SUPER EGO Buckethead is playing the Great American Music Hall on New Year's Eve. Isn't that all you need to know, really? But if you must shred your own final night of 2k12 with a lampshade, rather than a KFC bucket, on your head, here are some ragers I'd recommend. Check out this week's music and stage listings for more.
And since it's the end of another spectacular year of love on the dance floor, your humble (yet gorgeous) Super Ego says thanks and spanks for supporting her alternative, culture-forward nightlife writing. In a media landscape that's rapidly tilting toward pay-to-play, I try my double-damndest to keep it real and write about the actual best things out there that are making nightlife better. I couldn't do it without all your input and affection. (/wipes tear) (takes swig). Happy 2k13!
"A Very Cheap & Vulgar Tenderloin-Realness NYE!" Let's kick off on a high note! DJ Bus Station John is offering a respite from the big-name (except his, of course), overpriced hoo-haw this year, with this super-affordable gay disco extravaganza, sure to melt the cockles of your hardened election-year heart. One of my favorite people, Donna Persona, hosts. Cock-tales!
9pm, $7–$10 sliding scale. Aunt Charlie's lounge, 133 Turk, SF. www.auntcharlieslounge.com 
Afrolicious NYE Who can deny the hotness and talent of the funky McGuire brothers, Senor Oz and Pleasuremaker? Their fantastic combination of live-accompanied Latin funk, afrobeat, old school gold and classic soul always make me and many smile ear-to-ear. This bash will have you shaking tail vigorously. With horn king Will Magid and DJ Lucio K.
9pm, $15–$30. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com 
Bearracuda NYE This huge gay bear party is guaranteed to be the biggest. Physically. And we're really into that. With DJs Matt Consola, Medic, and Freddie King of Pants, plus assorted furballs.
8pm-late, $20. Beatbox, 314 11th St., SF. www.bearracuda.com 
Bootie SF: NYE 2013 Oh Bootie, you've given us so, so many years of mash-up joy — don't stop believin'! Now you're upping the ante by joining dark forces with one of the longest-running and best parties in the city, Death Guild (goth and gamer goodness!) for a Bootieful blowout. With A Plus D, Mykill, Adrian and Mimi, Vau de Vire Society, and more.
9pm-late, $30–$40. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF. wwww.bootiesf.com
Club 1994 New Years Eve Ball I wasn't even born until 1998, but I'm dying to know what color slap-on bracelets will be available at this cheeky flashback party. Possibly there will be Urkel balloons! DJs Jeffrey Paradise and Vin Sol take us all to TRL and TLC.
10pm, $50–$100. Vessel, 85 Campton Pl., SF. www.club1994.com 
Dark Room NYE Fear not the future-past, Siouxsie Siouxes. This neo-goth and witchy punk hot house will feature dark live insanity and spooky dragness.
10pm, $5–$7. Hot Spot, 1414 Market, SF; www.facebook.com/DarkRoomSF 
Extravaganza NYE Ball No, this is not a vogueing scene from Paris is Burning — it's a great dose of homegrown house and techno, as beloved DJ Alland Byallo swings back in from Berlin to join Nikola Baytala, DJ Spun, M3, Omar, and a slew of hot rekkids kids.
9pm-late, $20–$45. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf.com 
Futuropolis Broken bass and acid crunk galore! Soooo many DJs and performance at this one — standouts include an-ten-nae, the Polish Ambassador, Star Slinger, Holy Other, Mykki Blanco, Blackbird Blackbird. Twelve hours of music, goes until 9am when we look prettiest.
9pm-veeeery late, $50 advance. 1015 Folsom, SF. www.1015.com 
Honey Sunset NYE Two of our biggest and best house parties team up once again to blaze. Co-headliner Manik is an expert at blending guitar pop into electronic sets that soar, while featured duo Still Going, one of my personal faves, keeps the dancefloor rolling into the wee hours with good ol' fashioned massive vibes. There will also be SF-flavored personality galore.
9pm-late, $15–$30. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com 
Lucky 13: Lexington Club NYE Bash Another rad dyke-a-palooza from the great folks at the Lex. DJ Jenna Riot stokes the lesbinsanity. Hottt girls and bois everywhere. Cans of Sophia Coppola Champagne only six bucks!
9pm, free. Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF. www.lexingtonclub.com 
M.O.M. NYE Pretty much the nation's most successful and cute Motown night, Motown on Mondays, is getting supreme with this wonder-ful party. "We're gonna party like it's 1959!"
8pm, $20. Madrone, 500 Divisadero, SF. www.momsf.com 
NYE at THENWBLK Drag goddess Juanita More showers her party fabulosity down upon this new and fantastic showplace space in the Mission that feels like an underground rave hole. Blaksheep, comprised of DJs Ken Vulsion and Derek Bobus, supply the techno-ey tunes, while Voodoo Van provides the eats.
9pm-late, $45–$65. THENWBLK, 1999 Bryant, SF. nyenwblk.eventbrite.com 
The People Can we all just move to Oakland and have the People throw parties all the time? That old-time house magic is alive and well at People parties, full of art, wonder, and a whole lot of "woo!"s from the dancefloor. Revered poet and decks master Rich Medina is in from Philly to set the new year off right.
9pm-late, $10–$20. New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakl. www.thenewparish.com