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Shiny Toy Guns Ring in New Year

SAN FRANCISCO: The dance-rockers and Scissors for Lefty bid adieu to 2006 at the Mezzanine.

For Bay Are toe-tappers, the hands-down hot-spot for spending the last night of 2006 was San Francisco indie mecca the Mezzanine, where Live 105, Popscene, and Spin joined forces for a New Year’s blowout. Dance moves were flowing as freely as the drinks, and during the crucial hours of 11 P.M. to 1 A.M., revelers left the bar to flood the front of the stage, getting down to two of the biggest up-and-coming bands making noise on the West Coast. San Francisco natives Scissors for Lefty launched into a wild, beat-heavy set — highlighted by Bryan Garza’s surly lyrics he sometimes delivered while sprawled across the stage floor — while Shiny Toy Guns delivered a positively tight-knit performance. Fueled on synths and rock riffs, the stylish L.A. electro-club heroes motivated the dance floor, especially on standouts “Le Disko” and “Don’t Cry Out.” With their set finishing minutes before the ball dropped, showgoers were left dancing their way into 2007. AUSTIN PLUMB / PHOTOS BY CLAY GARDNER

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