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.