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.
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