Music

Arcade Fire Surprised Bowery Ballroom for Ukraine Benefit, then Headed to the Subway

Posted March 22, 2022 at 5:03 am

It was a weekend bookended by Arcade Fire. The band performed three surprise benefit shows Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at the Bowery Ballroom. Both were for the benefit of the Ukraine Relief Fund, but also notable as the first time Arcade Fire played the seminal Lower East Side venue since the 2004 release of […]

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Lily Vakili Brings NJ-Rock to Mercury Lounge

Posted February 9, 2022 at 5:08 am

What follows is a checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Lily Vakili’s father was a plant geneticist whose career necessitated frequent relocation. Vakili says she was born in Honduras during a military coup. “In the hospital, my dad had to […]

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‘Be My Baby’ and a Strange 1965 Visit to Parisi Bakery (Ronnie Spector RIP)

Posted January 13, 2022 at 5:06 am

Ronnie Spector, the chanteuse who fronted the Ronettes in the 1960s with her signature vocal yearning, died yesterday. She was 78. She passed after “a brief battle with cancer,” according to a statement from her family. In tribute to her life and music, we’re re-publishing the following piece from a few years ago highlighting the […]

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Mask Mandate for Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom Amid Covid Surge

Posted December 17, 2021 at 5:15 am

With a major uptick in cases of COVID-19 around the city the last several days – attributed to the virulent Omicron variant – music venues are again bracing for impact. The Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge last night announced that masks are mandatory for all concert goers. The requirement extends to the “entirety of the […]

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With Open Restaurants on its Way to Permanence, Music Heads Indoors

Posted November 9, 2021 at 5:03 am

What follows is a checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. The city’s Open Restaurants program has decreased in importance as a showcase for live music. A year ago, outdoor dining establishments and busking were the only ways musicians could play […]

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Out on the Essex Street ‘Fiore Escape’

Posted October 18, 2021 at 5:04 am

The fire escape spectacle entertained Essex Street anew. Friday evening, Lower East Sider Jill Fiore again stepped onto her tenement fire escape at 29 Essex for a short concert. Fiore was flanked by bandmates Derek Cruz on lead guitar, Dave Spinley on saxophone, and Joan Chew on bass. Like previous Fiore Escape outings, this one […]

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CBGB Shut Down 15 Years Ago on the Bowery

Posted October 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

Fifteen years ago. This was the night – arguably – that the last breath of punk exhaled on the Bowery. When CBGB concluded its residence at 315 Bowery. And the block could not look any different today. The former venue became, and remains, the upscale John Varvatos boutique; while its old CB’s Gallery space is […]

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One Year Later, ‘Fiore Escape’ COVID Sessions Still Captivate

Posted September 23, 2021 at 5:09 am

One year after first captivating passersby at Essex and Grand Streets, the free fire escape concert series is back for another. Indeed, musician Jill Fiore will perform anew from the second floor of her Essex Street tenement (above Delancey Car Service). The next so-called “Fiore Escape” show is slated for October 15, as announced on […]

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Uncapped: The Making of The Unauthorized Biography of Ree 2

Posted September 17, 2021 at 6:07 am

Boogie Fam! It sure has been a while. Have you checked out the Bowery Boogie Uncapped (BBU) Podcast? Launched during the pandemic, we are now three seasons deep and chock full of interviews with graffiti pioneers, street artists, Boogie affiliates and most recently, a song debut. You know that country we emancipated from in 1776? […]

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Xentrifuge Once Again the Center of NYC Goth Industrial Scene

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:05 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Xris SMack! has revived his monthly “Stimulate” parties, and they are once again the center of gravity for New York City’s gothic-industrial community. The August 2021 edition headlined Xentrifuge and […]

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