New Year's Eve concerts and live music in New York

Ring in the new year with these New Year's Eve concerts, featuring annual live-music shows, major-label stars and cutting-edge acts.

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New Year's Eve concerts 2013

Jill Scott + Luke James + DJ Premier

  • Price band: 3/4

Neosoul heavy hitter Jill Scott takes over swanky Radio City Music Hall for what looks to be a very smooth and sophisticated shindig. She's still touring behind 2011's poised The Light of the Sun, but you can also expect to hear a few older gems like the funky "A Long Walk." Bolstering Scott's R&B party is NOLA crooner and Beyoncé opener Luke James, and latter-day hip-hop pioneer DJ Premier.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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Thurston Moore

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Former Sonic Youth singer and guitarist, Ecstatic Peace! cocaptain, underground booster and so-much-more man Thurston Moore kicks off his Stone residency on NYE. At 8pm he's joined by downtown avant-garde guru and saxist John Zorn, and later he commandeers a dazzling double bill, with tireless bass legend Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges, etc.) and the Raymond Pettibon Trio (10pm). The evening culminates with a set from Moore's shaggy art-punk project Chelsea Light Moving (11:30pm). The room only fits 75 people, so get in line early.

  1. The Stone Ave C, at 2nd St
  2. Until Sun Jan 5
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Punch Brothers

  • Critics choice

End 2013 on a high note with the Punch Brothers, returned to the Bowery Ballroom for their annual three-night run. The A-list newgrass group, led by übertalented mandolinist, singer and songwriter Chris Thile, is still touring behind last year's Who's Feeling Young Now?, and recently appeared on the excellent soundtrack for Inside Llewyn Davis. Count on hearing traditional string music performed with insane chops and plenty of whimsical asides.

  1. Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey St, between Bowery and Chrystie St
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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Miley Cyrus

If you were looking to ring in 2014 to the sounds of a near-naked pop star with thousands of tourists in the freezing cold, then we've found the spectacle for you. Ryan Seacrest announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that Miley Cyrus will play Times Square on New Year's Eve, aptly rounding out the tawdry year that just was. The 21-year-old twerker will perform for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve just before the (wrecking) ball drops.

  1. Times Square

The Disco Biscuits

  • Price band: 2/4

It's easy to poke fun at the Disco Biscuits' trancey fusion. Still, bisco music (as they call it) remains a huge hit among the jammy throngs, and apparently the fan base is growing. Last year the prolific Philly group set up shop at Best Buy for a four-night stand; this year it's upped the ante with an additional show on the 31st at the twice-as-big Theater at MSG.

  1. Theater at Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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