Still haven't ironed out your New Years Eve plans yet? It's okay, we think that holiday is over-rated anyway. We suggest you gather some good friends, resolve in '05 to buy tickets before they sell out and get over to one or more of the following shows:

*Amnesty International Firefly Project Benefit @ Pianos December 10th. The bill includes The Caulfield Sisters, The Witnesses and very special guests. Who could these special guests be?! Cough, (most of) TV on the Radio. Excuse us, sorry about that, as we were saying, buy tickets.

2004_12_artswilconewyears.jpgLewis Black, Jessi Klein & Christian Finnegan
@ the Knitting Factory December 15th

Tinkle with David Cross, Todd Barry & more @ Pianos December 30th. No advance tickets.

!!! @ Mercury Lounge December 30th (early) and December 30th (late)

Asobi Seksu @ Mercury Lounge December 31st (online tickets not available yet)

Patti Smith @ Bowery December 31st followed by the Drive-By Truckers (late show at 1am) December 31st/January 1st

Wilco/the Flaming Lips/Sleater-Kinney@ MSG December 31st

Luna @ Southpaw December 31st

We suggest staying out of Times Square. Why? Well aside from the usual reasons let's just say: Clark out, Seacrest in?

The hangover should be gone by mid-January and you should be ready to start breaking your "no going out on a school night" resolutions. In anticipation of all of this you should buy the following tickets:

Ray LaMontagne @ Bowery January 19th

The Fever @ Bowery January 22nd

Bright Eyes @ Town Hall January 25th and January 26th
[note: Town Hall has the best acoustics this side of the Hudson, our personal favorite place to hear music.]

Also of note for the new year:

Movable Hype 1.5 will take place @ Pianos on January 17th. Lined up so far are: Dear Leader, The Moirai and Morning Theft.
Movable Hype 2 will be back at the Knitting Factory in mid-February.
More details to come on both shows. Watch this space.