New Year's Eve 2011: Bonerama at the Bamboo Room

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New Orleans act Bonerama takes the brass-band tradition of its hometown and gives it a funky twist. Though the group is a full band complete with guitar and rhythm section, the focus is, as the name indicates, on trombones -- usually at least three of 'em. The result is a fusion of rock, jazz, and any other kind of horn-happy genres, with some extended jams thrown in.

They ring in the new year at the blues bastion that is Bamboo Room, with an extended set starting at 10 p.m. Get there early if you want a seat, as they're first-come, first-served -- though you'll be guaranteed standing room to dance.

Bonerama. 10 p.m. Saturday, December 31, at Bamboo Room, 25 S. J St., Lake Worth. Tickets cost $77.05 with fees. Click here.

New Year's Eve 2011: Elephantgun at Swampgrass Willy's

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Remember before all the "Sex on Fire" stuff when Kings of Leon were a down-and-dirty, long-haired, rollicking rock band? Melbourne-based band Elephantgun may refresh your memory. With the same kind of charging, sing-along choruses and mush-mouthed, Southern-inflected vocals, the group picks up where the more famous act left off when it went pop.

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New Year's Eve 2011: Paul Anka at Hard Rock Live

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Paul Anka may be far from the teen idol he was in the '50s and '60s, but the legendary crooner still knows how to stir up a romantic mood. Old hits like "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" are now timeless classics, and Anka, even at age 70, still boasts a voice that does them justice.

For this gig at Hard Rock Live, he and his fans may have to stay up past their usual bedtimes. The show doesn't kick off until 10:30 p.m. and goes on until the start of 2012. Tickets cost $85 to $150, but if you want to keep the party going later for free, head into the casino and check out the main stage. There, cover band High Tolerance performs until 1 a.m.

10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 31, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $85 to $150. Click here.

NYE 2010: LA Riots at Louis at the Gansevoort South

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LA Riots
We've talked about DJ/production duo LA Riots plenty on this blog. And how can you blame us? It seems like they are in town every chance they get. Recently, they spun at Fort Lauderdale's Exit 66 only to return soon there after to take over the decks at LIV. Over exposure? Perhaps.

So why not come down one more time to ring in the New Year's? Well, if you can't get enough of them, Louis at the Gansevoort South Hotel is where you'll want to be. At $150 for general admission, count this as one of the more "affordable" NYE options. Keep in mind this does include open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight, so you'll be able to drown your sorrows of being $150 poorer with alcohol.

You might want to act fast too, at the time we posted this Wantickets.com said only 25 GA tickets were left. Next cheapest option? A table for four at $1,500.

But for $150, we truly hope both Daniel Ledisko and Joe Pegnato show up for the gig. LA Riots dirty little secret is usually only Daniel Ledisko shows up to gigs leaving us to wonder if we are getting a mild disturbance instead of an all-out riot.

New Year's Eve Miami: Spam, Suenalo, and More....

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Do you find yourself scrambling for something to do every year on New Years Eve? Are you one of those people calling around at the last moment, "Hey! Is so-and-so finally having a party?" and "Hey! So what are you finally doing?" Well, you could end up at a lame party downing a dozen grapes and Cook's champagne, or you could take charge for once, and take advantage of one of the countless shenanigans going down around town.

"Like what?"you ask. Well, if Latin music is your flavor, we've got just the thing(s). Bachaco will be dousing partygoers at Jazid with their Latin flavored reggae rhythms. El Grupo Mixtura will be rewarding those who come off Lincoln into the jazzy realm of the Van Dyke with some salsa worthy of NYE hip-breaking. Spam Allstars will be dropping signature descargas at the Catalina for those in the hunt for ass-shaking. And of course, Suenalo will be throwing it down at Transit, and that party's on the real cheap.

So choose your poison and ring it in in style. We'll see you next year!

NYE 2010: Party for Free at Respectable Street

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Ian Witlen
Why is it that everyone expects New Year's Eve to be so awesome when the preceding 364 days sucked so hard? Maybe all this emphasis on the End is just some banal expression of Western Civilization's apocalyptic mindset. Or maybe we're all a bunch of overstimulated creeps incapable of enjoying simple shit like friends, slow jams, and a bottle of bubbles.

In any case, despite the negative vibes and past disappointments, we've made a resolution to give this bitch our best shot. And so, since the New Year's Nazis say it's time to party, we may as well party at one of our favorite Palm Beach County spots, Respectable Street. As part of the 500 Block Bash, Respectables will be getting theme-y with 2010: A Space Odyssey starring Stonefox, Music is a Weapon, Astari Nite, Kill Now, Mission Veo, and Updawg. The best part though ... It's totally free.

Wow. That feels weird. We're almost amped about this thing.

Thursday, December 31. Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. The party starts at 8 p.m., and there's no cover. 561-832-9999; respectablestreet.com.

Phish Afterparties and NYE at the Vagabond with Orchard Lounge, Aquaphonics, Particle

Here's more in immediately useful news over the next few days if you're into this sort of thing. As we've mentioned here, the Vagabond has its own events planned every night of this week, with Phish afterparties starting tonight. If you're in town for the show and are the traveling-for-music-festivals type, you may already be familiar with these acts, who tend towards the electronic side of the jam spectrum.... But for the rest of us, here's a run-down of the week's spread of parties. If you're put off by the jammy connotations, try to dispel the preconceived notions, because many of these acts are more experimental-but-danceable laptop/synth acts than anything. Here's the spread of the club's Phish afterparties and events beyond.

Tonight, Monday, December 28: Orchard Lounge

There's nothing stereotypically hippie-ish about this Chicago trio, who describe themselves on their MySpace page as "downtempo, space disco, house, tech, b-boy-era electro, hip-hop, soul, and funk." Not sure how Orchard Lounge got lumped into the jam circuit thing, considering they list people like Cybotron and Dilla as influences -- oh wait, I caught the Disco Biscuits in that list. But let's not split hairs, just enjoy. Their show tonight at the Vag starts at 10 p.m. and costs $12 at Wantickets. Here's a video from this year's Camp Bisco.



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New Year's Eve Miami: Kid Cudi at Wet at the W South Beach


"I'm a Facebook prophet/ I told all the girls that I'd be the hot shit." Thus sings Kid Cudi on "Soundtrack To My Life," the uninflected voice of a generation that grew up staring at monitors for hours and spends nights cycling through social networking websites. Embodying the hipster-hop aesthetic, Cudi's soundtrack is essentially a stream of chatroom confessions and lamentations. Sometimes it works -- the sparse, catchy "Day&Nite" captures the drone of restless solitude and somehow makes it danceable -- and most of the time it's mopey. But Cudi really is the hot shit right now: his smooth, intuitive cross-genre musical approach reflects our web-surfing, boundary-crossing, potentially infinite pop culture reality. It's artists like Kid Cudi who are best suited to speak to a generation of kids who conduct their social lives and define their identities online, rather than subscribing to any one scene or genre to find a sense of self. 

-- Hollis Wong-Wear 

Kid Cudi, with John Legend. Thursday, December 31. Wet at the W Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Age 21 and up with ID; 305-938-3131; wallmiami.com

NYE 2010: Lady Gaga at Fontainebleau Hotel

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Want to see Lady Gaga on NYE? It's going to cost you -- a lot.
Let's just put this out there first: Lady Gaga is a hack who thinks she's doing the world a favor by making an "artistic statement." Sorry, her music and performances are about as artistic as something our 5-year-old niece drew. We'd just like her to admit she's doing straight-up commercial pop music and stop trying to pass herself off as revolutionary. Madonna and Britney Spears are entertainers and they know it. It's time Gaga realize she's in the same category.

Anyway, you probably already know the pop star has two performances scheduled at the James L. Knight Center on December 31 and January 2, along with local boy Jason Derulo and Semi Precious Weapons, who replaced Kid Cudi after he was allegedly dropped from the tour for punching a fan in Vancouver. Well, Miami is about to overdose on the eccentric star because she's also scheduled to do her thang -- whatever that is -- at the Fontainebleau for New Year's Eve.

Along with DJs David Berrie and Jus Ske, Gaga will perform live and manage countdown duties at the famed hotel. But here is the sticker price shocker: General admission tickets are selling for $425, although it does includes open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight, if that helps. The VIP experience starts at $4,950 and goes as high as $25,000. Jesus, for that money, you can put a down payment on a house or buy an imported car. Does that mean the recession is over?

After the jump, Gaga's video for "Bad Romance," which we admit is sort of catchy.

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NYE 2010: Rye Rye at the Delano

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Rye Rye ready to come back with a bang.
All the best things in life are free. So wouldn't it be nice if there were a free New Year's Eve event to go to? Wait, there is! Thanks to Giant Step -- the same people who brought Kid Sister to the Delano for Art Basel -- Baltimore's Rye Rye will be performing live poolside at the Delano for free.

Rye Rye last Miami appearance in July was canceled after she came down with a case of the pregnancies. But she gave birth to a baby girl back in September, so she's ready to get back into the game and promote her upcoming debut to be released via M.I.A.'s imprint N.E.E.T. and Interscope.

To see the pint-size MC's comeback, all you have to do is RSVP to at giantstep.net/events/1212. You're welcome.

After the jump, the video for Rye Rye's single "Bang," which was filmed shortly before she announced she was preggers.

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