Live music in 2013 landed all over the map: A band of Scandinavian DJs (Swedish House Mafia) sold out five nights at the Bill Graham Center in minutes.
A band of septuagenarians (The Rolling Stones) played the same setlist they always do, and fans ate it up.
And headliners (Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails and the Red Hot Chili Peppers) mesmerized Outside Lands crowds of 60,000 at dusk each day.
There was the surprise arrival of the BottleRock music festival in Napa and its equally surprising implosion. Courtney Love smoked at least a half-pack of cigarettes at the Phoenix Theater. And Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt traded licks for the first time at the Green Music Center.
So what might the new year offer on Bay Area stages?
Beyond Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus, here's a quick peek at the early notes of 2014:
<b>More than 75 artists</b> team up to revive Sly and the Family Stone's classic "Stand!" album over three nights (Jan. 17-19) at the Independent in San Francisco. Guest music director David Moschler lines up the Awesome Orchestra Collective and members of Beats Antique, Bayonics, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Marcus Shelby, Jazz Mafia and many more. $25-$30. 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco. theindependentsf.com.
Touring behind his latest release "Before We Turn to Dust," San Francisco <b>singer-songwriter Sean Hayes</b> drops in for a night of poetry and wry humor Jan. 18 at the HopMonk. $22-$26. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. hopmonk.com.
<b>Samoan reggae artist J Boog</b> returns Jan. 22 to the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma to drop his latest single, "Love Me." $30. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. mystictheatre.com.
Most people come for the laughs at SF Sketchfest, but don't forget that music is always bubbling under the surface, with <b>Tenacious D</b> on Jan. 23, the <b>Rhett Miller variety show</b> on Jan. 27 and, quite possibly the highlight -#8212; "Saturday Night Live" alum Maya Rudolph and singer Gretchen Lieberum -#8212; combining to form <b>Princess,</b> resurrecting the music of Prince on Feb. 9. Go to sfsketchfest.com for tickets and locations.
<b>Former Blaster Dave Alvin</b> sums up his music like this: "There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both." Hear him do it at the 60th birthday benefit for promoter Cloud Moss on Jan. 25 at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, $45-$100. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. seb.org.
<b>Skrillex</b> is calling them "Takeovers" as he invades cities around the world (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brooklyn) for a handful of dates in scattered local venues. The global DJ takes over San Francisco with shows Feb. 3 at the Independent, Feb. 4 at the Regency Ballroom, Feb. 5 at the Mezzanine, Feb. 6 at the Warfield, Feb. 7 at the Fox Theater and Feb. 8 at Bill Graham Auditorium. Get tickets at skrillex.com.
Picking up where they left off at the America's Cup Pavilion in 2013, <b>Imagine Dragons</b> (with bassist Ben McKee from Sebastopol) dig into the songbook beyond the single "Radioactive" on Feb. 13 at the SAP Center in San Jose. $38-$63.25. 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose. sapcenteratsanjose.com.
A takeover of another kind, <b>Noise Pop festival</b> celebrates indie rock (for the 21st year) in San Francisco venues from Feb. 25 to March 2. Highlights: Dr. Dog, Mark Kozelek and Bob Mould. Get tickets at noisepop.com.