Say Goodbye to 2009: Looking Back at the Year in Concerts

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Last year's Stupid Party in Crown Heights. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.
We're closing up shop early today, and getting a head start on the New Year by doing snow angels outside for a while. Last minute guidance on your own New Year's Eve plans can be found here and here. In the meantime, please join SOTC and our house photographer Rebecca Smeyne in looking back at the year in concerts, from last year's Crown Heights Stupid Party end-of-2008 blowout to the These Are Powers shows that popped off just weeks ago in the now defunct basement of a certain famous rap mogul. Enjoy. We'll see you in the new year.

Stupid Party in Crown Heights

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You went to a stupid party on New Year's Eve; we photographed Stupid Party in Crown Heights. It involved Screaming Females and a lot of papier mache.

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Hey Willpower at Death by Audio

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Hey Willpower graced Death By Audio with their decolletage, dance routines and a rabbit head. Below, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig stops by and demonstrates his indie cred.

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Dan Deacon and These Are Powers at Brooklyn Vs Baltimore Blowout

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Promoter Todd P hosted a massive Brooklyn vs. Baltimore warehouse show, headlined by Dan Deacon (BL) and These Are Powers (NY).

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Spank Rock and Japanther at Bodega

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2009 saw the shuttering of some briefly infamous DIY venues, none of which were ever legal in the first place. One of them was Bushwick's Bodega, where Spank Rock stopped by for a secret show with Ninjasonik and Japanther.

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The Shank

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Another ill-fated spot was the afterhours spot the Shank, located on McCarren park. The venue played host to a number of illegal ragers, such as this one with Valient Thorr and Acid Tiger and, below, this Bikes in the Kitchen party, with Juiceboxxx, Cerebral Ballzy, and Wild Yaks.

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