315 Bowery

Reliving the Spinal Tap “Comeback Show” at CBGB, on This Date in 1984

Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

Thirty years ago today was a seminal moment in the canon of rock music. And it happened on the Bowery. On May 6, 1984, Spinal Tap performed CBGB (in real life) as part of their “comeback tour” in connection with Smell the Glove. It hadn’t gone well for the band up to that point, what […]

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Watch This Video of the Downtown Dance Club Scene of 1983 [VIDEO]

Posted April 9, 2014 at 6:07 am

“The Tube” was an innovate music program that had a brief run in the UK during the early 1980s. It ran for five seasons, and helped break artists such as The Proclaimers and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Established artists of the day would also perform showcases on the show. A reader sent us a link […]

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40 Years Ago Today: Television Debuted at CBGB on the Bowery

Last modified April 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Those of us who’ve been marking punk’s 40th anniversary this month – a contentious dating scheme, I know – pin our claims on a show that happened 40 years ago today, when the band Television played its first set at CBGB + OMFUG, the club that occupied 315 Bowery from the end of 1973 to 2006. […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Tedeschi Trucks Treats the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

The Tedeschi Trucks Band was in town last week, and participated in the John Varvatos live performance series at 315 Bowery. Yes, yes, the former CBGB. The show was Friday evening, and neighborhood documentarian Clayton Patterson was there. Some of his pictures are reprinted below. The jam band amalgamation formed in 2010, and is comprised […]

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KISS Shills for John Varvatos Spring 2014 Collection

Posted January 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

We were never ardent KISS fans, but the sight of the rock stars joining John Varvatos for his Spring 2014 collection just doesn’t sit right. And, what’s more, the washed up brand ambassadors performed the hallowed CBGB space Varvatos calls home. Ordinarily it shouldn’t be a problem, though. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley stop at […]

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Check Out This Unreleased Talking Heads Track Recorded Live at CBGB in 1976 [VIDEO]

Posted December 27, 2013 at 6:00 am

“This is an instrumental; we call it ‘Theme.’” Words uttered by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne during a gig at CBGB on July 30, 1976. That night, the art-rock band (still a trio at the time) performed two sets alongside Television. “Theme” was seemingly a throwaway live cut never officially released. Until now. YouTube user […]

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‘CBGB’ Movie Available on DVD/Blu-Ray Beginning 12/31/13

Posted December 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

Two months after its premiere at the CBGB Festival, the widely-panned CBGB biopic is almost available to the masses. The film will be available on Blu-Ray and standard DVD on 12/31/13, not in time for Santa to deliver on your tenement stoop. According to Box Office Mojo, CBGB grossed a meager $40,400 in receipts during […]

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John Varvatos Further Exploits the Bowery for New Toronto Store

Posted December 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

Toronto is next on the list (behind Las Vegas) to receive the John Varvatos retail interpretation of the Bowery. Version 2.0, that is. The fashion guru lifted the veil on his latest downtown-inspired concept store a couple weeks ago in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. It’s the first ex-US store for Varvatos, who told the Toronto Star that the city was […]

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Watch the Trailer for the New CBGB Flick [VIDEO]

Posted August 8, 2013 at 6:05 am

A very real trailer was just released for a very fictional portrayal of CBGB and its onetime Lower East Side neighborhood. The new eponoymous biopic of sorts, filmed in Savannah last year, finally has a teaser to its name. One word – ouch. This looks like a bush league teen drama on the CW. Another […]

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John Varvatos Taps Willie Nelson and Sons for Fall 2013 Campaign

Posted July 11, 2013 at 6:30 am

Willie Nelson is celebrating his 80th year on the road of life with style. And with his sons in tow.

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