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Here are the shows that will help you brave New Year’s Eve

Pigs on the Wing’s tribute to Pink Floyd is one of many New Year’s shows worthy of casting off 2018. Photo credit: Facebook

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For just about as long as I've been writing for this fine rag, I've complained about the inherent flaw in New Year's Eve, as a holiday: building up one giant party for an entire year will inevitably lead to disappointment. More than any other holiday (Halloween included), New Year's Eve prioritizes getting out of the house and mingling with hordes of drunken revelers as they attempt to blow off a whole year's worth of steam. If you're like me, even knowing all of this, you still feel the need to get out and do something on Dec. 31. That being the case, here are some South Sound shows that'll help you ring in the new year as painlessly as possible.

One recent tradition in Olympia is to celebrate New Year's Eve with Pigs on the Wing, the Pacific Northwest's premier Pink Floyd cover band. Really, it only makes sense to have the dread-soaked music of Pink Floyd be the soundtrack to the end of a psychically trying year like 2018. Pigs on the Wing will be taking the stage of Rhythm and Rye with two sets: the first, more or less chronologically winding through Pink Floyd's early material; and the second being a front-to-back performance of unimpeachable classic Dark Side of the Moon.

PIGS ON THE WING, 9 p.m., Monday, Rhythm and Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, $15 presale, $20 at the door, 360.705.0760, tickets at

Also in Olympia, trusty live music stalwart Le Voyeur will be hosting two shows: a later metal show for those 21+, and an earlier indie punk show for those that are a little younger and/or want to get their celebrating done before downtown Olympia is packed with hot messes. I'm all over that early show, which is headlined by I Dream of VVitches, a trio that's steeped in the loud-quiet-loud dynamics of the Pixies, as well as the fiery attitude of Sleater-Kinney. They'll be joined by the nervy femme punk of Commie Boy. If you're up for it, though, the late show with Another Sentiment, Worth, and Of Lioness should keep your ears ringing into 2019.

I DREAM OF VVITCHES, w/ Commie Boy, DKDC, 7 p.m., Monday, Le Voyeur, 404 4th Ave. E., Olympia, all ages, $5, 360.943.5710,

ANOTHER SENTIMENT, w/ Worth, Of Lioness, 10:15 p.m. Monday, Le Voyeur, 404 4th Ave. E., Olympia, $5, 360.943.5710,

In Tacoma, as we reported last week, the ReLive New Year's Eve Celebration has stepped up to fill the void left by First Night going dark this year. Taco trucks, artists, and bands will be descending on Pacific Ave. to provide a festive end to 2018. The bands performing run the gamut from hip-hop to country, from soul to prog-rock. This is an event for the whole family, offering the pomp and spectacle you expect from a proper New Year's Eve shindig, and it's all free to the public.

ReLive NEW YEAR'S EVE, w/ Holy Pistola, Bes, Cody Ray Raymond, Jimmy Shields, Leah Justine, Tiffany Wilson, Q-Dot, 6 p.m., Monday, Tollefson Plaza, 1548 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Alma Mater, Tacoma's biggest and most significant new addition of 2018, will also be doing their part in welcoming in the new year. In their vast Fawcett Hall venue, Alma Mater (with producing help from The Warehouse) will be showcasing five diverse acts to get the party going. Booboolala will be headlining the event, bringing their fizzy party funk along with them. A host of hip-hop and soul-inflected bands will be joining Booboolala, ending 2018 on a wave of high energy.

BOOBOOLALA, w/ Power Laces, Decent at Best, Haiku Poetics, Torbjørn, Monday, 8 p.m., Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma, $20 tickets at,

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