For family folks and many others, New Year's Eve is about house parties and quiet nights away from the crowds, but for many of us it's about seeing the best live music around.

With that in mind, let's examine the options for New Year's Eve AKA Saturday night first, and then mention a few other items also worth investigating.

The hippest option - by some distance - is at The State Room when Ohio's Heartless Bastards come calling for what should be a fun celebration of the year's end. Led by big-time rock singer Erin Wennerstrom, the group is touring in advance of 2012's "Arrow," which drops in February and will likely be accompanied by a good deal of buzz. In addition to two sets from the headliners, there will be a champagne toast. Holy Water Buffalo is the opener and Este Pizza is serving good grub between 7 and 9 p.m. There's even a hotel option from Sheraton. Tough to beat, eh? Click here for more info and tickets, which start at $40. Check their sound right here from a 2009 appearance on Letterman:

If dancing to DJs is more your style, The Depot is offering its 3rd Annual Soiree featuring Filo & Perri. Music starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $30 in advance.

Another rocking, dancing option features LaserFang headlining at The Urban Lounge with Night Sweats working as the opener. Tickets are $6 in advance and available at

Also, EVE is offering a whole variety of activities starting Thursday night. Local rockers King Niko headline a multi-band show at Salt Palace on Saturday. Tickets and a complete schedule are available here. Also, for more on EVE and how to get into Salt Lake Magazine, check this offering elsewhere on our website.