The 19 Best New Year's Eve Concerts and Dance Parties in New York

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Kiesza rings in 2015 at Webster Hall.
New Year's Eve is considered by some to be the most "amateur night" of them all to venture out to a New York club of any stripe. Fear not, we've got theguide to point you in the direction of coolness, hotness or whatever temperature or speed you'd like your evening to go. Ring in the new year on a dance floor, in a Brooklyn bowling alley, at metal bar or at celeb-filled hotspot in Chelsea -- say sayonara to 2014 and hola to 2015 in whatever musical way floats your boat.

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Bands Available to Play Your Holiday Party

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Broken Hope wish you and your co-workers horrifying holidays.
Corporate holiday parties can be SO dull. Gone are the days of photocopying butts and making out in the janitor's closet. Thankfully, just in time to save the season, comedian Joe Rumrill came up with a list of bands guaranteed to thrill and horrify even the most staid CEO.

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Brian Coleman's 'Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies'

Mary Galli
Brian Coleman, Noted Technique Checker

Author, hip-hop expert and journalist extraordinaire Brian Coleman's new book Check the Technique 2: More Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies has been on store shelves for a little over a month now -- at least in the few remaining places where it hasn't completely sold out yet. Containing the track-by-track stories of 25 certified classic rap albums as told by the artists who made them, Check the Technique 2 has instantly become essential reading for anyone with even a passing interest in the genre.

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Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels on Why Marvel Was Always Better Than DC Comics

Categories: Run-DMC

Darryl Makes Comics LLC
DMC becomes King of Comics.
For 30 years now, Run-DMC's music has been ubiquitous. As rap's premier group of the '80s -- which saw their hits becoming staples in seemingly every coming-of-age movie -- Run-DMC, and tracks like "It's Tricky" and "Walk This Way," have burrowed themselves into our brains.

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Ten New York Holiday Gifts for the Music Fan in Your Life

Categories: Lists

A Tribe Called Quest Sweater
A Tribe Called Sweater
Sure, you can buy some random music-related present online for your Yanni-lovin' granny or your Behemoth-worshipping nephew. But this is New York! Go local, go big, go small -- there's a plethora of great gifts for even the most persnickety music fan. Our criteria? Available in, made by, representing or featuring (mostly!) New York/New Yorkers. Happy local shopping, holiday revelers!

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Ask Andrew W.K.: What's Better? Nachos or Tacos?

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[Editor's note: Every Wednesday, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask:]

Hey, Andrew!

I could really use your help answering this question...

What's better: nachos or tacos?

Your Party Disciple

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Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 12/17 - 12/23

Categories: Comedy

Want to see a live Frasier episode, performed by blind-drunk actors? Wasted Frasier is for you, this Friday
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have opinionated Greeks, party sneaks, Baltimore tones, relationship moans, and a salute to the crappiest moments of 2014. There's a lot to choose from. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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The 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of 2014

Categories: Best of NYC

The Underachievers

New York City rap in 2014 will be remembered by many for the way Brooklyn's Bobby Shmurda and his Shmoney Dance shenanigans shot up the Billboard charts, but the rest of the city's scene was also busy on a grassroots level, creating some remarkably creative hip-hop. Despite being conceived, released, and performed on your doorstop, many of these hometown offerings never received the due they deserved -- but that's no reflection on the vitality of the music that was constantly seeping up from the underground. Here, then, are the 10 most essential Big Apple rap long-players of 2014 -- consider them your savvy year-end playlist template.

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Harmonizing Duo Kings Anchor Inaugural Big Gay Country Holiday

Jarrod McCabe
Kings, littorally.
I would date boys in high school and college who happened to play the guitar; then I realized, instead of dating them, I wanted to be them," says Steph Bishop, one-half of the poignantly pure-voiced duo Kings, accurately self-tagged as "queer country folkies" with "tight vocal harmonies, strings, stomps...intelligent, inventive songwriting, politics, humor."

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The Ten Best New York Punk Releases of 2014

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The pit at a Latino Punk Fest show at the Acheron back in August
New York is home to the world's premier punk scene, and has been for a while now. The spectrum of the sound and aesthetic are continuously warping; we see the lines of punk extending to hardcore and noise blur. New bands are born, the go-to bands keep on writing new material, and the nothing lasts just for the sake of lasting. As we pass from one January to the next, let's take a look back at the best that this great genre in this great city offered us this year. I would not say that 2014 was the strongest year in recent memory for recorded output. But it still killed, because New York punk is that good. Here are the 10 best releases, in no particular order.

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