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From Hot Tunes to Hilarious Tongue-in-Cheek Chat



    From Hot Tunes to Hilarious Tongue-in-Cheek Chat
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    Sassy Katy Perry headlines the Gridlock New Year's Eve party. Find more concerts and comedy choices around town...

    Sometimes you want the party hats and the horns and the little metal shakers (what are in those things, anyway?); sometimes you want a diversion. Diversions take many forms around town on New Year's Eve, but we think a concert or a comedian is an ideal way to spend the holiday. Get your dancing shoes (or laughing shoes?) on and head on out on Wednesday, December 31 for...


    Stone Temple Pilots: There are few rock 'n roll showman like Mr. Scott Weiland, and there are few acts who really owned that '90s pop-rock heat like this SoCal fave. Catch them at Club Nokia.

    Toad the Wet Sprocket: "Walk on the Ocean" is still one of the finest folk-rock ditties around. Plus we've always admired these guys for taking their name from Monty Python. Mellow, meaningful tuneage at the Canyon Club.

    Gridlock LA: Anything on the Paramount lot always feels glamorous. The addition of chanteuse Katy Perry, who made what arguably the splashiest debut in '08 (thank you, "I Kissed a Girl"), ups the glam by a zillion or so glam units. She sings at midnight, and there's a "Hollywood Star Rising," Tinseltown's tres local answer to the ball drop.

    Pink Martini: This little orchestra from Portland makes a lush 'n large sound when they play two concerts (in one night!) at Walt Disney Concert Hall. "Hey Eugene" remains a favorite album, but we like everything they do. Why? Cool, global, slightly retro flavor.


    George Lopez: Sitcom star, thoughtful wit, great observer of everyday life. Laugh a lot at The Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live (his final night of a multi-night run).

    Joe Rogan: "Fear Factor"? No fear here, unless you're afraid of winding down 2008 with some sharp-edged comedy from the well-known stand-up and television guy. He's at The Improv.

    16 Comics: Few pauses, few moments to slip to the restroom, no time to bellyache about the year that has just passed; rather, expect a constant stream of cut-ups taking the stage at The Comedy Store. Will you find a new favorite in the bunch?