Beware of flying guitars at trail of dead
Fresh off a January residency at the LES' Pianos, Mainland is ready to release the EP Shiner, a refreshingly poppy set of four songs recorded in Austin with the help of Spoon's Jim Eno. Every song is punchy and high-energy, like the video we're premiering today for the EP's opener "Savant." After t ... More >>
Who is boxing's 'King of Brooklyn'?
As part of his Twitter feed this weekend, Lance Armstrong sent out a photo of himself reclining in front of the seven Tour de France jerseys he won. He captioned the photo, "Back in Austin and just layin' around." The image seems to be a defiant, perhaps downright bratty statement that's basically ... More >>
After reading this fun restaurant wish-list over on Diner's Journal, the Fork team started wishing and hoping for some of our own fantasy places to open. I'd love for a truck to drive around in the winter serving cups of really good, hot cassoulet. If there's a line, there will be nips of brandy w ... More >>
The burrito mechado (your choice of fillings) is lightly baked and smothered in sauce. This week, Counter Culture crawls into Florencia 13, one of New York's only Cal-Mex gastronomic resources and a haven for Californians. (I would link to the piece, except it's not going up for a few hours, and I ... More >>
The doubly buttered almond croissant at Tartine This is an admittedly quirky and idiosyncratic list of the places I wish I were eating breakfast right now, and the things I'd be eating.
This happened. In 1937, canned, gelatinous meat became as much an American cultural institution as a culinary one, when the Hormel Food Corporation spawned SPAM in an Austin, Minn. food lab.
A controversial film returns
Giving indie-rock fans a chance to sing along with their favorites
Festive, but can it be divided into 300 tasting portions?Aside from an appearance at the Farm City Fair in September, the Brooklyn Food Experiments have been simmering at a low burn for awhile. But on Sunday, Dec. 5, they'll come to a boil once more with the Holiday Food Experiment, which wil ... More >>
Surely you remember my contest where the best travel essay won a free month on JetBlue. Well, Courtney Sampsell nabbed the prize, and though she never sent me a postcard, she did come home with a lovely new essay about the experiences she enjoyed around the country, and that's good enough ... More >>
Some days we almost feel a little bit sorry for Tiger Woods. Almost. Like when we hear that yet another mistress (a dime a dozen, these) has come forward and blah, blah, blah. But this time the story has a twist! "Adult film actress" Devon James has announced that he is the father of her 9-ye ... More >>
MtyMx's Autocinema Las Torres, at night. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.NYC promoter Todd Patrick's MtyMx festival wrapped late yesterday morning in Monterrey, Mexico's Yo Garage, the erstwhile after-party spot for three days of Brooklyn madness in another country entirely. Our report can be fo ... More >>
So apparently this is a thing AOL said they would do, pay amateur writer types $50 a pop for interviews with every band prancing the streets of Austin right now, an undertaking both ridiculous and pretty much impossible, which is what the folks at AOL are now insisting they knew all along. (A ... More >>
On the defiantly skeletal Transference, which only a recession could love
We were shocked to discover that Coyote Ugly -- that nice little drunkards' warren on First Avenue -- was part of a national empire of saloons, mostly in the south (the shot here is of the Coyote Ugly in Austin, where we thought girls danced on the bar without the encouragement of marketing e ... More >>
-- Lupe Fiasco released the first single from his upcoming album, Lasers. The track is the spacey "Shining Down," which has Lupe taking a dig at autotune by using it. It leaked last month to the rapper's dismay. He plays Governors Island on Sept 11 (tickets go on sale Friday at noon) and SUNY's Dewa ... More >>
Sky Saxon, bass player, lead singer, and auteur of of the 60s garage band The Seeds, has died in Austin. The Seeds were simple, enthusiastic, and fun, and their revival on Lenny Kaye's Nuggets compilations provided early punk rockers with inspiration and reaffirmation. Though after a few hits wide ... More >>
Luisa CintaOver 20 years, Bill Callahan--who recorded as Smog from 1988 until 2007--has dabbled in hard rock, children's choirs, French horns, country, darkened synth-pop, and gospel. His throat holds a flat, wheaty baritone--as expressionless as plastic and as self-sufficient as a leather jacket; h ... More >>
Hard to believe a record with this cover could be chaotic, right? Trail of Dead (Mohawk) SWXW Thursday Afternoon, March 18 Years from now, when someone writes a book called The Fucked-Up Music Biz, 2000-2010, Austin's (...And You Will Know Us by the) Trail of Dead will hopefully receive their own ... More >>
Keep it comin'. Little more. Little more. OK, a lot more. Vivian Girls/Wavves (Mohawk) SXSW Thursday Afternoon, March 19 At last year's Rhapsody fete here, luxe condos were going up across the street, workers perched on all the balconies, regarding us shiftless, sunburnt, taco-snarfing revelers w ... More >>
Quick refresher: Showpaper is a list of all-ages shows in the Tri-State area, a biweekly newsprint one-sheet that harkens back to the days of punk flyers and Xeroxed fanzines. But the most unfailingly superb part of Showpaper is a regular sidebar called "I Saw You," a kind of Missed Connections for ... More >>
For fans of the Beatles, Willie Nelson, non-cloying indie pop, and presidential pardons
Rob Trucks's "Possibly 4th Street" expositions, in which he invites musicians to perform live and impromptu somewhere in New York City, run intermittently here at Sound of the City. Trail of Dead headlines the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, February 27 [tix] and Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, ... More >>
Deadpan humor and clever histrionics redeem Okkervil River's classic-rock bathos
Austin's Voxtrot need no introduction--which is another way of saying that ignorance is the best way to appreciate the following conversation with songwriter/frontman Ramesh Srivastava. You are about to read the most ill-fated phone interview I've ever done in my life, thanks to NYU, who's next door ... More >>
The original NYC Beauty Bar has expanded to the eyes of multiple beholders nationwide
A little extra insurance: putting your oocytes on ice
Ohh, behave!: Shall we Shag now or Shag later, baby?