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Classic Album Art Comes to Life in Roy Kafri’s New Beatbox Video

Posted October 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

Iconic vinyl art has taken a turn for the outlandish with Israeli comedy singer Roy Kafri’s latest music video. He not only features classic album covers brought to life, but ones that are, in fact, beatboxing on the street. Bowie beatboxing. Lou Reed beatboxing. If that’s not enough to mess with your mind, it’s filmed in reverse; by the end, we […]

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Report: CBGB Festival Will Expand to Fort Lauderdale in 2015

Posted October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

Known more for altercockers than punk rockers, Fort Lauderdale doesn’t usually register on the scale of music hotbeds. Nevertheless, the annual CBGB Festival – having just finished its third outing – is planning a southern spinoff sometime next year. Details on the expansion remain paltry at best, but the local Sun Sentinel reports that “Fort Lauderdale’s […]

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The Old Fillmore East on 2nd Avenue to Receive Commemorative Plaque

Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

For a few short, yet culturally significant years, the Fillmore East buzzed the eardrums of rock fans. Bill Graham opened the historic theater in 1968 as the East Coast sister to San Francisco, and attracted a slew of legacy performers in their prime. Some artists who graced the stage, among others, were Pink Floyd, The […]

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When Blues Traveler Got Its Start at the Nightingale Bar on 2nd Avenue [VIDEO]

Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

Before the old Nightingale at 213 Second Avenue became a swanky lounge, it was a simple dive bar that helped spawn the careers of both Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors. That tiny stage propelled these two jam bands into superstardom, at least for a fleeting few years in the early 1990s. The music video for “Defense […]

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You Have Until Monday to See Blondie’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition at the Chelsea Hotel

Posted October 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

As a NYC kid, back in the day, this reporter saw Blondie perform live more times than one could count. And we can happily tell you that it still never gets old, despite the fact that 40 years have gone by. Obviously, the fangirl in us just had to check out the ongoing Blondie 40thAnniversary […]

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When Leonard Cohen’s ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ Was Stolen from 179 Stanton Street

Posted September 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

New York is cold, but I like where I’m living / There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening. -Leonard Cohen, “Famous Blue Raincoat” This softly-spoken lyrical couplet opens the classic Leonard Cohen ballad, “Famous Blue Raincoat,” which originally appeared on his third effort, Songs of Love and Hate (1971). But why is the storied […]

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Allo Darlin’ Has ‘Bright Eyes’ On New Single

Posted September 23, 2014 at 6:10 am

Allo Darlin’ has been kickin’ out the twee pop jams for a handful of years now. The London-based foursome’s sunny disposition is beyond lovely thanks in part to the charm of Aussie singer Elizabeth Morris (she rocks the ukulele and guitar, too!) She and her bandmates — bassist (and fellow Australian) Bill Botting, guitarist Paul […]

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Courtney Barnett To Play Webster Hall This October

Posted September 12, 2014 at 6:05 am

What can we say about Courtney Barnett? Well, she’s pretty much the coolest of the cool. The Aussie singer/songwriter has ruled twenty-fourteen with her latest effort, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, and we continue to obsess over “Avant Gardner.” “History Eraser” is equally badass. Oh yeah, and this week, her cover of […]

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Revisiting The Strokes and the 2000s Lower East Side Music Scene [VIDEO]

Posted August 29, 2014 at 6:10 am

Bose has a new integrated marketing campaign called Scene+Heard, basically a survey course in music appreciation. Its first installment spotlights the now-fabled Lower East Side rock scene in the early 2000s, but primarily focuses on the early career of The Strokes. The narrative is presented through the filter of current band the Gradients, which apparently […]

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Local Musician Looking to Sell Eastside Sound Studio After 43 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted August 28, 2014 at 5:55 am

The long-running, and well-regarded, Eastside Sound recording studio is taking a final bow at 150 Forsyth Street. Owner Lou Holtzman – born and raised on the Lower East Side – recently put the business up for sale. Founded in 1972, this facility is considered one of the longest running studios in the city. According to […]

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