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"Only The Dead Know Brooklyn"

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Photograph: George McCloskey

The Shirts:
from left to right 
John Piccolo - keyboards
Ron Ardito - lead vocals, guitar
Artie Lamonica - lead vocals, guitar
Caren Messing - lead vocals
Kathy McCloskey - lead vocals, keyboards
Bob Racioppo - lead vocals, bass
John (Zeeek) Criscione - drums

Please feel free to contact us at regarding bookings, future gig dates and any other matters. Thanks!

Where can you learn more about The SHIRTS?  Please visit these hyperlinks:

Who is our Producer?

"Brooklyn band, The Shirts, with roots in CBGBs golden era, return refreshed by the addition of a second keyboardist and not one but two new vocalists." - The Village Voice (ABER) 2004

"If you were to believe the press, the CB's scene was made up of a handful of bands – but that just wasn't true. There were all kinds of musical styles being represented... and one could even claim that the SHIRTS were the precursors to the musical RENT." - David Byrne
from the afterword of "Thirty Years from the Home of Underground Rock CBGB & OMFUG" published by Harry Abrams, Inc. 2005

Upcoming Gigs

    * The March 17th date at The HOOK has been re-scheduled for Saturday June 16th (MFA fundraiser!) *

    Our next two gigs:

    Friday night, March 23rd @ 8:30pm
    The downstage Performance Space @ The Murray Street Grill
    6 Murrray Street (near B'way)
    NYC 10007
    (212) 566-8200

    8:30pm - The SHIRTS (
    10:00pm - Half Cleveland (

    A TGIF kinda eve: have dinner/excellent food, drinks & music!

    2 blocks south of Chambers Street-- close to all subways

    Saturday Night, April 14th
    South Paw
    125 Fifth Avenue
    Park Slope, Brooklyn

    doors open @ 8pm

    The SHIRTS play at Brooklyn's "Burrow" Magazine Launch Party!

    The SHIRTS (at 9pm), Les Sans Culottes, John Pinamonti and Formaldehyde Blues Train.

    Ben "The Beyonder" Carlin will D.J.

    For more info. about the event contact:
    For more information about the history behind Burrow Magazine:


MARCH 2007
Check out just released interview with Shirts members Bob Racioppo and Artie Lamonica:

Check out our new music video, by JR Rost, for the title track "Only The Dead Know Brooklyn" at the following link:

Our CD, "Only The Dead Know Brooklyn" can be purchased and downloaded at:

JUNE 2006

"The SHIRTS haven't released a record in 26 years, but that will change on June 28 when they drop their fourth LP Only the Dead Know Brooklyn (Stereo Society). Peers of legendary groups such as Television and Talking Heads, the band is the epitome of a CBGB's act. Similar to how the Ramones were all about Queens, The Shirts are all about Brooklyn. With the release of the new record, they will play their old stomping ground CBGB's on June 28, a refreshing blast from the past." - Andy Keller,

JUNE 2005

Check out the cover story in the June edition of The Interboro Rock Tribune!

The SHIRTS contribute to a seminal interview about the early days at CBGB's (along with Hilly Kristal, Chris and Tina of The Talking Heads, Sonny Vincent, Martin Rev of Suicide, Roger Miret from Agnostic Front, Bryan from The Bouncing Souls, Doug Beans from Murphy's Law and the Functional Idiots and more...)

Click HERE to read the article in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF).

Interboro Rock Tribune Magazine is a new FREE music magazine for the NY area in the grand spirit of the NY Rocker and Trouser Press.

MARCH 2005

THE SHIRTS are featured and reviewed in the March 2005 issue of
22nd Century Rock Magazine which is available at ALL Tower Records & Fine Music & Fine Music & Bookstores Worldwide.

Click HERE to read the article (PDF Adobe Acrobat format).