Hüsker Dü at Maxwell's (06-23-1984)


On June 23, 1984 Hüsker Dü played at Maxwell's! Fans of Zen Arcade and Metal Circus will be pleased with the setlist at this gig, as the band played lots of classics from those two records, including "It's Not Funny Anymore," "What's Going On?," "Broken Home, Broken Heart," and "Diane." Maxwell's regulars/legends Darren Viola and Guy Ewald also conducted an interview after the gig, portions of which are available on Youtube.  Ewald remembered the interview in 2013:

"I remember it pretty well in spite of being totally drunk. I don't know how I met the Bang! guy... he probably hung out at Maxwell's and knew my name from my short misadventure writing for The Rocker (at Glenn Morrow's urging). He asked me if I could interview Hüsker Dü at their upcoming Maxwell's gig and I agreed. It didn't occur to me to prepare any questions, I figured I talked with musicians all the time so it would come naturally. He was supposed to come over in the early evening with his tape recorder, but he didn't show up so I figured I was off the hook and proceeded to have a blast, going nuts during Hüsker's set, deejaying, swilling beer and toasting shots of tequila or whatever.
"Right before 3:00AM closing Mr. Bang showed up and gave me the tape recorder and... me du husker interview.
"As often as not [club owner] Steve [Fallon] used to like to hang out after hours so it wasn't unusual for some workers and an inner circle to be there till dawn and beyond. We were sitting at the little bar in the back room, and like I say, I was really drunk. I asked a couple of stupid questions and then my friend Darren came to my rescue and started asking them about professional wrestling. I don't know how he knew they were fans, but he was knowledgeable too.
"That interview was basically conducted by Darren. He and his wife were the most dependable regular customers at Maxwell's back then. All I did was giggle in the background like a fucking idiot. I was really embarrassed by it and never really listened to it after spot-checking the tape on the Sunday after. I remember Mr. Bang told me the interview was 'weird, but interesting.' I was never asked to do another one."

Set list:

  1. Something I Learned Today
  2. It's Not Funny Anymore
  3. From the Gut
  4. Wheels
  5. Everything Falls Apart
  6. Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill
  7. I Apologize
  8. Books About UFOs
  9. If I Told You
  10. What's Going On?
  11. Broken Home, Broken Heart
  12. Diane
  13. Sunshine Superman (Donovan Cover)
  14. In a Free Land
  15. Statues
  16. Eight Miles High (The Byrds Cover)

The Replacements at The Ritz (06-20-1986)


On June 20, 1986, The Replacements played at The Ritz! The band was on tour in support of their 1985 release, "Tim!" This set included an unusual amount of cover songs, ranging from Sonny & Cher To Aerosmith.  As usual, it sounds like the Mats were having a blast on this night.

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Set list:

  1. Bastards of Young
  2. Hayday
  3. Color Me Impressed
  4. I.O.U.
  5. Left of the Dial
  6. My Town (Slade cover)
  7. Can't Hardly Wait
  8. Valentine
  9. Fun, Fun, Fun (Beach Boys Cover)
  10. I Will Dare
  11. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
  12. Hear You Been to College
  13. Little Mascara
  14. Answering Machine
  15. Kiss Me on the Bus
  16. Unsatisfied
  17. Black Diamond (Kiss cover)
  18. Green Acres Theme (Vic Mizzy cover)
  19. Beverly Hillbillies Theme (Henning Mankell cover)
  20. Hold My Life
  21. I'm in Trouble
  22. Trouble (Elvis Presley cover)
  23. Hitchin' a Ride (Vanity Fare cover)
  24. Take Me Down to the Hospital
  25. I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher cover)
  26. He's a Whore (Cheap Trick cover)
  27. Walk This Way (Aerosmith cover)
  28. My Fist Your Face (Aerosmith cover)

Redd Kross at Maxwell's (06-19-1987)


On June 19, 1987, California alternative rock kings Red Kross played two sets at Maxwell's! This appearance at Maxwell's comes right around the release of the band's second full-length album, "Neurotica."  This release represented a bit of departure from their hardcore roots, as it the band fused multiple genres, including garage rock, power pop, and punk.  On this night, Redd Kross played an early and late set.  I believe this tape is the late show.

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Wire at Maxwell's (06-12-1987)


On June 12, 1987, Wire played at Maxwell's! At this gig, the band debuted several songs that would appear on their 1988 album "A Bell Is A Cup Until It Is Struck."  The balance of the set mostly consisted of songs from 1987's "The Ideal Copy."  Unfortunately, no tracks from "Pink Flag," "Chairs Missing," or "154."  Nevertheless, this tape sounds really great!


Set list:

  1. Intro
  2. Silk Skin Paws
  3. Advantage in Height
  4. Come Back In Two Halves
  5. Cheeking Tongues
  6. Madman's Honey
  7. Ahead
  8. Kidney Bingos
  9. Over Theirs
  10. Still Shows
  11. A Serious of Snakes
  12. It's A Boy
  13. Ambitious
  14. Drill I
  15. A Vivid Riot Of Red
  16. Drill II

Sonic Youth at Maxwell's (06-09-1988 and 06-10-1988)


On June 9th and 10th of 1988, Sonic Youth played at Maxwell's! The band played these gigs right before releasing their magnum opus, Daydream Nation, in July of 1988.  Their sets on both nights previewed songs that would appear on Daydream Nation, including "Candle, "'Cross The Breeze," and "Teenage Riot!" "Total Trash" and "Totally Trashed" from the Daydream Nation deluxe edition were also played on the 9th. 

Set list - June 9th:

  1. Candle
  2. Silver Rocket
  3. 'Cross the Breeze
  4. Rain King
  5. Teen Age Riot
  6. The Wonder
  7. Hyperstation
  8. Eliminator Jr.
  9. Total Trash

Set list - June 10th:

  1. Candle
  2. Silver Rocket
  3. 'Cross the Breeze
  4. Rain King
  5. Teenage Riot
  6. The Wonder
  7. Hyperstation
  8. Eliminator Jr.

Sonic Youth at Irving Plaza (06-09-1998)


On June 9th, 1998, Sonic Youth played 2nd of a 3 night run at Irving Plaza in support of their 1998 album, "A Thousand Leaves."  The band's setlist consists mostly of songs from this new release, but also features two songs from their "SYR" series, "Anagrama," and "Stil," which they performed during their encore.  For the balance of their encore, they performed "Shadow of a Doubt," and "Death Valley '69," from their classics "E.V.O.L.," and "Bad Moon Rising!"



  1. Karen Koltrane
  2. Female Mechanic Now on Duty
  3. Sunday
  4. Anagrama
  5. Hits of Sunshine (For Allen Ginsberg)
  6. The Ineffable Me
  7. Hoarfrost
  8. French Tickler
  9. Wildflower Soul
  10. Heather Angel


  1. Stil
  2. Shadow of a Doubt
  3. Death Valley '69

Palace Brothers at Tramps (06-06-1997)


On June 6, 1997, Palace Brothers played at Tramps! In April 1996, Will Oldman released "Arise Therefore," his last album under the moniker "Palace Brothers."  Steve Albini produced this record! Later in 1997, Will Oldham would release Joya under his own name.  Thereafter, he would go on to release his work under the name Bonnie "Prince" Billy, including 2017's "Best Troubador."


Sonic Youth at Paard Van Troje in The Hague, Netherlands (06-06-1986)


On June 6, 1986, Sonic Youth played at Paard Van Troje in The Hague, Netherlands.  The group released their third LP "EVOL" in May 1986 on SST Records, and followed the release with a European tour.  Their setlist on this night featured mostly songs from this new release but those in attendance also got a sneak peak of "White Kross," a song that would appear on their next record, "Sister." Sonic Youth made appearances in two other Dutch cities, Groningen and Lindhoven, before returning for a performance at CBGB's on June 13th, 1986.

Set list:

  1. Marilyn Moore 
  2. The World Looks Red 
  3. Shadow Of A Doubt 
  4. Starpower 
  5. Death To Our Friends 
  6. Tom Violence 
  7. White Kross 
  8. Secret Girl 
  9. Burning Spear 
  10. Green Light 
  11. Brother James 
  12. Flower 
  13. Expressway To Yr Skull 

Bonnie Prince Billy at Bowery Ballroom (06-03-2000)


On June 3, 2000, folk singer-songwriter Bonnie Price Billy played at Bowery Ballroom!  In 1999, Will Oldham released his first album under the moniker Bonnie Prince Billy entitled "I See A Darkness."  This was Bonnie Prince Billy's second ever appearance at The Bowery Ballroom and he treated the crowd to a lengthy set. 

Set list:

  1. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
  2. One With The Birds
  3. O Let It Be
  4. Nomadic Revery (All Around)
  5. A Minor Place
  6. A Sucker's Evening
  7. Rider
  8. Little Boy Blue I
  9. Madelein-Mary
  10. West Palm Beach
  11. Another Day Full Of Dread
  12. I See A Darkness
  13. The Gator
  14. Death To Everyone
  15. No Gold Digger
  16. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  17. Little Boy Blue II
  18. The Weaker Soldier
  19. Werner's Last Blues To Blockbuster
  20. Cat's Blues
  21. We Are 138
  22. Meaulnes

The Feelies at Maxwell's (06-02-1986)


On June 2, 1986, The Feelies returned to Maxwell's for another gig! Following their performances on May 9 and 10th of 1986, the group returned to their home venue to film a live performance for a Japanese documentary.  A portion of this documentary can be found on YouTube.  In this short interview clip, the band describes what they love about playing at Maxwell's, their performance in "Something Wild," and their cult following in Osaka, Japan.

As it turns out, The McKenzie Tapes has an actual VHS tape of this documentary, which I will post as soon as I either bring it to Staples or digitize it myself.  Enjoy!


Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Tramps (05-30-1998)


On May 30, 1998, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion played at Tramps! In late 1997, the band began recording their sixth studio album, "Acme," by cutting a few tracks with Calvin Johnson at his studio in Olympia, WA.  Following a New Year's Eve performance in Chicago, the band visited Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studio. While in Chicago the band recruited Andre Williams to provide guest vocals for the track "Lap Dance."  He joined the Blues Explosion on stage to round out this set at Tramps!

Set list:

  1. Wait a Minute
  2. Afro
  3. Dynamite Lover
  4. Give Me a Chance
  5. High Gear
  6. Greyhound
  7. 2Kindsa Love
  8. Flavor
  9. Attack
  10. Magical Colors
  11. Confused
  12. Get With It
  13. Fuck Shit Up
  14. Calvin 


  1. ’78 Style
  2. Bellbottoms
  3. Wail
  4. Full Grown
  5. All Aboard
  6. Chowder
  7. Chicken Dog
  8. Lap Dance (with Andre Williams)

The Godfathers at Maxwell's (05-23-1987)


On May 23, 1987, U.K. band The Godfathers played at Maxwell's! The band was formed in 1985 by brothers Peter and Chris Coyne after the demise of their former project, The Sid Presley Experience. Their sound notably blended elements of punk, new wave, and R&B. In 1987, the group embarked on their first ever U.S. tour in 1987 and signed to Epic Records. They would release their major label debut, "Birth, School, Work, Death," in 1988. The record achieved some modest success on college radio and MTV. The group disbanded in 2000, but reformed in 2008 and remain active. They've since released two LPs, "Jukebox Fury" in 2013, and "A Big Bad Beautiful Noise" in 2017.


Pixies at Maxwell's (05-21-1988)


On May 21, 1988, he Pixies made their second ever appearance at Maxwell's! This gig comes at a watershed moment for the band, as they had just released their seminal album, "Surfer Rosa," in March of 1988. Their set includes many classic songs including "Where Is My Mind?," "Bone Machine," and my personal favorite, "Gigantic!!" The show ends with a Beatles cover! Enjoy - the sound quality is excellent!


Set list:

  1. The Holiday Song
  2. Nimrod's Son
  3. Bone Machine
  4. Break My Body
  5. Isla de Encanta
  6. Broken Face
  7. Ed Is Dead
  8. Where Is My Mind?
  9. Something Against You
  10. Hey
  11. Gigantic
  12. I've Been Tired
  13. Vamos
  14. Caribou
  15. Tony's Theme
  16. Wild Honey Pie (Beatles Cover)