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February 19, 2015

Manitobas

Last month, Avenue B dive Manitoba's (owned by Dictators frontman "Handsome" Dick Mantiboa) launched a crowdfunding campaign to save the bar from closure. Fortunately, the campaign has met its goal and Mantiba's will stay open. Dick writes:

There have been hundreds and hundreds of individuals from dozens of countries who have contributed to "SAVE MANITOBAS"

Well, the good news, is, MANITOBA'S has ...BEEN SAVED!

As of 11:59 ET, tonight, Wednesday, the project is over...According to my calculations, we have money to pay the man demanding money, fix the bar to the standards required , buy, package and mail many hundreds of perks, throw my lawyers, who have thus far worked for NOTHING, and asked for nothing, SOMETHING!!!...After that, if any money is left over..WE WILL HAVE A PARTY AT MANITOBA'S

Folks....Whether it's me, the bar, or the bar and me, (it's not important) what is, is that people the world over responded by contributing to my little mom and pop hole in the wall Rock and Roll Bar.

The combination of creating something that physically and vibe wise preserves our great culture has obviously touched a nerve..A heart.

AAAAAAAAAnyway

Zoe, Jake, and myself, the neighborhood, and Rock and Roll fans the world over are deeply touched, and we so greatly appreciate your love and support

R&RFFR&R

ONE LOVE

HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA

Congrats to Manitoba's!

February 12, 2015

the graffiti'd space is where the restaurant will be (via Google Maps)
KF

The Knitting Factory, who across the country own something like 10 venues and 3 restaurants, is taking over the space next door to their Brooklyn venue on Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburg to open a restaurant this year. The space in question used to be Japanese izakaya joint Qoo Robata, which closed last spring. "We're very excited to have the restaurant," KF general manager Bob Reiter told Gothamist. "We love the neighborhood, and to add the food component to the Knitting Factory is also very exciting. We're really stoked." No word on what kind of food they'll be serving, but design will be handled by Hecho Inc who did Baby's All Right's interior.

That intersection (Havemeyer & Metropolitan) is not exactly starved for food options: there's The Commodore, St. Anselm, Saltie, Fette Sau, Momofuku Milk Bar, Siam Orchid, Onomea and a pizza place all within throwing distance....but being able to take your drink with you from dinner to Knit's performance space would be a nice option.

Meanwhile, we have Knitting Factory talent buyer Richard Sloven's Top 8 Tracks of 2014 (which we forgot to post in December. sorry, Richard!). Read his picks below...

Continue reading "Knitting Factory is opening a restaurant in Williamsburg"

February 9, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Girlpool
Girlpool

After the sold-out Porches / Frankie Cosmos show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/6), an official afterparty went down at soon-to-be-open-to-the-public East Village bar Elvis Guesthouse, which was having its soft opening that night. It's located downstairs at 85 Ave A (location of the old Arrow Bar) and run by the people at Baby's All Right. Colorful, though dark, the new bar was designed by Isaac Nichols.

There's no stage, but the opening night had a set by Girlpool who were set up in the back of the bar where the place widens out a bit. Considering the size of the venue, it's not really the kind of place where more than 50 or so people can see the band at once, but it's a good spot for a late-night, semi-secret show, which the Girlpool show was and which they plan to do more of.

After Girlpool, Katie Garcia and Dustin Payseur (of Beach Fossils and Frankie Cosmos' label Bayonet Records) were DJing and had everyone dancing. It's definitely a good place for that. At one point everyone was singing Happy Birthday to Dustin. The scene wasn't too different from the front bar at Baby's and they plan to keep the DJ booking very similar (not to mention the occasional show). It should be a cool spot to end your night if you just went to a show in Manhattan (or if you live there).

Oh, and the bar has a legend associated with it...

On August 16, 1977, the morning after Elvis Presley theoretically met his end on the toilet in Graceland, a chubby man in a white linen suit and an ill-fitting blonde wig bought a one way ticket from Memphis to Istanbul. He paid in cash and used the name John Burrows.

Once he arrived in Turkey, he bounced around the hippie trail, hitchhiking from Tehran to Peshawar, Kabul to Lahore, Delhi to Goa, Kathmandu to Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Instead of staying in the finest hotels, where he would have certainly been noticed, he bunked in guesthouses, small lodgings run by local families and foreign Heads.

In 1979, political changes in the Middle East put an end to the hippie trail. John had grown tired of his nomadic lifestyle and settled on the outskirts of Kathmandu, where he opened a small bar inspired by his years spent in guesthouses. He named it ELVIS GUESTHOUSE.

After the place had been open for a year, John disappeared one day. A gin soaked journalist claimed to have spotted him on the beach in Occupied Cambodia, and others said that he had made his way into the ethnic minority areas of Southwest China. Eventually, the building was demolished to make way for a shopping mall. But a few photos of the bar survived, and we have created its exact replica here.

Girlpool will hit the road soon with Waxahatchee.

More pictures of the bar and the Girlpool show below...

Continue reading "Elvis Guesthouse bar opening on Avenue A -- same owner as Baby's; Girlpool played a secret set after Porches at Bowery"

February 4, 2015

photo: Petal at Golden Tea House in 2014 (via Ryan Balduuin)
Petal

Bummer news for the Philly show scene. First The Church closed ("kind of"), and now beloved DIY spot Golden Tea House has come to an end as well. The venue writes on Facebook:

hey lovelies,
golden tea house is no more. everything we've got booked right now will be moving elsewhere, and we won't be doing any more shows. the why and how aren't really important but suffice it to say it was one of the more predictable inevitable causes. this whole thing has been an absolute pleasure, and we've done so much more than i ever would have predicted. so many absurd, beautiful, brilliant, fun, stupid stupid shows. i can't help but get sappy and sentimental about something that's consumed most of my free time for so long, but we want to most of all say thank you to everyone who ever lived here, booked shows here, played here, helped out, or just came out to support what we were doing. I don't think we did anything that great, and we fucked up more times than i can count, but it was fucking magical nonetheless, and hopefully some of you feel the same. we love you all. keep in touch, we'll be around.
xoxo
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A handful of bands and other venue regulars have posted tributes on Twitter:

Watch The Menzingers, Frankie Cosmos, Tenement, Radiator Hospital, and Diarrhea Planet play Golden Tea House, below...

Continue reading "Philly DIY venue Golden Tea House, RIP"

January 29, 2015

Paramount

Not to be confused with nearby Paramount Theaters, like the ones in Asbury Park, Long Island or Westchester (or less nearby ones like the one in Austin), Brooklyn's Paramount Theatreon Flatbush will begin hosting live entertainment for the first time in over 50 years, according to a press release. (Also not to be confused with another re-opened Flatbush Avenie venue, Loew's Kings Theatre.) A press release reads:

Barclays Center affiliate Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment has formed an alliance with LIU Brooklyn in which it will begin bringing entertainment to the university's historic Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

With the focus on booking emerging talent, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment will program a variety of events, including music, comedy, and boxing.

The programming will return the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre to its original roots as an active entertainment venue for the first time in more than half a century.

Originally built in 1928 as a movie palace, the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre later hosted renowned Rock & Roll and jazz shows featuring artists such as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Currently used as a multi-purpose space, the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre still has much of its original luster and can accommodate capacities of up to 1,500.

The partnership will create unique part-time job opportunities for LIU students, giving them a chance to gain valuable experience by working in various roles at the LIU Brooklyn ParamountTheatre.

Next month, Barclays Center and Brooklyn will host All-Star 2015 events, which will include LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre serving as a fan hub with the debut of the NBA House Presented by BBVA Compass. LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre will provide an interactive basketball experience on its full-size court and will include appearances from NBA legends.
Stay tuned for more info and an initial schedule of events.

January 16, 2015

photo: outside Izod Center at Coldplay's 2012 show (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Izod Center

Despite protests from local officials, union members, and members of the state Legislature, NJ did in fact vote to close the Izod Center...

the board that controls the Meadowlands Sports Complex voted Thursday in favor of a Christie administration plan to close the Izod Center, as soon as the end of this month.

Capping a discussion that went on for nearly four hours, both in public and behind closed doors, the members of the Sports and Exposition Authority voted 10-2 to shutter the 34-year-old indoor arena until at least January of 2017, about the time the American Dream project is expected to open. [NorthJersey.com]

The American Dream project that the article mentions is the new shopping and entertainment center that's being built next to the location of the Izod Center. NY1 also points out that if lawmakers approve gambling outside of Atlantic City, a casino could open in the Meadowlands as well.

The Izod Center will still host a few more events before its March 31 closure, including wrestling, the circus, Disney live, Chris Brown and Maroon 5. Anything after March 31st is cancelled. RIP Izod Center/Continental Airlines Arena/Brendan Byrne (for now at least).

photo: Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
ribot

Sugarcube, an inflatable performance space located at Fulton and Front Streets at South Street Seaport, will be hosting a series of free concerts and other events this month into early February. Tonight (1/16) from 7-10 PM, it's Cave In/Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky and King Collider, following a 4-7 PM Happy Hour with DJ Club Ted (formerly of EVR's "Gay Beach" show).

An especially notable one is the Northern Spy Records fifth anniversary celebration with two days of free events on January 24 & 31. On January 24 the day features guitarist Marc Ribot with the interactive "How to Jam with Marc Ribot" in the afternoon (2-4 PM) where you're invited to bring an "instrument, an amp, or whatever you need to play along." Then at 7 PM it's a concert with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Loren Connors' Haunted House.

On January 31 it's a day with the Sun Ra Arkestra. The afternoon event (2-4 PM) is a creative workshop with Maestro Marshall Allen & members of the Arkestra. Then at 7PM the full Sun Ra Arkestra will perform. Again, these events and concerts are free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged. Flyers for both shows are below.

Other cool free shows happening include Amanda Jo Williams and Batfog on January 23, and then on January 30, it's The Tony Castles and Strange Kids. On Sunday afternoons through February 1 (noon - 5 PM) there's a "Music Market" which is a record fair with Doug Pressman of Record Grouch as DJ.

And for those who have a fond memory for ESPN in the early '80s, there's curling on Tuesday nights from 6 - 9 PM with two separate "learn to curl" sessions.

Continue reading "inflatable Seaport venue Sugarcube hosting free shows and more (Sun Ra Arkestra, Marc Ribot, Stephen Brodsky, more)"

January 15, 2015

Izod Center
Izod Center hosted Judas Priest again in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

NJ officials want to close down the Izod Center because no sports happen there, it's losing money, and it can't seem to compete with all the other arenas and stadiums in the area (like Prudential Center in Newark and Barclays Center in Brooklyn). The Jersey Record reported this morning that shut down would likely be approved at a meeting today, but NJ Advance Media reports:

Local officials, union members, and members of the state Legislature assailed proposals today to shut down the Izod Center arena in East Rutherford, calling the plan rash and short-sighted.

The criticism during a meeting of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority came as the board was considering a vote on closing the 34-year-old arena for at least two years, and shifting the events on its schedule to the Prudential Center in Newark.

While the state has been talking publicly for more than a year about getting out of the sports and entertainment business, the proposal to simply turn off the lights at the Izod Center came suddenly and without warning yesterday.

So, the Izod Center lives on, for now, but its future doesn't look bright (UPDATE: NEVERMIND. They voted to close it!). Read more at NJ.com

There are currently 16 upcoming ticketed events at the Izod Center including wrestling, the circus, Disney live, Chris Brown and Maroon 5.

MetLife Stadium is right next door, also part of the Meadowlands complex, and is in no danger of closing. It has Taylor Swift and the Electric Daisy Carnival coming up, and is the home stadium for both the Giants and the Jets.

Naturally, Bruce Springsteen, who played the final show at Giants Stadium (which was replaced by Metlife Stadium), played the very first concerts at Brendan Byrne (now the Izod Center). Watch the now-amazing video news reports from 1981, below...

Continue reading "NJ might shut down the Izod Center aka the Meadowlands arena (fka Continental Airlines & Brendan Byrne Arena)"

January 8, 2015

Chris Glover
Chris Glover @ Sin-e in 2005

NYC music venue Sin-e existed in three different places before shutting down for good. The most notable location is the original cafe/coffeehouse which was on St. Mark's in the East Village. That's where Jeff Buckley got his start. Buckley's first real release was his 1993 4-song EP entitled "Live at Sin-e" which was expanded into a live double album in 2003, which you can stream in full via RDIO below.

In 2000, slightly ahead of its time, Sin-e relocated to Williamsburg, but that location didn't last long. Back in 2007 the NY Times wrote about it:

"everybody kept telling me go to Williamsburg," in Brooklyn, [owner Shane Doyle] said. "I didn't even know where Williamsburg was." He found the neighborhood and built a 380-capacity club, a giant Sin-é, on an otherwise all-residential block of North Eighth Street near Bedford in 2000. But problems with the city and the community kept it from getting a liquor license and forced him to close after only a few months. [I saw two shows there: Alternative TV and Muckafurgason - Bill.] Mr. Doyle had sold Arlene's Grocery to finance the Brooklyn club; when it failed, he was uncharacteristically down. "I'm walking around, thinking to myself: What the hell am I going to do?" he said. "I have no profession. I have no skill."
Long story short, he went back to Manhattan and opened the next Sin-e at 150 Attorney (corner of Stanton) on the Lower East Side. According to the same NY Times article, Sin-e LES opened in 2001, Bowery Boogie says 2002, but a New York Magazine from 2003 says it opened that year ("the club is run with the discipline of Manhattan workhorses like the Mercury Lounge--there are four or five bands per night, and you can set your watch to the start times").

One thing we're sure about is that Sin-e closed April 2007. BrooklynVegan put together one of the final shows with Pela, Marissa Nadler, Tim Fite and more. Sharon Van Etten used to play there a lot. I saw Walter Schreifels there (and blogged about it). Frightened Rabbit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Test Icicles (Dev Hynes included), Ra Ra Riot, The Antlers, The Dresden Dolls (Amanda Palmer included), Man Man, Kayo Dot, Made out of Babies, Ferraby Lionheart, You Say Party We Say Die, Goes Cube, Annuals, Takka Takka, Dawn Landes, The Rakes, We Are Wolves, The Giraffes, Magic Numbers, The Dears, Doveman, Kimya Dawson, Ours, Dean & Britta, Dirty on Purpose, Elefant, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah all played there. Bill distinctly remembers seeing a great Richard Hawley show there. It's where we caught Chris Glover way before Penguin Prison was a thing. Seeing the Secret Machines there was one of my favorite concerts of 2004, the same year Robyn Hitchcock played a last minute gig there. Other Passengers played one of the final shows there. Their frontman Billy Jones also worked there as a booker before he booked Pianos which was before he became co-owner and music director of Baby's All Right.

ANYWAY, who even knew that over seven years later, the location of Sin-e on the Lower East Side was still sitting empty. Gothamist and Bowery Boogie knew, and now BB points out that "materials submitted to the Department of Buildings suggest that a six-story, mixed-use building is currently planned for the site. The finished product will boast a total of 6,959 square-feet of floor area, most of which is dedicated to five full-floor condos; the remaining 1,375 square-feet is earmarked for retail use (probably three stores).... demolition permits were approved by the DOB back in September. So it's only a matter of time." Rest in Peace again Sin-e!

Stream Jeff Buckley live at (the East Village) Sin-e below. A video of The Diggs playing the LES spot is down there too...

Continue reading "remember Sin-e? (the one on the Lower East Side, which may finally be demolished) "

January 7, 2015

view from Market Hotel's stage, 12/23/2014 (via @markethotelnyc)
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Ganglians @ Market Hotel, 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Market Hotel

Silk Rhodes, Ava Luna, Macula Dog, 999Reversus, and Cal Fish were supposed to play Trans Pecos tonight. The bands are still playing but the show has been moved to "961 BROADWAY (ABOVE MR. KIWI'S)," which some of you may recognize as being... Market Hotel! That makes this the "FIRST SHOW AT THE NEW AND IMPROVED LEGENDARY SPOT."

While going just to check out the new and improved venue, which has been closed for nearly five years, is certainly reason enough, it's also Ava Luna's last show for "a long time." $10 at the door, which opens at 8 PM. UPDATE: This show is small and private.

Market Hotel's been tweeting updates (like the pic above) on the re-opening process. If this show means they're officially back or if it's just a one-off while they continue to complete the process remains to be seen.

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