Barclays Telling Hip-Hop Acts to Keep It Down

General exterior view of the Barclays Center
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After months of noise complaints, it’s come to this. Barclays Center says it will tell bass-heavy acts to keep it down in order to stop bothering the neighbors. The arena has an ongoing problem with heavy bass from concerts rumbling the insides of neighbors’ apartments. And while the $3,200 fine it incurred hardly puts a crimp in the operation’s finances, seething neighborhood wrath eventually might. So in addition to new soundproofing, special acoustic baffles, and a “sound concierge,” the New York Daily News reports the arena is taking an old-fashioned approach: “hip-hop artists like former arena investor Jay Z and Kanye West will be asked to lower their concert volume.” Novel!