The Howl Festival, taking place August 23-28, features Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed this year… as well as Penny Arcade, a downtown classic. It’s funny how lately big names appear in what used to be modest downtown venues – Meredith Monk at Joe’s Pub a while back…Why aren’t these people getting better gigs? Another sign of the times, I guess… Either that, or downtown has become IT.

The Save CBGBs Festival is a not to miss with band names like World Inferno, Fearless Vampire Killers, Final Conflict, Electric Frankenstein, Dead Boys, Cheetah Chrome, Battallion of Saints.

Two Boots is featureing a new horror film named Chaos by David de Fulco. How appropriate a title.

Meanwhile, perusing the Village Voice, I noticed Kool Cigarettes are sponsoring a so-called New Jazz Philosophy Tour with names like The Roots, Floetry, De La Soul, Busta Rhimes, Miri Ben Ari… I don’t know about you but I have never heard of these people in jazz. Is this really jazz or well-marketed jazzed-up pop?

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