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Punk Magazine 40th-Anniversary Exhibition

Issue #2 featuring Patti Smith (Image courtesy of Howl! Arts)

Issue #2 featuring Patti Smith (Image courtesy of Howl! Arts)

In 1976, a comic artist named John Holmstrom begot Punk magazine as an excuse to stalk his favorite bands from the downtown scene, and look cool in the process. Needless to say, Holmstrom succeeded (beyond what he ever imagined) in permanently etching the East Village into the throbbing heart of the punk movement, and visualizing an R. Crumb-like vision of the scenes running through Max’s Kansas City and CBGB. Soak up the 40th-anniversary exhibition that opened last week at Howl! Happening and Punk’s lasting influence becomes sharply real.

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Queer and Trans Punk Fest Aims to ‘Break Down All Those Boxes’

Adult Mom (Photo: Richard Gin)

Adult Mom (Photo: Richard Gin)

Freak Out! Fest, a queer and trans punk music festival, is making its debut in Bushwick and the Lower East Side this weekend with over 20 bands playing shows at Silent Barn, ABC No Rio, and Cake Shop. The fest starts tonight at Silent Barn and continues with afternoon and nighttime shows on Saturday and Sunday.

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ABC No Rio Co-Founder Recalls a New Era of Hardcore in Exhibit and Screening

Freddy (Photo: Loizos Gatzaris‎)

Freddy Alva (Photo: Loizos Gatzaris‎)

Once upon a time there were things called subcultures, that managed to thrive despite promotion through “social channels” or sponsorships from energy drinks. Since 1980, 156 Rivington Street has been a subculture enclave for activists, artists, counter culturists, and assorted noisemakers, providing a non-profit space to exchange ideas and physically interact. It’s not secret that the hardcore punk scene was once a magnet for such individuals, so when the storied matinee shows at CBGB became too violent in the late-’80s, punk turned off the Bowery to Rivington Street to ABC No Rio.

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Marky Ramone On Life as a Ramone in the E. Village: ‘Everybody Was Psychedelized’

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

No band is more identified with the East Village than the Ramones. The band’s performances at Hilly Kristal’s CBGB and other neighborhood venues defined punk rock forever. In 2003, the corner of the Bowery and Second Street near CBGB was officially named Joey Ramone Place. Over time, members of the group lived, drank and hung out in the East Village.
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Punks, Dunks and Free Beer at the Opening of This Photo Show

Henry Rollins from Black Flag.

Henry Rollins from Black Flag.

Before Pete Kuhns became the Village Voice’s sports photographer, he covered Seattle’s punk scene during the ’80s for the biweekly Seattle music newspaper The Rocket. The difference between documenting Black Flag and yellow flags isn’t as big as you’d think: Kuhns’s high-endorphin action shots of The Clash, X, Dead Kennedys, and Public Image Ltd are all printed in black-and-white for maximum drama, and there are plenty of fit, bare-chested men, if you’re into that.
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Taylor Gets a Swift Kick in the Ass From La Petite Mort

(Photo: La Petite Mort's Facebook)

(Photo: La Petite Mort’s Facebook)

Taylor Swift’s new role as the Big Cupcake’s “Global Welcome Ambassador” made every New Yorker want to step in and say “Imma let you finish…” But rather than merely festering in outrage, Lower East Side boutique La Petite Mort went ahead and conscripted the legendary Chico to do a memorial mural for the bubbly bopper.
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White Lung at Saint Vitus

Feminist punk is having a moment, and White Lung is right in the mix. With this show, the Canadian band releases its third album, Deep Fantasy, which has been getting lots of positive press. Lead singer Mish Way has a thing for Courtney Love, and it’s obvious that Hole is a big influence on this latest release.

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Good Shows: Feminist Punk, Norwegian Soul and, Um, 'Intensindie'

Here’s what’s good in live music this week.

Leeds-based indie rock outfit Kaiser Chiefs have hopped the pond to promote their new album, Education, Education, Education & War. The band is famous for rocking festivals with big stage sets and light shows, pulling every stunt short of a miniature Stonehenge. Their most recognizable single is probably “Ruby,” released back in ’07. Bottom line, you will not be bored at this show.
Webster Hall, East Village, Friday, June 20 @ 8 p.m., tickets $30.
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Can You Find the Velvet Underground Banana at The Randolph’s New Place?

(Photo courtesy Randolph Brooklyn)

(Photo courtesy Randolph Brooklyn)

Oh hey, the folks behind Nolita spot The Randolph at Broome opened their new Williamsburg outpost earlier this week. Randolph Brooklyn’s design was “loosely inspired by ’70s punk,” according to the release, and indeed there’s a wall of televisions that reminds us of the Video Lounge that Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong installed at Danceteria. Scour the collage-style wallpaper that recalls a Sex Pistols or Clash album cover and you’ll even find the banana from the cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico. And (fun fact) the mural in the front of the place quotes Adam and the Ants guitarist Marco Pirroni talking about punk rock (“it was anti-drug pro-amphetemine anti-sex shag-fest”).
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Drug Smuggling, Brain Eating and Hasidic Punk Rockers

Take From Dusk Till Dawn and National Lampoon’s Vacation; subtract Chevy Chase, John Candy, Quentin Tarantino and bloodthirsty vampires; add Jennifer Aniston as a stripper and Dodgeball director Marshall Rawson Thurber, and you’ve got We’re The Millers.

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Black Flag Annihilated Last Week With a Super Secret Show

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Depending on whose tweets you prefer, Black Flag spent Friday and Saturday either “destroying” or “kicking the crap out of” Warsaw, only to go on to do a Sunday show at a venue so secret that if anyone gave up the name (Grand Victory) they probably would’ve had to disappear to Hong Kong. (Seriously, the email confirmation was all: “Any social media or other discovered leaks of location may result in denied entry.”)
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Nightclubbing | The Offs

Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong continue sorting through their archives of punk-era concert footage as it’s digitized for the Downtown Collection at N.Y.U.’s Fales Library.

LP cover.

Looking back at the cover of the L.P. that The Offs released in 1984, we didn’t remember that Jean-Michel Basquiat had designed it. But the image of their lead singer, Don Vinyl, face down, his bicep glistening with the tattoo of a .45 pistol — that we had not forgotten.

We recall Don coming to our apartment the day he got the ink, his arm still red and a little bloody. “Paul Simonon is getting the same one!” he told us, excitedly. It was the summer of 1981 and everyone in the East Village was getting tats, even The Clash. Bob Roberts, The Offs’ saxophonist — and also a tattooist — had done the work for both.
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