Real Estate w/R. Stevie Moore, Andrew Cedermark
Saturday, August 11
Better than: The thousand times I have listened to Real Estate's Days.
In front of shifty blue stage lights on Saturday night, Real Estate keyboardist Jonah Mauer squinted at his bandmate, guitarist Matt Mondanile. On ... More >>
Beach Boys YouTube wormholes can take many paths, from sunshine-draped reveries to sudden decisive turns towards the seriously depressing. But no clickbait-enhanced listicle of questionable Mike Love sartorial/dance/aesthetic moves, horrifying Brian Wilson zombie moments, made-for-TV movies, or John ... More >>
Like many, Thomas Barris first learned about beer in college. Unlike many, Barris' education wasn't confined to frathouses and rubber funnels: He took some time away from school to travel Europe, where he learned about the Continent's cuisine and drink. There, he also got gigs o ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanYou could hear the blaring of car and air horns from two blocks away as Verizon employees continued their strike for a third day on 13th Street and Second Avenue, after the company and workers failed to come to terms on a contract early Sunday morning. The East Village's recep ... More >>
Part of a 2009 billboard to stop underage drinking in Connecticut. Remember how angry you were at that mom yesterday who let her baby roll out of her subway car in its stroller as she engaged in a wig-pulling throw-down with a fellow subway rider? Well, that mom is like the world's best mom c ... More >>
Willie DavisEleanor Friedberger.
4Knots Music Festival: Mr. Dream, Eleanor Friedberger
Pier 17, South Street Seaport
Saturday, July 16
Better than: Showing up late.
I have this problemit's well known among my friendswhere I arrive at things (shows, parties, etc.) on time. Usu ... More >>
Jim Meehan, also a fan of cartoons.
Jim Meehan has been at the forefront of the cocktail renaissance since it started several years ago. He opened his cocktail bar PDT inside an East Village hot-dog joint in 2007, which came to be known for inventive contemporary cocktails, as opposed to the ... More >>
While waiting for your goulash, try on a dress.
[Update: Thanks to Gothamist for gently noting that the place was recently closed by the Board of Health for a whopping 86 violation points. I swear I didn't see any mouse turds near my food! The "hygienist," as DOH inspectors are called, was ... More >>
Z100's Jingle Ball, featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Paramore, Kim Kardashian, and More
Madison Square Garden
Friday, December 10
Better than: That GIF of sparks coming out of Katy Perry's chest from the "Firework" video.
Yes, Katy Perry looked like a human nutcracker at this year's Z100 Jin ... More >>
Tuesday, October 19
Better than: How I'll feel by Sunday
Well, it's hard to imagine a more pleasant way to begin CMJ 2010 than this, a half full Irving Plaza on a Tuesday night, before the adrenaline really takes hold, four dudes in sweaters playing staunchly prett ... More >>
Singing (and drinking) you under the table. Pics by Phil, more below.Vicente Fernández
Madison Square Garden
Saturday, October 16
Better Than: Anything you'll hear at CMJ this week.
Vicente Fernández, the undisputed king of Mexican ranchera music, has a guy whose entire job is to keep his ... More >>
Cablevision customers in the New York area lost their access to Fox 5 and My9 last night when the channel's parent company News Corp. "pulled the plug" over contract disputes, CNN is reporting. The corporate jockeying may sound boring, but has very real effects for anyone hoping to watch Game ... More >>
It's understandable, your depression/jealousy/irritation at not being physically present in Las Vegas this weekend for Matador Records' bizarrely elaborate Matador at 21 spectacle, featuring just about every major label act you could possibly desire unless you're, like, a die-hard Thinking Fe ... More >>
An intern from the New York Post, not yet 21-years-old, was sent on a reporting mission to 30 alcohol-serving establishments across Manhattan, finding that 57% would provide him with drinks illegally. Some never checked his ID, which clearly read "UNDER 21 UNTIL," and others just didn't care. ... More >>