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R.I.P. Maxwell’s

on June 04, 2013, 9:59am

 R.I.P. Maxwells

Since 1978, Hoboken, NJ’s Maxwell’s has been hosting acts from Sonic Youth to Titus Andronicus in a 200-capacity space at 1039 Washington Street. At the end of July, however, the legendary venue will cease operations.

“We were offered a renewal with rates that weren’t necessarily onerous,” the club’s c0-owner Todd Abramson told The Star-Ledger, “But after much thought, given the changing nature of Hoboken and the difficulties of trying to run a business in this town, we decided it was time.”

In addition to infamously poor city parking, Abramson points to the altered mindset of local clientele as a main cause for the closure. “The culture in Hoboken is driven by TV now,” he said. “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.”

As a full-circle sendoff for the venue, Abramson has invited back the first band to ever grace the stage: a, featuring members of The Bongos and Glenn Morrow. They will close things down July 31st.

As a rather fitting tribute, watch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 1985 video for “Glory Days”, filmed on location at Maxwell’s.

And here’s the docket for Maxwell’s final shows:

Maxwell’s Final Shows:
06/05 – The Mountain Goats, The Baptist Generals (SOLD OUT)
06/06 – Frankmusik
06/07 – The Vapor Apes, The Good Robot, Science, The Rose Riot
06/08 – Ben Kenny (of Incubus), Love Crushed Velvet (7 PM show)
06/08 – Ben Kenny (of Incubus), Sun Rai (10 PM show)
06/09 – The Saddle Brook School of Rock
06/10 – Swingadelic
06/13 – Nothing But Robots, Ravens Ballroom, Odd Man In, Ale Potosnak
06/14 – Miracle of ’86, Great American Novel, Year of the Dragon
06/15 – The Pastels, The Condo Fucks (7 PM show)
06/15 – We Were Promised Jetpacks (10 PM show) (SOLD OUT)
06/16 – Sinkane, Helado Negro
06/17 – Sky Ferreira
06/20 – Imperial State Electric, Royale, Swamp Candles
06/21 – Imaginary Cities, Gabriel the Marine
06/22 – The Trophy Scars performing Goodnight Alchemy (6 PM show)
06/22 – Paul Collins’ Beat, The Swingin’ Neckbreakers, The Bamboo Kids, The Insomniacs (9 PM show)
06/23 – Tiny Giant Summer Bummer w/ Morning, Reese Van Riper, Pour the Pirate Sherry, France
06/25 – Dragon Smoke with Anders Osborne
06/28 – Os Mutantes
06/29 – Chic Gamine
07/01 – Night Beds
07/04 – The Feelies
07/05 – The Feelies
07/06 – The Feelies
07/07 – The Flamin’ Groovies
07/11 – Hockey
07/12 – Rachel Yamagata, Sanders Bohlke
07/14 – Titus Andronicus (SOLD OUT)
07/15 – Titus Andronicus (SOLD OUT)
07/16 – Titus Andronicus
07/19 – Bosnian Rainbows
07/23 – …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
07/31 – a, The Bongos