FAREWELL TO MAXWELL’S
When Maxwell’s opened its doors in August of 1978, no one could have guessed the inconspicuous corner restaurant/bar would eventually fit into the same pantheon of iconic NYC rock clubs as CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and the Bottom Line — definitional venues that instantly conjure a specific sound, in a specific place, during a specific era. At Maxwell’s, that was the Hoboken sound: jangly, blue-collar guitar rock, as played by Yo La Tengo, the dBs, the Bongos, the Feelies, and countless other working-class bands that made Maxwell’s their home base, and a leading stop on the independent rock tour circuit since the ’80s.
When it was announced last month that the club would not renew its lease, which expires at the end of July, we were saddened to lose a reason to happily jump on the PATH train. Another thing Maxwell’s will soon have in common with the likes of CBGB and Max’s Kansas City is that it will be relegated to memory, documentaries and oral histories. For what it’s worth, the club is going out with a bang. For its last week, Maxwell’s has lined up a killer slate of shows, including Mission of Burma, Real Estate, and the Bongos. Tickets are going fast but you can still find some on the venue’s website. Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ.
BUSHWICK BLOCK PARTY
If the closure of Maxwell’s has you bummed, the Bushwick Block Party will cheer you right back up. There’s probably no way to better describe this surefire shitshow than to point you to the above video. Rapper Action Bronson will make time for a performance when he’s not manning the Action Bronson Food Truck, and Roberta’s, the sorta-locus of the event, will throw a giant pizza party with “four ovens of doom.” We won’t deign to speculate what that’ll entail. Pictureplane, Jamaican Queens and many more will perform, and there will be tons of food and free t-shirts from Vans, as well as a bikini kegstand contest. So, yeah. Sounds awesome. Moore Street, between Bogart and White, Saturday, July 27 from noon.
Woods are one of those bands whose name perfectly primes your expectations. Woods: a freak-folk band of misfits, blending haunting campfire folk, homemade tape collages, and ramshackle psychedelic jam-outs. That sounds about right, doesn’t it? A small yet devoted following encircles the band and the acts on their Brooklyn-based label, Woodsist (home also of White Fence, Ducktails, the Babies and more). They’re always good for a semi-transcendental, latter-day Grateful Dead experience live, but you can see for yourself when they play Bowery Ballroom tomorrow. Endless Boogie and Real Estate’s Alex Bleeker and the Freaks will open. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., Lower East Side, Saturday, July 27 at 9 p.m., $12.
–San Francisco’s Tamaryn will bring their bleary, ethereal shoegaze to 285 Kent tonight. Mirror Mirror and Haribo open. 285 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m., $10
–Texas native and ex-Beach Fossils member John Pena performs airy, attractive new wave under the name Heavenly Beat. His eponymous debut release came out last summer on Captured Tracks; catch him on Monday at Cameo Gallery with Nicholas Nicholas and Blizzard Sisters. Cameo Gallery, 93 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Monday, July 29 at 8 p.m., $8-10.