For most people, New Year's Eve means big crowds and people who can't handle their liquor. For music fans, it means a chance to catch extended sets from their favorite bands. After all, they can't leave the stage before midnight, no matter when they start. Here's a look at some of the bands celebrating New Year's in New York.
Gogol Bordello: These self-described "Gypsy punks" combine Eastern European music with punk rock. The group is known for its raucous live performances and for turning up in unusual places, including Madonna's set at the Live Earth concert and the Elijah Wood movie "Everything Is Illuminated." (Terminal 5)
Matt & Kim: A keyboard-and-drums duo whose upbeat music is made for celebrations, Matt & Kim combine dance music, indie rock and hip-hop. Even if their names don't ring a bell, their music will if you've ever played a video game, watched prime-time TV or seen a commercial. They've been featured everywhere. (Hammerstein Ballroom)
The Budos Band: Brooklyn-based Daptone Records finishes its 10th anniversary celebration with this show by a 10-piece instrumental group from Staten Island that combines funk, soul, Afro-beat and jazz. (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
New Kids on the Block: Gen X-ers looking to turn back the clock will be screaming for Joey and Donnie while trying to recall the moves to "Step by Step." (Roseland Ballroom)
Gov't Mule: A jam band led by Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes, Gov't Mule is celebrating 10 years of New Year's shows in New York and is asking fans to suggest songs and covers. (Beacon Theatre)
Patti Smith: Over the past two years, Smith has become known as much for her writing as her music. But onstage is where she still shines brightest, and her New Year's show has become a tradition. (Bowery Ballroom)