Where to rock on New Year's Eve
Let others pay too much for cocktails at cheesy clubs and bars while drunk strangers drool on them. The cool kids know that the right way to welcome the New Year is with a song. Whether you're singing along with Trey Anastasio and friends or getting down to the beats laid down by The Roots there’s a New Year’s Eve concert for you.
Brooklyn Bowl, 8 p.m., $85.
Yeah, they’re the soul of Philly, but The Roots have made New York their second home. You can’t not have a good time listening to the jams of Questlove and company. The band will be playing three sets for you to groove to, and the club will be open until 6 a.m.
Guided By Voices
Irving Plaza, 7 p.m., $72.
Come say hello and goodbye as the original line-up of this indie rock monster plays the last show of its reunion tour. Expect a set list full of classics and favorites, and watch frontman Bob Pollard, a noted fan of alcohol, ring in a boozy New Year.
Patti Smith and her Band
Bowery Ballroom, 8 p.m., $55.
You may think Patti Smith’s all hoity-toity with her recent National Book Award win, but the original punk poet can still rock it. She returns to Bowery Ballroom for her annual end-of-the-year celebration, as she’s done every year since 1998.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Best Buy Theater, 8 p.m., $55.
For a more refined evening, the divine Sharon Jones brings back the retro charm of the Stax Records era with the fabulously brassy Dap-Kings.
Madison Square Garden, 8 p.m., $70.
After returning from retirement last year, Phish proved they can still jam for hours. Get down to the hippie beat, and gently sway the night away. By the end, you won’t be sure if it’s 2011 or 1991.