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 EastSide Cultural Center (2277 International Blvd., Oakland). 9 p.m., $20.

Great revelation: Rap is poetry.

And: Poetry can hit hard.

The Fresh & Onlys and Thee Oh Sees

Why not spend the last moments of 2011 listening to two of the bands that defined Bay Area music this year, as some of the most celebrated artists of the Bay Area's much-ballyhooed garage-rock renaissance? The Fresh & Onlys and Thee Oh Sees have more in common than that, actually: Both bands are wildly prolific, creatively indefatigable, and absolutely legendary live. The pysch-pop-rockers will be joined by another local rising star, White Fence, for a sure-to-be-satisfying show put on by the ever-reliable booking organization FolkYeah. — E.C.

Details: At Brick and Mortar Music Hall (1710 Mission St., San Francisco). 9 p.m., $15-$20. Tickets at

Beware of: TOO MUCH ROCK!!!! Just kidding, flannel-induced overheating.

Bring: Earplugs.

Correction: a previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Countdown is happening at Alameda County Fairgrounds. The event's location was changed to Tulare County Fairgrounds after press time. Furthermore, it's now 16-and-up, rather than 18-and-up.


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