Deadmau5 will play in New York City on New Years Eve.

New York, if you want to include live music in your New Years Eve plans, we’re here to help you out. Here’s our party recommendations for New Years Eve 2012 in New York (San Francisco and Los Angeles, we got you covered too):

Deadmau5 at Pier 36

  • Who: Deadmau5
  • When: 7pm – 4am
  • Where: Pier 36 –  299 South Street (at Brabant St)
  • Tickets

New York (and the rest of the country), this is your last chance to see Deadmau5 in a while: starting January 2nd, 2012, he’ll settle in for an exclusive year-long residency in Las Vegas. New Years Eve with one of the world’s most accomplished DJs, a night before he’s about to get chained down for a year? Yes please. Dude is going to play his heart out.

Matt and Kim at Hammerstein Ballroom

I always have to root for the the relentlessly joyous Matt and Kim. Half a decade ago they didn’t even play instruments, but through perseverance and a DIY approach (and not at all hindered by their good looks), they’ve become the most charming badasses in the dance pop world. They’ll be rocking the Hammerstein with guests Body Language and Super Mash Bros.

Just…just look how happy they are! Don’t you want to be this happy on New Years?

Phish at Madison Square Garden

  • Who: Phish
  • When: 8pm
  • Where: Madison Square Garden – 2 Penn Plaza
  • Tickets

Deadmau5 probably wanted to claim Madison Square Garden for his New Years Eve party, but Phish pulled the seniority card. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the jam-rockers will pack MSG’s 20,000-some seats and send their fans into some altered zones as the calendar flips. Phish play four straight shows at the venue from the 28th-31st, but clearly New Years Eve is where the magic happens.

Nosaj Thing at Glasslands

Nosaj Thing’s albums are full of foggy beats and ominous atmosphere, but don’t think for a moment that translates to a downer of a live show. We’ve seen him in concert enough to know that Nosaj rides his sample pads like an extension of his body and ratchets up the intensity of his beats from the moment the lights go down. In a live setting, his hip hop influences live closer to the surface – evidenced by his habit of dropping Snoop Dogg at the end of his shows (or is that just for the West Coast?). He’s an expert at adapting his beats to the party and putting together a fluid, engrossing live set.

As a treat, here’s a half-hour video of Nosaj Thing’s recent set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg: