James Murphy’s ‘Subway Symphony’ Comes to Life at the Lowline Lab on Essex Street

Posted November 23, 2015 at 5:18 am

​LCD Soundsystem and the Lowline are now bedfellows. Musician James Murphy, as has been widely reported, continues his quest to bring a more welcoming set of tones to the subway entrance experience. His “Subway Symphony” invention solves that aesthetic problem by introducing “shimmering pieces of music” each time straphangers pass through the turnstiles. Even though […]

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His Name is Sean Patton and You Will Listen to Him [INTERVIEW]

Last modified November 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

​If there’s one comedian out there you really need to know about, it’s Sean Patton. He hails from New Orleans, but splits his residence between New York City and Los Angeles. The bits are hysterical, oftentimes skewing anti-hipster, and usually delivered with hyperbole and an irate intensity. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear the […]

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Arlene’s Grocery Celebrates Two Decades on the LES with Week of Entertainment

Posted November 10, 2015 at 10:23 am

Twenty years of business is nothing to sneeze at in this ever-changing neighborhood. Especially when you’re a music venue. If CBGB’s closure taught us anything, it’s that no club is indispensable. And with places like The Living Room relocating to Brooklyn, and Cake Shop’s perpetual attempts to stay afloat through crowdfunding, there’s a wary outlook for […]

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Identify All the Vanished Businesses in this Jeffrey Lewis Album Art [CONTEST]

Last modified October 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Here’s a contest for you… Local “antifolk” hero Jeffrey Lewis, an East Village native and frequent Sidewalk Cafe performer, has another record coming out at the end of the month. Dubbed Manhattan, the long-player has some pretty cool cover art (designed by Lewis) that resembles a comic strip. The illustration includes depictions of 27 no-longer-existing Manhattan businesses and other […]

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This Busker Performs to Help the Homeless

Posted September 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

Singer-songwriter Chris Leamy is taking his music to the streets, in the name of helping the homeless community. When the busker sees a person begging for money, he asks if he can sit next to them and play his guitar. If passersby feel compelled to drop some coin into his guitar case for the performance, […]

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An Early Review of Richard Hell’s Latest Compendium, ‘Massive Pissed Love’

Posted September 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

There is no doubt – I am a Richard Hell Fan. With a capital F. Sure, he was a musician who paved the way for future artists (most notably in the bands Television, The Heartbreakers, and The Voidoids), and the author of one of my all time favorite songs “Blank Generation.” Lately, though, it’s less […]

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Why You Should Start Listening to Grace Love [REVIEW]

Posted August 31, 2015 at 10:23 am

She’s called Seattle’s “First Lady of Soul.” And with cause. Grace Love – who spent the last few years in New York City – has the pipes to match. She and her backing band, the True Loves, are on the up-and-up, and you should start listening. Last week, the chanteuse returned to the Lower East […]

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Danny Says: Exploring the Life and Times of Danny Fields

Posted August 11, 2015 at 10:16 am

Among those who love punk rock, Danny Fields is a household name. If you don’t know the man, you will (and should) once the new Brendan Toller-directed documentary chronicling his life, Danny Says, hits theaters. I had the opportunity to attend the NYC premiere at Lincoln Center, and was so blown away by the film […]

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Here’s How You Can Listen to Every Sample on ‘Paul’s Boutique’ with Seattle’s KEXP Radio Show

Posted July 27, 2015 at 10:21 am

In case you missed it, and have twelve hours to spare, it’s time turn on KEXP and listen to “Inside Paul’s Boutique.” This past Friday, the Seattle-based radio station assembled a stellar, engaging program that completely dissects (probably) every sample included on the Beastie Boys’ seminal 1989 record. That’s fifteen tracks comprised of more than […]

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Beck Drops Infectious New Single ‘Dreams’

Posted July 8, 2015 at 10:26 am

At last! We’ve got ourselves a proper summer banger! Beck recently gifted a brand new single, the slinky, stylish “Dreams,” and we could not be more obsessed. This five-minute dance number–produced by Beck and longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin, and penned with Andrew Wyatt–follows Beck’s GRAMMY-winning 2014 effort, Morning Phase, which appeared on our Boogie Staff […]

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