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NEW YEAR’S EVE Round-up: Can’t-miss shows for New Year’s Eve weekend

Code Red sends the Cards off in style at Tailgaters on Friday.Normally, New Year’s Eve is a time when I cozy up to a keg at a friend’s house and avoid crowds. The list that follows shows I might have to change my habit. Here’s my best of the best. In no particular order. So go. Because I said so.Code RedFriday, Dec. 29Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill2787 S. Floyd St.$TBD; 9 p.m.Let’s see: Song featured on ESPN? Check. Smokin’ new record? Check. Pre-New Year’s Eve collegiate blowout where you’ll shake your ass right on into 2007? Mm-hmm. All Aboard? Code Red promises to send the Cards off in style at this show, dubbed the kickoff party for the team’s trip to the Orange Bowl. If they don’t bring home a trophy, this show is, at the very least, a good excuse to take in some beats. Besides, there’s always next season.K. Matt, Mac D., Too Big Mafia, Smoke E. Digglera, Louis KeyzFriday, Dec. 29Club Villa FontanaTheatre Square$5 adv., $10 door; 9 p.m.K. Matt, a.k.a. Korrey Mattingly, is releasing two new singles to radio this coming year: “Bel-Air Cruiser,” an ode to an old beater, and “Dear God,” a spiritual number that reflects his deep religious beliefs. Some dudes gon’ like it. Some dudes gon’ love it. Too Big Mafia makes sure you “Lean wit’ it/Rock wit’ it.” For ticket info, call 387-3519.Black Cross, Ayin, Manhatta, Prideswallower, August MoonSaturday, Dec. 30Keswick Democratic Club1127 Logan St.Free; 6 p.m.Ryan Patterson does more in two hours than you do in a month. He closes out the first year of Auxiliary Records’ Last Saturday show series with a free all-ages show. This freebie will celebrate the memory of Dylan Prott, who passed away this year. Donations will be accepted for the Dylan Prott Memorial Fund. If you haven’t been to any Last Saturday shows yet, go to this one, and we might forgive you.The Burial, Arcaine Saint, Project RicoSaturday, Dec. 30Headliners Music Hall1386 Lexington Road$10; 8 p.m.The Burial just completed its album, Songs to Die For, and it’s packaged and ready for you to buy at the band’s record release show. Songs was recorded in five days at The Rec Room in Virginia by Jeremy Smith, Gwar’s sound engineer, and mastered by Gwar’s guitarist, Cory Smoot.“Without these guys, it wouldn’t sound as good. It wouldn’t be the quality that it is,” singer and rhythm guitarist Johnny Dorris said. “Our music is our face. That’s what people see, that’s what people hear. It was time well spent.”Blade of the Ripper, Lords, Assisting Sorrow, AntikytheraSaturday, Dec. 30Uncle Pleasant’s2126 S. Preston St.Free; 9:30 p.m.This is free. Free! As in, costing nothing to gain entry. It’s like they knew you would be broke after Christmas, and your budget only allowed for the occasional lager. How thoughtful. The Zach Brock Holiday Reunion, Late Night Salon with Brigid KaelinSaturday, Dec. 30The Jazz Factory815 W. Market St.Brock: $10; 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.Kaelin: Donations; 11 p.m.It’s the one reunion where you don’t have to worry about who’s fat, who’s hot, who’s divorced or who’s married. Mr. Brock, we’re gonna assume jazz violin is tough to pull off. Seriously, my fingers ache just thinking about what you have to do to make that instrument sound good. Ms. Kaelin, fresh from her tryout for “Nashville Star,” will learn you some mean accordion, yes she will, as part of the Late Night Salon. VRKTM fulfills your post-Christmas hunger for rock.VRKTM, Muddy Nasty RiverSaturday, Dec. 30The Pour Haus1481 S. Shelby St.$5; 9 p.m.VRKTM will satisfy your post-Christmas craving for rock playing some songs from its forthcoming album, Excess/Defect. Muddy Nasty River warms up the crowd and will be giving away demos of its material.  Danny Glover Cover Band, DJ Kit Chaps, DJ FramwirkSunday, Dec. 31The Pour Haus1481 S. Shelby St.$5 ($4 if you’re dressed in black & white); 10 p.m.Watch the first “Lethal Weapon,” then “Predator 2,” then check out the cover band. Plus, two DJ sets. It’s called a deal, people.Plan of Man, 99 MPH, Heaven Hill, Wax Factory, Blowfly, Dem Reggae Bon, See Emily PlaySunday, Dec. 31 Phoenix Hill Tavern644 Baxter Ave.$25; 7 p.m.Phoenix Hill has so much going on that focusing on what you want is a little like being a kindergarten teacher at recess. So we’re going to simplify it for you. This rock/reggae/pop show is right up the venue’s alley in its quest to be the one-stop shop for partiers. Plan of Man, the heavy rock persona made up of members of the Villebillies, take the stage in a rare performance, while Dem Reggae Bon gives New Year’s an irie, irie feel. But, if you want to tip a bottle of champagne and chill with your pals, we’re pretty sure the Hill has a place for you to do that, too.BBC St. Matthews New Year’s Festival:Paradigm, The Indicators, Squeezebot, Namaste, DJ Spin Love, Paradigm, Trustees of Modern Chemistry, PhiascoSaturday, Dec. 30-Sunday, Dec. 313929 Shelbyville Road$5; 8:30 p.m.Paradigm features Peak Summit organizer Myron Koch. Ask him about his war guitar. The “polkapocalypse” that is Squeezebot proves it’s one of the most talented bands in town. It features Todd Hildreth on accordion, Mick Sullivan (ex-Fire the Saddle) on banjo, and drummer Jason Tieman. Visual art by Shoot the Messenger and Bob Pierce guarantee a multidimensional, audio-visual New Year’s extravaganza. And that’s only the first night.Squallis Puppeteers, Ut GretDec. 29-31Shark Tank Theater414 Baxter Ave.$10 (Dec. 29-30), $15 (Dec. 31); 8 p.m.Squallis Puppeteers have more stage presence than most bands, and Ut Gret is a dynamic, satisfying musical journey. Your money is good for this one. Call 540-4977 for more info. For more information on the above shows, call the individual bar or club. Find the digits in our Club Directory. Contact the writer at mherron@leoweekly.com