Another band ditches Varsity Theater due to sex crime allegations against owner

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Warpaint won't be seen at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis Rough Trade

In June, punk rockers Against Me! relocated their Minneapolis date away from Minneapolis' Varsity Theater; earlier this month, metal stars Baroness said they'd be doing the same for their show this Tuesday. 

Both groups cited concerns over child sex abuse lawsuits filed against the venue's owner, Jason McLean. And now another act is joining the boycott: Warpaint. 

Warpaint's publicist tells City Pages the L.A. indie-pop quartet has moved their September 29 show from the Varsity due to allegations against McLean. 

Instead, the band will play the Fine Line that same night. Original tickets will be honored; refunds are available via TicketWeb or the Loring Pasta Bar, which McLean also owns. More info on the Fine Line show is available here

McLean, 62, a former actor with the Children's Theatre Company, is alleged to have abused at least five female students from 1981 to 1985, according to a 2014 civil complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis.

In January, popular Twin Cities DJ Jake Rudh moved his monthly Transmission dance night away from the Varsity. The move came after calls to boycott Transmission due to its affiliation with the Dinkytown venue.

“The Varsity has 60 employees who depend on their jobs for a living,” Varsity senior manager Lynn Nyman said in a statement at the time. “No one alleges the employees did anything wrong. They are the people who are most harmed by a boycott of the business."

Reps from the Varsity did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Warpaint are touring ahead of the release of their third album, Heads Up, due out September 23 on Rough Trade Records. Check out lead single "New Song" below. 

 


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