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Your NYE 2013 Concert Playbook

New Year’s Eve. To some, it’s a good excuse to slap on something tailored, find the nearest adult-refreshment dispensary and spin those spinny things around all night. Maybe pop a balloon or two. To which we say... fine. Have fun out there. Don’t do anything Seacrest wouldn’t do.

But for the sake of argument, let’s say you want something else from your NYE experience. Something different. You could rent a cabin in the mountains and do mountain things. You could go out to dinner and do romantic things. Or hey, here’s an idea: you could just hop a plane to Vegas, NYC or wherever live music happens and catch a show.

In fact, do that. Do exactly that. And should you need a little help doing exactly that, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a shortlist of New Year’s Eve concerts you should probably know about. They’re all over the place, really. In a good way. In a Billy-Joel-in-NYC-to-Deadmau5-in-Miami-to-Mix-Master-Mike-in-Vail way.

So there you go. You’ve got your marching orders. Now all that’s left to do is figure out which one you’re going to, get in some type of aircraft or automobile, and show up in a party hat. We’ll also accept “not in a party hat.”

“For the sake of argument, let’s say you want something else from your NYE experience. Something different.”

If you’re not ringing in the new year to “The Downeaster Alexa” with Mr. Joel himself, you’re probably not doing it right. Or you just hate Billy Joel. Either way, your loss.

Lasers. Glow sticks. You and thousands of beautiful sweaty people dancing to whatever Calvin Harris is making you dance to at the time. Sounds about right. Only thing this party’s missing is a craps table. Wait...

Vegas option #2: Kaskade. Yep. Looks like you’re going to both. Also looks like you’re about to have wasted a lot of money on a bed.


Take one part legendary Beastie Boys DJ, two parts midnight confetti blizzard and like a million parts vodka and, well... this. Bonus: you’re in Vail. We hear they have a bunch of hot tubs in Vail.

Should you find yourself near Atlantic City this New Year’s, you should consider taking your date to the Maroon 5 show. That’s all. You should just consider doing that.

Primus. You remember those guys. “My Name Is Mud.” “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.” That Primus. They’re playing the Fox in honor of 2014. Which is way less ’90s-y than the ’90s.


He calls it Super Funk Rock. “He” being Trombone Shorty. “It” being what you will bear witness to if you show up at the 9:30 Club in DC on December 31. Hope you like pretending to be amazing at dancing.

First, Capital Cities will take the stage. Then they’ll play that one song and you’ll get all happy and start bouncing around. Then 2014 will happen and you’ll pat yourself on the back for being better at celebrating it than everyone else.

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Bit of a no-brainer, too. Well, except for the fact that it happens on New Year’s Day instead of New Year’s Eve. Morning after. Morning during. Same thing.



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