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The Living Room moves to Williamsburg for CMJ

By Sophie Harris

Yep, that's right—looks like Operation: Fancy-fication Of Williamsburg is complete. Billyburg music mainstay Glasslands announced its forthcoming closure yesterday, and Death by Audio is also set to shut. These two venues were a key part of the ramshackle experimental arts and music scene that originally put Williamsburg on the map at the turn of the millennium. Inevitably, since it became officially recognized as a cool place to work/live/hang out, the luxury condo developers moved in, along with twenty-thousand new organic supermarkets* (*estimated) and two Dunkin Donuts* (*actual figure). So we're not a bit surprised that renowned music venue the Living Room is soft-launching its new location in Williamsburg this week (134 Metropolitan, between Berry and Wythe) to coincide with this year's CMJ Music Marathon. We have a lot of love for the Living Room, and it is part of our city's musical fabric, for sure—its original Ludlow Street location famously set Norah Jones' star on the rise. But it does seem fitting that Williamsburg is trading its scruffy, arty venues for something more tastefully suited to its residents' preferences. That said, highlights on its CMJ schedule include Floating Action (Thu October 21), Fort Lean and Frances Cone (Fri Oct 24). We watch with interest to see what direction its programming takes in future. Meantime, check out our top ten acts to see at CMJ.


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