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Seasonal Shindigs

From Cyndi Lauper and her famous friends to Yo La Tengo inspiring miracles, here are some concerts to help you get in the holiday spirit.


Let them entertain you.   

Scott Weiland: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Irving Plaza; 11/30 at 7 p.m.; 17 Irving Pl., at 15th St., 212-777-6800
You can buy his Christmas album, but nothing says “holiday spirit” like Stone Temple Pilots front man crooning through a show of standards like “Winter Wonderland” live. Look for the reggae arrangement of “Silent Night” (we’re not kidding).

Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays
Beacon Theater; 12/4 at 8 p.m.; 2124 Broadway, nr. 74th St.; 212-465-6500
Ms. Lauper knows that girls just want to have fun, but so do her high-profile friends, including Norah Jones, Lou Reed, Rosie O'Donnell, Debbie Harry, Alan Cumming, and and many more, who will be joining her in a benefit to raise awareness about LGBT youth homelessness.

Holiday Cheer for WFUV: A Benefit Concert
Beacon Theater; 12/5 at 8 p.m.; 2124 Broadway, nr. 74th St.; 212-465-6500
The member-supported radio station jingles its bells with a benefit show as diverse as its “rock and roots” mission statement. The lineup features gospel legend Mavis Staples, folk-poppers the Head and the Heart, and Dawes.

Jingle Ball
Madison Square Garden; 12/9 at 7:30 p.m.; 4 Penn Plz., nr. 31st St.; 212-465-6741
Top-40 lovers must have been good boys and girls to get this lineup: Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, and more will be dancing and prancing in Madison Square (Garden), at this annual pop-stravaganza, hosted this year by “YouTube sensation” Karmin.

Ingrid Michaelson’s Holiday Hop
Music Hall of Williamsburg; 12/10 at 8 p.m.; 66 N. Sixth St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-486-5400
Now in its fifth annual installment, the singer–songwriter’s fun, season-embracing show has become an affair to look forward to—which is why this year’s already sold out. Just an excuse to get creative, though. (Maybe you can audition to be a backup dancer?)

Anna Calvi.  

BrooklynVegan Holiday Party: Anna Calvi
Music Hall of Williamsburg; 12/13 at 8 p.m.; 66 N. Sixth St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-486-5400
The guitar-shredding Mercury Prize nominee returns to our shores to headline the music blog’s affair, where one dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to Toys for Tots.

"A Not So Silent Night" Rufus & Martha Wainwright
The Town Hall; 12/15 at 8 p.m.; 123 W. 43rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-840-2824
The super-talented and super-attractive siblings surround themselves with loved ones, including their dad Loudon Wainwright III, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Teddy Thompson, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and more. For the second time on this list, Lou Reed shows his love for the season, so might we suggest taking him a present?

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