Discuss: What’s the Matter with Berkeley?
The recent closure of Blake's in Berkeley was met with nary a peep in the online indie music community. The East Bay Express' excellent Ear Bud blog covered the story, as did various local news outlets, but the silence from local bands and indie music fans was notable. While I never really cared for much of their programming calendar, it is striking that with the club's closure, the options for live indie rock music in the downtown Berkeley area have dwindled to two. At polar ends of the spectrum, no less, are Amoeba/Rasputin's occasional in-store performances and the Greek Theatre. [...]