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Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge Sync Up With Ticketfly/Pandora

Posted May 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

Grabbing tickets for your favorite shows at two of New York City’s seminal music venues just got a little easier. Ticketing for the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge was just snagged by Ticketfly, which is a subsidiary of the long-running custom radio service, Pandora. Timing of the announcement is curious, as Bowery Presents is rumored to have sold […]

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Report: Bowery Presents is Acquired by Concert Behemoth AEG Live

Posted April 21, 2016 at 5:12 am

Everything on the Lower East Side is getting sold out. This next one cuts deep, and is a blow to what’s left of the neighborhood music scene. Unlike many of the artists its venues promote, Bowery Presents is itself no longer an indie. The hip Lower East Side-based promotion company was just scooped up by […]

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Opening Day of Ramones Exhibit at Queens Museum [RECAP]

Last modified April 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Yesterday afternoon, the Queens Museum turned into a mosh pit. The official opening of “Hey Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk” kicked off with four hours of live bands in the middle of the museum. Thousands of museum-goers stopped by, many sporting the Ramones uniform of a motorcycle jacket, ripped jeans and […]

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Hey! Ho! Let’s Go … to the Ramones Exhibit at the Queens Museum

Posted April 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

Unless you liked spending time in elevators or supermarkets, the music scene in the mid-70s was not terribly exciting. Mainstream radio specialized in “Lite FM” tunes and bubblegum pop songs. Concerts were headlined by “arena rock” bands, specializing in 30 minute drum solos. During this time, there was also nothing terribly exciting going on in […]

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Watch Ernie and Bert ‘Regulate’ in Nate Dogg Tribute [VIDEO]

Posted April 1, 2016 at 9:26 am

Regulators, mount up! You can’t be any geek off the street, which must be why Ernie and Bert were tapped for this awesome hip-hop homage to the late Nate Dogg. The 1994 G-funk classic opens with Warren G (Bert) and Nate (Ernie) in what we can only assume is Alphabet City. They’re in street gear, nodding their heads in disgust at […]

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The New York Story Behind Hit Song ‘Mony Mony’

Posted April 1, 2016 at 5:13 am

Mutual of New York seems an unlikely source of inspiration for a top ten hit, but nevertheless it was, back in 1968 with Tommy James & the Shondells. Thanks to the midtown office building at 1740 Broadway, a then-untitled track by the popular Michigan natives scored its name. As well as a number three record […]

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Of Lower East Side Hovels and Housing Projects – Surveying the Slums [HISTORY]

Posted March 24, 2016 at 9:29 am

Tear down the old, build up the new. Down with rotten antiquated rat holes. Down with hovels, down with disease, down with firetraps, let in the sun, let in the sky, a new day is dawning, a new life, a new America. —Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Today we visit how the best laid plans can […]

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Dead Stars is the Fuzz-Pop Band You Want to Hear Right Now

Posted March 14, 2016 at 10:32 am

If you haven’t heard of Dead Stars, it’s time to acclimate yourself. These New York fuzz poppers have crafted a magical arsenal filled with everything you loved about alt-rock in the ’90s. Their second album Bright Colors dropped last week, and with it, this three-piece has successfully avoided the proverbial sophomore slump. Don’t believe us? Give this a listen. Dead Stars is the […]

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The 1975 Attracts Dozens to Orchard Street for Record Release Pop-up this Morning

Last modified February 26, 2016 at 9:01 am

With news breaking yesterday evening that pop group The 1975 would be hosting a Lower East Side pop-up, the queue began almost immediately. The first few brave souls lined up at around 8pm last night. By morning, the block of Orchard Street north of Delancey is packed with dozens of teens. The line snakes from […]

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The 1975 Synth-Pop Band Hosting Record Release Pop-Up on Orchard Street Tomorrow

Last modified February 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm

The tight-trousered synth pop outfit – The 1975 – will descend upon the Lower East Side tomorrow. In a stunt to celebrate the release of their sophomore record, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, the Manchester, UK gang is hosting a dedicated pop-up shop on Orchard Street. […]

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