Moshing to Lo-Fi Surf Rock in Brooklyn, NYC
NYC music fans, tourists, and locals alike, have mourned the death of punk club CBGB. But Market Hotel in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn offers a new gritty music experience. There's no sign. As you pay $7 and walk up some rickety wooden stairs, you see it's as big as a barn and full of cast-off furniture. It’s impossible to get to (take the JMZ), but packed. Everyone is smoking indoors, drinking $3 PBR out of cans, and is skinnier and taller than you. But as soon as the band, who are on the cusp of being huge, starts, you're swept up in a tornado of people shoving each other. It's tempting to hang around the edges at first, but the crowd will come to you. It's awe-inspiring and scary. But you get the feeling you're part of a new chapter of music history being made. "If someone falls down, pick 'em up," the singer exorts. "Otherwise, people die." Maybe, but at least it's exciting.