Non-stop dancing

LA LA BROOKS of The Crystals

Brooklyn-born La La Brooks was the youngest member of The Crystals, just 15, when she sang lead vocal on the 'Wall Of Sound' classics "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me" at Gold Star studios in LA for producer Phil Spector. ("A cloudburst of handclaps, Don Randi's driving piano triplets and honking saxes, Hal Blaine's drum fills rattling like gunfire, "Da Doo Ron Ron" is probably the most irrepressibly exhilarating song that Spector ever recorded. LaLa Brooks's vocal a gust of sheer, heart-lifting lovestruck joy." - Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector.)

In 1968, La La appeared in the original Broadway production of the musical Hair, where she performed the song "Aquarius." She also toured with and recorded for various artists (such as the Neville Brothers, Bobby Womack and Isaac Hayes), made short appearances in films, and contributed songs to various soundtracks, including the 1970 classic, Cotton Comes To Harlem. Currently, La La is backed by Boston's Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents.

Friday, September 10th
Doors at 8PM. $15 cover.

149 Seventh Street
Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Modern Needs: August Aggravation!

Tuesday, August 3rd at Last Exit
136 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Kicks off at 8PM... No cover!

The August edition of the monthly Modern Needs party features returning guest DJ Eric Davidson of The New Bomb Turks and author of the recently published We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut 1988-2001... Eric and Dead Flowers' own Mr. Lee will be spinning scorching gunk punk action and juvenile delinquent anthems all night long. Along with the vinyl onslaught, the party will kick off with Eric reading selections from his book and a screening of rare video clips from his personal collection!

The return of the king...


The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, who spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He studied at the prestigious Julliard Music School and eventually moved to San Francisco where he joined songwriter Jack Lee and bassist Peter Case (The Plimsouls) to form The Nerves in 1974. The Nerves proved to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning U.S. punk-rock scene, independently releasing their own four song EP which included the classic "Hanging on the Telephone," later to become a hit for Blondie.

After The Nerves disbanded in 1977, Collins moved to LA and formed The Beat with bassist Steve Huff, drummer Mike Ruiz and lead guitarist Larry Whitman. Their friend Eddie Money recommended The Beat for management by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. Under new management, The Beat toured with The Police, The Jam, and Joe Jackson. They also made numerous TV appearances and recorded their debut self-titled album with producer Bruce Botnick (The Doors, Love). The album featured Beatles and Byrds-influenced guitars and catchy choruses, defining the skinny-tied power-pop which The Knack took to the charts. In the ’90s, The Beat re-formed as the Paul Collins’ Beat and continue to write and tour releasing critically acclaimed albums for the Get Hip and Alive labels.

Thursday, August 19th. Doors at 8PM.
$8 cover (advance tickets available here).

Union Hall
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Modern Needs: Summer Slam!

Tuesday, July 6th at Last Exit
136 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Kicks off at 9PM... No cover!

The July edition of the monthly Modern Needs party features special guest Benjamin Howard Smith (the DJ formerly known as Ben Diesel) of The Brought Low fame... B.H.S. and Dead Flowers' own Mr. Lee will be spinning scorching rock action and juvenile delinquent anthems sure to get you drinking and shakin' yer ass all night long!