He Said, She Said: We Were Promised Jetpacks

Posted March 15, 2018 at 5:13 am

For Scottish outfit We Were Promised Jetpacks, the Bowery Ballroom gig last Saturday night was a homecoming of sorts. The Lower East Side venue was apparently its first-ever performance on American soil back in 2009. They brought the music muscle, yet left behind banter with the fans. That was all well and good for our […]

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It’ll Take Seattle’s KEXP Over 4 Months to Play Every Sub Pop Records Release

Posted March 12, 2018 at 5:08 am

Seminal Seattle-based indie rock imprint, Sub Pop Records, turns thirty-years-old this August. To celebrate the momentus occasion, the city’s left-of-the-dial station KEXP will embark on a “four-month retrospective.” What that means is that DJs will play the label’s approximately 1,200 releases from now through the end of July. The math on that is roughly an […]

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Talking Music and Miscellany with We Were Promised Jetpacks [INTERVIEW]

Last modified March 7, 2018 at 9:12 am

We Were Promised Jetpacks is a band that packs a powerful punch, with three albums of noisy awesomeness under their collective belt, and a relentless touring schedule delivering their energy to the masses. The Edinburgh indie rockers have been together for just about fifteen years now, and have seen it all. A full US tour is […]

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Two Shows and Two Hundred Miles with Frightened Rabbit [REVIEW]

Posted March 2, 2018 at 10:35 am

The first time I listened to Frightened Rabbit was a sunny spring day in 2008, and I didn’t know what the hell I was listening to. I was in your typical “find related artists” black hole – this one started with Maximo Park and ended with “The Modern Leper.” Upon first impression, The Midnight Organ […]

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50 Years Later, The Who Revisits the Fillmore East with ‘Live’ Album

Posted February 26, 2018 at 5:08 am

The Who in its prime, on the last leg of a world tour, stopped in New York City on April 4, 1968. The four-piece British outfit spent the next two nights on the Lower East Side for back-to-back shows at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East on Second Avenue. Now, fifty years later, an official album […]

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When Salt-n-Pepa Filmed a Music Video Inside a Derelict Sunshine Cinema [VIDEO]

Posted February 15, 2018 at 5:07 am

Back in 1994, seven years before the Sunshine Cinema debuted for a second time, 143 East Houston Street was just another derelict Lower East Side building. Photogenic fodder for two local girls who reached stardom. Long after its stint as the Houston Hippodrome (Yiddish Theater) and, later, the “Sunshine Cinema” nickelodeon, the building itself fell on […]

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International Clash Day Goes Big for its Sixth Year

Last modified February 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

During the February 7, 2013 radio broadast, KEXP “Morning Show” host John Richards arbitrarily declared that day as “International Clash Day.” The designation was rather organic – created “for no other reason than the fact that he could” – yet it nevertheless gradually gained traction in the interim. Each year since, the voices championing the cause […]

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Governors Ball 2018 Lineup Revealed

Posted January 5, 2018 at 10:38 am

It only seems fitting to talk about upcoming music festivals in these frigid, snow-riddled days. Well, the powers that be have just released the 2018 lineup for this year’s Governors Ball on Randall’s Island, and it’s quite the cast of characters – check it out. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Eminem, Travis Scott, and Jack White […]

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Best of Boogie: The Year In Music [2017]

Posted December 29, 2017 at 9:44 am

Another year in the books, and another helping of music to get us through it. Without further fanfare, our favorite new albums that we’ve queued up during 2017. Leave yours in the comments! Holly’s Picks Alvvays – Antisocialites The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding Rural Alberta Advantage – The Wild Courtney Barnett and […]

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Live Nation Partners with Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge to Create ‘Mercury East Presents’

Posted December 19, 2017 at 5:04 am

Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge terminated their relationship with Bowery Presents back in August after the latter was acquired by live music juggernaut AEG Live. At the time, rumors swirled that industry competitor Live Nation would swoop in as exclusive booking agency for both classic Lower East Side clubs. Yesterday brought news of the official […]

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