Volume 80, Number 31 | January 5 — 12, 2011
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Photos by J.B. Nicholas

Japandemonium at Japanther show shuts down festival
On Monday, in what was billed as a “Rock and Roll Circus,” the punk band Japanther performed a free show at the Big Apple Circus tent at Lincoln Center. The raucous show featured a crowd-surfing clown, above. However, it was shut down by Lincoln Center officials once the crowd — at the band’s invitation — joined them on stage, twice. Although some bloggers dubbed it a riot, the event’s co-producer told Rolling Stone, “It’s a Japanther show. They’re kids, they get crazy. … They called it a riot, but it really wasn’t a riot, it was a mosh pit. It was punk rock and people don’t know how to handle it.”

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