Posted in music on July 30, 2013

The Individuals (circa early-'80) who play Maxwell's final night

As we've mentioned more than a couple times, we are really in the final days of venerated Hoboken rock club, Maxwell's, which closes its doors for good after 35 years on Wednesday (7/31). The run-up to their farewell has been a great string of shows, most recently with Mission of Burma on Sunday (7/28, pictures soon) and Real Estate last night (7/29). Tonight's show (7/30) is headlined by Lee Renaldo & the Dust whose line-up features his onetime Sonic Youth bandmate (and Maxwell's co-owner) Steve Shelley on drums. There are also sets from Single Dynamite (we're told it's one of Ryan Sawyer's many projects) and Houndmouth as well. Sold out.

Tomorrow is the last day in business and the club is throwing a free block party starting at 4 PM. Later that night, the inside of the venue will host performances from three bands from Maxwell's early days who've reformed just for the sendoff: The Bongos, The Individuals, and the first band ever to play Maxwell's, "a" (which, coincidentally, shares members with The Bongos and The Individuals). That show is free.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger has put together a nice mini-documentary on Maxwell's, featuring interviews with owners Todd Abramson and Steve Fallon, members of The Feelies, The Bongos, Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, and more. You can watch that below.




Comments (21)


Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 2:10 PM

MOB on Sunday was a nice sendoff for me. I'd love to see YLT there once more, though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 2:48 PM


Posted by lm | July 30, 2013 3:01 PM

like he says at the end, can someone please approach Mexicali Live (Blues) in Teaneck and get that place happening. Best sounding venue in the state and has awful booking. town shuts down at certain point of the evening because of the customs and there is tons of parking everywhere. it could be the next big venue, the diamond in the rough if put in the right hands.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 3:01 PM

Sorry, no one is going to Teaneck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 3:19 PM

3:01, it can't be, it hasn't been and never will be

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 3:23 PM

the only thing that is missing in the bands and a good promoter. it had a very strong following when the right guys were booking high end jambands, but died when that scene did.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 3:28 PM

this parking problem excuse is getting a little exaggerated. we are all adults here, just park in the 2 parking garages located only a block away.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 4:35 PM

parking is only part of the problem.... hoboken just isnt the same anymore. maxwells is the odd duck out with all the sports bars and commercial spots. its hard to get the right crowd to come to shows when they dont want to be anywhere near the rest of the hoboken scene. maxwells will GREATLY be missed by the few artsy / indie kids left :(

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 6:10 PM

Parking was never a problem if u got there at a reasonable time instead of 5 minutes before showtime..

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 6:58 PM

I used to know somebody, that knew someone in "The Individuals". But I can't remember whom it was.....

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 7:25 PM

Who really gives a fuck about this place closing down?

I've seen about 20 shows there and it was a fine place, but nothing particularly special. The YLT shows were a lot of fun. But other than that, who cares.

Posted by Pauly | July 30, 2013 7:52 PM

Frohawk used to be a resident dj at Maxwells.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 8:08 PM

Dan Deacon never played there, so who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 2:30 AM

I'm pretty sure MGMT started their career here.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 2:59 AM

2:59. MGMT became gay there

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 6:47 AM

Your articles support me a lot in all mediums of subjects

Posted by chép phim hd | July 31, 2013 7:21 AM

752 Those of us that have been going there since before you were born, that's who. Not everyone is interested in trekking to over-hyped Brooklyn to see music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 10:36 AM

3:01 an alternative live music venue needs at least some people traveling there from NYC to survive which is why Teaneck won't work out. The new venue opening in Jersey City may work out, though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 11:58 AM

6:10, well-said. you pretty much nailed it, as Todd has said that parking was just one of the factors that contributed to their decision. Maxwell's was the one and only place in town to catch good live, original music, and, because of that reason, it had really gotten tougher to draw a consistently $ reliable crowd. it was a destination, sure, but the fact that Hoboken had no "scene" whatsoever, outside of it, made it too hard to continue as a stand-alone destination. the foot traffic just wasn't there, in that part of town.

Posted by ronnie burgundy | July 31, 2013 11:13 PM

i rember the first time i heard this all the way back when it first played on weeds and im still bumping this till this day yall should make a part 2 to this song

Posted by Nora | February 26, 2014 7:32 AM

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