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SoundCheck for New Year's Eve: The Bright Light Social Hour, Jannus Live New Year's Eve Bustin' Out Till 3 a.m., El DeBarge, New Year's Hard Rockin' Eve and West Coast Toast, Donna the Buffalo, Less Than Jake

The Bright Light Social Hour

With Le Blorr

Details: Monday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 247-2555.

In 2012, we Instagrammed, we Pinned, we juice-cleansed and kale-feasted. Now it's time to let loose and flat-out rock the old fashioned way. And we've got just the thing. The Bright Light Social Hour is one of Austin's hottest next big things with a sometimes funky, sometimes psychedelic, always sweaty-good live rock show. They've played every venue from Skipper's to the Hub to the State Theatre locally, and have built up a huge following. Expect a healthy turnout at the group's NYE event at the Ritz Ybor.

Jannus Live New Year's Eve Bustin' Out Till 3 a.m.

Details: Monday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 565-0551.

"Silent discos" begged the question in 2012 — if a beat drops in a club, but there are no speakers, does it make a sound? For partiers who strap on a pair of wireless headphones at Jannus Live's "silent" New Year's Eve event, that answer will most definitely, and most loudly, be yes. Remove the headset and the effect gets Zombie-like — hundreds of people singing and shuffling to no sound. Seem strange? In a case where noise restrictions would otherwise limit the event time, it makes perfect sense.

El DeBarge

Details: Monday 9 p.m. The Sage, 22 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. $40 and up. (727) 253-4779 or (727) 417-5590.

A big NYE value for Clearwater party-seekers and fans of '80s R&B, The Sage (formerly Liquid Blue and The Majestic) will host singer El DeBarge. Equipped with a silky falsetto and a heck of a Jheri curl, the charismatic frontman led R&B sibling group DeBarge on hits like Rhythm of the Night in the '80s. After going solo, he released No. 3 hit Who's Johnny?, featured in the film Short Circuit. This is a dress to impress event. Your finest purples and whites are encouraged.

New Year's Hard Rockin' Eve and West Coast Toast

Featuring DJ Ekin, Baby Anne, Knex, Chris Craze, Tony Puccio

Details: Monday 10 p.m. Free. And Tuesday 2 a.m. $25 and up. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa. www.rocktampa.com.

Ring in the New Year not once but twice at the Tampa Hard Rock's time zone-spanning NYE event. Hot 101.5 FM mixmaster and Tampa's "most connected DJ" Ekin hosts a poolside set and toast at midnight Eastern time. Then go Groundhog Day and do it all again inside the Hard Rock, where a live feed from the ball drop in Los Angeles will be shown. Bass queen and treble titan DJ Baby Anne, the funky breaks innovator with enough back-pocket boom to upset neighbors as far as Topeka, will keep things moving until 6 a.m.

Donna the Buffalo

Details: Monday 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $35-$40, includes party favors and champagne toast/breakfast buffet at midnight. (813) 971-0666.

Like Pink Floyd or Hootie and the Blowfish, there's no link between band name and band members here — no Donna or bison. Upstate New York sextet Donna the Buffalo is built around the singing and songwriting of fiddler, guitarist and accordion player Tara Nevins and guitarist Jeb Puryear. But if you're a member of DTB's fervent fan base, self-named The Herd, this is all old news. "Folkies with a superior sense of rhythm are rare enough, but folkies with a good beat and a healthy disrespect for eclectic cliches are a national treasure. … They make music that's beautiful but never prettified," says the Nashville Scene.

First Night Celebration, St. Petersburg

Featuring Macy Kate, DJ BabyChino, Michael Lynche, Urban Gypsies, Shana Banana, more

Details: Monday 5 p.m. Multiple venues, downtown St. Petersburg. $10 and up. Visit www.firstnightstpete.com for all set times and locations.

St. Pete's First Night, which attracts nearly 25,000 attendees annually, celebrates its 20th NYE event with a hometown-proud musical lineup. Local teen singer-pianist Macy Kate (Marshburn), who has a 2013 collaboration with Sean Kingston on the slate, will pull out candy pop at two stops, first at the BayWalk stage at 5 p.m. and at North Straub Park at 8:30 p.m. Michael Lynche, St. Pete's own R&B teddy bear and a fourth-place finisher on the 2010 edition of American Idol, will follow in the tradition of husky crooners Luther Vandross and Barry White, big men with big voices and big hearts, at the Museum of Fine Arts Conservatory at 8 p.m.

Gabriel and Dresden

With Doco, Suzy Solar

Details: Monday 9 p.m. Ybor Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15 and up. (813) 873-8368.

If the new year is all about starting fresh, Gabriel and Dresden's aptly titled As The Rush Comes is as cathartic a dance track as they come. After three years of work apart, the San Fran progressive trance duo is back together with a new energy, more Moog synths and innovative electro beats. The nocturnal feet-movers behind the Nip/Tuck theme song A Perfect Lie also have remixes of The Killers, Annie Lenox, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Tiësto and Way Out West.

Less Than Jake

With Lionize, Protagonist, Victims of Circumstances

Details: Monday 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$22. (727) 895-3045.

From Tom Petty to Tim Tebow, Gainesville has produced its share of stars over the years. If you're a fan of ska-punk, that list may also include Less Than Jake. The group had a modest hit in the Science of Selling Yourself Short and even landed a couple of opening dates on a Bon Jovi tour. November release Greetings & Salutations is standard-issue Less Than Jake, packed with high-energy racket and angular wit. The guys, who first met at the University of Florida nearly 20 years ago, will hold a horn-blasting, guitar-chugging, rhythm-crashing NYE show at State Theatre.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]

     
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