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The Beacon, an old vaudeville theater that dates back to 1928, presents performances that range from productions of A Christmas Story
to the annual two-week residency of the Allman Brothers in March. Though tastes run in an adult contemporary veinaRyan Adams, Sting, and Tori Amos have all played hereathe theater is the only major spot on the Upper West Side for big-name live music and it may be one of the few venues in the city to be registered as a national historic landmark.
Better Than: Having one foot in the grave. Imagine Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers drop a new LP, and it's just killer. Not just "killer" in that Echo or Mojo way, as in a killer document of a killer... More »
Sam Beam has long lingered in the current folk landscape as an example of an artist who is doing it right, drawing on the rich legacy of the genre's past while using softly sung poetics to explore his own subconscious and fight his own demons. On... More »
Better Than: Happiness. About halfway through his band's set on Saturday night, Nick Cave took a moment. He'd just finished a roaring rendition of "From Her to Eternity," the thumping, chaotic song ... More »
Now that the maestro of the morose has survived what we assume was one hell of a midlife crisisthe only evidence being the scabrous, virile declarations on songs like "No Pussy Blues" that he released with his noise-rock band GrindermanNick... More »
When the Allman Brothers Band kicked off their first multi-night run of shows at the Beacon Theatre, the Berlin Wall was still standing, The Simpsons had yet to debut, and Taylor Swift was happily ges... More »
Event Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band
They played an amazing set here last year, I can only imagine what the new tour has in store this year. Tedeschi Trucks Bands new album "Everybody's Talkin'" is so promising, and i'm sure this band will blow it to pieces live! Blues at its best in a city that delves deep into all sorts of genres. This show is one not to miss. There's a reason they're billed for 3 back-to-back-to-back nights!
Enter the Beacon Theater from the side door tucked in a tunnel off West 74th Street, and you'll find yourself in an industrial peach-beige space straight outta Welles's screen adaptation of Kafka. Get in the rickety elevator, and you can visit the series of cramped dressing rooms and impromptu offices going three flights up. Or you can take a spindly staircase down into the labyrinthine ghost town beneath the stage. If you're unlucky, the tour manager prods you through a tiny door out into... More »
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