It’s a strange time for New York music fans. While new rooms like the Gramercy Theater, Highline Ballroom and Fontana’s are sprouting up, legendary havens like Tonic, Sin-E and possibly the Knitting Factory are shutting down as rising real estate prices and property taxes combine to squeeze out “the little guy.”
I’m all for new venues, but this “out with the old” shit is garbage. It’s Roberto Garbaggio. Tonic is one of the best dressed-down rooms in the country with some of the best acoustics taboot. Everyone that’s been there has a great story they can one day tell their illegitimate kids. But such is life, such is gentrification.
Tonic’s April 13th closure comes six days before the Benevento/Russo Duo was slated to kick off the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival with two acoustic performances. Rest assured, the shows will still go off as planned, only they’ve moved to the Knitting Factory, which remains open for at least the foreseeable future (or until the building is actually sold and it predictably gets kicked to the curb, despite the current lease). Apparently neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor club closures will stop the best duo in music history from melting faces.
Read on for the full press release about The Duo’s new GAMF spot…
For this week’s edition of The B List, we turned to a longtime friend of Hidden Track, the man that coined our tagline “My Band Can Beat Up Your Band.” But in addition to his sloganeering prowess, our man Ginz has an eclectic taste in music, and today he shares one of those tastes with us. Take it away Ginz…
Most people know Weird Al Yankovic as the guy that parodied “Beat It” back in the ’80s. But Weird is much, much more than that: He is an artist who just completed his 13th studio album and is about to embark on a 40-plus city U.S. tour. Yes, Al’s claim to fame is his parodies — you know you hit it big when Al parodies you, even Coolio — but his real genius comes out in his original songs.
Weird will often write in a certain genre for his originals. Sometimes it may be country, polka, punk or even in the “style of an artist” to get the feel, so much so, that you may swear you have heard that song before. So without further ado, I present the Top 10 Original Weird Al songs. Enjoy these videos I unearthed, from whatever the devil that place is called that host all the videos that you put up.
Read on for Ginz’s B List of the 10 best Weird Al originals…
The 37th annual Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival is pleased to announce an impressive initial lineup for the 2007 Labor Day event. Bumbershoot, the biggest contemporary music & arts
Bloc Party, the U.K. band currently touring the U.S. in support of their latest album A Weekend in the City, are known for giving live performances that possess the fury of The Clash or The Buzzcocks in their prime.