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Year in Music

New Year’s doesn’t have to be a nightmare of velvet ropes and supersize prices. (But do book tickets to these shows sooner rather than later.)

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  1. 1. Patti Smith

    December 31 at Bowery Ballroom

    As her closing-down-CBGB performance proved, Smith still has what it takes to captivate an audience, and the songs from her seminal album Horses still sound as vital as ever. Plus the locale means you won’t need an (unavailable) taxi to get to downtown bars after the show.

  2. 2. Mates of State

    December 31 at the Knitting Factory

    The indie duo’s organ-driven music—best heard on their most recent album, Bring It Back—is catchy, upbeat, and just under-the-radar enough to attract an affable, intimate crowd.

  3. 3. Radio 4

    December 31 at Mercury Lounge

    Radio 4 may not be the most original act to grace the New York stage (it’s named after a post-punk song, after all), but this local foursome’s music is exuberant, danceable, and undeniably fun. Arrive early for opener the Oxford Collapse.


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