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Rock Around the Clock

From Jill Scott to Deadmau5, here are concerts to help you shimmy your way into 2014.


Thurston Moore, Mykki Blanco, Billy Joel, and Jill Scott.   

Andrew WK
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., at 15th St.; 212-777-6800; 8 p.m.
What better way to ring in the New Year than with the king of party? To help get you in the spirit they’re providing unlimited tap beer with the "Never Ending Party—Never Ending Beer!" ticket option. Which is kind of a misnomer because, yeah, the party’s gonna end on January 1.

Punch Brothers
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., nr. Bowery; 212-533-2111; 12/29–12/31 at 8 p.m.
The rootsy bluegrass folksters—whose bandleader won a MacArthur Genius award in 2012—recently received a boost in recognition from their inclusion on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack. Which is possibly why these four shows are sold out. But where there’s a folk will, there’s a folk way.

Billy Joel
Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., nr. Flatbush Ave.; 917-618-6700; 8 p.m.
The Piano Man may have an upcoming open-ended residency at Madison Square Garden, but to round out 2013 he takes it to Brooklyn, his first solo arena show in NYC since 2006, with opening act Ben Folds Five. Your parents would love it if you got them tickets.

Gogol Bordello
Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-260-4700; 9 p.m.
In our book, rowdy is the best way to round out the year. And there’s no better option than kicking up your heels with these gypsy Klezmer punks, fronted by the exuberant Eugene Hutz. Man Man opens, and you can start the party one day early, if you're so inclined—they're also playing Dec 30.

Matthew Dekay
Output, 74 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 12th St., Williamsburg; 10 p.m.
The Dutch producer knows that New Year’s Eve is for lovers, which is why his house music skews romantic. It will be a full night, with sets from Avatism, Jimmy Edgar, DJ Three, Konrad Black, Taimur & Fahad, Connie, and Lauren Ritter. Get tickets early for this one: on the day of, prices double.

Mykki Blanco
Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-614-6932; 8 p.m.
Sinister beats and exuberant, flamboyant cross-dressing—this Harlem rapper's got the formula for a good time. She's bringing a legion of friends, including Boychild and Princess Nokia.

Jill Scott
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., nr. 50th St.; 212-247-4777; 9 p.m.
Welcome the New Year with the soulful sounds of the songstress and best-selling poet, with openers Luke James and DJ Premier.

Thurston Moore
The Stone, Ave. C at 2nd St.; 8 p.m., 10 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.
The former Sonic Youth front man has a busy night, playing two shows and three sets: an early show with avant-garde composer John Zorn on sax, a later 10 p.m. set featuring Mike Watt and Raymond Pettibon, and an 11:30 performance with his new band Chelsea Light Moving. If you need more incentive, they're calling this the "hippest New Year's celebration in town."

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