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Arts and Music

The New Year On A High Note

Plenty of options for live music fans to welcome 2013 with

For as many concerts that play in our area at any given time, it always seems like the days leading up to and including New Year’s Eve wind up being arguably one the biggest live music days of the year. This go-round is not different as there is plenty to choose from regardless of your taste in music.

1. Andrew W.K. - The hard rocking singer-songwriter cum motivational speaker/nightclub entrepreneur/Cartoon Network show host/Kathy Griffin beau welcomes 2013 in Amityville (Revolution, December 30)

2. Coldplay & Jay-Z – Is this the most bizarre pairing since Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees? You can be the judge if you head over to Brooklyn for this most unusual bill. (Barclays Center, December 31)

4. Gov’t Mule - The inheritor of the late James Brown’s mantle as “the hardest working man in show business,” Warren Haynes has done double duty with the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule while carving out time for a solo career. The man is a true road dog, (the Mule played its 1,000th performance back in ’04!), and his band continues the tradition of playing an end-of-year set of gigs at the Beacon that’s become a favorite pastime for members of Jam Band Nation (Beacon Theatre, December 30 and 31)

5. Dark Star Orchestra – Playing what they call the Cosmic New Year’s Run 2012-13, the band will perform a show based on an actual Grateful Dead setlist. Perhaps the 1987 New Year’s Eve show at the Oakland Coliseum?  (The Paramount, December 30 and 31)

6. Disco Biscuits – Philly jam band returns to play yet another New Year’s Eve show in the Big Apple and bring their singular brand of trance fusion to the masses. (Theater @ Madison Square Garden, December 31)

7. Long Island Philharmonic – Led by music director/conductor David Stewart Wiley, the LIP will be playing a program derived from the Great American Songbook that will also include a special musical tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch, who’d performed with the orchestra during two prior New Year’s Eve shows. (Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, December 31)

9. Nancy Atlas Project – Much-loved local singer-songwriter holds court at one of the coziest venues on the East End. (Stephen Talkhouse, December 31)

10. Nas – No better night than New Year’s Eve for the native New Yorker to  get nostalgic as he dips into his latest outing, Life is Good. (Radio City Music Hall, December 31)

11. Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra – Dresden Dolls founding member takes a solo turn to perform a show that will find her playing Purple Rain in its entirety along with other songs. (Terminal 5, December 31)

12. Paul Dianno – Even though he only fronted Iron Maiden for three years, the native Londoner was the voice for a number of classic songs including “Running Free,” “Wrathchild” and “Murders in the Rue Morgue.” (Revolution, December 31)

13. Phish – Even though it may not be as surreal as when Phish closed out Bonnaroo this year backing up Kenny Rogers on a non-ironic reading of “The Gambler,” this annual run at MSG will see floor seats at these shows be general admission for the first time ever. (Madison Square Garden, December 28-31)

14. The Punch Brothers – Progressive bluegrass comes to the Big Apple via this quintet that not only saw the release of its third album Who’s Feeling Young Now? earlier this year, but also landed a song on The Hunger Games soundtrack.  (Bowery Ballroom, December 29-31)

15. They Might Be Giants – The alt-pop duo not only close out 2012 in King’s County, but just might be revealing what’s to come given their next album, Nanobots, is slated to drop in March. (Music Hall of Williamsburg, December 29-31)

16. Mike Stern Band – The veteran jazz guitarist leads a murderer’s row of virtuosos: trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Anthony Jackson and timekeeper Dave Weckl. (The Iridium, December 28-December 31)