July 28, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Karen O

Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O recently announced that she'd release her first solo album, Crush Songs, on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, and she's now given us the first taste of the record. "Rapt" is under two minutes of bedroom singer/songwriter stuff with no more than her roughly recorded voice and a few guitar chords. Watch the video, directed by her husband Barney Clay with production by her Stop the Virgens collaborator KK Barrett, below.

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Power Trip at Saint Vitus in January (more by Caroline Harrison)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Lauryn Hill @ Brooklyn Bowl
Though Lauryn Hill sometimes has to postpone her shows, she's still been pretty active lately, and tonight she wraps up her 2-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl which should be packed with favorites from her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and her time in The Fugees too.

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, Avers @ MHOW
Thao just played a solo show for MoMA Nights, but now she's got the rest of the band with her for tonight's MHOW show.

Alvvays @ Rough Trade
Toronto's Alvvays make wistful, jangly, Brit-tinged indiepop. They were in town not long ago opening for Protomartyr at Seaport Music Fest and tonight they play this free in-store on their own.

Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder, Razorheads @ Saint Vitus
Power Trip more than do justice to thrash metal's early, raw days, keeping the genre's hardcore roots intact. Great live band too.

Onyx, Van Blue, Daniel Thomas, Lolow the Don @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Queens hip hop veterans Onyx are still going strong and put out their sixth album, Wakedafucup, earlier this year.

The Kooks, CLARA-NOVA @ Webster Hall
British pop rockers The Kooks will return with their fourth album, Listen, this September. Ahead of that they play two sold out NYC shows, this being the first and then tomorrow at Terminal 5.

Buckwheat Zydeco @ City Winery
Accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr. leads the group Buckwheat Zydeco, who have been one of the most acclaimed and successful zydeco groups since the 1970s. Tonight they come to NYC.

Arto Lindsay / Greg Saunier / Ofir Ganon / Greg Fox, Roya, Dear Leader @ Death by Audio
No wave legend Arto Lindsay just played LPR (pics) and tonight he'll hit a much smaller NYC venue. Not to mention for his set he'll be joined by an impressive list of collaborators: Deerhof's Greg Saunier, Speedo's Ofir Ganon and Liturgy skins master Greg Fox. It's worth showing up early for Roya (mems Habibi & The Clean) too.

Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Fluct, Robot Death Cult, Marley G, Max Alper and Diamond Terrifier, DJ Jackson @ Trans Pecos
Black Dice's Eric Copeland is on a "small world tour" which means he's playing a handful of NYC venues this week. The rest of tonight's lineup is pretty much as out-there as Copeland himself, so things could get strange.

Brooks Wheelan (falls back on stand-up comedy) @ Union Hall
Go console Wheelan on being fired from Saturday Night Live at his standup night tonight. Maybe remind him that Robert Downey Jr. was fired after one season too and he turned out ok. Eventually.

Night Train with the Kondabolu Brothers @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show is being guest hosted by The Kondabolu Brothers tonight. Other guests include Aparna Nancherla, Josh Gondelman, Dwayne Kennedy, Randy Liedtke, Matt Champagne and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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July 27, 2014

Subhumans at Punk Rock Bowling 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
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Lauryn Hill at FPSF 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nicole Atkins @ Hammerstein Ballroom
What can you say about Nick Cave? He's a living legend and remains an absolutely magnetic live performer. It will probably be raining outside tonight, but Nick will bring the thunder indoors. Tickets are still available.

Subhumans, Sheer Terror, White Collar Crime, Mischief Brew @ le Poisson Rouge
Two veteran punk bands team up for this show at LPR tonight, the UK's legendary Subhumans and hometown NYHC heroes Sheer Terror.

Lauryn Hill @ Brooklyn Bowl
Though Lauryn Hill sometimes has to postpone her shows, she's still been pretty active lately, and tonight she kicks off a 2-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl which should be packed with favorites from her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and her time in The Fugees too.

Luke Temple, Buffalo Stance, Laser Background, Killer Bob @ Baby's All Right
Here We Go Magic frontman Luke Temple released Good Mood Fool last year, where he bathed in warm funk and gentle reggae, giving things an enjoyably mellow vibe.

Body Language, Not Blood, Paint, Psychic Twin, Starlight Girls, Neighbors, Weyes Blood @ Onderdonk House
This is the first day of the 2014 Out in the Streets which is happening at the historic Van Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. The bucolic setting should make for a nice change of pace from the DIY venues many of these bands are more prone to play.

NY Deathfest ft Defeated Sanity, Gruesome Stuff Relish, Internal Bleeding, Embalmer, Dehumanized, Amputated Genitals, Parasitic Extirpation, Coffin Dust, Abacinate, Cognitive, Backyotomy @ Saint Vitus
Maryland doesn't get all the fun. NY has a Deathfest now too (no affiliation), though it's a smaller one but does include some great names in metal. This is day 2 of 2.

Brooks Wheelan @ Union Hall
Go console Wheelan on being fired from Saturday Night Live at his standup night tonight. Maybe remind him that Robert Downey Jr. was fired after one season too and he turned out ok. Eventually.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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July 26, 2014

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Montreal's HEAT are in town, having played Glasslands last night with UK band The Wytches. Since we last did a post on them, they've add a couple more NYC shows are both of them are today (7/26). They play a FREE show at 2PM at Rough Trade and then they'll play Cake Shop late tonight, an after-party for the Darren Hayman show.

HEAT released their debut EP earlier this year, full of post-VU style rock, which you can stream below.

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Nick Cave at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Darren Hayman
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Devendra Banhart, Nicole Atkins @ Prospect Park Bandshell
What can you say about Nick Cave? He's a living legend and remains an absolutely magnetic live performer. There's little chance of rain tonight, but Nick will bring the thunder anyway. Tickets are still available.

Darren Hayman, The Smittens, Pale Lights, Let's Whisper @ Cake Shop
In certain circles, '90s-era indiepop band Hefner are talked about in the same fervorous tones as The Smiths and Pulp. Tonight, singer Darren Hayman (who has put out music steadily since Hefner's demise) plays his first NYC show in over 15 years. The rest of the bill, put together by the NYC Popfest folks, is pretty good, don't miss Pale Lights (featuring members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts) if you're going.

Heat @ Cake Shop
Immediately after the Darren Hayman show is an afterparty featuring Montreal band Heat who clearly owe more than a little to NYC's rock n' roll lineage.

Heat @ Rough Trade
You can also catch Heat earlier today at a free in-store at Rough Trade. 2PM set time.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Ice Choir, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Baby's All Right
Philly shoegazers A Sunny Day in Glasgow made a big leap forward with their new album, Sea When Absent, fully utilizing new singer Jen Goma's powerful pipes. The band are scattered around the country, who knows when they'll play again?

Motion Studies, Special Guest, Psychic Twin, New Myths @ Cameo Gallery
Miss LCD Soundsystem? Motion Studies do the live dance band thing pretty well. Get there early for synthpop act New Myths, too.

Bad Canoes, Black Rainbow, Low Fat Getting High, Shellshag, CCTV @ Death by Audio
San Francisco DIY punks Black Rainbow's members came up in the same scene that the members of Shellshag were part of before they moved here, and like that band, Black Rainbow still sound great and relevant today. This is their second of two NYC shows of the weekend. Shellshag are on this one too, as are Marissa Paternoster's (of Screaming Females) other band Bad Canoes, and solid local punks Low Fat Getting High. (Swearin' were initially on the bill but dropped.)

Midlake (acoustic) @ Joe's Pub
Midlake and singer Tim Smith parted ways a year ago, and the band scrapped a half-finished album, eventually making Antiphon which is out this week. Minus Smith, Midlake have eschewed much of their mossy folk in favor of proggy rhythms and engaging arrangements. Not a bad thing at all. This show is acoustic.

Nashville Pussy, Fifth on the Floor, Hail Action @ Knitting Factory
Nashville Pussy have been doing the sleazy cowpunk thing for nearly 20 years and are a reliably sloppy good time.

Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink, UNiiQU3, Suicideyear @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up continues today with yet another dose of forward-thinking electronic (and related genres) music under the sun. Headliner Cashmere Cat is increasingly becoming a big deal and should really get the party started. Rapper GoldLink should be another highlight as well.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Body Language, Cities Aviv, Hunters, What Cheer Brigade, Ski Lodge, Monogold, Tiny Victories, Honduras, Modern Rivals @ Onderdonk House
This is the first day of the 2014 Out in the Streets which is happening at the historic Van Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. The bucolic setting should be an odd juxtoposition with APTBS' wall of noise. Lot of good bands on this bill, which starts at 2 PM.

Drenge, Wax Witches, The Teen Age @ Rough Trade
Falling somewhere between post-Nirvana grunge and early '00s garage revival, UK duo Drenge are adored by the British music press. Will NYC take to them as well?

Mortician, Devourment, Midnight, Lust of Decay, Diminished, Plague Window, Rottenness, Sexcrement, Invidiosus, Doesn't Matter, Bottomless Pit, Tomorrow's Victim @ Saint Vitus (NY Deathfest)
Maryland doesn't get all the fun. NY has a Deathfest now too (no affiliation), though it's a smaller one but does include some great names in metal like Midnight, Mortician, Devourment and more.

Braid in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
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Braid, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Marietta @ MHOW
16 years after Braid's now-classic Frame & Canvas was released, the emo vets are finally back with its followup, No Coast, and it was worth the wait. It picks up where they left off but sounds like a contemporary of the newer bands in the genre too. Openers A Great Big Pile of Leaves make this a great double bill and Braid fans should dig them too.

Bob Nanna (DJ set), Chris Broach (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
After the Braid show keep the party going at Washed Up Emo's afterparty which Braid co-lead singers Bob Nanna and Chris Broach will be DJing.

Chumped, Save Ends, Laureate, Cassavettes @ Suburbia
If you're into '90s-style pop punk done right (unpolished and with feeling), you'll want to be at Suburbia tonight where the whole lineup fits that description.

Skeletons, Zs, PC Worship, Hubble, Unicornicopia, Onierogen, Gabi, Greg Fox, American Academy of Achievement, DUH, Diamond Terrifier (DJs) @ Trans Pecos
If you're into experimental music, you might already be planning on going to this show which features a formidable line-up of improvisational, noise and plain out-there talent.

Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set), Baxx Sisi's, The Mystery Lights, "Special Guest" @ Union Pool
Professional party dude Jonathan Toubin helms this edition of Union Pool's free Summer Thunder Series. The "Special Guest" is someone who is just in NYC for the day/night, apparently, any guesses on who it is?

The Antlers, Mr. Twin Sister @ Webster Hall
The Antlers' 2009 album, Hospice, may still remain their "classic," but its two followups have also both been excellent, including this year's Familiars which may be their slowest, saddest stuff yet (and filled with awesome horns).

Kiss, Def Leppard @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Do you wanna rock and roll all night and party every day? Do you like sugar poured on you (metaphorically)? Then get the hell to PNC Bank Arts Center tonight!

Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Insect Ark, Sangrasha @ The Acheron
Sadgiqacea and Hivelords both hail from Philly and make hefty doom, and tonight their tour together hits NYC. Support comes from ex-Angels of Light member Dana Schecter's Insect Ark project and metallic hardcore rippers Sangrasha (who just dropped their Kurt Ballou-produced LP).

Prodigy @ Levi's Commuter Workspace
Mobb Deep have been very active this year, but tonight Prodigy takes a step away from his main group for a solo show. It's free, you just have to RSVP.

Ryan Hemsworth @ Surf Lodge
If you're looking for an excuse to spend the weekend in the Hamptons, perhaps a free show from electronic producer Ryan Hemsworth would give you the extra push? He'll provide just the kind of chilled out vibes.

Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Fluct, Ian Drennan, Robot Death Cult @ Body Actualized Center
It's a night of outsider dance with Black Dice's Eric Copeland. Things could get strange.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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July 25, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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Every good band evolves of course, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow have progressed from being an airy shoegaze band whose songs sometime floated by without anyone taking notice to a pop band with shoegaze roots with songs that capture your attention. Previously the vocals mostly consisted of a lot of sighing, but that has been drastically changed. Singers Anne Fredrickson and Jen Goma with their strong, passionate vocals power the band and are its focal point.

The Crocodile's back bar was full for this early show on one of the sunniest and hottest days of the year. For the opening band Oh! Pears the garage door was up, keeping the place relatively cool. Unfortunately they pulled the door closed before the start of A Sunny Day In Glasgow causing the mercury to rise in the packed room (the pizza oven in the back didn't help either). No matter, the band incorporated tribal rhythms, washes of guitars, subdued electronics and earnest and soulful vocals to send breezy waves of pleasure out into the room nearly making forget the beads of sweat. - [Finest Kiss]

That review is from A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Seattle stop on their current tour supporting terrific new album, Sea When Absent. That tour hits NYC on Saturday (7/26) at Baby's All Right with Ice Choir, and Jason Bartell also on the bill. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ice Choir not only open for the band, they also remixed the new album's lead single "Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)," turning the song from glitchy shoegaze into more pure synthpop. In doing so, Jen Goma's powerful pipes are driven to the forefront. It's a dramatic transformation and you can stream it below. That track is from an EP that's being released in the UK titled No Death that features two unreleased songs and three remixes.

Remaining tour dates, the EP tracklist, cover art and Ice Choir remix stream, below...

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Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys' classic sophomore album, Paul's Boutique, turns 25 today (7/25), and though the LES corner of Ludlow and Rivington where the album cover's artwork was shot isn't being renamed "Beastie Boys Square," in honor of the anniversary, the current owner of the storefront at that location will have a Beasties mural made. Rolling Stone reports that this Saturday (7/26) at 11 AM, artist Danielle Mastrion will begin painting the mural on the wall of Wolfnights, the sandwich shop at that corner. LeRoy McCarthy, who had launched the "Beastie Boys Square" campaign, spearheaded this project too.

In related Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique and sandwich shop news, Ricky Powell was spotted making birthday dreams come true at Brancaccio's Food Shop in Windsor Terrace yesterday (true story).

Stream Paul's Boutique below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Sun Kil Moon at Pitchfork Fest last week (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Mark Kozelek brought his Sun Kil Moon tour to NYC last night (7/24) for a show at Town Hall. Mark's been playing solo shows in NYC fairly consistently for a while now, but this was the first full-band Sun Kil Moon show here in recent memory (or ever?), and in a larger venue than the ones he'd been playing. Mark was joined by a drummer, an electric guitarist, and a keyboardist for the entire set, plus a cellist for part of it. Why the sudden change? Mark said on stage last night, "I don't really know why but my new record, Benji, is doing pretty well. Kids are coming to my shows again. It used to be all old people but now I see 24 year old girls in the audience... because Pitchfork. I used to fucking hate Pitchfork. Now I'm grateful to them."

That wasn't the only time Mark took an extended break to talk to the audience, mostly delivered in his deadpan tone, which was as entertaining as the songs themselves -- though in a much different way of course. While his banter had the crowd laughing, the songs kept the relatively large theater silent and attentive. And for good reason. Mark's a funny guy, but the lyrics on Benji are about some depressing shit. He sang the one about his second cousin Carissa dying when an aerosol can blew up in the trash, the one about his uncle dying the same way, the one about serial killer Richard Ramirez dying, the one about being sad for the day his mother dies, etc. All of this while sitting on his chair, hunched over his nylon-string guitar, and not singing too close to the mic but still projecting through the whole room. His band mostly stayed calm backing him, but a few moments -- like "Richard Ramirez" and "Dogs" -- saw them rising to some unexpected and showstopping crescendos.

A moment both musically satisfying and kind of hilarious came during "Livingstone Bramble" from Mark's album with Desertshore, where he dropped the "I hate Nels Cline" line and, in place of his Nels Cline-mocking solo, the cellist Isabel did her own scratchy, freakout version as the band quieted down to give her the spotlight. Another happened when in between songs, his backing band broke out into a space interlude, which caused Mark to look up from tuning his guitar and say, "Don't do that, it makes me think of 'The End' by The Doors. It makes me chuckle." Then after pausing to think about it, said, "I guess that's not a bad thing... alright go ahead and do it." To end the pre-encore set, Mark changed up the vibe in the room once before by leaving his chair and guitar for the first time during the set, and performing the two final songs standing front and center with just his mic. "Not too fast," he warned the band, inspiring more laughter from the crowd, before showing off that sitting down, hunched over his guitar isn't the only way he's still an excellent performer.

We don't have pictures from the NYC show but check out our photos from their set a week earlier at Pitchfork Festival in Chicago.

by Ian Chainey

King Diamond
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Over the weekend, King Diamond turned into King Dynasty. First bassist Hal Patino quit over a pay dispute. Then, Kim Bendix Petersen responded with a seemingly well-reasoned letter of epic length (if you read it in a King Diamond falsetto, it makes the words fly by). Finally, Patino fired back with a screed beginning with "I'm NOT a drug addict!" Duly noted. All of this reads like. . . a conspiracy, ooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Also, King Diamond is set to play a handful of Euro fests this summer and will be hitting North America for a tour this fall, including a date at FFF Fest and October 14 at NYC's Best Buy Theater.

Speaking of things that shouldn't have been made public, there's a petition on Change.org asking Ghost BC to break up. Says the petition, "We petition against Ghost of the heavy metal genre that continues to make albums and tour. Many people getting into metal think that they are the real deal and that we should forget the real bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc." Of course they're not real, they're ghosts. Some trvthers you are.

Want to drum for Slough Feg? There's now an opening. Harry Cantwell -- who also plays for Bosse-De-Nage -- will be leaving the band at the end of July, leaving open a spot on the stool. Leader Mike Scalzi: "Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"

Could the next Slough Feg drummer be the newly elected president of Indonesia? Joko Widodo is indeed a fan, known to sport Napalm Death and Lamb of God shirts in pics. His first order of business? Declaring war on Ghost.

Finally, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik (Wardruna) will curate the next Roadburn Festival. This year's edition was curated by Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth who dropped by Invisible Oranges this week for an interview.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

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Mortals shot a video using Brooklyn's the Archeron as the backdrop. Said the Acheron's Facebook, "Now we gotta find a new sound tech and bartender!!" This Heavy Lowdown just turned into Metal Careerbuilder. You can watch the video below.

For streams, Witch Mountain debuted "Psycho Animundi" from their forthcoming Mobile of Angels on NPR. The record is out September 30 via the mighty Profound Lore Records. Tech-deathers Beyond Creation dropped "Elusive Reverence" from Earthborn Evolution (October 24, Season of Mist - preorder). And friends in digital metal dissemination CVLTNation released their fourth covers record, this one taking on Joy Division. It includes renditions by Pinkish Black, Theologian, and Arctic Flowers and it's available for download. You can also listen to it and the Beyond Creation cut below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TONIGHT (FRIDAY, 7/25): Crushers Tombs' homecoming show kicks off today at the Saint Vitus (tickets). They'll be joined by Pyrrhon, StatiqBloom, and Passage Between. Word is the Savage Gold beer will be available. Over at the Acheron, Fell Voices, Yellow Eyes, and Mongrel will make your Friday bleak and black, just the way you like it (tickets).

SATURDAY (7/26): The two-day New York Death Fest starts at Saint Vitus. Go fill up on slams (tickets for both days). If you're looking for slower and lower, Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Insect Ark, and the super-promising Sangharsha play the Acheron (tickets).

SUNNNNNNDAY (7/27): New York Death Fest finishes up with a gurgle at Saint Vitus. Over at the Acheron, there's the progressive Blackest, Warm, and Dead Empires (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: We tracked all of the releases fit to buy in our weekly Upcoming Metal Releases. As previously mentioned, we interviewed Mikael Åkerfeldt (*swoons*). We premiered tracks from Sólstafir and Take Over and Destroy. We reviewed the newest from Wolvhammer, along with rounding up some singles like Bölzer's. We also went show crazy, sponsoring the Falls of Rauros with Obsidian Tongue and Oneirogen package and reporting on Black Anvil. Finally, we were bummed out by the Castevet break up. All of my blogger coffee has been poured out.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and check out those streams, and other noted details below.

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by Wyatt Marshall

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Sad news for Upper West Siders of the no-collar persuasion: Ding Dong Lounge, the punked-out dive bar and venue at 106th and Columbus, is closing on Thursday, July 31 after 13 years in business. The bar will be relocating to an as-yet undisclosed location.

From an announcement on Ding Dong Lounge's website:

Like so many other unique New York City businesses, the Ding has lost its lease, despite having the highest sales in its 13 year history and being named the Best Cheap Manhattan Dive by both the Village Voice (link added - ed.) and Gothamist.

This is not the end of the Ding, as we will be relocating & reopening in the near furture (watch this space for details). However, for right now, please come out to show some love and say goodbye to our beloved Ding Dong Lounge during our last days at the Columbus Ave & 106 St. location.

We love you all!

Ding Dong Lounge was a grungy oasis for people looking for a no-frills place for cheap drinks in an otherwise pretty bleak part of town where forgettable, overcrowded bars are the norm. As mentioned above, the bar received accolades for being the best dive in Manhattan -- not bad for a place not much further than a stone's throw from Columbia University. Good music and colorful staff -- which allegedly included a stuntman who was, among other interesting gigs, a weapon specialist in Mortal Kombat (the movie) -- helped make the place great. Ding Dong DJ/doorman Chris should be familiar to patrons of The Acheron, where he also works. Mark, thank you for all the drinks.

The space played host to hundreds of shows, typically of the somewhat-underground indie/punk variety, and had a number of weekly regular events. One memorable show for me was headlined by the experimental noise rock band White Suns, who just played Summerscreen. The opening band was a three-piece named Bob Crusoe, an absurdist "guitar," drums and off-key trumpet (I think) band that delivered one of the most ridiculous performances I've ever seen -- pure cacophony, with nonsense lyrics/noises that were alternatively spoken and hysterically screamed over one of the worst improv sets of all time. Lots of rolling around on the ground. A+.

It's been a bad week for NYC dives. The Ding Dong Lounge will be missed. Here's to a quick reopening.

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