Looking for an alternative to watching five hours of Ryan Seacrest while your Mom serves you tortilla chips and mild salsa with a glass of bubbly grape soda? There are plenty of great concerts scheduled for New Year’s Eve 2012, which we’ve highlighted for you below.

New York City

Afrojack: Pier 94

Amanda Palmer (covering Prince’s Purple Rain): Terminal 5

Azealia Banks: Boom Boom Room

Blonde Redhead and Beach Fossils: Irving Plaza

– The Disco Biscuits: Theatre at Madison Square Garden

– The Felice Brothers: Mercury Lounge

Gov’t Mule: Beacon Theatre

Holy Ghost!, Midnight Magic, and The Juan MacLean: Brooklyn Bowl

– Jay-Z & Coldplay: Barclays Center

Kid Congo and the K-Holes and DJ Jonathan Toubin: Home Sweet Home

– Matthew Dear: Le Bain

– Manitoba (of New York Dolls): Bowery Electric

– Merchandise: 285 Kent

– Nas: Radio City Music Hall

Phish: Madison Square Garden

Pretty Lights: Roseland Ballroom

Psychic Ills: Saint Vitus

– Punch Brothers: Bowery Ballroom

– RJD2 and Com Truise: The Gramercy Theatre

Titus Andronicus and Dapwell: Glasslands


The Airborne Toxic Event: Metro

Big Gigantic: Aragon

Butch Walker: Bottom Lounge

– Chandeliers: The Hideout

Charles Bradley: Lincoln Hall

Hannibal Burress: Zanie’s Comedy Club

The Hood Internet: Beauty Kitchen

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound: Mayne Stage

Leftover Salmon and The Lee Boys: Vic Theater

Local H: Beat Kitchen

Los Lobos: City Winery

Maps & Atlases: Schubas

Mucca Pazza: Empty Bottle

MUTEMATH: House of Blues

Naked Raygun and The Dwarves: Cobra Lounge

Orchard Lounge: Smart Bar

Paradise Waits (Grateful Dead): Ace Bar

Paul Oakenfold: The Castle

Porter Robinson: Congress Theater

– Robert Randolph & Karl Denson: Park West

Screeching Weasel: Reggie’s

Tilly and the Wall: Subterranean

Wanda Jackson: Double Door

White Mystery: Logan Square Auditorium

Los Angeles

ASAP Rocky: House of Blues

Cake: The Wiltern

Daedelus and Tokimonsta: Secret

The Henry Clay People: The Satellite

Kendrick Lamar: The Observatory (Santa Ana)

Rebelution: Hollywood Palladium

Redd Kross and The Melvins: The Alexandria

Sasha: Exchange L.A.

Zedd, Nicky Romero: Club Nokia


Bad Rabbits: Brighton Music Hall

— Deer Tick and Two Gallants: The Sinclair (Cambridge)

Lee Fields & the Expressions: Jordan Hall

The Magnetic Fields: Symphony Hall

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: House of Blues

My Morning Jacket and Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Agganis Arena

Soulive: Paradise Rock Club

San Francisco

Buckethead: Great American Music Hall

Dawes: The Independent

Erykah Badu: Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)

The Fresh & Onlys and Sonny and the Sunsets: The Chapel

Furthur: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

— Futuropolis (feat. Star Slinger, Holy Other and LowRIDERz): 1015 Folsom

— Sea of Dreams NYE (Gogol Bordello, Shpongle and The Glitch Mob): Concourse Exhibition Center

Nick Waterhouse: Bimbo’s 365 Club

Primus: The Warfield

— Sea of Dreams (feat. Gogol Bordello, Shpongle, The Glitch Mob and Trentemøller): Concourse Exhibition Center

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: The Fillmore

Vetiver: Cafe du Nord


Chase & Status: O2 Academy

Four Tet: Fabric

John Talabot: Corsica Studios

Julio Bashmore: Troxy

Marina and the Diamonds: Sanderson Hotel

Simian Mobile Disco and Hercules and Love Affair Soundsystem: XOYO

Tribes: The Water Rats



DeVotchka: Bear Tooth Theatre


Goodie Mob: Belly Up


Cherub: Grand Hyatt

Man or Astroman?: The Earl

Umphrey’s McGee: The Tabernacle

Athens (GA)

Kishi Bashi, Yip Deceiver and Modern Skirts: Georgia Theatre

Atlantic City

Jane’s Addiction: House of Blues

Rev Run and DJ Ruckus: Mixx Nightclub at Borgata

Tiësto: Revel Ovation Hall


Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears: Emo’s

Grupo Fantasma: Beauty Ballroom

Keys N Krates: Lamberts

Neon Indian: The Mohawk

Ringo Deathstarr, Megafauna, and Japanther: Frontier Bar

Willie Nelson and Iron & Wine: Moody Theater

Charlotte (NC)

The Avett Brothers and Amos Lee: Greensboro Coliseum Complex (Greensboro, NC)

Joker and Skream: The Fillmore

Widespread Panic: Time Warner Cable Arena


The Afghan Whigs: Bogart’s


Cloud Nothings: Ohio City Masonic Temple


Big Freedia: Club DaDa

— Lights All Night (feat. Ghostland Observatory, Diplo, Axwell, Nero and 12th Planet): Fair Park

Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights: Granada Theater


Amon Tobin: City Hall Events Center

The Black Angels: Bluebird Theater

Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

— Decadence New Year’s Eve (feat. ATB, MiM0SA, Zeds Dead, Wolfgang Gartner and Flosstradamus): Colorado Convention Center

The Lumineers: Ogden Theatre

STS9: The Fillmore


Skrillex, Boys NoizeFlosstradamus and Destructo: The Palace of Auburn Hills

Zac Brown Band: Joe Louis Arena

Lake Tahoe

— SnowGlobe Music Festival (feat. Chromeo, Laidback Luke, Polica and Poolside): Lake Tahoe Community College

Las Vegas

Avicii: XS Nightclub at Encore

Benny Benassi: Marquee Nightclub

The Black Keys and Divine Fits: The Joint

Mayer Hawthorne: The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan

Nicky Minaj: Pure Nightclub

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Chelsea Ballroom

Travis Barker: Rain

Manchester (UK)

Simian Mobile Disco, Felix da Housecat, Benoit & Sergio, Tensnake, Annie Mac: The Warehouse Project


Carl Cox: The Mansion

Claude Von Stroke: Grand Central

Kaskade: Amnesia

Santigold: Delano


Astronautalis: Triple Rock

Montclair (NJ)

The Hold Steady and Lucero: The Wellmont Theatre


Bassnectar and Two Fresh: Bridgestone Arena

Keller Williams, Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys: Marathon Music Works

Moon Taxi: 3rd & Lindsley

Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge: Ryman Auditorium

PUJOL: Fort Nashville

New Orleans

Black Lips: One Eyed Jacks

Galactic: Tipitina’s Uptown

Gregg Allman: House of Blues

The Soul Rebels: d.b.a.

Toubab Krewe, Honey Island Swamp Band: Blue Nile


Erykah Badu and The Coup: Fox Theater


The Devil Makes Three: Theater of the Living Arts

The War on Drugs and Purling Hiss: Johnny Brenda’s

Portland (OR)

The Minus 5: Dour Fir Lounge

Paper Diamond and Nero: Oregon Convention Center

Typhoon: Mississippi Studios

San Diego

DJ Z-Trip: Block 16

Drop the Lime: Ivy Nightclub

Little Hurricane: Lafayette Hotel And Suites

Geezer (Weezer Tribute Band) and Red Not Chili Peppers (Tribute Band): The Ruby Room

— OMFG NYE (feat. Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Zedd and Dillon Francis): Valley View Casino Center


Beats Antique: Paramount Theatre

L.A. Riots: Foundation Nightclub

Rusko: WaMu Theatre

Supersuckers: Tractor Tavern


Beach Day and Natural Child: Crowbar


Machinedrum: Metropolis

The Sadies: Horseshoe Tavern

Young Empires: Lee’s Palace

Washington, DC

Drive-By Truckers and North Mississippi Allstars: 9:30 Club

The Roots: The Fillmore (Silver Spring, MD)