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Talking ‘Velvet Underground Experience’ and Tales of Lou Reed

Last modified December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

The Velvet Underground’s first ever gig was at a high school in Summit, New Jersey, opening for 1960s garage band, The Myddle Class. Soon after the Velvets started their three-song set (and, yes, that included the song “Heroin”), most of the students walked out. Within one year, they had Andy Warhol as manager and were […]

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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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Target and the Tale of Two (Storefront) Tributes

Last modified July 27, 2018 at 7:13 am

Anyone still disgusted by the marketing gimmicks of Target’s new Alphabet City store should head on down to Orchard Street for James and Karla Murray’s “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” photography exhibit to see how a proper homage to the New York City storefront is done. The couple’s storefront-persevering photography exhibition opened just days […]

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Target Apologizes for its Controversial CBGB ‘Tribute’

Posted July 26, 2018 at 5:09 am

Target’s tail is now between its legs. The retailer debuted its new small-format downtown store with East Village-themed pomp and circumstance Saturday afternoon. Rather than embracing community, though, the opposite happened. The insensitive stunt, which included a Target-branded CBGB canopy (TRGT) and related merchandise as props, was universally panned. Public outcry about the commercial co-opting […]

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Can We Expect Target to Further Appropriate LES Culture with its Essex Crossing Opening?

Posted July 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

Target opened its small format Alphabet City store Saturday afternoon with a gaudy, insensitive display of consumerist authentrification. The new location at Extell’s luxury compound on 14th Street received vinyl skin to mimic the tenement feel it destroyed, red newspaper boxes that evoked the old Village Voice ones, fake fire hydrants, cookie-cutter “art,” and worst […]

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Shepard Fairey Stencils Debbie Harry Mural Across from Long-Gone CBGB

Posted August 23, 2017 at 5:05 am

As first reported here yesterday, artist Shepard Fairey took to Bleecker Street yesterday to impart a new punk rock mural. The two-year-old Joey Ramone treatment – what some have called a subtle advertisement for Overthrow Boxing Gym – had been erased the day before in preparation for the next in line. The piece is a […]

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Shepard Fairey will Replace Joey Ramone with a Debbie Harry Mural on Bleecker Street

Last modified August 22, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Yesterday afternoon, the two-year-old Joey Ramone mural was whitewashed from the Bleecker Street facade of Saxon + Parole. Two dudes were spotted erasing the artwork with a bucket of beige paint. But it apparently won’t stay blank for long. Word on the street is that Shepard Fairey is on deck to paint the replacement over […]

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DBGB, Harbinger of Bowery Gentrification, Closing After 8 Years; Cites Changing Neighborhood

Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:09 am

Like its long-gone namesake inspiration, DBGB Kitchen & Bar will soon be dust in the proverbial wind. The Daniel Boulud restaurant circled August 11 as its final day in business after eight years on the Bowery. Of its decision to close down, DBGB – itself a harbinger of Bowery gentrification – told Eater that the […]

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‘Who The F**ck Is That Guy’ Documentary Premieres in NYC and LA

Last modified July 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

At the CBGB Film Festival a little while ago (remember that?), we attended a talk and saw the raw cut of a documentary directed by Drew Stone, called Who the F**k Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago. Tracing the story of a Puerto Rican gay teen who grew up in Hasidic-heavy Borough Park, […]

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Making History at Night with Photographer David Godlis [RECAP]

Last modified September 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Growing up in NYC in the 1970s, the images of the music scene inside, outside, and around CBGBs, are permanently imprinted on this reporter’s mind. But for those of you who weren’t there (or for the many of you who were, and maybe due to some illegal substances, really don’t remember much of it), be […]

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