Should you not feel so inclined to drop the $50 on the Paramount's shindig, aren't in the mood for the symphony, and don't plan to hit up Buckethead at the Moore (he's with the Portland Cello Project, though; that will probably be sort of cool) here are a few other options: The Cute Lepers, the Pharmacy, Wallpaper at Comet Tavern, 8 p.m., $12
Perhaps you're looking for a rock and roll New Years. Perhaps you weren't aware yet that The Pharmacy, of Don't Stop Believin' Records fame, is moving to New Orleans (hey, at least they're not breaking up) and this will be one of their last local shows before that happens; the other is a house show. Perhaps you haven't brought K Records band Wallpaper or nasal powerpunk rockers the Cute Lepers into your life. Well, you can change all that tonight in one fell swoop. I have gushed a lot about Wallpaper, who made this album, On The Chewing Gum Ground, that is a delicious combination of vintage rock and roll, punk rock, and angsty indie pop. A show for the ages. If you're on Capitol Hill, this is where you wanna be.
Lo-Fi's doing a special New Years Eve edition of Emerald City Soul Club.
For a countrified farewell to 2008, one of my favorite local bands that is also leaving us shortly, Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers, are playing a show at Highway 99 Blues Club along with Purty Mouth and Celtic bluegrassers Wages of Sin. Starts at 7 p.m., costs $15. There will also be burlesque. Hooray for semi-naked ladies! (and gentlemen?) Marmalade's playing at ToST starting at 9. They usually do a weekly Thursday-night thing. And even though I usually cannot stand jam bands, after a friend took me there, I realized that it was sort of fun and is more of a funk band than a jam band. They've got jammy moments, to be fair. And they'd be a whole lot better if they would make that awesome chick with the huge, amazing hair their full-time singer. I recommend this for all the hippies amongst you who feel like dancing tonight.
The Valkyries, Midnight Idols and Neon Nights are playing King Cobra this evening at 8 p.m., if you're down for a metal New Years brought to you by some of Seattle's finest. We've made our love for the Valkyries pretty clear in this publication, but their co-conspirators are great, too. And it's only $5.