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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist discusses Zs, Chuck Ragan's Revival Tour and Brink Thursdays

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I recently got to check out newish spot the Brink (March 21), now unrecognizable from its previous form as the old Hoops Tavern. Though this is no longer the gritty intersection of pre-gentrification downtown drunks and young punks that was made even cooler by its head-scratching coexistence, I was drawn by another intriguing crossroads: roots hip-hop at a gay club. Specifically, it was the new themed weekly event under the stewardship of local scene mover Swamburger. Now, I had a buncha nice shit typed in my phone about this place and the refreshing concept, but then things went sideways.

This night’s motif was East Coast versus West Coast hip-hop (as if that answer was ever in doubt). While I was vibin’ to DJ BMF’s legit East Coast mix, the music took a neck-snapping turn into top ’40s dance at the very early time of 10:30 p.m. Turns out, his set was unceremoniously stubbed by club management, DJ Shadow-style, to cater to a small party that didn’t care for the night’s theme and ended up bouncing after only an hour anyway.

After a lot of confusion, frustration and concession, the original party was allowed to continue in the back room. But the potential was interrupted and, in effect, it was over before it began. We’ll see how this plays out, but undermining the promoter and disrespecting the people who paid to get into the event like that isn’t exactly setting up a fledgling night for success.

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