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Ben Wallers Says ‘Goodbye’ to Death By Audio, More Surprises in Store

The Rebel (Ben Wallers) at Death By Audio on Monday night. (Photo: Matthew Hodges)

The Rebel (Ben Wallers) at Death By Audio on Monday night. (Photo: Matthew Hodges)

On Monday night,  Death By Audio hosted the legendary Ben Wallers (aka The Rebel), or the bloke behind twangy punk outfit Country Teasers, for a rare solo performance. Wallers, who’s now 43, fronted the UK-based band starting in the early ’90s. He’s developed something of a cult following and he’s rarely seen around these parts. Even Edan Wilber, who runs Death By Audio, told us, “Never thought I’d see him live.”
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Exit Interview: Ariel Palitz of Sutra, Now Closed After 10 Years of Partying

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Last week Sutra ended its 10-year-run in the East Village with a throwdown that saw Questlove DJing and Melle Mel spitting “The Message,” his seminal hip-hop track with Grandmaster Flash.
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Remembering Shakespeare & Co.: ‘I Was Proud to Work There; It’s Hard to Explain’

With Shakespeare & Co. set to close its downtown store after 27 years — possibly to be replaced by a Foot Locker — we asked Marc Spitz, a former clerk, to share his thoughts about the beloved bookshop.

(Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

If Chris Peterson, the general manager of Shakespeare and Company Booksellers, circa 1996, didn’t sit me down one afternoon and give me the choice to quit or be fired (a classy move so I could travel on to another job without having to explain a termination), they would have had to close their doors nearly twenty years ago instead of this month.
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The Story of Kim’s Video & Music, Told By Its Clerks and Customers

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

When the last remaining location of Kim’s Video & Music announced it was closing for good, most agreed it was just another nail in the coffin, the latest reminder of what the Times called “a downtown culture now largely lost.”
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RIP For Another DIY Venue? ‘Someone Kept Pooping on the Floor’

Clockwise from bottom: Brian Whatever, Alaina Stamatis, and Alison Sirico. (Photo: Alaina Stamatis)

Clockwise from bottom: Brian Whatever, Alaina Stamatis, and Alison Sirico. (Photo: Alaina Stamatis)

Last week we heard a rumor that Bushwick DIY space The Ho_se is on its way out. We’d be really sad to see this venue close its doors, so we’re hoping the response we received to the following query means the place is still open for biz for the foreseeable future and we’re just getting trolled.

Hey Ho_se –

I’m a contributor for Bedford + Bowery and I heard you guys might be closing up shop? That would be a serious shame, but I think it’s important for us to cover venue closings and neighborhood changes– so it would be great if someone might be willing to speak with me over the phone about what’s happening.

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