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Talking CBGB, Punk, and Warhol with Photographer Bobby Grossman [INTERVIEW]

Posted May 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Most of my friends know that I’m a New York City history freak. I’ll probably annoy you when I walk down the street telling you the history of some random tenement on the corner of some random street in the LES. Lately, though, I’ve found myself reading numerous books on the 60s/70s/80s NYC music scene, […]

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Indie Supergroup ‘Diamond Rugs’ Puts Iconic Block Drugs on the Cover of its Second LP

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:19 am

Supergroup might be hyperbole when talking about Diamond Rugs, but this outfit is a veritable melting pot of fringe rock from the last decade. The band mixes veteran personnel from Deer Tick (John McCauley & Robbie Crowell), Black Lips (Ian St. Pé), Dead Confederate (T. Hardy Morris), Los Lobos (Steve Berlin), and Six Finger Satellite […]

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The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé Dominate Lower East Side Jukeboxes

Posted May 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

So you’re hanging out in your favorite Lower East Side drinking establishment, and at some point you cue up your favorite song (or songs!) on the jukebox. You have to. Ever wonder if another spirits-lovin’ music fiend in a nearby bar is looking up the very same song or artist as you are? Could happen, […]

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Tame Impala Drops Sparkling New Track, ‘Let It Happen’

Posted April 15, 2015 at 10:00 am

If you’re like us, you still have Tame Impala’s 2012 LP, Lonerism, in regular rotation. Trippy, crunchy, beyond awesome psych rock, right? And if you’re like us, you’ve been waiting for what seems like an eternity for something new from the Aussie outfit. Luckily, we’ve had Kevin Parker’s kickass contributions to Mark Ronson’s latest album, […]

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Lou Reed on East Houston, March 2011

Lou Reed’s Sister Opens Up About His Childhood Struggles

Posted April 15, 2015 at 5:18 am

On the eve of his posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lou Reed’s sister, Merrill Reed Weiner opens up about his controversial childhood. Namely, the mental health issues and electroshock therapy treatments. The piece is a great mini-memoir that sets the record straight on a misunderstood time in his life. We’ve […]

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Essie Jain Brings Her Ethereal Sounds to ‘Yoga Vida’ Tomorrow

Posted April 10, 2015 at 10:45 am

If you’re looking for something relaxing to do tomorrow (April 11), perhaps make a stop at Yoga Vida (99 University Place) for their regular live music series. You know it’d be nice to become one with your yoga mat, and London-born songstress Essie Jain will be on hand to perform select songs from her exquisite 2015 […]

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Patti Smith at Webster Hall, December 2014

Report: Patti Smith to Headline East Village Relief Benefit at Theatre 80

Posted April 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

Patti Smith has been chosen to headline the benefit at Theatre 80 this Sunday for victims of the East Village explosion, according to EV Grieve. An apt choice, given the artist’s deep connection to the neighborhood. Spearheaded by author Alan Kaufman, and long-time East Village resident and visual artist Jim Storm, the fundraising event will feature a host of performers […]

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Sting Donates $36K to Second Avenue Explosion Fundraiser

Last modified April 8, 2015 at 11:24 pm

With the East Village neighborhood still reeling, a gala is in the works to raise money for the victims of the Second Avenue explosion. Spearheaded by author Alan Kaufman, and long-time East Village resident and visual artist Jim Storm, the fundraising event will feature performers and celebrities (TBD) from an array of creative worlds; music, literature, and drama. Also involved […]

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Iconic Music Promoter Frank Wood Talks Beastie Boys, Bruce Springsteen, and the Grateful Dead [INTERVIEW]

Last modified April 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

The following is a guest post by Jack D’Isidoro When Frank Wood walks into Otto’s Shrunken Head, a hole-in-the-wall tiki bar on an empty stretch of 14th Street in the Lower East Side, he doesn’t even acknowledge me. Instead, he shuffles past with his cane, asks the woman behind the bar if he has any […]

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Governors Ball 2014, Photo Forest Woodward

Tickets are on Sale for the 5th Annual Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island

Posted April 1, 2015 at 8:32 am

Spring is here (but not really), and the fifth annual Governors Ball music festival is fast approaching. It will once again take over Randall’s Island for three days chock full of good tunes, quality eats, unique art installations, and some serious boho hair flair. Get ready. This year’s festival piggybacks on the vibe of past years’ programming, running the […]

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