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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

Celebrate 2015 to the sound of your favorite band or artist with these top picks of New Year's Eve concerts in NYC. Sing along to "Tiny Dancer" when Elton John plays Barclays Center, or dance the night away with EDM's biggest stars, Diplo and Skrillex, when they takeover Madison Square Garden with their Jack U project. Then continue the night by watching the fireworks or stopping by one of the many New Year's Eve parties around the city.

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New Year's Eve concerts 2014

Disclosure + Claude Vonstroke + Dusky + Ten Walls + Kyle Hall + Isaac Tichauer

Critics' pick

Critics and consumers reached a rare consensus in pegging Disclosure's debut, Settle, as the best dance record of 2013. The British brothers, currently on a massive world tour, have decided to ring in 2015 by bringing their sleek, soulful garage-house tracks to Pier 94. The Disclosure live experience is a guaranteed blowout, so remember, hydrate well and get ready to move.

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Pier 94 31 Dec 2014

The Hold Steady + The So So Glos

Critics' pick

Expert rock & roll mythologists the Hold Steady bring their tales of nostalgia, listlessness and inebriation to the 'Burg on New Year's Eve. The bar band extraordinaire is riding high from its latest, Teeth Dreams, so expect it to ring in 2015 with a fervent, noisy glory, aided by local DIYers the So So Glos.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg 31 Dec 2014

Jack Ü

If you like to go big on New Year’s Eve, we can’t think of anything bigger than catching two of EDM’s leading rock stars, Mad Decent honcho Diplo and dubstep king Skrillex, when they bring their Jack Ü project to Madison Square Garden. (Sorry, Phish fans. Better luck next year.)

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Madison Square Garden 31 Dec 2014

Elton John and His Band

Critics' pick

While we reveled in the unexpected delights of his reflective 2013 solo release, The Diving Board, we're sure glad to see Sir Elton ushering in the New Year on Brooklyn's biggest stage: Swoon along to "Tiny Dancer," make juvenile hand gestures to "Crocodile Rock," smile meaningfully at your folks during "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." What's not to love?

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Barclays Center 31 Dec 2014