Gramercy Theatre; 12/31 at 8:30 p.m.; 127 East 23rd St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-614-6932
The composer of Mad Men’s haunting theme song brings his jazz-infused electronic hip-hop to the Gramercy Theatre. At $35 a ticket, it’s the most budget-friendly show on our list.
Moby at the Wander by Unicorn Meat NYC
Undisclosed location; 12/31 at 9 p.m.
If the phrase, “Brooklyn warehouse location TBA” doesn’t send you running for the hills, Moby’s D.J. set at the Wander is a sure thing for high-energy dancing until well into the first morning of January. As Moby himself says, “I would stand in line for this.”
Tickets: $75, $125
New York Philharmonic Celebrates Marvin Hamlisch
Avery Fisher Hall; 12/31 at 7:30 p.m.; 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 66th St.; 212-721-6500
EGOTer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote A Chorus Line and scored everything from The Way We Were to The Informant!, passed away in August of this year. The talent-studded tribute will feature a cast of performers who worked closely with the composer, from Josh Groban to Kelli O’Hara and Raul Esparza.
Jacked New Year’s Eve with Afrojack
Pier 94; 12/31 at 8 p.m.; 711 12th Ave., at 54th St.; 800-677-6278
Fist-pump your way into 2013 with the Netherlands’ most brotastic D.J. Other electro and progressive house sets by R3hab, Shermanology, Quintino, and Bobby Burns make for a full night of pounding bass.
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra Play Purple Rain
Terminal 5; 12/31 doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., 610 West 56th St., nr. 11th Ave.; 212-582-6600
Deemed “The Social Media Queen of Rock n’ Roll” by the Huffington Post, Palmer has an award-winning Twitter and married Neil Gaiman in a flash mob. She’ll perform Prince’s iconic album in its entirety, and then follow up with some original songs.
Tickets: $50 in advance, $60 day of event
Irving Plaza; 12/31 at 8 p.m.; 17 Irving Place nr. 15th St.; 212-777-6800
The trio’s complex psychedelic rock will make you appropriately reflective on the last day of the year. Beach Fossils and Gap Dream are openers.
Electronic Dance Music Extravaganza with Armin Van Buuren
Pier 36; 12/31 at 8 p.m.; 299 South St., nr. Montgomery St.
If you can survive a four-hour set by Dutch trance D.J. Van Buuren without your brain melting, you’ll survive anything the new year may bring. Ticket price includes a three-hour open bar.
Mike Stern Band
The Iridium; 12/31 door at 9 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m.; 1650 Broadway, nr. 51st St.; 212-582-2121
The jazz guitarist formerly of Blood, Sweat, and Tears (as well as one of Miles Davis’s ensembles) performs at a venue so close to Times Square you’ll be mailed a special pass to go beyond the barricades and into the chaos. A four-course dinner is included in the ticket price.