Top 3 (Live Music) Shows To Ring in the New Year

If you’re looking to start your 2012 off with some great live music, we hope this list will be your last minute savior. While house parties and/or open bar situations sound tempting before the fact, we’ll bet you’ll be better served by taking in some great Seattle bands with a celebratory drink in hand.

As an added bonus, all three of these options come with bargain-basement prices and are, as of posting, not yet sold out.

Look for us at one or more of the following venues, as we can’t decide ourselves where music-loving Seattleites will have the most fun.

“The Rolling Stones” @ Comet (9 pm :: $12)

If your definition of a great NYE contains some variant of the words fun and nostalgia, you’d be hard pressed to find a better match than seeing some of Seattle’s best musicians tackling the work of Richards and Jagger. With representatives from Seattle bands Past Lives, The Blood Brothers, Flexions, Shoplifting, Truckasaurus and Whalebones, expect a night of supreme fun and unparalleled musicianship.

Absolute Monarchs @ Rendezvous (9 pm :: $7)

While Joel Schneider may be best known as one-half of the muscularly dexterous, critically-acclaimed Seattle duo My Goodness, his other band Absolute Monarchs has been picking up considerable accolades and a label (Seattle Rock Guy’s Good to Die Records) in 2011 as well. This show, which also features Deadkill and Cold Cold Ground, is by far the heaviest of the three recommendations.

The Black Crabs @ Slim’s Last Chance (9 pm :: $15)

If rockabilly’s more your speed, head on down to Slim’s Last Chance to see some of the liveliest purveyors of retro roots rock you’ve likely heard all year. The bill also features Marshall Scott Warner, Rachel Lynn Harrington & the Knockouts, Roy Kay Trio, The 1uppers.

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