Today in terrible news: Maxwell's in Hoboken is closing
The storied New Jersey venue will close by the end of July. We are bummed.
Mon Jun 3 2013
Photograph: © Luigi Novi/Wikimedia Commons
Talk about crappy news: Legendary Hoboken rock club Maxwell's will be closing at the end of July, according to The Star-Ledger. Co-owner Todd Abramson spoke with the paper, and said that although rising rents were a small factor in the decision, Hoboken's changing culture is also part of the reason for shuttering. Said Abramson:
"The culture in Hoboken is driven by reality TV now. 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."
The club's lease is up on July 31, and Abramson said that they're planning to close things out with a show that may feature the band A, which played the first-ever show at Maxwell's. We wouldn't be surprised if Yo La Tengo—which staged its almost-annual Hanukkah shows at the club—makes an appearance at some point in the next few weeks.
Bad news, folks. We're going to miss this place. Check out a video of Yo La Tengo performing with Andrew Bird during last year's run of Hanukkah shows below—and we certainly recommend getting to a show at the club while you still can. The Feelies have a three-show run coming up around July 4; Titus Andronicus will also play three shows later in July, and tickets are still available for July 16. Get 'em now.