Posted in dance | music | tour dates on December 26, 2012

Baby New Year

Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.

One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.

Jay-Z's pal Kanye West is doing a three-night run in Atlantic City right before NYE (12/28-30) at Revel. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Another hip hop option includes Nas at Radio City Music Hall that also features Elle Varner. Tickets are still available.

Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing

Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.

If jam bands are your thing, you might also want to catch The Disco Biscuits, who kick off their four-night run at Best Buy Theater tonight (12/26) and then play NYE at The Theatre at MSG (tickets).

Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.

If you're more into dancing, RJD2 will be DJing at Gramercy Theater with Com Truise and Chrome Sparks; and Moby and many others will be DJing at an as-yet undisclosed location (tickets).

Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.

Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.

Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.

Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.

Matthew Dear and Superpitcher are at Le Bain (tix); Ian Pooley, Pat Mahoney and more at Cameo; Onra, Nick Catchdubs, and Samo Sound Boy are at Williamsburg's Villian (tickets).

Holy Ghost! and Midnight Magic are at Brooklyn Bowl (sold out) and after that, Holy Ghost!'s DFA labelmate Juan Maclean will DJ an afterparty at the same venue (tickets).

Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.

If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.

For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.

Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit,  plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.

After that, DJ Rashad, DJ Manny, Sasha Go Hard, and others will play an afterparty at 285 Kent (tickets).

Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.

Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).

More indie rock: Blonde Redhead and Beach Fossils are at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available and you can also win a pair from us.

Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile across the Hudson, The Hold Steady will ring in 2013 with Lucero at The Wellmont Theatre in NJ. Tickets are still available.

Before that, Lucero will do a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl (12/28-29) with Nude Beach supporting on night 1 and Hollis Brown on night 2. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both are still available.

Amanda Palmer will be at Terminal 5, playing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety which will surely be a spectacle. She'll play a set of originals too. Tickets are still available.

If you'd like to party like it's 1929, Spirit Family Reunion are bringing the old time religion to Pianos. Tickets are still available, includes a champagne toast.

More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).

The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.

My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

After that, Capitol Theatre will host Steve Miller Band on 12/30 (tickets) and funky METERS with Dumpstaphunk on NYE (tickets).

For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.

To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.

Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.

What did we miss?

Heading to Austin? We have a list of shows happening there too. Update: And Chicago too.



Comments (44)

countdown to PHISH!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 11:14 AM


Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 11:22 AM

no standouts

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 11:26 AM

Phish is still around?

Posted by Tom | December 26, 2012 11:30 AM

they never left brah

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 11:59 AM

wow those Kanye shows are selling terribly

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 12:14 PM

nitrous mafia is filling the tanks as i write

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 12:25 PM

Mmmmmmmmmmmmy morning jacket

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 12:27 PM

Looks like a house party. No desire to go to any of those shows even if they were free! Coldplay and Jay-Z. Ha ha! Does it get any worse than that!

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 12:29 PM

If you're truly bummed out by the NYE show selection might I suggest making some friends and hanging out with them? You don't have to whine about it on the internet, you know.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 12:39 PM

Disco Biscuits and Phish at msg on nye, there should be some epic face plants around 5 am

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 1:00 PM

Matthew Dear :-)

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 1:43 PM

Coldplay and Jay-Z!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cab't wait

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 2:03 PM

going to all 3 kanye shows, front row & center for 2. judge me

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 2:12 PM

Going to see Coldplay at Barclays. I totally agree with the comment in the article about the writstband lights . It is, by far, the best lighting effect I have ever seen at a show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 2:51 PM

bv yr incredible. thanks for the thoroughness.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 2:53 PM

2:12, ok I'll judge you. You have awful taste in music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 3:08 PM

I enjoy Kanye West but I can't imagine why someone would need to see him 3 nights in a row. It's not the Dead.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 3:25 PM

3:25 good point

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 4:11 PM

Fuck all that bullshit. Netflix and Chinese takeout FTW. I'm waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed for once on New Years day and going for a run or some other healthy activity which I will brag about on Facebook to make all the hungover losers feel bad about themselves. Being an asshole is fun. :)

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 4:13 PM

^ may I suggest some hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 5:03 PM

^ organic hummus

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 5:23 PM

What did you miss? a free show 10-12 at Arlene's Grocery (LES) with optional $40 open bar x2 bars. Live music by Great Caesar, who just played with Peace UK / San Fermin last week at Pianos.

Posted by stephen | December 26, 2012 5:23 PM

Going to a rave in Bushwick is the only way to have a decent new years. Not this crap.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 5:34 PM

i will be home alone b/c i have no friends and have a hard time leaving my house

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 6:31 PM

It's not a "rave" unless there is an overwhelming odor of angel dust in the air.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 7:59 PM

I don't trust New Year's Eve to be goin' on at 8.

Posted by satcher setch | December 26, 2012 8:06 PM

the two best bands playing nye are kid congo and psychic ills.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 9:04 PM

Nitrous Mafia runs nye

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 11:03 PM

I will likely pick up a cheap ticket to Coldplay day of show. Their live shows this year have been absolutely spectacular even if most of their new music is unremarkable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 11:58 PM

i would actually gladly take cheese on this

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2012 4:16 AM

how can you live with yourself after seeing coldplay

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2012 9:10 AM

Chris Martin has hair plugs

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2012 4:09 PM

what to do if you want to rage, eat good food, see a concert, stay in BK, or if you're broke.....MANY amazing NYE parties here:

Posted by Maria | December 27, 2012 10:33 PM

David Guetta at Borgata tonight

Posted by Anonymous | December 28, 2012 9:28 AM

rev @unionpool is not free -

Posted by Anonymous | December 28, 2012 4:01 PM

3:21. The fact that your musical taste is in line with the Grammy awards confirms my original statement that you have awful taste in music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2012 9:34 PM

Looking for RJD2 NYE tickets.

stillwaterdrive at gmail

Posted by Mark | December 31, 2012 12:16 AM


Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 1:52 AM

I'd rather spend NYE in a subway station than having to sit through Coldplay or Jay-Z! NYE in NYC ain't what it used to be. For starters, no Grace Jones?

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 8:38 AM

hey guys, I'm really going out on a limb here, but I would venture to say that Eugene might have been joking around just a little bit. I could be wrong though.

Posted by Download Google Chrome 2013 | April 5, 2013 2:53 PM

News years eve parties are the best.

Posted by catering winnipeg | June 27, 2013 3:47 PM

Great show, I will waiting for the next show.

Posted by the marriage savior system | July 4, 2013 5:01 AM

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