Best Defunct Illegal Punk Venue (2008)

The Front

An art-school fantasy sans wankery, the Front convened (in less than a dozen shows this past winter into spring) not-ready-for-punk-prime-time players (Black Dice, Lovelife), relatively well-known names like Les Savy Fav, and a clutch of acolytes. The wide windows in the half-restored Brooklyn loft framed a swath of the East River and the mass of fluorescent pinpricks on its far side—nothing if not a reminder of how far from the mandated Manhattan scene you were. Every few moments a photographer-resident's flash would explode, brilliantly bathing attendees in tandem with the music. ,


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