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November 24, 2015


For 10 years, it was the home of the New York-style 24-plus-hour marathon; where EDM tested its chops and earned its stripes; where stars were born and fans were converted. It gave legendary promoter Rob Fernandez a room to transform, weekend in and weekend out. It cooled you off with nitrogen and heated you up with shower dancers. It was the only reason you went West of 11th Avenue (unless your car got towed).

This January, Pacha New York - lauded as one of the top nightclubs in the world by DJ Mag magazine, and "Best Superclub" at the Club World Awards for 5 years - is closing its doors for good. But not until after a month of unforgettable, need-to-be-there, best-parties-of-your-life, culminating in a marathon classics set with 46th Street staple, Jonathan Peters.

Pacha, the EDM club you've been avoiding at all costs for the past decade, will close this January. If for any reason you'd like to see them off, they've at least got a couple not-horrible rap shows coming up: Fabolous on 11/25 and Puff Daddy on 12/4. (They're also presenting the Future, Travi$ Scott and Fetty Wap NYE-week pier shows.)

Peace out, Pacha.

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November 23, 2015

House of Independents

Asbury Park is getting a new venue this week called House of Independents, located at 572 Cookman Ave. Opening night is Tuesday (11/24) with a show from Fishbone and Murphy's Law (tickets). talked to Fishbone's Norwood Fisher about the show:

"There are two things in a club's life that have significance beyond a normal show, and that's the opening and the closing," Fisher said. "We've done a little bit of both and there's great honor in both."

..."The main thing is we want is to bring the most intense party we can muster up," Fisher said. "We want to make it an unbelievable impression so people will think about the moment the club opened and they'll say they couldn't have done it any better."

Another article on the same site mentions that in addition to music, the venue will host theater, dance, film, comedy, cabaret and more. It can be used as a standing-room only venue with a capacity of 500, or a venue with seating for 275. There's a downstairs lounge, a balcony bar, and a restaurant.

Other upcoming shows include A John Waters Christmas on 12/7 (tickets), The Lone Bellow on 12/10 (tickets), Henry Rollins spoken word on 12/11 & 12/12 (sold out), Puddles Pity Party on 1/9 (tickets), and more. Check out the full schedule at the venue's site.

For Fishbone, that show is part of a tour that includes another NYC-area date on Wednesday (11/25) at the Capitol Theater. It's the second annual Phunksgiving with Dumpastaphunk, special guest Cyril Neville, and The Dust Rays ft. Capt. Kirk Douglas & Mark Kelley (The Roots) + Ricc Sheridan (Earl Greyhound). Tickets are available for that too. All Fishbone dates are listed below.

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Caveman / Juan Maclean / the stage (via @daniellesteger / @robnyc75 / @boy_version)
Cameo Gallery
Cameo Gallery
Cameo Gallery

Williamsburg said goodbye to another long-running music venue over the weekend, with N. 6th St. club Cameo Gallery closing its doors for good at some point late Saturday night / Sunday morning. They packed in a lot of music over the last two days with early rock shows and late night dance parties on both Friday (11/20) and Saturday (11/21). Friday had Eternal Summers and more for the early show and Juan Maclean live for the late show. For their last night, Caveman headlined the early show, and they closed down the place with Plastic Plates and DJs St. Lucia. To underline things a little, this came, basically, one year (minus a day) to Death by Audio's farewell. Did you stop by this weekend to say goodbye to Cameo?

Other shows from the final week, included Chairlift who played twice -- first as the secret guests at Wednesday's Mr. Twin Sister show (11/18) and then their own show at Cameo on Thursday (11/19) with Wet.

Williamsburg is less fun without you here, Cameo. You will be missed. More Instagrams below...

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November 20, 2015

Scott Kelly & Bruce Lamont @ Funhouse - 11/19/15 (photo via Ernest Natur)
Scott Kelly Funhouse

NJ punks Crazy & the Brains are always up to something. We just posted their new "Brain Freeze" video and tour dates, including a show with Negative Approach at Jersey City venue Funhouse on 11/25. Funhouse is the venue run by the band themselves, which opened earlier this year. The description reads:

A new DIY music venue / art collective run By Crazy And The Brains. Located in the last remaining section of Downtown Jersey City yet to be revitalized, Funhouse marks just the beginning of our plan to give local artists and musicians a platform for expression.
Besides that Negative Approach show, they just hosted Scott Kelly of Neurosis last night (11/19) (anyone catch that?) and C&TB play there again on 12/5 with Smalltalk (mem Bouncing Souls, Worthless United). That's it for now but more shows are likely on the way. Check their calendar for more.

Crazy & the Brains have more dates of their own coming up, including NYC's The Bitter End tonight (11/20). All are listed below...

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November 19, 2015

Le Bataclan in 2008 (photo via Wikipedia)
Le Bataclan

In a new Billboard feature on Le Bataclan, the Paris venue that was hosting the Eagles of Death Metal show during this past weekend's tragic attacks, the manager promises that it will reopen:

Fluctuat nec mergitur is a Latin saying that translates to "Tossed but never sunk," and it's a motto of sorts for many Parisians. Dominique Revert, the club's co-manager who was not present the night of the shootings, conjures it now and says it will be Le Bataclan's raison d'etre moving forward. "It will reopen, no question about it," he says. "Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender."
You can read more here. EODM posted a statement too.

November 17, 2015

photo: Caveman @ Cameo, 2013 (more by Jessica Amaya)

It's the last week for long-running Williamsburg club Cameo Gallery with the final night being Saturday (11/21). There were a few unannounced nights when we last posted but now all has been (mostly) revealed and tickets are still available to all of them. Tonight (11/17) Communion and Wild Honey Pie are presenting the intensely chipper Diet Cig, plus LAUV, Such Hounds, Tropic of Pisces. On Wednesday (11/18) it's Mr. Twin Sister, their good friends Ava Luna, and what they're saying is a "Very Special Guest."

Friday (11/20) and Saturday (11/21) both have early and late shows. On Friday, the early show (7 PM) is Eternal Summers, SoftSpot, Little Racer, and Monograms; then the late show (midnight) is The Juan Maclean live, plus Evan Michael, and another "Special Guest."

On Saturday, the early show (8 PM) is Caveman, the Dave Harrington Group, WALTZ, and HEART ACHE. Then at midnight, it's the last hurrah danceparty with a DJ set from St. Lucia (DJ set), plus Plastic Plates.

Again, tickets are still available for all of Cameo's remaining shows.

November 16, 2015

Brooklyn's Barclays Center (more by Amanda Hatfield)
barclays center

In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is proposing emergency drills for large venues, event halls, malls and other large gathering places. He told The NY Daily News, "After Paris, we have to refine what a fire drill is. In today's world, a fire drill is not just about flames. It's about people firing guns." The BP's Communications Director, Stefan Ringel, told Gothamist, "The meeting should be taking place in the next week or two, and we will be reaching out to venues of different sizes."

November 13, 2015

photo: people hanging at Elvis Guesthouse in April (more by Lauren Gesswein)
Elvis Guesthouse

Avenue A bar Elvis Guesthouse opened earlier this year, courtesy of the Baby's All Right folks. They've done some DJ nights and live shows, but as the Village Voice points out...

Elvis Guesthouse co-owner Zachary Mexico says the suspension of shows was something he and his business partner Billy Jones -- who also operate Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right -- were expecting.

"It's kind of been a cup of coffee that's been brewing for a long time. If you look into the origin story of the bar, I think you can look in there for clues as to what the future may hold," he says, referencing the colorful tale of Elvis Presley's fabled fake death that decorates the club's website. The legend states Presley covertly fled to Kathmandu, where he opened a small bar that was eventually demolished by the landlord in order to make way for a shopping mall. "I think they had these same kind of problems in Nepal back in the day," says Mexico, grinning.

Mexico says Elvis Guesthouse will keep the bar open, but its live music venue status is on hold for the time being. "Are we allowed to have bands? Sure, if we want to. Does that threaten the continued operation of our place? Potentially."

The Perfect Pussy / Wild Moth show that was scheduled for this Monday (11/16) is possibly still on (but it's not 100% confirmed), and after that it looks like the live music may be done for good. UPDATE: The venue tells us that Perfect Pussy show will be their final live show.

You can check out the full upcoming schedule here, including a Chrome Sparks EP release party (all DJs) tonight (11/13).

November 5, 2015

photo: Rachael Pazdan at The Hum in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Rachael Pazdan, who started her own concert promotion company called Hyponocraft, has been a fixture in the NYC music scene for a while. Her most notable endeavors include starting The Hum music series, which just wrapped up its October installment (check out pictures), and At The Inn (ditto). Both of those series took place at Brooklyn's Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave), the same venue that Rachael has just been named the new booker of (or "talent buyer" as they say in the biz).

The Hypnocraft-presented shows begin this month, and it looks like she already has some cool stuff coming up. On Sunday (11/8) there's a Stevie Wonder tribute with EMEFE, Kendra Morris and more; a show with Ryan Seaton, Indigo Street + Shahzad Ismaily and more on Nov 16; one with Joan As Police Woman on Nov 18; a Nina Simone tribute on Nov 22 with Nick Hakim, Xenia Rubinos and more; and an Invisible Familiars show on Nov 23 with Superhuman Happiness. Show posters for the November calendar and most of those individual shows can be found below.

Rachael's new position should continue to bring many talented women to Manhattan Inn, which was something 'The Hum' specifically focused on. As she told Brightest Young Things, "I started seeing concerts almost every night of the week and realized there was a huge gender gap in the live music scene. It was the reverse gender gap that existed in dance. As a woman, I think I was curious about that and why it existed. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to see a night of all women musicians." Mashable put out a mini-doc on The Hum this week. it talks about how it began and the impact it's had. You can watch that below.

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October 28, 2015

photo: The Forms @ Cameo in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)

There's less than a month left until Williamsburg's Cameo Gallery closes its doors for good. Bedford and Bowery just interviewed owner Jify Shah:

Jify knew the building was for sale back in December 2013, but it wasn't until March 2014 that 88 Property LLC bought the place (an architect is listed as the contact representative on the deed, hinting the building will be undergoing some renovations in the near future). At first, things seemed fine. "It wasn't immediate," he said. "But then things got weird and we were basically waiting for a two months notice, which is almost tougher."

I asked him what he meant by things getting weird. "They wanted us out," he clarified. "They looked for all possible ways to get us out, until we had no option but to surrender under their terms. So it wasn't just rent getting high."

Jify declined to go into specifics, but it sounded like he tried his best to hold on. "I can definitely say that even when I knew it was gonna be over, I still tried to figure out ways to undo it!"

Most but not all of Cameo's final schedule is up and it includes:

10/31: "Freaky Halloween" party with DJ sets from Neon Indian and Ssion, plus a live performance by Le1f, and karaoke hosted by Samantha Urbani. That is a FREE party and starts at midnight.

11/1: "Bernie Fest" which features comedians Janeane Garofolo, Mark Normand (Comedy Central/Everywhere), Aparna Nancherla (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), Mike Drucker (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Matt Koff (Daily Show), Greg Barris (Heart of Darkness), Aaron Glaser (Slow Dance), Will Betts, and Emily Lynn. Tickets are on sale and proceeds go to the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign.

11/12: Popgun Presents' Farewell Party w/ Beacon, Glass Gang, DJ Internet Xplorer, DJ David Rafael (tickets)

11/13: Lemonade, Teen Commandments (tickets)

11/14: Class Actress, Starchild & The New Romantic, DJ Mia Moretti (tickets)

11/20: Jukely presents The Juan Maclean (free with RSVP)

The final night of Cameo is November 21 and the lineup for that has yet to be announced. Remaining Cameo schedule is listed below.

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