Music

Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records Celebrates 10 Years with Orchard Street Pop-up

Posted May 10, 2019 at 5:04 am

Cult Records is making waves through the city over the next few weeks. The independent record label and online store created by Julian Casablancas (The Strokes, The Voidz), is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, and is lock-stock-and-barrel ahead of performances by both his bands at this year’s Governors Ball. The label is revisiting its roots with […]

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‘TR Crandall’ Brings Guitars Back to Ludlow Street

Posted May 3, 2019 at 5:07 am

Seemingly against the odds, a vintage guitar shop is now up and running on Ludlow Street, in the heart of Hell Square. Three-year-old TR Crandall Guitars moved to the fifth floor of 156 Ludlow Street at the beginning of the year. Under the radar, at that. The recent arrival of this throwback window signage makes […]

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He Said, She Said: A Two-City Concert Review of KOLARS

Last modified April 23, 2019 at 9:55 am

KOLARS is a Los Angeles-based rock duo, formerly of folk outfit He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, and the latest in our “He Said/She Said” music series. They’ve been relentlessly on tour for the past three years (over 400 shows since 2016), and while Passover prevented us from getting to the New York gig, we […]

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The Bowery Presents Expands with New Boston Venue

Posted March 26, 2019 at 5:07 am

The Bowery Presents is extending its venue reach in Boston. The concert promoting behemoth has been on the scene for several years now, competing with local favorite and Boston-bred Crossroads Presents. Last week, the New York based company unveiled its latest live musical endeavor for Brighton – more specifically at New Balance’s new mixed-use complex, […]

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‘Punk’ Docuseries Attempts to Answer All of Your Punk Questions

Last modified March 25, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Is it punk to create a documentary series about punk? Or is that the antithesis of the spirit itself? While watching the new docu-series Punk on the Epix network, I found myself asking these questions. Was I no longer a happy nonconformist if I actually liked this series? Does punk endure, or are some of […]

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Jonah Hill’s Vertigo-Inducing Vampire Weekend Music Video Just Dropped [VIDEO]

Last modified March 14, 2019 at 7:33 am

Vampire Weekend just dropped a music video for the new single, “Sunflower,” and they’re big-timing with the cast of characters. Directed by Jonah Hill, the trippy two-and-a-half-minute reel takes place at the iconic Zabars on the Upper West Side and Barney Greengrass, and quite literally spins (thanks for the vertigo, Jonah) past the likes of […]

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Did You Spend $22 at Tower Records on Valentine’s Day 1985?

Posted February 14, 2019 at 5:07 am

Here’s a fun find. Local music ephemera from 1985. Bowery Boogie contributor Robert Carmona discovered this pristine receipt from Tower Records while working a residential construction job on East 3rd Street. Date of the archaic transaction is Valentine’s Day 1985, most likely at the store nearby on East 4th Street (RIP 2006). One item was […]

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Celebrating Six Years of International Clash Day

Posted February 7, 2019 at 5:02 am

Today, for the sixth year running, is the most popular holiday you never heard of. International Clash Day, a made-up-holiday-turned-real thanks to Seattle radio station KEXP. Six years ago, “Morning Show” host John Richards arbitrarily declared February 7 as “International Clash Day.” It was rather organic and gradually built momentum. Each year, the unofficial holiday […]

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‘Tonic Tapes’ Revisits Band Demos from Music Venue

Posted January 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

The once-beloved Tonic celebrates its death date this spring, marking twelve years since its demise at the hand of gentrification. Priced out, the music venue closed forever on April 13, 2007 after a performance by John Zorn. (It was Friday the 13th that year.) Being sandwiched between two luxury condo developments – Blue and the […]

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Highline Ballroom Loses Lease and will Close Next Month

Posted January 14, 2019 at 5:07 am

The Highline Ballroom will close next month after twelve years in the shadow of its namesake elevated park. News of its closure started bubbling up late last week. However, official confirmation from the venue arrived Saturday afternoon. Highline Ballroom will indeed close, as the landlord “decided not to” renew the lease. “For over a year, […]

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