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Kendrick Lamar at House of Blues (photo by @s_adegoke, via Facebook)
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LAist reports that a few Sunset Strip locations will have to close this year so new hotels can be built, including the original Hustler store and the House of Blues. The music venue opened in 1994 and an official closing date has been set for August 7. A demolition date is still TBA.

As of now, the final schedule includes Soul Asylum & Meat Puppets, Freddie Gibbs, Anthrax, Stiff Little Fingers, and more. There are still a handful of open spots in the venue's last weeks, so perhaps some final shows are planned. If so, we know it won't be a metal band, as Blabbermouth points out that Anthrax show will be the venue's last metal show.

Regarding the venue, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello said, "Every show we've done at the Sunset House of Blues has been a party. Everyone who we're friends with who's not on tour shows up, either to jam or drink or just hang out. And I'll really miss that. Sunset Boulevard has lost its last great place to play."

Watch a video of Social Distortion playing the House of Blues Sunset Strip with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, below...

Continue reading "House of Blues Sunset Strip closing in August so hotels can be built (Anthrax, Stiff Little Fingers & more playing final shows)"

LIt Lounge

East Village party palace and venue, Lit Lounge, will close sometime in the next two months after 13 years in business. EV Grieve noted last month that there was a big "FOR RENT" sign on the building and confirmation came Thursday (7/9) via Clubplanet.com who interviewed Lit owners Steve Lewis and David Schwartz:

Steve Lewis: What was the primary reason for closing and moving shop to Bushwick?

Erik Foss: The new East Village crowd and the flight of the creative types to creative Brooklyn . It was inevitable. NYC is an ever changing animal. I am just glad that I got to be here before downtown changed into what it is now.

David Schwartz: Ehh, not happy with the newbies in the East Village. Millenials don't go out and the artistic ones left for Brooklyn digs 4 yrs ago.

In addition to being a place to dance and indulge in some late-night hedonism, their downstairs venue used to be home of the much-missed Precious Metal nights, as well as hosting lots of hyped shows during the "free Sparks" mid-'00s years.

Lit's sister club in Bushwick is still not open but its restaurant component, Currant Cafe, is and has been for more than a year. Says Foss, "Lit Bk could open next week or in 3 months, it's really a mystery as we have no real control of this last step." Foss also told Clubplanet that Aaron Pierce, founder of Williamsburg's soon-to-close Trash Bar, is now a part of the Lit team.

Bazaar
Bazaar
photos: Brooklyn Night Bazaar (more by Greg Cristman)

Brooklyn Night Bazaar's landlord let them know that a new tenant is taking over their Brooklyn space and they need to be out by June 1st. The Greenpoint music venue, food and shopping space, where shows are usually free, still has a few shows coming up though.

RSVP is open for a 5/14 Skaters and Team Spirit show presented by DoNYC and Jack Daniels.

Breakdown Brass Band headline on 5/15.

A Place to Bury Strangers is 5/16.

Priests and Perfect Pussy are 5/22 and 5/23, part of a Time Out presented weekend that you can buy an "Ultimate pass" for.

For just $35, the Ultimate pass provides you and a friend with expedited entry to skip the line, and four beers from the Brooklyn Night Bazaar beer garden (choose from Sixpoint Brewery, Budweiser and Narragansett). Dinner for two is included, consisting of five complimentary tastings from Brooklyn Night Bazaar's standout food trucks and carts, including Oaxaca Taqueria, Crafty 'Cue, Brooklyn Crab, Daly Pie and more.

Plus, receive a free game of black-light mini golf or table tennis, and score access to our VIP area for the Time Out Live music showcase so you can get up close to the bands. Copious eats, free-flowing booze and two bills packed full of cutting-edge rock? Your weekend is made.

The Jeff Rosenstock show for 5/30 is cancelled.

UPDATE: Here's a statement from the venue:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will be vacating its home of almost 2 years as of June 1. The building owner of 29 Norman Avenue has reached a deal with a large multinational company that included an enormous rent increase we could not possibly match. While we are excited to be starting our inaugural summer Riis Park Beach Bazaar this Memorial Day weekend, we are saddened and extremely disappointed to lose a space we built from the ground up and poured our heart and soul into over the years. In the end, the ever skyrocketing cost of Brooklyn real estate was something that made staying at this location an impossibility.

A big shout out and thanks to all the incredible bands, rad vendors, killer food stands, creative artists, great staff, and the hundreds of thousands of visitors that made BKNB a truly unique and special place. We'll miss you all.

We are continuing to look at new spaces for the next incarnation of Brooklyn Night Bazaar. This is the third time since 2011 we've been booted out of somewhere for someone bigger with a shit ton more money. It sucks, but that's what happens when you're a DIY business in 2015 NYC. But we'll come back, we always do.

The last BKNB shows will be May 22 and May 23.

Nice knowing you Brooklyn Night Bazaar, but welcome Riis Park Beach Bazaar by the same people, but in the Rockaways!

UPDATE 2: Apparently BMW is moving in to the space.

Westway's discoball
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Downtown club Westway, the former Gentleman's club that was turned into a legit club and venue (with lurid red leather interior intact), will close in July, Grub Street reports. While it was mainly known as a nightlife and celebrity hang, Westway also had shows there regularly, and over the last couple years welcomed such acts as FKA Twigs, Sylvan Esso, Smoke DZA, Alex Winston, to name a few. As is a familiar story these days, the space is being turned into luxury condominiums. Owners say they are planning special parties and live shows before their July 1 close date.

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).

Tea Lounge

As Gothamist, Eater and The Daily News pointed out, Park Slope's Tea Lounge is closing for good this weekend:

This is the big Union St. location across from the Park Slope Food Coop that sometimes hosts live music (though The Daily News mentions "live music at night and trivia events did little to lure customers and generate business."). Their cozier 7th Ave & 10th St. location closed in 2008 (and is now a bubble tea place).

The Daily News talked to the owner:

Jonathan Spiel, 45, is closing the Brooklyn java joint Monday after 14 years due to dwindling business caused by customers who plug away on laptops for hours without ordering anything more than a measly cup of joe.

"People take advantage of the space," Spiel said. "I'm running a business, not a community center."

Some people obviously took that the wrong way, so the Tea Lounge since tweeted, "The article in the daily news was crap. I truly appreciate all of the loyal customers."

Goodbye Tea Lounge!

DBA

After 5 years of business on North 7th, and just when it finally became the only bar with that name in the hood, Williamsburg bar D.B.A. Brooklyn posted the following message to Facebook this week:

We're very sad to say d.b.a. brooklyn will be closing at the end of the month. It's a special place for so many special people. Please come out and have a drink before we go!
The Saints face the Steelers @1 Sunday 11/30 so the game party will be on as usual & following we will have a send off (drink the inventory and say goodbye) bash...The facebook page will remain active and we will use it to let everyone know next steps (new location if possible??) or next place to meet as a group for a drink (or a few!)
p.s. - We're open Thanksgiving @5pm - George will be behind the bar serving up turkey (wild) & cranberry (juice). It's delicious!
Have a good holiday!
d.b.a. brooklyn crew
Gothamist points out that "The bars stayed open after owner Ray Deter died while bicycling in Manhattan in 2011 and it appears the East Village location will stay that way."

the ol' Glasslands clouds (and Parenthetical Girls) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Glasslands

First Death by Audio, and now their neighbors Glasslands. The venue just posted the following:

Dearest friends -

You're probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we'll cut right to the chase: this New Year's Eve will be Glasslands' final night of music.

When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent... we're proud to have grown up in this place and time.

It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.

Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It's impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.

We've got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.

Goodbye for now, but not forever.

Love,
Glasslands

Very sad to have them go, but good to see them promising it's "not forever."

We worried about this when we wrote about DbA closing, but Glasslands assured us at the time that we had nothing to worry about. Maybe because they knew they were at least going to move? Whether this is a direct result of VICE moving in to the building is still unclear, but it's hard to say it isn't at least related.

Meanwhile there's still plenty of shows happening before they close, including many this week for CMJ. Check out their upcoming schedule here.

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And another one goes. One of the original free-pizza-with-beer bars in North Brooklyn (that also hosted free music a lot of nights), Lulu's in Greenpoint, will be shutting it's doors for good on August 9. From the venue's Facebook:

To our amazing customers: It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the rumors are true. Lulu's will be closing its doors in two weeks; our last day open will be August 9th. We would like to thank all of you for making this such an amazing place to hang out! The customers at this bar are the best ever and I'm not just saying that Please stay tuned as there are a lot of fun shows in the next couple of weeks, with our grand finale show on August 9th to be announced soon. - Lulu's
Greenpointers informs us that Lulu's closing comes over a dispute with the landlord when owners wanted to turn it into a gay bar:
In April of this year Lulu's owner John McGillion took out a lawsuit against his landlord for not allowing him to turn the establishment into a gay bar. According to the New York Post, McGillion stated that he was "barely scraping by on the proceeds of the bar" and felt that he would "be able to make a considerable profit" by making Lulu's a gay venue. The landlord's alleged (and shocking) 'anti-gay clause' stopped this idea from ever coming to fruition.
Lulu's, we're sad to see you go, especially under such circumstances. There's still a week still to enjoy the music, drinks and free pizza. Friday (8/1) there's a solid bill of local punk with Ivy, Ajax, and Nandas.

by Bill Pearis

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My first apartment in NYC was on Third Ave between 27th and 28th, and at the time my friend Jason was in an alt-country band. Between the two, I spent a lot of time at the Rodeo Bar, one of the few places that consistently booked country music in Manhattan. (Rockabilly and folk too.) It was also the filming location of Lou Barlow's infamous interview on MTV's Sex in the '90s which some of you may remember. (You would think a clip of this would be online somewhere.) I haven't been there in a few years, but was sad to hear this:

Dear Rodeo Bar patrons and music lovers,

We are deeply saddened to announce that after 27 years in business, Rodeo Bar and Grill is closing its doors after July 27, 2014.

Here at New York's longest-running honky-tonk, we stayed open during some of the city's toughest times -- Hurricane Sandy, the 2003 blackout, 9/11 -- but recent rent increases, combined with a changing landscape, have made it impossible for us continue.

For the past three decades, Rodeo Bar has been home to thousands of bands, and we're proud to have helped define the country, Americana and rockabilly scene in New York City for all these years. But more than that, we were supported by an incredible community of people from New York and all over the world who helped make this bar great. We can't thank y'all enough.

For the rest of July, we're open every night, and the music schedule is killer -- and free, as it always has been. So come on down and join us for every show, every Shiner, and every moment with the horse trailer we call home. We're going out with our boots on.

Much Love, and Until the Buffalo Sings,

Rodeo Bar

The NYC Real Estate market is no joke these days. As the note mentions, The Rodeo Bar will be open until July 27 with free music every night. Tonight (7/11) it's guitarist Joe Taino. Sorry to see you go, Rodeo Bar. Its remaining live schedule below...

Continue reading "NYC's Rodeo Bar closing at the end of July"

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"The same old Bushwick story," told us the bar manager, Tuck on the phone today confirming that indeed, Wreck Room is closing on Saturday. "Landlord, new lease, rent increase...." Tuck refused to tell us the specific numbers but told us that the owner was over it already. "After nine years...."

An employee whose name we didn't catch on the phone mentioned also constant trouble with the maintenance of the place and the landlord.

Arancini Bros, the famed rice ball maker will be closing too. - [Bushwick Daily]

It's not just Williamsburg that's seeing a makeover happen. Bushwick bar -- and host of many metal and rock shows -- The Wreck Room will close after nine years this weekend. Saturday (6/28) will be last last night to get wrecked there. We'll miss ya.

(via Emet's Facebook, photo by Min Chai Lee)
Emet

Bushwick, Brooklyn venue Emet, which has recently hosted shows from Turnip King, Mannequin Pussy, Grass Is Green, and more, has allegedly been shut down due to legal issues. A Facebook post from Oliver of Ghostpal regarding this Friday's (5/2) show reads:

Hey yawls. Some bad news here, not just for us but for NYC music in general. Emet has been shuttered do to legal hassles. Which means a lot of things, one of which is that we're now short a venue for our freak out on Friday. It may need to be postponed, but for the time being we're trying to see if we can move it somewhere. We're trying some angles but it's hard to knock together on short notice, and we probably need your help. A call to arms! Anyone got ideas/leads/dreams in terms of finding a spot for a bonkers party on Friday night?
That sucks. Meanwhile, the venue has not yet announced this themselves, so details are sparse, but stay tuned for more info.

UPDATE: A statement was posted to Emet's Facebook:

Hey, as you may have heard elsewhere, we have gone dark for the time being because of landlord/neighbor issues. This ain't the last you'll hear from us, though, and we're seeing what we can do to get back on our feet either here or elsewhere as soon as possible. The poetry reading on May 9th is still happening, as will be the Showpaper potlucks and other non-musical events. The love you all have shown us over the last nine months is so fucking wild, thank you. -Stuart, Aaron, Ethan and rest who made Emet happen.
Friday night's show, which still needs a home, is presented by Windsor Terrace recording studio, musician's collective and record label Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen. MCFK bands on the bill are Sons of an Illustrious Father, Ghostpal, The Freaky Baby Daddies, NO ICE, and instrumental Brooklyn via Minneapolis trio Iced Ink whose new album "Television Ears" is streaming at Bandcamp and was recently reviewed by Jersey Beat.

(photo via EV Grieve)
Kim's

Just as the glow of Record Store Day is wearing off comes sad news (via EV Grieve) from EV mainstay Kim's Video & Music:

As great as #RSD2014 was (thank you all!), sadly we will be closing our store on 1st Ave. No closing date yet but 30% off ALL VIDEO and MUSIC. (all formats and NRs as well). - [Facebook]
The 1st Ave store was the last of a once healthy NYC empire. It was also one of the last (maybe THE last?) places to find cult/foreign/import DVDs and Blu-Rays. Mondo Kim's on St. Mark's Place closed in 2009.

Do Stop Believing -- Canal Room is about to be no more (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Tiffany and Debbie Gibson

The Canal Street venue that lately is mostly known for hosting 80s & 90s themed tribute shows (like the one we caught in 2011 with Debbie Gibson and Tiffany), is closing. The final two nights at Canal Room, despite what this 12/20 letter said, are January 10 & 11:

From Canal Room co-owner Marcus Linial

Last Call. Canal Room Closing. It's Bittersweet.

After 15 years in the building and 10 years as Canal Room , My partner Sam and I have sold the club. This was our decision and the timing was right. The space will be a new upscale lounge. Not a live music venue. We wish the new owner all the best.

Our last 2 night's will be Friday Jan 3rd with The Bayside Tigers and Saturday Jan 4th with Jessie's Girl - The Worlds Hottest '80s Tribute Band. Could't think of a better way to go out.

We thank all of our amazing staff over the years you know who you are, all the bands that have performed on our stage. All the customers and clients. Without you..we could not have been in business for so long.

Also excited that both shows Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl and Saved By The 90s Party with The Bayside Tigers have a new home. More on that soon.
Hope to see you all over the next few weeks and at our final weekend Jan 3 & 4. Happy Holidays to you all.

Tickets for the final two shows on 1/10 & 1/11 are still on sale, and future "Saved by the 90s" and "Back to the Eighties" shows will happen at Le Poisson Rouge.

Our own memories of Canal Room include seeing Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers there in 2009, ending up there for random CMJ showcases and sponsored parties, watching Jon Brion make magic with Rhett Miller, catching an artsy performance as part of a Fischerspooner residency, and seeing The Go! Team cheer through a show right when they were all the hype. What do you remember about the place?

Goodbye Canal Room!

Fucked Up at 285 Kent in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fucked Up

You may have noticed that following last night's Maria Minerva show (12/19) at Brooklyn's 285 Kent, there are no more upcoming shows scheduled at the venue. (The only other one would have been the Don Giovanni showcase, which has since been taken off-sale.) We've heard the rumor, but 285 Kent representatives have not officially confirmed that the Williamsburg DIY venue is closing. Todd P did say though, that despite a claim by Gothamist, "last night was not the last show ever at 285." One of the venue's reps, Ric Leichtung, also tweeted "Beyond tonight, we have not announced any other events at 285 Kent, though there may be others in the future."

If the venue does close for good, it'd be a sad loss for the Brooklyn music scene. It's been home to many great local shows, some especially exciting surprises like the one where A$AP Rocky and Grimes showed up, the Trash Talk show where Odd Future showed up, and just a number of wild shows by everyone from Fucked Up to Thee Oh Sees (who also unfortunately are going on hiatus).

Outside of Roseland in April (more by Robert Altamn)

Whether you actually liked seeing shows there or not, Roseland is one of NYC's classic venues. So sad news from Billboard:

New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made.

The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a sentimental favorite for many bands. The history of the venue in New York dates back to 1919, when it was located at 51st and Broadway, and prior to that in Philadelphia.

Evolving from ballroom dancing in the '20s to popular music, Roseland has for years been a favored New York play for a wide range of bands from the early days of rock, through disco, grunge, modern rock, jam, pop, urban and EDM. The venue found a new gear with a $1 million production/rigging renovation in the early '90s, funded by Ginsberg, which led to more high profile bookings of multiple dates on bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and other hot acts when competition in that cap range was not as fierce. - [Billboard]

Danzig played the venue last night. We'll miss ya, Roseland!

Odessa

In another sign of the times, the Odessa Cafe Bar will close its doors for good, its last day being Saturday, August 31st, notes EV Grieve. The bar has been an East Village staple for more than 33 years on Ave A, falling victim, like so many others, to the rising rents and gentrification in the neighborhood. Odessa, the restaurant which is next door, is staying open and you can continue to get your pierogi fix.

Word is that the space will house an brasserie/cafe once the Odessa vacates.

Jackies

Only two days left until Bar4 says goodbye forever, and now comes word that...

It's last call for beloved Park Slope dive bar Jackie's 5th Amendment. The old saloon, which has been owned and operated by the same family since the '50s, will close next month on September 14th, bartender Tony Ferrara tells us. "The owner's health is deteriorating," Ferrara explains. "It's going to be taken over by the pharmacy next door."

Jackie's, known for its cheap drinks and mini beer buckets, was beloved for being a no-frills sanctuary in a sea of all-consuming yupsterfication. (Last November, employees of the bar petitioned President Obama to allow the bar to secede from Park Slope.) "I'm just sad," Ferrara says. "We open up at 8 a.m. for people getting off the night shifts. Back when it was Costello's in the '60s my parents used to come here to drink. It's a shame to see these kind of bars leave the area, because once they're gone they're gone forever."

News of the closing [was] first reported by Brooklyn Magazine" [Gothamist]

Meanwhile, still time for one last drink at Bar 4.

Bar4

South Slope bar and music venue Bar4 closes its doors forever this Thursday, August 15th. That gives you a more few days to catch a show and say your final goodbyes.

They've been celebrating all weekend by hosting the 4th annual Local Correspondents Fest, a packed schedule of bands and singer-songerwriters who have graced the stage over the years. Surprise sets so far have included a reunion by the Undisputed Heavyweights whose singer Casey Shea was also on the schedule. Maybe Furthur drummer Joe Russo and Cass McCombs or Zach Williams of Park Slope success story The Lone Bellow (they met at Dizzy's and recently headlined Prospect Park) will stop in like they have often in the past (note: we have no clue if either really will or already did). Tonight looks like this:

Monday August 12th
7:40 Andy Kirmayer
8:00 Rich Varroney
8:20 Craig Chesler
8:40 Sheryl Cohen
9:00 Jimmy Hoffman (COMEDY)
9:20 Shannon Pelcher
9:40 Matt Singer
10:00 The Bright Silence
10:20 Derek Zimmerman
10:40 pinkwing
11:00 Jeremiah Birnbaum
11:20 SkyMs
Tuesday is Bar4 open mic. Wednesday is the final Motherfuckin Bingo followed by a "dance party with some of our regular DJs from over the years". August 15 currently has nothing listed on the schedule.

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust / Single Dynamite (via @countfeed / @everydayanothersong)
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This is it, the last day for iconic Hoboken rock club, Maxwell's which is shutting it's doors tonight (or the wee hours of Thursday) after 35 years. Last night's penultimate show at Maxwell's was headlined by Lee Ranaldo & The Dust. One of the openers was a mystery group, Single Dynamite, which turned out to include Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Quasi drummer Janet Weiss. Did anyone go last night? How was it?

UPDATE: Check out a full set of pictures from the Lee Ranaldo/Single Dynamite show.

Meanwhile, today's Maxwell's closing block party starts at 4 PM on the street outside the club. In addition to the already-announced line-up of The Bongos, The Individuals and "a", Delicate Steve has been added to the bill. NJ.com reports that thing may be broken up into two separate shows inside the club: Delicate Steve and The Individuals at 6 PM; and then The Bongos and "a" at 9 PM.

The block party is free but the shows are notTickets ($10) for those final two shows (Individuals, Delicate Steve and The Bongos and "a") go on sale at 2 PM today.

Bar 4

Sad news for the South Slope:

Friends and family,

It is with great sadness that we announce that after 14 years as a neighborhood institution, music venue and beloved Slope staple, Bar 4 will be permanently closing its doors on August 15, 2013.

In 1999 President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial ended in acquittal in the Senate, a little file-sharing website called Napster was sued by the RIAA on charges of copyright infringement and a wee Canadian boy named Justin Bieber turned 5.

Oh, and Bar 4 opened its doors at the dusty end of 7th Avenue in a pre-hip Park Slope.

For a decade-and-a-half this venue has been a launching pad for musicians who have gone on to international acclaim and played host to local acts with world class talent. The neighborhood has changed, and so have we. But as one era gives way to another we must face the financial realities that have confronted so many other good, hardworking Brooklynites.

We have been a home and refuge to many and we will be eternally grateful to the wellspring of goodwill, support and love so many of you have provided over the years.

We've hosted your dance parties, queer nights, vinyl DJ's, killer comics, striving musicians (our epic open mic night is surpassed by none), lonely souls, love connections, breakups, burlesque ensembles, baby showers, Food Co-op revues, art shows, strip poker, Halloween freakouts, New Years Eve bonanzas, spontaneous weeknight drinkathons, bingo bouts, karaoke, karaoke, karaoke and did we mention our epic open mic nights?

We'll miss seeing your faces, hanging your posters in our windows, cleaning up your broken glasses, taking your forgotten umbrellas home, looking at your Instagram photos (THAT's something that wouldn't have made any sense 14 years ago), doing shots with you and telling you to keep it down for our neighbors.

The next few weeks will be one long goodbye. Come share it with us. There will be homecomings, hugs, tears, pickle backs, and lots and lots of music. Stay tuned for the specifics as we work out our calendar, but rest assured you are invited to every last minute we have.

With love,
Ted, Larry, Erin, and The Entire Bar4 Family

They survived Hurricane Sandy, but are no match for gentrification. I guess it remains to be seen if someone might take over the space and leave the stage, though that seems doubtful.

Sad to see you go Bar4.

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It was a rough week for Bushwick DIY venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge. Though no statement was released, apparently there was a shooting at the club on Wednesday night (7/17). Whether it was inside or outside Big Snow is unclear, but someone, possibly a doorman, was rushed to the hospital and the night's show was canceled. The space, which opened back in 2011, had also recently suffered setbacks due to flooding.

UPDATE: Big Snow originally refused to give us any information for this post, but venue co-owner Yoni David has since confirmed in the comments of this post that he was the one shot. We wish him a full recovery soon!

We'll miss you, Big Snow.

outside Public Assembly at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Public Assembly

North 6th Williamsburg 2-stage venue Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos) recently closed their front room for renovations and are about to do the same in the back. That means there are literally only about two weeks of shows scheduled at the club at the moment. Krallice is playing the final show, and one of the others will be Bunker, which also may be Bunker's last at that venue according to to this message they sent out:

Four and a half years after founding The Bunker at subTonic, we moved the party to 70 North 6th Street (then called Galapagos) in July of 2007. We immediately found it to be the perfect space for the party, and have hosted the majority of our events there ever since. By our rough count, we've done about 150 parties in the back room over the past 6 years. Many of you have been there for most of those events, discovered every nook and cranny of the space, and know the bartenders and security staff by name.

As of now the front room is under renovations and is never to reopen as a music venue. The back room closes for a few months of renovation starting in mid-July. We're not really sure what shape it will take or if it will be appropriate for The Bunker when it reopens in September.

We wanted to have one more party to say a proper goodbye to the back room as we know it. The night will start with a deep, heady set from Borne (aka Scott Vizioli) and end with some late night haus from our good friend Atomly. Both of these guys have probably been to 140+ of the 150 events at Public Assembly. Shawn O'Sullivan, who has appeared at The Bunker solo and with his band Led Er Est, will treat us to one of his mindbending live sets. Resident DJs Bryan and Servito fill in the gaps. NikSound will of course be in the house. Goodbye for now, PA.

Meanwhile the Bunker will continue to throw parties at new Williamsburg club Output. Their current upcoming schedule and flyer for the Public Assembly show are below.

And what really caught our eye in that message above was the part about the front room never reopening for shows. That would definitely stink, especially since we've gotten kind of comfortable with the space as the home of our BrooklynVegan CMJ parties lately. Stay tuned for more info!

Continue reading "Public Assembly front room may not reopen for shows; back closing for renovations soon (but first the final PA Bunker?)"

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's, Hanukah 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
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Maxwell's, the Hoboken corner restaurant and rock club with an international reputation, is closing its doors at the end of July.

The lease to Maxwell's, which has been at the heart of the rock scene in Hudson County for decades, is up at the end of July. But the decision to close the club at 1039 Washington St. isn't the landlord's.

"We were offered a renewal with rates that weren't necessarily onerous," says Todd Abramson, the club's booking agent and co-owner. "But after much thought, given the changing nature of Hoboken and the difficulties of trying to run a business in this town, we decided it was time."

Maxwell's, says Abramson, will invite back some old friends to finish its remarkable run.

"On July 31, I think we're going to go out the way we came in -- with the band 'a'." a, which featured members of the Bongos and Glenn Morrow, who'd later found Hoboken's Bar/None Records, was the first act to ever take the stage in the restaurant's back room. - [NJ.com]

Bummer, bummer news. The U.S. is losing one of its legendary small rock venues (co-owned by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley), home to Yo La Tengo's Hanukah shows, The Feelies' 4th of July shows and where Bruce Springsteen shot the "Glory Days" video. Titus Andronicus have three shows coming up there. The Bats play tonight with Wild Carnation. Yo La Tengo (as Condo Fucks) will open for The Pastels next week.

This one hits hard. We're gonna miss you, Maxwell's.

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Bleeker Bobs

It's been over a year since we reported that West Village record store Bleecker Bob's was closing, but they're still open. That will change soon though, or so they say. As NYU Local points out, the store posted this on Facebook:

STORE UPDATE:: 3/6/13

looks like the new tenant has signed the lease. we've heard they want to be open by June 1. it will take probably around 2 months to get work permits for the massive remodeling job they'll need to do so we're figuring we should be open until May 2013!!
---get ready for another chain of self serve yogurt/coffee/hot chocolate cafes NYC!!

It was sad in 2012 and it's still sad now. Meanwhile, Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn is also not long for this world.

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