Matt and Kim
Hammerstein Ballroom; 9 p.m.; 311 W. 34th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-279-7740
The bubbly husband-and-wife duo spread the cheer at a holiday bash with the Super Mash Bros. and Body Language. Bonus: If you don’t have someone to kiss at midnight, you can probably just watch them make out on stage. It's all part of the show!
Terminal 5; 12/30 at 8 p.m., 12/31 at 9 p.m.; 610 W. 56th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212–260–4700
Gypsy cabaret (the more raucous the better) has proven itself an excellent soundtrack for festivity, so why not ring in the new year with Eugene Hutz and Co.? They’re playing both the 30th and the 31st, and for die-hards, a two-day pass will run you $70.
New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; 8 p.m.; 10 Lincoln Center Plz.,nr. 65th St.; 212-875-5030
End 2011 with some culture when Alan Gilbert conducts a program of selections from Bernstein and Gershwin, featuring ivory-tickling by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Note: Don’t worry if you can’t make it out to the show; it’ll also be broadcast on local PBS stations.
Joe's Pub; 12/28-12/31; 425 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-539-8777
You never know what’s gonna come out of the mouth of the inimitable Ms. Bernhard, whether she's riffing on pop culture or playing with her band the Rebellious Jezebels. But there are multiple chances to find out, with two shows on NYE proper.
Patti Smith and Her Band
Bowery Ballroom ; 12/29-12/31 at 9 p.m.; 6 Delancey St, nr. Bowery; 212-533-2111
It's been a big year for the recent National Book Award winner (for her memoir Just Kids). So she has much to celebrate when she reprises her role as the queen of New Year's. Shows are sold out, but Patti probably wouldn't let that stop her.
Fitz and the Tantrums
Gramercy Theatre; 9 p.m.; 127 E. 23rd St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-614-6932
Sartorially savvy with some slick moves to boot, these neo-soulsters put on one for the dancers. (Seriously. We dare your feet not to move to their "MoneyGrabber.")
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Maxwell's; 8 p.m.; 1039 Washington St., at 11th St., Hoboken, NJ; 201-653-1703
On his blog, punk-rock jokester Leo promises "something special to take your mind off of how depressing this holiday actually is." He speaks the truth. With comedian Kurt Braunohler.