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New Year's Eve concerts in NYC

Ring in the new year with these New Year's Eve concerts, featuring live-music shows 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. Get wild with your favorite international gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello and Co. when they take over Terminal 5, or dance the night away with local mainstays like Avan Lava. Then continue the night by watching the fireworks or stopping by one of the many New Year's Eve parties around the city. And, for more top-notch music, make sure to hit up some of the best concerts in NYC leading up to the holidays.

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New Year's Eve concerts 2015

They Might Be Giants

The latest single from quirk-rock notables They Might Be Giants is just a call away. The band has had a prolific year, releasing a new song every week through its recently revived "Dial-A-Song" service, in which the duo records songs on an answering machine and advertises the number online. But make no mistake: The new material sounds even better on stage than after the beep.

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Thu Dec 31–Sat Jan 2

Dan Deacon

Despite being a master of glitchy electronic sounds, Dan Deacon's highbrow compositional chops and DIY ethos make him a better fit for an underground punk venue than a big EDM club. Deacon's performances, which usually involve directed crowd-participation dance offs, are sweaty, euphoric affairs. This show, which comes on the heels of his latest album, Gliss Riffer, should be no different—perfect for closing out the year.

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29 Dec 2015

The Bad Plus

Alt-jazz phenomenon the Bad Plus made its name—and earned itself a few haters—interpreting favorites by Blondie, Nirvana, Black Sabbath and other rock icons. Lately, though, the spotlight has been turned where it should have been all along: on the trio's striking, inventive postbop-gone-pop originals. The band returns to the venerable Village Vanguard, where it has established a refreshingly offbeat New Year's Eve tradition, settling in for six nights.

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Tue Dec 29 - Sun Jan 3

DIIV + Tamaryn + Special Surprise Guest

Working as DIIV, Zachary Cole Smith & Co. crafted a killer debut in 2012 that blended shoegaze, pyschedelia and a pounding postpunk beat to dreamily delicious effect. They return in 2016 with a highly anticipated double-album follow-up, Is the Is Are, which delves deeper into the crew's dark, liquidy guitar rock textures.

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Market Hotel , Bushwick Thursday March 3 2016 - Saturday March 5 2016

Avan Lava + French Horn Rebellion

Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Avan Lava's high-energy gigs include choreographed dance routines and trippy light shows. The band headlines an end-of-the-year bill that includes French Horn Rebellion, a Brooklyn outfit that's heavy on the perky synth-pop and light on actual French horn, alongside a host of other killer DJ's and live sets. Come prepared to do some serious dancing.

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31 Dec 2015

Future + Rudimental (DJ Set)

Atlanta rapper Future released the hard-hitting DS2, as well as What A Time To Be Alive, a red-hot collaborative mixtape with Drake, this year—and both rank as two of the 2015's best hip-hop albums. With such a big year behind him, Future is sure to be in a celebratory mood at this waterfront NYE gig.

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Until Thu Dec 31

Chris Botti

Chris Botti’s trumpet skills are actually as good as his telegenic looks, even if he rarely puts them to use playing the kind of bop he cut his teeth on. A consummate showman, Botti presents his blend of smooth jazz-funk, glossily Miles-ian ballads and assorted pop and classical chestnuts at the Blue Note for his 11th annual holiday residency.

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Until Thu Dec 31

Gogol Bordello

Eugene Hütz and his collective of Gypsy punks visit Terminal 5 yet again, with fellow travelers-in-mania Man Man. Gogol Bordello released its sixth studio album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, in 2013, and nearly 15 years of playing together has tightened the outfit's melting-pot output of polka/hardcore/so much more. If nothing less than zany debauchery will do this evening, then you probably already have tickets.

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Wed Dec 30 - Thu Dec 31

Mykki Blanco + Cakes Da Killa + MikeQ

Fusing her consummately vicious wordsmithery with a riot grrl image, queer rapper Mykki Blanco further proved her endless ability to transgress labels and conventions on last year's punky Gay Dog Food. The alt-icon-in-the-making headlines this high-energy New Year’s Eve gig alongside quicksilver-tongued rapper Cakes Da Killa and the Qween Beat crew's vogue-house-master MikeQ.

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Until Thu Dec 31

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Surf Rock is Dead + Monograms

It's been nearly a decade since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah exploded out of nowhere with a wildly acclaimed self-released debut. These days, frontman Alec Ounsworth is the only member left from those heady mid-aughts days; the David Byrne–esque singer and his current band turn up at this year-end show to support 2014's Only Run, which runs the gamut from soaring electropop to hard-hitting garage-psych.

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Until Thu Dec 31
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2 comments
John D
John D

What about Jimmy Buffet at the Barcley Center?

p m
p m

no phish or buffett/huey lewis huh?