Penn Badgley, who has taken it upon himself to become a fixture in the neighborhood, whether through cozying up to Zosia Mamet or trying to get a job at Swallow, continues to one-up his Bushwick steez by playing in a band called MOTHXR. While the band has had some moderate success playing shows in Williamsburg, Bushwickians have not been quite as amenable to his musical presence (especially considering we’re on a big band tip right now).
Amid accusations that Badgley was lip-syncing, the audience grew irate with what they assumed was a blatant insult of their intelligence. As the crowd grew rowdier and more vexed, the manager of Radio Bushwick, Yuri Mystique, felt compelled to walk onstage and whisper in Badgley’s ear, “I think you need to leave.” When Badgley refused, Mystique took an audience poll that confirmed their intense desire for him to get off the stage and stop trying to follow in the steps of his TV dad, Rufus, who was in a band called Lincoln Hawk.
One attendee at the show, Blair Bell, a 23-year-old who watched Gossip Girl up until season three when Hilary Duff became a regular, seethed to The Burning Bush, “It was so obvious that it wasn’t really him singing. I mean, I’ve heard Dan Humphrey’s voice–and that’s not what it would sound like singing.” MOTHXR has preemptively canceled their upcoming shows at Silent Barn and Goodbye Blue Monday to avoid another embarrassment. But their show at Baby’s All Right is still slated to happen next Thursday at 10 p.m., for those Bushwickians brave enough to listen.
Written by Genna Rivieccio