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R.I.P. Maxwell’s

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     R.I.P. Maxwells

    Since 1978, Hoboken, NJ’s Maxwell’s has been hosting acts from Sonic Youth to Titus Andronicus in a 200-capacity space at 1039 Washington Street. At the end of July, however, the legendary venue will cease operations.

    “We were offered a renewal with rates that weren’t necessarily onerous,” the club’s c0-owner Todd Abramson told The Star-Ledger, “But after much thought, given the changing nature of Hoboken and the difficulties of trying to run a business in this town, we decided it was time.”

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    In addition to infamously poor city parking, Abramson points to the altered mindset of local clientele as a main cause for the closure. “The culture in Hoboken is driven by TV now,” he said. “A lot of the bars downtown are fighting with each other for who has the most giant TVs. That’s what Hoboken nightlife has become.”

    As a full-circle sendoff for the venue, Abramson has invited back the first band to ever grace the stage: a, featuring members of The Bongos and Glenn Morrow. They will close things down July 31st.

    As a rather fitting tribute, watch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 1985 video for “Glory Days”, filmed on location at Maxwell’s.

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    And here’s the docket for Maxwell’s final shows:

    Maxwell’s Final Shows:
    06/05 – The Mountain Goats, The Baptist Generals (SOLD OUT)
    06/06 – Frankmusik
    06/07 – The Vapor Apes, The Good Robot, Science, The Rose Riot
    06/08 – Ben Kenny (of Incubus), Love Crushed Velvet (7 PM show)
    06/08 – Ben Kenny (of Incubus), Sun Rai (10 PM show)
    06/09 – The Saddle Brook School of Rock
    06/10 – Swingadelic
    06/13 – Nothing But Robots, Ravens Ballroom, Odd Man In, Ale Potosnak
    06/14 – Miracle of ’86, Great American Novel, Year of the Dragon
    06/15 – The Pastels, The Condo Fucks (7 PM show)
    06/15 – We Were Promised Jetpacks (10 PM show) (SOLD OUT)
    06/16 – Sinkane, Helado Negro
    06/17 – Sky Ferreira
    06/20 – Imperial State Electric, Royale, Swamp Candles
    06/21 – Imaginary Cities, Gabriel the Marine
    06/22 – The Trophy Scars performing Goodnight Alchemy (6 PM show)
    06/22 – Paul Collins’ Beat, The Swingin’ Neckbreakers, The Bamboo Kids, The Insomniacs (9 PM show)
    06/23 – Tiny Giant Summer Bummer w/ Morning, Reese Van Riper, Pour the Pirate Sherry, France
    06/25 – Dragon Smoke with Anders Osborne
    06/28 – Os Mutantes
    06/29 – Chic Gamine
    07/01 – Night Beds
    07/04 – The Feelies
    07/05 – The Feelies
    07/06 – The Feelies
    07/07 – The Flamin’ Groovies
    07/11 – Hockey
    07/12 – Rachel Yamagata, Sanders Bohlke
    07/14 – Titus Andronicus (SOLD OUT)
    07/15 – Titus Andronicus (SOLD OUT)
    07/16 – Titus Andronicus
    07/19 – Bosnian Rainbows
    07/23 – …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
    07/31 – a, The Bongos

     

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