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Bottles & Cans celebrate New Year's Eve at The Warehouse on River Street 

Bottles & Cans ***

One of the most entertaining and under appreciated bands in Savannah, a live show by this lowdown, garage-rock-influenced, houserockin’ quartet is like some sort of holographic mirage featuring ‘60s psych purveyors The Leaves and The 13th Floor Elevators jamming with Big Time-era Tom Waits and Paul “Wine” Jones in the basement of Big Pink.

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Truly a non-stop good-time mix of raggedly right, uptempo R&B shot full of holes. Plus, don’t be put off by the unvarnished vibe of this wondrously divey River St. stone hallway of a bar/restaurant. It’s actually one of the most enjoyable places to while away an evening on that increasingly blah stretch of road. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/bottlescanssav. Wed., 8 pm, The Warehouse.


A Batata Doce ***

This buzzworthy Atlanta alt.rock combo is fronted by Brazilian vocalist Leticia Arioli, and features members of Merge Records’ The Rock-a-Teens and prog-poppers Elevado. Free admission to this hipster drinkery — plus a champagne toast at midnight. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/batatadoce. Wed., 9 pm, Hang Fire.


A Nickel Bag of Funk

One of the area’s favorite modern R&B/soul/funk outfits, this energetic combo led by the sultry vocalist Leslie Adele plays this Broughton St. nightspot frequently, so it should prove to be a boisterous dance party all night long. $25 cover includes buffet (till 11 pm), entertainment and midnight champagne toast. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/anickbag. Wed., 10 pm, Tantra Lounge.


Passafire

This tight, road-schooled band steeped in dub, jam and psychedelia recently completed a cross-country tour with rising stars Pepper. Get there early as they’ll draw a crowd. Free party favors and champagne toast. $5 cover. Listen & Learn: passafiretheband.com. Wed., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.


Bobby Lee Rodgers & Friends, WormsLoew ***

The latest incarnation of Rodgers’ backing band The CodeTalkers (they’re in the process of shedding that name and the Col. Bruce baggage that goes along with it) features a young, jazz-schooled rhythm section from Florida that complement the former Berklee School of Music Prof’s penchant for spacey, syncopated, improv-heavy dada-pop. WormsLoew open with a set of catchy, earnest, twang-littered modern pop a la Train or “vintage” Matchbox 20 (if there is such a thing). Listen & Learn: bobbyleerodgers.com, myspace.com/wormsloew. $20 cover. Wed., 9 pm, LiveWire Music Hall.


Sinister Moustache, Mortal Coil

The first major show at this brand-new 250-capacity 21+ bar and music venue in the Starland District features a set of metal covers by Mortal Coil (Sabbath, Maiden, Metallica and Priest) before a headlining, Residents-meets-John Zorn-esque set from local prog-rock/avant-surf legends Sinister Moustache (formerly known as Gravy). $5 cover. Listen & Learn: sinistermoustache.com, myspace.com/wormholebar. Wed., 9 pm, The Wormhole (2307 Bull St.).


Widespread Panic & The Yonder Mountain String Band - Live Simulcast ***

Couldn’t make it to Denver to catch these Athens-based jam-band legends ring in 2009 with a sold-out stand featuring their special guests the increasingly beloved Yonder Mountain String Band? Head down to this sports bar/restaurant/music venue where they’ll pipe in the Pay-Per-View show on their giant screen TV and run it through their massive, multi-speaker sound system. It’s the next best thing to being there. Listen & Learn: widespreadpanic.com, yondermountain.com. Wed., 9 pm, Locos (downtown). cs

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