San Francisco-dwelling leader, on the phone to find out:No one knows what we're gonna play any given night," he says. "I never even know what we're gonna play. I choose from a list of like a hundred songs right before we go on." And as for libations? "I don't know about Champagne. There will definitely be cocaine.... We usually do drag for New Year's, but this year we might go as clowns." For $40-$52, you can find out yourself. Alee Karim

NYE With Sugar Candy Mountain, Ash Reiter, and more @ Amnesia

Some people have too much music in them for one particular avenue. One such local is alt-pop doyenne Ash Reiter: Her solo trip finds Reiter building upon the Spector/Bacharach foundation of refined, poignant pop, while Sugar Candy Mountain -- co-led with her drummer Will Halsey -- is a surreal amalgam of fuzz- and reverb-laden psychedelic pop, with aspects of the Braziliana of Os Mutantes and Gilberto Gil. Sugar Candy Mountain's album Mystic Hits shimmers like an idyllic dream, one in which Syd Barrett, the Flaming Lips, and Sergio Mendes tip cocktails in Sao Paulo. Only $15, and it includes a Champagne toast. Mark Keresman

The Fresh & Onlys, Vetiver, Sun Araw, and Pure Bliss @ The Chapel

You could spend NYE with one of the city's finest freaky guitar-pop bands on this stacked billing, or you could do ... something else. For $25 (advance) or $30 (doors), though, you won't be able to do much better than the booze-soaked joy and long, unspooling guitar solos the Fresh & Onlys are sure to churn out late Tuesday night. Ian S. Port

Calexico with Las Cafeterias @ The Fillmore

For something a little milder (and, at $65, somewhat more expensive), lose yourself in the Southwestern atmospherics of Calexico, who will likely be magisterial and sublime when they headline the Fillmore on New Year's Eve. If moody, modern roots-rock is your thing -- and it would make for a calmer, more introspective New Year's -- this is the place to be. ISP

Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, Traxamillion @ Mezzanine

But you probably don't want to play it cool on New Year's. You want to go crazy. And crazy is the default state of affairs whenever Detroit MC Danny Brown is onstage. The acclaimed rapper has a formidable presence, mach-speed rhymes, and a penchant for hedonistic mischief. For $45 to $85, what more could you want on New Year's? ISP

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