Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blondie, Icona Pop, Miley Cyrus, and Melissa Etheridge: Times Square, December 31, free
If you're doing New Year's Eve in NYC, bigger is often better. Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve has a stacked lineup featuring the artists who defined pop in 2013, as well as Melissa Etheridge (performing a Bob Dylan cut) and Blondie, who first took the stage in Times Square 30 years ago.
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m., Times Square.
Andrew W.K. (and his band), The Original Punk Rock Heavy Metal Karaoke Band, Team Spirit, Aleister X: Irving Plaza, December 31, $39.50
New Year's is the biggest party of the year, and Andrew W.K. just might be the biggest partyer of all time. Seems like a match made in (a very inebriated) heaven. If you want to head bang your way into 2014, this is the place.
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place (between 15th and 16th Streets); 212-777-6800.
The Juan Maclean (DJ set), Avan Lava, JDH, Justin Strauss, Evan Michael, Alan Blancato, Andrew Blancato, and Mondo: An Indie Dance Party: Cameo Gallery, December 31, $60
If dancing is your number one NYE requirement, Cameo Gallery is looking like pretty good option. Featuring DFA Records house maestro The Juan Maclean, NYC pop group Avan Lava, and more, this is the place to get your groove on this December 31.
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m., Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th Street (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue); Brooklyn; 718-302-1180.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
December 27, 29 and 30: Patti Smith plays Webster Hall.
December 30: Major Lazer and Boys Noize play Pier 94.
December 30 and 31: Gogol Bordello plays Terminal 5.
December 31: DIIV, Potty Mouth, Nothing, and Ratking play Baby's All Right.
December 31: Billy Joel and Ben Folds Five play Barclays Center.
December 31: Delta Spirit, Cults (DJ set), and SACCO play Brooklyn Bowl.
December 31: Tanlines (DJ set) plays Brooklyn Bowl.
December 31: Mykki Blanco, DJ Rashad, Boychild, DJ Larry B., T.E.A.M.S., Ian Isiah, Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, and Michael Magnan play Gramercy Theatre.
December 31: deadmau5 plays Nassau Coliseum.
December 31: Matthew Dekay, Avatism, Jimmy Edgar, DJ Three, Konrad Black, Taimur & Fahad, Connie, and Lauren Ritter play Output.
December 31: Gesaffelstein, Jaw Jam, Sophia M.A., Medina, Gizmo, Tony Quattro, Arnold, Branchez, Hiawatha, Don Clark, Lenvi, Para One, Brodinski, and Alex English play Slake.
December 31: Perfect Pussy, No Statik, Nomad, La Misma, Grudges, Creeping Dose play The Acheron.
December 31: Chelsea Light Moving, Thurston Moore and Mike Watt (w/ Raymond Pettibon) play The Stone.