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Vanished Venues: Danceteria

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Soundcheck continues its week-long series about influential nightclubs and concert halls in New York City. Today, a look back at the glittery Danceteria and its multiple floors of party-goers from across the pop culture landscape. Later: the Chapin Sisters carry on their family's legacy in music. They perform live in the studio.

Vanished Venues: Danceteria

When it opened in 1980 on West 39th Street, Danceteria upped the ante for cultural crosspollination in New York nightlife. Philip Glass, Devo and a rising star named Madonna were just a few of the artists who performed at the club, which moved to a three-floor location at 30 West 21st Street with a dancefloor, video installation room and live performance stage. Jim Fouratt, Danceteria's talent booker, and video artist Kit Fitzgerald join us to talk about the club and its place on the city's scene.

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CMJ Preview

All week we are talking about New York's historic, past concert venues. As the 30th annual CMJ Music Marathon kicks off today, we turn to the city's current starting line-up of concert-going places.

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In Studio: The Chapin Sisters

Singer-songwriters Lily and Abigail Chapin are the latest generation of the musical family that includes Grammy-winning children’s artist Tom Chapin (their father) and singer-songwriter Harry Chapin (their uncle). Performing as The Chapin Sisters, Lily and Abigail have worked with Lavender Diamond, Will Oldham and others. They join us to play songs from their sophomore album, “Two.”


Festival Alert: 15 CMJ and Pitchfork Showcases to See This Week

With over 1,200 bands playing in the Big Apple this week, it's hard even for the most diehard music fan to make decisions about what to see at the 2010 CMJ music and film festival. Here's WNYC's short list of must-see CMJ (and Pitchfork Offline festival) shows, along with 15 free downloads of some of the week's music.


Vanished Venues, part 2

Danceteria: where Madonna met Philip Glass (well, sorta)

Jessica and Cristi Jo Zambri

Gig Alert: Zambri

Sister singing groups have long captured the imaginations of audiences. Zambri exchanges the homespun sound for some vintage synthesizers and a large dose of attitude. Dowload the band's "Carry Me" here.


Gig Alert: Francis and the Lights

On the opening night of the CMJ Music Marathon, buzzier-than-thou Francis and the Lights brings its synth-laden disco-funk to Webster Hall. Download the band's terminally chill "For Days."

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CMJ Festival Promo

CMJ Music Fest: They Don't Call It A Marathon for Nothing

The CMJ Music and Film Festival brings 1,200 plus bands to 75 New York City venues for five days. Here's WNYC's guide to this year's music marathon, complete with tips and top picks from the critics.

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Gig Alert: Dominique Young Unique

Dominique Young Unique, the 18-year-old rap sensation from Tampa, plays a CMJ opening night party at Webster Hall this evening. Download her "Hot Girl," chock full of rapid-fire raps and high-flying synths.