Best Ways to Ring in the New Year 

From ratchet rappers to Crescent City trombonists, we got you covered this New Year's Eve.

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Details: At Black Repertory Theatre (3201 Adeline St., Berkeley). 7, 9, and 11 p.m.; $25-$100.

Beware of: Ruthless clowning, especially if you bear any resemblance to Sarah Jessica Parker.

And on that note: Any setup that includes the words "white Hollywood" is bound to have a great punchline.

World Town NYE 2012

They're perhaps best known for doing a verse on the 2010 Far East Movement megahit "Like a G-6," but the Cataracs — aka Niles Hollowell-Dhar and David Singer-Vine, potentially the most hyphenated duo in hip-hop history —have been doing it up in their own right for years, ever since they met at Berkeley High and started making beats in their bedrooms. Their musical talent also runs much deeper than mere rapping: They wrote and produced "G-6," as well as several other Top 40 techno-hop masterpieces (including "Bass Down Low" by their protégée, Dev, and Snoop Dogg's charmingly titled "Wet"). This New Year's Eve makes for something of a homecoming show for the LA transplants, who'll be DJing a set along with Nicky Romero and Hard Rock Sofa, both of which will be making their San Francisco debuts, and Dev. — E.C.

Details: At Space 550 (550 Barnevald Ave., San Francisco). 8 p.m., $65. Tickets at

Finally, once and for all: It's a jet. A G-6 is a jet.

Beware of: Having that godforsaken song stuck in your head for at least a week after the fact. Hello, 2012!


Unless you've spent the last six months using a waffle iron to connect to the Internet, chances are you've heard of this white rapper chick from East Oakland — the one responsible for unleashing "Gucci Gucci" onto the world. Although Kreayshawn may never produce another hit, she's a sight to behold in concert, partly because of her entourage (which used to involve a full-fledged "White Girl Mob" yet now includes only the similarly petulant V-Nasty), but mostly because of her sartorial choices. Just check out the photographs from Kreayshawn's August 25 appearance at Slim's, for which she sported pajama pants, a midriff-bearing mesh shirt, two-toned hair, and her signature librarian glasses. That only means that Kreayshawn's New Year's Eve show at Regency will be well worth the price of admission, especially when you consider the supporting acts: Wallpaper, Roach Gigz, DJ Amen, and our new favorite frat-boy obsession, Starting Six. — R.S.

Details: At The Regency Ballroom (1300 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco). 9 p.m., $35-$125.

What to know going in: She squashed the beef with Rick Ross, but Lil Debbie is still on the outs.

Also: "StupidFacedd" has extra consonants, apparently.


The folks behind Countdown are billing the event as "NorCal's Largest NYE Massive Music Festival," and — syntactical adventurousness aside — they must be right: We're talking 15,000 people, 100-plus acres, 24 artists, 3 indoor stages, and innumerable carnival rides. Yup, you read that right: It all goes down at the Tulare County Fairgrounds, which means Ferris wheels, slides, moon bounces, and various other county-fair goodies, though suffice it to say you may be hard-pressed to find deep-fried Oreos or rib cook-offs. Instead: a deep slate of dance, trance and techno artists, including Headhunterz, Cyperoptics, Cosmic Gate, and, most excitingly, Diplo, who'll be flying up for a 1 a.m. DJ set after playing another show in LA. — E.C.

Details: At Tulare County Fairgrounds (215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Tulare). 6 p.m., $60. Tickets at

What to bring: Glowsticks, obvi.

Bonus: It's 16- (rather than 21-) and up!

Trombone Shorty

Even before The Wire creator David Simon lit up HBO with his brilliant new show about post-Katrina New Orleans, Trombone Shorty was the pride and joy of NOLA's Treme. Shorty, whose given name is Troy Andrews, was born into a musical family, and music has been his business since age six. He'll turn 26 the day after this show, but the virtuosic horn player has been cutting albums for a decade already. His longtime band Orleans Avenue will bring the joyous fusion of funk, soul, R&B, and quintessential New Orleans jazz to San Francisco two nights in a row. — W.B.

Details: At The Fillmore (1805 Geary Blvd., SF) on Dec. 30-31. 9 p.m., $25-59.50.

What to eat before: Try to get your hands on some gator meat.

What to wear: Try to look nice.

Accessories of choice: Try a monocle.

Holla Back New Year's Eve with Umar Bin Hassan

We lost a lot of wonderful artists in 2011, but few made a greater impact than poet Gil Scott-Heron, who remained in the pop-culture limelight up until his death. He was the subject of a fabulously vivid, pretty heartbreaking New Yorker profile in 2010, which detailed his contributions to poetry and to the hip-hop canon, as well as his protracted struggle with crack addiction. The headline pretty much said it all: "New York is Killing Me." That same year, Heron appeared at Yoshi's San Francisco jazz club to perform cuts from his last album, I'm New Here, which included a blues track called "Me and the Devil" that might have been the best attempt, by any artist, to link a modern genre back to its musical lineage. This New Year's Eve, Heron will be remembered, and celebrated, in a special tribute by fellow Last Poet Umar Bin Hassan. Called "So Far So Good," the event will also feature The Usual Suspects, DJs, a bar, food, and special guests. — R.S.


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