Decadence @ QuBo

BOLOGNA, ITALY—Decadence is a recurring event held in many and varied locations throughout northern Italy and elsewhere in Europe, ranging from dance clubs to historical locations; from the Slimelight in London to Medieval castles, to an 18th century church. Decadence represents not just a club night, but an Italian subculture …

by   |  06/17/2015  |  Comments Off on Decadence @ QuBo

Anti-Valentines Ball @ Jekyll @ Hyde Times Square

NEW YORK, NY—As far as Goth happenings go, there isn’t any topping the various events hosted by legendary impresario, Fr. Sebastiaan. From Berlin and Amsterdam to Miami, New Orleans and Paris, the notorious fang-maker (he prefers “fangmaster”) puts together the most memorable and entertaining balls and gatherings to be produced …

by   |  04/29/2015  |  Comments Off on Anti-Valentines Ball @ Jekyll @ Hyde Times Square

The Collector’s Cabinet @ Morbid Anatomy Museum

BROOKLYN, NY—A wine and cheese party was held at this uniquely eccentric Brooklyn museum to celebrate the opening of a new, mind-boggling exhibition, called The Collector’s Cabinet, the second at this institution since its opening last June.

The festivities began when curator and co-founder Joanna Ebenstein introduced the exhibitors, each …

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The Dreaming: Rise Again

Stabbing Westward’s lead vocalist Christopher Hall and programmer/keyboardist Walter Flakus have been reinventing themselves as The Dreaming since the demise of the parent band in 2002. Three EP releases, a video, a track for the movie Elektra and live performances on the West Coast have kept them busy since the …

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Halloweekend In New Orleans

There are tons of Halloween-related events here in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia area, but this year something possessed me into traveling with my crew south, to the Big Easy—to the capital of VooDoo in America—New Orleans, Louisiana. Staying at a hotel right on Canal Street provided easy …

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The Birthday Massacre: Superstition

This 10-track disc by Canadian goth-rock sextet The Birthday Massacre represents their sixth release. It lives up to the hopes of those who have come to expect gorgeous, dark-themed female vocals by lead singer Chibi, delicious minor-key melodies and symphonic elements realized through heavy, down-tuned bass and guitar as well …

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Open Stage @ Sidewalk Cafe

NEW YORK, NY—This Lower East Side bar and eatery has been hosting an open mic night every Monday since time immemorial. I have been dropping in from time to time since the mid-’90s when it was Ground Zero of the NYC amateur music scene. Since 2008, anti-folk icon Lach has …

by   |  12/10/2014  |  Comments Off on Open Stage @ Sidewalk Cafe

Social Distortion @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—The night at newly and gorgeously renovated Starland Ballroom started with two sedate opening bands, folk-rockers Johnny Two Bags and the garage band, The Whigs. Then, shortly after 10 p.m., long-surviving punk rockers Social Distortion exploded on stage playing the fast-paced “Road Zombie” with its relentless drumming and its …

by   |  11/19/2014  |  Comments Off on Social Distortion @ Starland Ballroom

The Sedona Effect @ Knitting Factory

BROOKLYN, NY—Inspired by the gritty extremes of her new digs in New York, singer/actress Kai Irina Hahn brought her EBM band to the Knitting Factory for its debut performance.

First up band Thorazine Unicorn, a very attractive and talented group, consists of a vocalist, guitar, bass and drums, but sounds …

by   |  10/30/2014  |  Comments Off on The Sedona Effect @ Knitting Factory

Insurgence @ Oops Lounge

BLOOMFIELD, NJ—William “DJ Dyztort” Mullally has for around two years been running a club Friday nights in Bloomfield at a venue called the Oops Lounge, adjacent to the Watsessing train station. Recently, the event moved to the downstairs, so-called “Area 51” of QXT’s famous dance club in Newark. QXT’s is …

by   |  10/22/2014  |  Comments Off on Insurgence @ Oops Lounge


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