As expected, My Morning Jacket will play an "evening with" New Year's Eve concert on Dec. 31 at New York's Madison Square Garden, in what will be the band's biggest headlining show to date. Tickets fo

As expected, My Morning Jacket will play an "evening with" New Year's Eve concert on Dec. 31 at New York's Madison Square Garden, in what will be the band's biggest headlining show to date.

Tickets for the event go on sale June 27. The show extends an MMJ New Year's tradition, which most recently featured a covers-packed show at San Francisco's Fillmore as 2006 crossed into 2007. The band performed tracks like Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," Prince's "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" and George Michael's "Careless Whisper," among other oddities.

Meanwhile, MMJ is expected to post its best Billboard 200 chart position and first-week sales total next week with "Evil Urges" (ATO), its fifth studio album. The group is one of the centerpieces of this weekend's Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., where it will play a midnight to 3 a.m. set on Saturday morning.

"The greatest thing about live music is that it's something you can't replicate," frontman Jim James tells Billboard. "It's something very communal, and I think society is lacking that. People are so alienated and trapped in their little cubicles with their computers and texting devices. When you go to a big concert and you're in a room with a bunch of other humans, I think that's really healthy."

For excerpts from Billboard's May 31 cover story on My Morning Jacket, click here.

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