Ring In 2012 By Rocking Out: Patti Smith, Ted Leo, NKOTB And More!

If you don't have plans for Saturday night and/or aren't looking to spend an astronomical amount of money on cover for a club, you're not only in good company, you're in luck. For the regulated price of a concert ticket, you can catch that awesome show you've been meaning to see and secure rad New Year's Eve plans. We're talking Patti Smith, AraabMUZIK, Ted Leo, Matt & Kim, NKOTB, and more. Bonus: This way you actually get to control the soundtrack that keeps you dancing straight into 2012. Be ready for plenty of loud tunes, bumping bass, and sweaty revelers— but believe us, it's worth it.

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Photos: Via Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Patti Smith, AraabMuzik


AraabMUZIK, Balam Acab, Light Asylum, Laurel Halo, Run DMT (plus special guest), December 31st, 285 Kent, $20
AdHoc.fm, the soon-to-be launched website from former Altered Zones editors Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander, has put together a stellar line-up that includes the darkly warped trance of AraabMUZIK, the industrial new-wave of Light Asylum, and the cavernous soundscapes of Balam Acab. If you’re bringing in the new year in Williamsburg, this is the place to be.
Saturday, December 31, 8 p.m., 285 Kent, 285 Kent (between South 2nd and South 1st streets), Brooklyn.

Photo: Via Araab Muzik

Patti Smith and Her Band, December 31st, The Bowery Ballroom, $60
Punk-poet legend Patti Smith has had something of a resurgence these past few years, appearing everywhere from award ceremony podiums to magazine covers. What's a more reassuring way to bring in the New Year than with one of the best writers and musicians of the last 25 years? Great for everyone, not just kids.
Saturday, December 31, 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street); 212-533-2111.

Photo: Via Patti Smith

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, December 31st, Maxwell’s, $30
Looking to get out (or stay out) of the city on New Year’s? Head to Hoboken to watch preeminent power pop legend Ted Leo rock the hell out of Maxwell’s. Leo puts on one of the best shows we’ve ever seen, and on the 31st he’s sure to pull out all the stops. This will likely mean unusual covers and epic sing-a-longs.
Saturday, December 31, 9 p.m., Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington Street (between 10th and 11th streets), Hoboken, New Jersey; 201-798-0406.

Photo: Via Ted Leo and The Pharmacists
Up for more? Here are some bonus New Years Eve shows:
Nosaj Thing is playing a sold-out show at Glasslands.
A reunited New Kids On The Block are playing a comically expensive ($224) show at Roseland Ballroom.
Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello will play what’s sure to be an outrageously fun show at Terminal 5.
Matt & Kim play Hammerstein Ballroom with Super Smash Bros.
Photo: Via New Kids On The Block

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