Posted in music on August 9, 2011

National Underground

"Pop singer Gavin DeGraw was viciously beaten by a pack of thugs on the Lower East Side early yesterday -- and then hit by a taxi as he stumbled off, police sources said. The 34-year-old performer -- who has spent the summer opening for star rock bands Maroon 5 and Train -- had been drinking and just left a group of pals when he was attacked by the marauding goons sometime between 3:50 and 4:20 a.m. at Sixth Street and First Avenue, the sources said. His nose was broken and he suffered cuts to his face, they said. The creeps then fled, and the dazed singer, whose hit song "Chariot" went platinum, kept walking, sources said. [NY Post]
The Post article says "Lower East Side", but then it says 6th St & 1st Ave which is why I think it actually happened in the East Village, which it turns out is not that far from National Underground, the NYC club that Gavin co-owns with his brother Joey who is also a musician. That's both of them and the venue in the picture above.

Gavin (who I googled to figure who he was and realized he falls into the "music I don't like the most" category) is in stable condition (a good thing) and is supposed to open for (yikes) Maroon 5 and (yikes) Train at Jones Beach on 8/12.

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Comments (42)

He must've knocked over someone's hummus. It's enough to get you killed in that part of town...

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:22 AM

Prior to the 1980s and real estate agents helping to gentrify the area, everything below 14th Street and east of Union Square was pretty much the Lower East Side - hence "Loisaida" Ave C. Why the Post clings to this in 2011, however... #themoreyouknow

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:24 AM

From his Wikipedia page:

"He and his brother opened The National Underground in December 2007, a New York City music venue that is a roots rock Americana music bar located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, at 159 East Houston Street between Allen Street and Eldridge Street.[3] The venue offers music, food, and drink.[4][5][6] The idea for the venue came about because the brothers wanted a place where they could hang out on a regular basis, and where other musicians could come in and listen and learn.[7] "We were picky about the quality of musicians that played there," Gavin DeGraw says. "We wanted a place where the players were so good, other musicians were like, 'Wow! I really respect what they're doing.'"[8]"

Interesting, everytime I've been there, it's been guys in their '40s playing crap music

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:25 AM

Despite his ridiculous music, Gavin is a really nice guy who doesn't deserve this. His brother, on the other hand, is fucking douche who should have been in beaten instead. Joey DeGraw is the only reason National Underground isn't a more well-known venue... he's also the only reason you'll rarely see a black performer in the upstairs room.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:25 AM

I'm sure he was just minding his own business completely sober at that hour of the night..

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:26 AM

I wonder if this experience will manifest into his music.

I've never actually heard his stuff.

But getting beaten is a pretty humbling experience .. humility is good for music (except hip hop of course)

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:43 AM

Huh, hope the animals that did this are captured and put to sleep.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:44 AM

Wow, that's rough. Getting beat up on 6th street, stumbling with a broken nose to 19th street, then get hit by a taxi!

Fuck, NYC don't play.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 9:49 AM

chea!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:03 AM

9:26, I get your sarcasm, but to me it doesn't sound like he was doing anything wrong. He was out late drinking with buddies just like most of us do (some of us more or less often than others..), and was at the wrong place at the wrong time....

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:10 AM

seems bv's snarky comments about gavin's music (as well as that of maroon 5 and train, to a lesser extent) are in poor taste. do you really need to report on this unfortunate event, and simultaneously throw out a judgmental jab?

i don't like their music either, but this seems like the wrong time for insults.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:15 AM

10:15 - now definitely isn't the time to make jabs at McGraw's music, but Train always deserves it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:23 AM

haha i liked it

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:25 AM

"seems bv's snarky comments about gavin's music (as well as that of maroon 5 and train, to a lesser extent) are in poor taste. do"

BV let's you idiots say whatever the fuck you want, no matter how distasteful, racist, sexist, homohobic, and hateful. Why can't he?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:30 AM

BV is not a "he." BV is a mega-corporation witha n agenda.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:38 AM

no, actually, BV is a he, and when someone else posts, they get a byline.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:12 AM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:19 AM

10:15, that's BV's way of justifying posting something about a mainstream artist on his blog. He has to say "this isn't my type of music, but..." as a disclaimer so that hummus-eating-hipsters don't go into a rage that mainstream musicians are being mentioned.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:22 AM

Wow. I've never seen a group of guys roaming that area that I couldn't beat the crap out of myself. My guess is that this a pack of dudes who were on a citywide scavenger hunt and beating a drunk who looked like Michael Cera was on their list.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:31 AM

Maroon 5 and Train suck but Best Coast is good?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:45 AM

What if you were in his situation? Huh, hipsters?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:48 AM

West Village > East Village

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 12:08 PM

11:22, exactly.

"Gavin (who I googled to figure who he was and realized he falls into the "music I don't like the most" category)..."

You run a huge music blog and you don't know who Gavin DeGraw is? Yeah right. You either need to get out more or you're completely full of shit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 12:59 PM

Very sad

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 1:18 PM

I like the venue.

Get well soon !

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 2:21 PM

Wait untl the rioting in NYC starts and none of this shit will matter so much.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 5:46 PM

I also could not believe that BV had never heard of Gavin DeGraw especially living in nyc.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 6:19 PM

This is sad. National Underground has tons of great music. And BV, to dis the man for opening for Train / M5 in the same post as him being assaulted? Would you do that to other artists? Wow.

Posted by Joe | August 9, 2011 8:03 PM

BV is jelly they didnt get assaulted and are not opening for Maroon 5 and train. MAADDDD jelly

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 10:51 PM

Careful with that word 'artist,' my friend

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:14 PM

glad to hear he's ok. despite not being up to bv's standards.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 11:21 PM

Jay Reatard would have never been beaten by thugs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 1:12 AM

He must have told Frohawk he was getting sick of Daft Punk.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 1:12 AM

Gavin DeGraw is a great dude. Not a fan of his style but he's one of the more genuine musicians in NY today. Hope he is well. How the fuck did BV not know who he is?


"Maroon 5 and Train suck but Best Coast is good?"
Completely echo this hypocritical statement.


And for the record, M5 <<<<< Train.
Train at least used to be a real band. M5 never was.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 2:09 AM

So now he had to cancel opening for those bands because he was beaten for whatever reason...it still sucks for him. Have some compassion. To be fair to BV he is not their kinda artist - if he was you wouldn't be visiting this site.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 10:56 AM

"viciously beaten by a pack of thugs on the Lower East Side", okay so could we possible get a description of this "pack of thugs", so we can be clued into what to be aware of while out boozing it up with our buddies???

Am I the only person here thinking this all seems a bit, well ah random, weird and questionable? I understand crime as a whole is up in NYC and all, however when a story like this happens to a non-famous individual it is reported on the local news and it's usually accompanied by a description of the "pack of thugs". If this really was a totally unprovoked and random attack I'd like to know what the hell to look out for when leaving a bar at night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 12:42 PM

let's do it again next weekend

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 2:20 PM

Fuck all of you. His music is great, he is a wonderful, sweet peson, and he did not deserve what happened. Eat shit and die.

Posted by fuck bv | January 11, 2012 10:51 AM

^ and you waited 6 months to check in and share you insights? How's that shit taste, home boy?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 10:57 AM

Echoing the other comment about his brother, Joey Degraw being awful. I think they're both probably bigots actually, but Gavin is better at hiding it for his "fame"

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2013 9:46 AM

Gavin is a great guy and Joey is the most genuine straight shooter you've ever met, besides probably being the most talented one. Joey a huge voice over actor besides his obvious music notoriety and successful businesses. Jealousy is a bitch and really shows itself by badmouthing people that are clearly more successful and talented. This post was just about an unrightfully attack by criminals. No one deserves that.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 11:39 PM

You people making fun of Gavin DeGraw need to get a fucking life, seriously. Best recovery to the man.

This is nothing new. The Lower East Side (which everything below the north side of 14th Street is, fuck this "East Village" noise which real estate agent invented because "Lower East Side" = "Harlem" back in the day i.e. the '70s and '80s - what 9:24 said or was getting at) has had a longstanding tradition of cowards who can't fight one on one and who gang up on people - see DMS and most (not all) skinheads.

Posted by D | November 9, 2013 3:06 AM

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