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Covid Killed ‘Wall of Sound’ Producer Phil Spector; Revisiting The Ronettes Outside Parisi Bakery

Last modified January 19, 2021 at 10:45 am

Phil Spector, the legendary “Wall of Sound” producer, music impresario, and convicted murderer, died on Saturday of purported complications from Covid-19 at the Health Care Facility in Stockton (California), after being transferred from prison. He was 81. Incarcerated for murdering Lana Clarkson in 2003, Spector would spend his final years behind bars. Which makes paying […]

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Best of Boogie: The Year in Music [2020]

Posted December 31, 2020 at 5:04 am

This year we needed new music more than ever. Here are some of the albums released in 2020 that helped keep us sane through months of lockdowns. Holly’s Picks Hinds – The Prettiest Curse Nation of Language – A Different Kind of Life Biffy Clyro – A Celebration of Endings Neverly Boys – The Dark […]

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When The Strokes Played Arlene’s Grocery [VIDEO]

Posted December 16, 2020 at 5:08 am

With continuing news that Arlene’s Grocery is on life support, we thought it appropriate to exhume a live show from its heady days. Back when the venue held more clout as a stepping stone for artists on the way to the spotlight. For instance, The Strokes, which performed here on April 29, 2000. Twenty years […]

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Live Music from the ‘Fiore Escape’ on Essex Street

Last modified November 23, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Lower East Side resident, and COVID-19 survivor, Jill Fiore, continued the Fiore Escape concert concept with a second show on her Essex Street fire escape. Fiore spent this past Saturday evening performing from the second-floor fire escape of her walkup (above Delancey Car Service). It was the second such performance – behind the show on […]

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How Serial Concert-Goers ‘Dennis and Lois’ Deal with the Pandemic

Posted November 2, 2020 at 5:09 am

If you’re missing live music during the pandemic, don’t fret, there are two people who probably miss it more. Chris Cassidy’s documentary Dennis and Lois is a music-infused love letter that’s a must see for any fan. In the before times, the gig-going couple typically saw up to four shows a week, sometimes even jetting […]

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Celebrate 20 Years by Sharing Footage from First Show at Mercury Lounge

Posted September 29, 2020 at 5:02 am

You’re old. But you were young then. Perhaps you caught a fringe group at Mercury Lounge that night twenty years ago. Yeah Yeah Yeahs were just another on a stacked bill September 25, 2000, alongside other relative unknowns, including Candy Darlings, Kid Congo Powers, and The White Stripes (who had released their debut record months […]

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Getting by with Harley Flanagan of the Cro-Mags

Posted September 8, 2020 at 5:01 am

In our new series “Getting By,” Lower East Side residents and business owners share, in their own words, how they’re navigating the new normal of pandemic times. In this installment, Harley Flanagan, founder of hardcore punk band Cro-Mags, gives us two cents. Less than 48 hours before our show with Body Count at Webster Hall, […]

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GovBall Curated Livestream of Gary Clark Jr. and Tones and I

Posted September 4, 2020 at 6:20 am

Live music may still be on pause, but in the meantime, The Governors Ball Music Festival folks are actively engaging the virtual music scene. In partnership with Montauk’s Surf Lodge and dating app Bumble, a free two-day “Endless Summer” concert series is happening this holiday weekend, albeit in your living room. Australian breakout artist Tones […]

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Rancid’s Rivington Street ‘Time Bomb’ Turns 25 [VIDEO]

Posted August 25, 2020 at 5:04 am

This past Saturday marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the seminal Rancid album, …And Out Come the Wolves. Given this milestone, we thought it appropriate to revisit the moment in time when the mohawks mingled with matzo on Rivington Street. Grab your black coat, white shoes, black hat (and Cadillac). When Rancid dropped “Time Bomb” in […]

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Walter Lure, Guitarist for Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Dies at 71

Posted August 24, 2020 at 5:08 am

Walter Lure, rhythm guitarist and last surviving member of punk legends Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, passed away Saturday afternoon after a brief bout with cancer. He was 71. News of his death was first announced by the Starwood Nightclub in Los Angeles. “Walter was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer in July 2020, which […]

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