After Thee Oh Sees’ indefinite hiatus, here’s our second piece of shitty end-of-an-era indie rock news this morning: The Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent, an important center for underground music in New York, may be closing down. After last night’s Maria Minerva/Co La/Silk Rhodes show, the venue has no plans for any further events, and rumor has it that this is the end.
As Gothamist points out, venue booker Ric Leichtung tweeted yesterday, “Beyond tonight, we have not announced any other events at 285 Kent, though there may be others in the future.” The venue’s lease is up, and New York landlords are notoriously inhospitable to underground music spaces.
If this is the end for 285 Kent, the spot has already carved out a place in history, serving as a locus, for a few years, of energy within the city’s music scene. We’ll remember it as the place where Frank Ocean moshed to Trash Talk, or where A$AP Rocky and Grimes shared a stage, or where Oneohtrix Point Never and Twin Sister and John Maus played Stereogum’s 2011 CMJ showcase. As legacies go, that’s not bad.