Maxwell’s, the legendary Hoboken music venue that nurtured talents from the Feelies to Yo La Tengo to Titus Andronicus, shut down earlier this year with a farewell performance featuring local legends the Bongos and an underground-star-studded cast of Hoboken musicians. It was an appropriate way for Maxwell’s to go out — certainly more appropriate than a Target commercial shoot starring Justin Timberlake and his brass-blastin’ Tennessee Kids. But Timberlake rolled into the famed hole in the wall Aug. 28 to perform a free concert for 150 fans and one lucky corporation, and now that’s the last concert ever at Maxwell’s. Take it from an avowed poptimist: That shit ain’t right.

Also awkward are the plentiful slo-mo shots of delighted women in the front row as JT burns through the feminist-flouting “Take Back The Night.” It’s just a bizarre production altogether, and you can watch it below.

The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2 is out 9/30 on RCA, and Tom says it sucks.

Comments (2)
  1. Justin Timberlake shooting a video for his lousy pop song at a broke, closed-down Maxwell’s pretty much sums up everything hateable about music in 2013.

    Ira Kaplan used to be able to ride his bike here and see the Bats, now only global megastars can afford the rent to milk that club’s legacy and give their own soulless careers a sheen of authenticity that they haven’t earned.

    I’m old enough to remember when indie was an escape from people like JT, Drake, and Nile Rodgers. Here’s hoping that a posse of young musical wise-asses is just around the corner to make this kind of music unfashionable to like.

  2. *face meets palm*

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