Before the Sex Pistols, before the Clash and before Anarchy in the UK, there was Richard Hell. A seminal figure in the NYC punk scene, Hell played in the Neon Boys, Television, The Heartbreakers and eventually formed his own band Richard Hell and the Voidoids before he quit music and drugs in 1984. He was the impetus behind punk rock, from its ideals to its fashion statements (see his involvement with the punk exhibit at the Met). In his book I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, Hell recounts his life, from his time growing up in Lexington Kentucky to his days as a NYC punk rocker–it’s an absolute must read for anybody interested in punk rock or the NYC downtown scene of the ’70s and early ’80s in general. Hear Hell talk candidly tonight at BookCourt about his relationship to Malcolm McLaren, how he felt about the Sex Pistols copping his look, and punk rock overall.
Before the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club opened in Gowanus, shuffleboard was an activity you associated with Florida retirement homes. Now Royal Palms is one of the hottest spots in South Brooklyn, best known for its sprawling shuffleboard courts, but it also has one of the borough’s most sophisticated cocktail programs. Designed by general manager Tim […]
As much as we love New York City, and as ideal as it is for many things, it is not the best place to enjoy fall foliage and get that taste of the outdoors that even the most seasoned city dwellers need from time to time. Here are two easy trips north where you can […]
October in New York City means the arrival of the CMJ Music Marathon. This year, as always, the list for the five-day music festival is extensive. So extensive, in fact, that you’d probably be well advised to take two or three coffee breaks while scanning the schedule, which features more than 1,300 live performances. Before […]
On an already busy month in New York music-wise (and we’re not just talking about CMJ), indie music fans can expect a lot of bang for their bucks with these two acts, one from Australia and the other from right here in Brooklyn, sharing a bill at Webster Hall next week. Anytime someone mentions Courtney Barnett, […]
To get an idea of how vast the lineup of bands is during the CMJ Music Marathon, we asked three music writers to name their top picks, and not one mentioned the same show. Regina Mogilevskaya singled out her must-see showcases here, and our other resident music enthusiasts, Alexander Jordan and Lindsey Rhoades, who also edits […]