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New Year's Eve Music

Resolve To See Live Music New Year's Eve

Monday nights can be confusing times for musicians, torn between performing to yawning, working-class crowds or taking the night off to party while the rest of society turns in early. Thank the rock gods for New Year's Eve 2007, a Monday night where the day-jobbers join the rockers for a night of responsibility-free debauchery. To commemorate this unusual mingling of interests, venues across San Francisco host live music from across the globe. No yawning allowed.

In some cases, NYE is an excuse to be exclusive. The Mars Volta will land their progressive starship on Bill Graham Civic Auditorium's landing pad, where the band will perform never-before-heard songs from Bedlam In Goliath, the bands forthcoming fourth album. Looks like bootleggers everywhere else are in for a commute. (Peanut Butter Wolf and The Eternals open.)

NYE also comes with established traditions. Les Claypool will (hopefully) play the theme song to "South Park" at the Fillmore, as he (hopefully) does every year. As they've done in years past, The Melvins and Comets on Fire will detune their way to Slim's. And somehow separate, Neurosis, Earth, and Saviours will cause an earthquake at Great American Music Hall.

On a calmer note: Sacramento's Cake will bring the alt-funk -- and The Lovemakers -- to The Warfield. Honeycut plays with ALO at the Independent. Other local acts Scissors for Lefty, Von Iva, and The Mayfire will jitter-dance all night at Bottom of ohe Hill, a venue constantly reminding San Francisco that not all of the best live music comes TO a world class city. Some of that talent starts right around here.

As for those who can't imagine rock music that doesn't pay homage to the more depressing parts of England and/or New York City in the 80s, the Mezzanine is the place to be. Blaqk Audio, the new wave side-project from the half of AFI that wears makeup, performs with Moving Units and Katy Perry. The Junior Boys will DJ the night away with help from Aaron Axelson, Disco Sean, Nako, and Omar.

If dance music is your thing (but American imitations are not) check out Brazilian band Bat Makumba who play with Forro Brazuca and DJ Vanka at the Rickshaw Stop. By blending punk, ska, and samba, Bat Makumba will -- in a single night -- satiate those resolving to "dance more" in '08. Better beef up that list of resolutions beforehand.

For those looking to really jazz things up for NYE, improv your way to the new-ish Yoshi's in the Fillmore. The Count Basie Orchestra will perform with Grammy-nominated special guest Ledisi.

In San Francisco, there will be plenty of ways to ring in the New Year with ringing ears. Thankfully for all those musicians who wouldn't have to go back to work anyway, they finally get a Monday night that doesn't involve drinking alone.

The Mars Volta with Peanut Butter Wolf and The Eternals
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
$50
http://www.sfstation.com/bill-graham-civic-auditorium-b3877

Les Claypool
Fillmore
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
$65
http://www.sfstation.com/the-fillmore-b265

Neurosis with Earth and Saviours
Great American Music Hall
Doors: 7pm, Show 8pm
$20
http://www.sfstation.com/great-american-music-hall-gamh-b266

Cake with The Lovemakers
The Warfield
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
$79.50
http://www.sfstation.com/the-warfield-b544

Scissors For Lefty with Von Iva and The Mayfire
Bottom of the Hill
Show 10pm
$25
http://www.sfstation.com/bottom-of-the-hill-b1337

ALO with Honeycut
The Independent
Doors 8:30pm, Show 9pm
$85
http://www.sfstation.com/the-independent-b274

Blaqk Audio with Moving Units and Katy Perry
Mezzanine
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
$60
http://www.sfstation.com/mezzanine-b2335

Bat Makuba with Forro Brazuca and DJ Vanka
Rickshaw Stop
Show 9pm
$25
http://www.sfstation.com/rickshaw-stop-b1602

Count Basie Orchestra with special guest Ledisi
Yoshi's
Show 9pm
$110
http://www.sfstation.com/yoshis-san-francisco-b24266901