When selecting the music with which to ring in the new year, cover bands or DJs who remix “Auld Lang Syne” are fine if you want to dance. Should you want a group to successfully straddle the emotion of the past year ending with the excitement of a new one beginning, your best option is St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the Birmingham, Ala.-based soul group. Led by big-voiced vocalist Paul Janeway, the six-piece band channels old-school singers like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett while turning out original tunes that could sound modern in 1965 or 2015. Their live performances look like feats of endurance, with Janeway sweating profusely, pacing, and occasionally climbing atop equipment, and the brass players blowing as if their lives depend on it, all while dressed in sharply tailored suits. For this special New Year’s Eve gig, the Bones are joined by another group that’s rooted in soul traditions: legendary go-go act Trouble Funk. Welcome 2016 with a bit of the old, a bit of the new, and plenty of sonic joy. St. Paul and the Broken Bones perform with Trouble Funk at 9 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $55. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.