The RENT BOYS gave their all in a farewell performance on New Year's Eve 2001. After so many years and so many endeavors down the line, the original rabble-rousing poets, artists and mad men of the Atlanta punk scene can't seem to find any solace in retirement. This NYE, the boys are back and standing tall at the Earl for one more raucous show of chops and lyrics that are equal parts Minutemen and Shane MacGowan. Local garage-rock up-and-comers Howlies and long-standing surf-rock ghouls Fiend Without a Face, featuring Brent Hinds of Mastodon, also perform. Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. $12-$15. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.