Here are our picks for the top Bay Area New Year's Eve shows.

Check with the venue before heading out to make sure tickets are still available.

NOFX: Over the years, this Bay Area band has delivered some of the best album titles in punk-rock history, including 1994's "Punk in Drublic, " 1997's "So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes" and 2000s "Pump Up the Valuum." It's also delivered its share of fine punk-rock tunes, which you'll likely hear if you decide to spend Dec. 31 with NOFX. Dillinger Four, Teenage Bottlerocket and the Implants also are on the bill. Details: 9 p.m., $40-$52; Warfield, S.F.; www.axs.com.

The Brothers Comatose: The string band - which features actual brothers, Alex and Ben Morrison - is anything but comatose onstage.

If you have a hankering for 1980s hits, catch Tainted Love s New Year s show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.
If you have a hankering for 1980s hits, catch Tainted Love s New Year s show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. (PAT JOHNSON/TAINTED LOVE )
Veterans of such major festivals as Outside Lands, South by Southwest and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the Brothers Comatose are known for putting on high-energy, banjo-fueled, stomp-along-with-the-music concerts. The Sam Chase and Rainbow Girls are also on the bill. Details: 9 p.m., Slim's, San Francisco; $30; www.slims presents.com. California Honeydrops: The Oakland R&B/blues/jazz act, which spices its musical mix with plenty of New Orleans flavors, is an ideal candidate to throw a New Year's Eve party. Formed in 2007, the Honeydrops are well-known for their lively performances. Details: 8 p.m., $36-$49; 10:30 p.m., $46-$59 (get into both shows for $75-$100); Yoshi's San Francisco; www.yoshis.com.

Sea of Dreams: Thievery Corporation, featuring DJs Rob Garza and Eric Milton, headlines this night of electronic dance music and revelry. Other acts on the bill are A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Emancipator, Rob Garza (doing his own DJ set), Motion Potion, Delachaux, Dirtybird and Silent Frisco. Details: 9 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco; $75-$170; www.ticketmaster.com.

Bobby Caldwell: He's best known for the massive '70s hit "What You Won't Do for Love, " a silky R&B tune that has been sampled/covered by the likes of Boyz II Men, Tupac Shakur and Mariah Carey.

Yet Caldwell's catalog also includes such Top 40 R&B cuts as "My Flame, " "Can't Say Goodbye" and "Coming Down from Love." Details: 8 p.m. Dec. 31, $65; 11 p.m. Dec. 31, $85; Yoshi's Oakland; www.yoshis.com.

The Melvins: Looking to end your year with a night of super sludge-metal guitar? Then check out Buzz Osborne (aka "King Buzzo") and his Melvins, a group that was a big influence on Nirvana, Soundgarden and other early '90s grunge heroes. Bay Area punk-rocker band Frightwig opens the show. Details: 9 p.m.; Great American Music Hall, San Francisco; $40; www.slimspresents.com.

New Year's Eve Bluegrass Revue: High Country, a favorite of traditional bluegrass enthusiasts for more than 40 years, headlines the Freight & Salvage's last show of 2013. The band should appeal to fans of such giants as Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. Dix Bruce and Jim Nunally open the show. Details: 8 p.m.; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $28.50-$30.50; www.thefreight.org.

USS Hornet party: Highlights include music by the Swingin' Blue Stars' Andrews Sisters tribute show, 3 O'Clock Jump (plus free dancing lessons), silent auction, cash bars and refreshments, and great vantage point to watch the San Francisco fireworks show; 7:30 p.m. aboard the World War II aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, docked at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda; $45-$85; www.uss-hornet.org or 510-521-8448.

Guitarist Roy Rogers and his band the Delta Rhythm Kings will serve up a bluesy show at Livermore s Bankhead Theater.
Guitarist Roy Rogers and his band the Delta Rhythm Kings will serve up a bluesy show at Livermore s Bankhead Theater. (JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO/STAFF ARCHIVES)

New Year's Eve at Bimbo's: The iconic North Beach club is set to greet the new year with a performance by Gold Star Soul Revue, a pop/soul/rock/blues act that covers songs by Etta James, Smokey Robinson, Irma Thomas, Stevie Wonder, Chubby Checker and others. Gaucho, a gypsy jazz sextet, opens the show. Oh, and we definitely should mention that "the Girl in the Fishbowl" is scheduled to make an appearance. Details: 8 p.m.; Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco; $60-$65; www.bimbos365club.com.

Roy Rogers: One of the top blues slide guitarists in the business brings his band, the Delta Rhythm Kings, to the Bankhead Theater. Expect a mix of contemporary and traditional blues, Americana and roots-rock tunes from this amazing musician. Details: 8 p.m.; Bankhead Theater at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Livermore; $60; www.mylvpac.com.

Pop NYE: New World Punx headlines a night of electronic dance music at Oracle Arena. Other acts on the bill include Nero, Bingo Players and Madeon. Details: 6 p.m.; Oracle Arena, Oakland; $80; www.ticketmaster.com.

GOING FOR LAUGHS

If comedy is what you want on New Year's Eve, here are a few options:

The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show: Featuring Will Durst, Debi Durst, Johnny Steele and other local comedians; 7 and 10 p.m.; San Jose Stage; $40 early show, $50 late show; www.sjstage.com.

Comedy Countdown: Hosted by Pete Holmes, with Natasha Leggero, Bert Kreischer, Doug Benson, Rory Scovel and Moshe Kasher, and music by Imaginary Radio; 9 p.m.; Nob Hill Masonic Center; $20-$94.50; www.ticketmaster.com.

Black Comedy Explosion: Featuring Rickey Smiley, Tony Roberts and more; 10 p.m.; Paramount Theatre, Oakland; $49.75-$89.75; www.paramounttheatre.com.

Greg Proops: The Bay Area comedian and onetime regular of TV's improv show "Whose Line Is It Anyway" plays two Dec. 31 shows at Punchline Comedy Club, San Francisco; $7:30 and 10 p.m.; $45 early show, $55 late show; http://punchlinecomedyclub.com.

Steve Byrne: The Comedy Central regular performs two Dec. 31 shows at San Jose Improv; 7 and 10 p.m.; $35-$65 early show (with or without dinner); $65 late show; http://sanjose.improv.com.

Not Your Normal New Year's Eve: Jill Bourque and Brian Copeland host this comedy event, also featuring Laurie Kilmartin, Brent Weinbach, Kellen Erskine, Casey Ley, Dan St. Paul and Joe Klocek. 8 p.m. at San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Theatre. There. $45-$99; 415-392-4400, www.nynnye.com.