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In Green Room, opening April 15, a punk band called the Ain’t Rights, including bassist Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat in a Dead Kennedys t-shirt, book a show at what turns out to be a neo-Nazi community center. After discovering a crime backstage, they have to fight their way back to their van, past an army of jack-booted skinheads led by Sir Patrick Stewart. The drama is built around sectarian tensions within punk: over...
The YouTube channel credited to "unARTigNYC" hosts over 5,000 videos of music performance, from brief snippets to full concerts, with over 10 million collective views between them. That brain-melting archive reaches back to the German club circuit of the late 80s and early 90s, capturing legends of alternative music alongside total weirdos, mostly lost to history. The number of videos grows weekly, now capturing known and deeply unknown bands of the moment, playing for a...
"WHO ARE THEY?" a thirty–something year old woman slurred at me, as I stood outside of Blue Collar Burger at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night. The "they" she was referring to is Brooklyn psych-punk trio Sunflower Bean, who were leaned up against a white van on Havemeyer Street having their photo taken. They are, to say the least, noticeable. The woman from the street proceeded to follow us inside, stroking the fur coat of...
This week marked the 21st anniversary of Kurt Cobain's suicide, and a new movie serves as a reminder of just how unresolved the Nirvana frontman's public image was when he died. Montage of Heck, the latest but by far most comprehensive film about Cobain, arrives at the TriBeCa Film Festival in the coming weeks and through an extremely intimate portrayal of Cobain (wherein we find out maybe more than we ever wanted to know...

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