Music

Exhuming the Classic Mudd Club, ‘Scene of the Crime’ in the Late ’70s

Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:55 am

In the canon of New York City nightlife, the Mudd Club might have made fewer headlines than, say, Studio 54 or CBGB, but it was one of the coolest places on earth. Opening its doors officially on Halloween in 1978 and closing in 1983, the loft-turned-nightclub was located in TriBeCa (before most people knew the […]

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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Gets a Tribute on Ludlow Street

Posted August 18, 2017 at 5:18 am

Late Linkin Park leadman is now memorialized on the Lower East Side. Barely one month after Chester Bennington committed suicide at 41, an unknown fan stuck his image onto the facade of 159 Ludlow Street (aka 101 Stanton). The distinctive photo is itself framed by a television set and stands apart from the collage of […]

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Webster Hall Probably Won’t Reopen Until 2020, and Possibly with a New Name

Posted August 15, 2017 at 9:41 am

Webster Hall (nee The Ritz) closed down operations last week after nearly three decades in business. Action Bronson closed out the so-called “End of an Era” show on Thursday evening. As previously reported, the Ballinger family, which owned and operated the concert hall for the last twenty-seven years, sold the business to a partnership consisting […]

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Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge No Longer Bowery Presents Venues; Live Nation Rumored to Take Over

Posted August 3, 2017 at 5:09 am

It’s a breakup that many in the industry saw coming. Bowery Presents, mere months after being gobbled up by AEG Live, parted ways with its two marquee Lower East Side venues – Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge. For two decades, these two rock clubs were synonymous with the Bowery Presents empire. Not anymore, as Brooklyn […]

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Cirque du Soleil Acquires the Blue Man Group for ‘Tens of Millions’

Last modified July 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

Independent off-Broadway theater sustained a major hit last week. The Blue Man Group – founded on the Lower East Side nearly 30 years ago – was gobbled up by Cirque du Soleil. The two entities agreed on a deal reportedly worth “tens of millions,” with the “mutual aim of expanding Blue Man’s reach beyond its […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Experiencing the ‘Matapaloz Festival’ Firsthand [PHOTOS]

Posted July 6, 2017 at 9:27 am

My friend Jochen Auer is the owner and creator of the Austria’s Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe show, which started in 1995. I have been involved since the beginning. This year, Jochen was invited to create an El Barrio Village at the Matapaloz Festival. The major focus of the Festival is the German band BÖHSE ONKELZ (“Bad […]

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Comedienne Jessica Delfino Pulls Plug on Henry Street’s ‘Unicorn’

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:04 am

Comedienne Jessica Delfino decided to pull the plug on her two-year-old experimental venue at 105 Henry Street, The Unicorn. Closure happened a couple of weeks ago, and the retail space now sits empty with naught but a leasing sign and fading gate mural. “Rent wasn’t really a factor [in the shutter]” Delfino disclosed in a […]

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See What You Missed at the 2017 Governors Ball [PHOTOS]

Last modified June 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Another year, another roundup of music and festival antics at Governors Ball. Here’s what you missed at this seventh helping of New York’s premiere music festival. (Better late than never, right?) Staff GovBall staff have mastered a balance of positive vibes with a no nonsense attitude. In light of recent events in Manchester, it seemed […]

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The Orwells Played One of the Best Performances at GovBall this Year

Posted June 5, 2017 at 5:07 am

When last we caught up with the Orwells, they were opening for the Palma Violets four years ago at the Bowery Ballroom. Their performance at Governors Ball yesterday was one of the best at the festival. The Orwells took the main stage (i.e. GovBall Stage) early in the afternoon of the third day. Fans flocked […]

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Gregg Allman: Please Call Home (a Tribute)

Posted June 2, 2017 at 9:44 am

Won’t you fly high, free bird. On Sunday, May 27, 2017, the music died. At least for a little while. Southern rock, jam band, blues titan, Gregg LeNoir Allman passed away from liver cancer at the age of 69. He was a newlywed (7 times a lady, ah, musicians) and father of 5. Lynyrd Skynyrd […]

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