Coldplay, Jay-Z, Dec. 31 at Barclay Center, $59.15
This bill seems like something that happened after Jay-Z was guilted in to it during brunch with Beyonce and Gwyneth. But you know what? Good for the Goopster. You're not too cool for Coldplay, Jay-Z fans. You simply cannot pretend that "The Scientist" won't hit you right there. And if there's any Coldplay fans who for some reason, don't alright worship Jay-Z, rest assured you'll love more songs in his set than you think. As long as both acts stays out of the "Beach Chair" things will go down swimmingly.
They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch at Music Hall Of Williamsburg, $38
If you live in the tri-state area and have any interest in seeing Brooklyn's First Cool Band play, then you have approximately five chances per year to do so. But this is still a special occasion. You want good times during your New Year's Eve celebration, and you don't want to have to worry about looking cool if you get thrown and dance like a fool. They Might Be Giants shows are like hanging out with an entire nightclub full of your dorky friends from high school that you miss dearly. Constantinopling them is a fine way to say goodbye to 2012.
Nas, Dec. 31 at Radio City Music Hall, $50
Nas has had an up and down career, but 2012 was good for him creatively and commercially, so The Don is understandably in a mood to celebrate. Nothing can stop Nas except Nas' auto-pilot switch, but recently he seems like he actually cares again about being a rap legend, so he should bring some fire to Radio City. He will probably bring a few guests, as is the custom for big ticket rap shows. He will probably not bring Kelis. He will hopefully not bring Damian Marley.
Holy Ghost!, Midnight Magic, The Juan Maclean (DJ Set) at Brooklyn Bowl, $45/$10
Holy Ghost! is a DFA-approved dance band that seems almost there. It would not at all be surprising if next year saw the group release an album that sharpens its new New Wave jitter anthems into something that rules our nation's finer loft parties. Until Holy Ghost!, "Hold My Breath" is a fleet and flirty jam, and Midnight Magic are brassy in all sense of the words, and your DJs The Juan Maclean seem like they have good taste. You'll feel as fashionable as possible while dancing in a bowling alley.
Titus Andronicus, Dec. 31 at Glasslands, $30
If you live in the tri-state area and have any interest in seeing Jersey's Best Punk Band play, then you have approximately five chances per year to do so. But this is still a special occasion. Patrick Stickles' music is about the battle to find a sense of peace in the world and with yourself, but his war anthems always come equipped with epic shout along choruses, so the entire room can have fun purging their demons together. The group might also throw in a Weezer or Rolling Stones cover into the set as well just to keep things festive.