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Live music this week: Ring out the old, ring in the new

By Maria Murriel, SouthFlorida.com

December 30, 2012

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The Bright Light Social Hour's high-energy electro-jam rock hasn't been around for long, but the Texas quartet's sound finds an audience in fans of psychedelic rock and jam bands such as Umphrey's McGee. BLSH opened for Umphrey's Friday in Atlanta, but the group will play the Culture Room at 7 p.m. Sunday with just their bilingual verses and openers Le Blorr. ($18.05, Ticketmaster.com)

Monday night brings Kool and the Gang's '70s funk to the Seminole Coconut Creek for a New Year's Eve show at 10:30 ($114.95-$125.15, Ticketmaster.com), and less-legendary contemporary acts to venues in Miami. Pitbull, for one, will take over the AmericanAirlines Arena Monday at 9 p.m., with a show he's said he'd like to repeat yearly. ($112-$197, Ticketmaster.com)

LIV's owner David Grutman opened his new Story Nightclub in the old Amnesia space in time to accommodate this week's partiers, and he's booked through the weekend. Tonight at 11, it's Tiesto; Monday night at 9, DJ Kaskade; Tuesday at 11 p.m., EDM rabble-rouser Deadmau5. ($45.20-$100,000, StoryMiami.com)

Grand Central, meanwhile, will host the San Francisco-based record label Dirtybird's showcase Monday night at 9. "A Dirtybird NYE" will include bass-heavy dance sets by the label's Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy and J. Philip. ($49-$1,380, GrandCentralMiami.com)

If you're still energized, and not too broke, after New Year's, head to the Holy Ship pre-cruise party at Revolution. A-Trak and Jack Beats will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday with other DJs scheduled during the cruise. ($43.15, Ticketmaster.com)