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This Guy Has a Corner Office, But Only If He Parks It On a Corner

They’re the Urban Campers. We’re knocking on their doors and having a look inside.

The corner office (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The corner office (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Just about every weekday morning, T.R. Ludwig has to roll out of bed and get into the office by 8:30 a.m. And then he has to move that office. Because his office is a 1985 Winnebago attached to the body of a Chevy 150 truck.
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Listen to a New Desert Stars Song Before Tonight’s Album Release Party

afa986c18651217ecd33e4ddd0c3879c-1Not every Brooklyn band is an overnight success story: it’s easy to forget that some have been chipping away at their craft for years.

Take Desert Stars. They’ve been on the scene with different lineups for almost five years now (full disclosure: my old band played their first show), but the album out today, “Habit Shackles,” is their first full-length release. And it’s a doozy: listen to the single we’ve secured for you below and you may find yourself canceling plans to get to the album release party at Cameo tonight.
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Members of Hold Steady, Spoon Bring Minneapolis to Manhattan Avenue

Members of Hold Steady, Spoon Bring Minneapolis to Manhattan Avenue
Bobby Drake in Lake Street's bathroom. (Photo: Jesse Sposato)

Bobby Drake in Lake Street’s bathroom. (Photo: Jesse Sposato)

What do a bunch of band dudes from the Midwest, who now live in Greenpoint, do when not making music together? Easy: they open a bar. Bobby Drake (The Hold Steady, w/o.), Frank Bevan (w/o.), Rob Pope (Spoon), Eric Odness (The Wanted, Primitive Weapons) named Lake Street after a major thoroughfare in Minneapolis, and they want it to be reminiscent of the bars they used to hang out at back home – “kind of old-man divey but cool bars, you know, where they could be sketchy, but not really,” Drake told Bedford + Bowery during a chat at the nearly finished space at 706 Manhattan Avenue, near Norman.
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