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Women In Music To Host Annual Holiday Party at Webster Hall

Posted December 2, 2016 at 5:19 am

It’s that time of year again. Women in Music, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing equality and diversity for women in the world of music, is hosting its 31st annual holiday event and fundraiser. As in years prior, there’s much to celebrate when it comes to contributions and successes of women in the music and entertainment industries. While rubbing […]

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‘Beastie Boys Square’ Got a Lot of Free Publicity at Adam Yauch Anti-Hate Rally

Posted November 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

A pair of swastikas accompanied by a pro-Trump message in Adam Yauch Park was enough to mobilize hundreds to Brooklyn Heights yesterday in an “anti-hate” rally co-organized by State Senator Daniel Squadron. The King Ad Rock addressed the protesters, among others, and called for love and unity in the face of a turbulent election. The crowd […]

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‘Licensed to Ill’ Turns 30, So We’re Revisiting their Old HQ at 59 Chrystie Street

Posted November 16, 2016 at 5:13 am

Yesterday was the thirtieth anniversary of Licensed to Ill, the Beastie Boys’ seminal debut on Def Jam Recordings. The long-player became the first rap album to top the Billboard album chart, and eventually shifted more than ten million copies just in the United States. During this formative era, the three-piece group dwelled (and partied) at 59 […]

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Legendary Songwriter Leonard Cohen is Dead at 82

Posted November 11, 2016 at 5:19 am

In a year where we’ve already seen the loss of David Bowie, Prince and Glenn Frey, among others, the dreaded 2016 takes another legend. Poet, novelist, and songwriter Leonard Cohen died yesterday at the age of 82. The news was announced last night via his Facebook fan page. We figured this was an appropriate time to […]

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Finished with the LES, Ludlow Guitars Resurfaces as a South Street Seaport Pop-up

Last modified October 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

When Ludlow Street lost its eponymous guitar shop three months ago, it was a big blow to the remnant music scene. What’s left of it, anyway. While there are still performance venues around Hell Square, stores servicing those musicians are scant. Ludlow Guitars was that mainstay for seventeen years. We reported at the time that Ludlow […]

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Bruce Springsteen will be at the Union Square Barnes & Noble Next Week for ‘Born to Run’ Book Signing

Posted September 23, 2016 at 5:18 am

Bruce Springsteen last week announced a fall book tour to promote his forthcoming memoir, Born to Run. The nine-date outing commences – not surprisingly – at a Barnes & Noble in his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey on September 27. The day of release. The Boss then heads to Union Square the next day, and […]

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Augustines Call it Quits

Posted September 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

After six years on the scene, inspirational New York indie rockers Augustines (nee We Are Augustines, nee Pela) are bidding fans farewell; their European tour this fall will be their swan song. We’d be remiss if we didn’t admit that the news leaves us with mourning eyes. Their lyrics struck to the core on all matters of the […]

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For the First Time in 17 Years, Ludlow Street is Now Without its Guitar Shop

Posted July 19, 2016 at 5:18 am

The so-called “guitar store for the ages” is no longer for the Lower East Side. And one less local place to pick up a replacement for that popped E string. Ludlow Guitars, a mainstay on its namesake street for seventeen years, called it quits after business yesterday. The farewell was expected, though, as the official […]

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Struggling Cake Shop Looks to Sell the Cafe, but Keep the Basement Live Venue

Posted July 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Anytime Cake Shop is in the news these days, it’s usually negative – about their ongoing financial struggles or how investors are sought to keep things afloat. And this time is no exception. For one reason or another, the business model simply isn’t working. Now in its eleventh year, Cake Shop is looking to sell […]

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Ludlow Guitars is Moving to Brooklyn After 17 Years on Ludlow Street; Cites Changing Neighborhood and Rents

Posted July 5, 2016 at 5:00 am

In case you needed further proof that the Lower East Side music scene is dead, look no further than Ludlow Street. Soulless. And now this. The eponymous Ludlow Guitars is calling it quits after seventeen years on the block. Computer printouts in the windows serve as announcements of the imminent closure. The vintage guitar shop […]

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