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My Time Recording the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley During his Lower East Side Years

Posted December 13, 2018 at 5:04 am

Beloved Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley passed away of a suspected heart attack last week (December 6). Ken Lockie, singer-songwriter and sometime collaborator with John (Rotten) Lydon of Public Image Ltd., fondly recalls his time behind the board with Shelley thirty years ago in Williamsburg and on the Lower East Side. Pete Shelley was a charming, likable, […]

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Netflix Announces New Doc About Doomed Fyre Festival [VIDEO]

Last modified December 11, 2018 at 9:02 am

The story behind Fyre Festival, one of the most epic music industry debacles in recent memory, is coming to the small screen. Netflix announced a new documentary airing next month called, Fyre, which chronicles the failed event and criminal fallout from the 2017 springtime meltdown. The doc “gives a first-hand look into the disastrous crash […]

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Losers Lounge Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Last modified December 7, 2018 at 9:35 am

When it comes to music, we all have our guilty pleasures. Some satiate this within the safe confines of headphones, while others sing unabashedly with the windows down at a stoplight. There’s yet another component when you’re an actual musician and you have songs you like to belt out with reckless abandon. That being said, […]

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Punk Couple ‘Dennis and Lois’ Dish on their 40-Year Love Affair with Music [INTERVIEW]

Posted November 16, 2018 at 8:49 am

New York couple Dennis and Lois consume concerts at the same frenetic pace as many of the acts they see perform their sets (sometimes they see four shows a week, sometimes it’s brief overnight stint in Manchester). They are the ultimate punk fans, a lifetime music-driven couple. And the best kind of cool – matter […]

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‘Octfest’ Returns in a Couple Weeks with Plenty of Beer and Music

Posted August 17, 2018 at 9:12 am

It’s a tough pill to swallow when the festival season wraps up, and with it, the end of summer. But maybe it doesn’t have to end so soon? What was initially a craft beer gathering with a few musical guests last year in Brooklyn has now morphed into a two-day music-meets-beer festival on Govorners Island, […]

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With ‘Gold Rush,’ Death Cab for Cutie Laments the Loss of Cities to Rapid Change

Posted August 16, 2018 at 5:04 am

Two months ago, Death Cab for Cutie released a single called “Gold Rush.” The catchy track, which revolves around a Yoko Ono sample, focuses on a subject matter that hits close to home – the effects of rapid change on a neighborhood. Death Cab leadman, Ben Gibbard, confessed upon its release that he penned the […]

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The Aretha Franklin Subway Tribute at Franklin Street Station [PHOTOS]

Last modified August 15, 2018 at 11:52 am

The Queen of Soul is getting a proper tribute in the city’s subway system. As Aretha Franklin ails in hospice at her Detroit home, someone spent time renaming Franklin Street station in Tribeca, paying tribute and sending well wishes. Wheat-pasted messages in the stairwells read, “Say a little prayer for Aretha” and “Aretha Makes Me […]

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At the ‘Wild Style’ 35th Anniversary Party [PHOTOS]

Last modified August 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Seminal street film, Wild Style, celebrated its 35th anniversary last night with a special fete on the Lower East Side. The reunion-slash-homecoming was part of Summerstage, and took place at the East River bandshell, site of the classic final performance scene in the film. Director Charlie Ahearn was master of ceremonies; DJ Funk Flex is […]

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Exhuming ‘Be My Baby’ and a Strange 1965 Visit to Parisi Bakery on Mott Street [VIDEO]

Posted July 20, 2018 at 5:09 am

Thump-thumpthump-thwack. The night we met I knew I needed you so… It’s one of the most iconic song openers in pop history, and it’s inextricably linked to Little Italy. Both in song and film. Director and native son, Martin Scorsese, famously synchronized “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes to the opening credits of Mean Streets. […]

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Singing in the Pounding Rain with the Gaslight Anthem [REVIEW]

Posted June 8, 2018 at 5:16 am

After seeing The Gaslight Anthem play Governors Ball Music Festival this past Saturday night, there is one certainty: it’s time to bring back the boys from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Specifically, back beyond their ten year anniversary tour of The ’59 Sound, and back beyond their indefinite hiatus that started in 2015. The majority of […]

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