All you need to know: John Sinclair founded the White Panther Party, managed the MC5, and John Lennon wrote a song about him. Along with Carlo Ditta (who produced Willy De Ville), the pair present a "mystical fusion of folk, funk, blues, soul, and passionate beat poetry."

Saint Rich

Bowery Electric October 12

When a band claims their song "Officer" is "jubilant post–T.Rex," well, investigation is called for. And damned if they're not lying. Precious but dirty and transcendent, Saint Rich—fronted by songwriter Christian Peslak and guitarist Steve Marion—also record under the moniker Delicate Steve, and have released two albums on David Byrne's Luaka Bop Records. Saint Rich's new one, Beyond the Drone, is just out on Merge.

Honorable mention for best band names: Fancy Regan, Krunk Pony, Flux Capacitor, Pants Exploded, The Oxford Coma, Bass Drum of Death, Logan's Run, Brunch of the Living Dead.

The CBGB Festival takes place October 9–13 at venues around the city. Visit cbgb.com for more information.

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Felix Colon
Felix Colon

there's absolutely nothing punk about having a corporate sponsored, organized event in the middle of Disney-land East (Times Square). "Challenge the establishment"? Are you kidding me?

Johnny Rocco
Johnny Rocco

Actually it was filled with a few fans but mainly tourist who had no idea what was going on.

beatlesintern
beatlesintern

my fave band from the CBGB's day was Reagan Youth - the best hardcore punk band to come out of NYC

nweastcoaster
nweastcoaster

Booking this really good hard rocking punk band called Drug Lust from Pittsburgh would have been very much in keeping with the spirit of the early 80's hardcore matinees at CBGB.

 
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