“Bandslam” Shows Us The Effects Of Gentrification On The Youth

noah | July 10, 2009 12:00 pm

The Vanessa Hudgens/Aly Michalka battle-of-the-bands flick Bandslam opens on Aug. 14, and we have a peek at a scene that will likely tug at more than a few heartstrings. In the clip (located after the jump), rebel girl Sa5m (Hudgens) and new-kid-in-town Will (Gaelan Connell) take the train from their New Jersey home into the city and wind up sneaking into the shuttered CBGB, where Will runs down an abbreviated history of rock and roll as seen through the lens of 315 Bowery—including its rent-increased denouement.

Maybe in 2049 we’ll see a teen flick that has a scene with kids running through the ruins of the John Varvatos store currently in that space… but probably not. Preview clip: Bandslam [YouTube] Bandslam [Official site]