Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- ... More >>
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When Betony executive chef Bryce Shuman was a kid, his mother, an academic studying cultural anthropology, took him to live with the Inuit people in the Arctic for 13 months, where he ate thinly sliced frozen caribou and chunks of seal meat after a hunt. "It opened my world up," he explains. "Food's ... More >>
When Poliça packed up their microphones, looping pedals, guitars, horns and drum kits and commenced with the touring efforts following Give You The Ghost's Valentine's Day release earlier this year, the Minneapolis electro-groove outfit was, arguably, getting to know their first record on the same ... More >>
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. This weekend, the Village Voice's own 4Knots Music Festival (full disclosure: well, you know) invaded the major tourist hub of South Street Seaport with entertainments at l ... More >>
Today the musical line-up for this year's Big Apple Barbecue Block Party was announced. The event -- the 10th annual -- takes place this year on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Three bands will be playing each day, and the music, if not the barbecue, is free. The Block Party takes place in Ma ... More >>
For the past three decades, the flannel-flyin' and econo-jamming godhead Mike Watt has staunchly adhered to his and late, great best friend and fellow Minuteman D Boon's credo "punk is whatever we made it to be while projecting an air of sincerity that is just plain righteous. And in all of Watt's p ... More >>
Like the sign says, Dukes Bar-B-Q in Walterboro, South Carolina. The pig on the front lawn isn't real, but the people are. In two trips to South Carolina in the last decade, I've spent much of my time crisscrossing the state and looking at the barbecue there. Yes, sometimes just looking at it.
A brief history of indie rock's best worst-named band
Yesterday, The Atlantic published a completely delightful piece about the origins of the Oreo cookie's design. Subtitled "The Unsung Heroes of Cookie Design," it was possibly the most informative piece of food writing we've read all year, and chock full of the kind of sentences that food-nerd ... More >>
So the James Beard Foundation Awards were last night and New York City cleaned up pretty well, with Best New Restaurant going to ABC Kitchen, Outstanding Pastry Chef awarded to Eleven Madison Park's Angela Pinkerton, Outstanding Restaurant Award also nabbed by Eleven Madison Park, and Outstan ... More >>
Earlier this afternoon in Portland, OR, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for the 2011 James Beard Awards. So without further ado, the nominees, after the jump:
An all-star tribute to American power pop's finest, bleakest hour
Open wide, Brooklyn.Brooklyn just can't seem to get enough of artisanal grits and deep-fried mammals, and soon, it will get even more of them.
opentable.comThe product of blood, sweat, and tearsIt's almost time for the Oscars. That is, the Oscars of the food world: the James Beard Foundation Awards. Today marked the announcement of the restaurant and chef semifinalists, who were chosen from a record 28,000 online entries. Finalists ... More >>
Other than this poor guy everyone had a lovely time. Pics by Mike.Capsul/Purling Hiss/Home Blitz/Tom Surgal/Mad Scene Cake Shop Saturday, January 22 Better than: Any other rock show you could've seen tonight Letha Rodman was a significant presence on the pre-Internet indie scene in NYC -- c ... More >>
Elizabeth Edwards, lawyer, wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards -- from whom she separated in 2009 after 32 years of marriage (and his extramarital affair/out-of-wedlock child with Rielle Hunter) -- mom of four, breast cancer sufferer, has reportedly died of cancer. The 61-year- ... More >>
At Other Music on Sunday Superchunk Bowery Ballroom Saturday, September 18 Better than: The entire genre of chillwave. Let's start with "Driveway to Driveway," the first song of Superchunk's first of two encores this Saturday night, and overwhelmingly triumphant for a onetime landmine that seem ... More >>
Now that we know this is what a sugar daddy looks like, we'll keep our eyes peeled.CNN Money's "Rich and Single" List has been released, and it may not surprise you that the entire Runnin' Scared team is now decamping for Newport Beach, California. Aw, just kidding! Money doesn't matter one i ... More >>
Pomp, circumstance, product placement, and varying levels of inebriation all converged at Avery Fisher Hall last night for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards. Many white men were awarded large gold pendants that dangled from green sashes. It was a particularly good night for New York, wit ... More >>
Will the spirit of James Beard smile upon New York chefs?The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Awards today, kicking off the food world's very own Oscar season scrum. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 21,000 online entries; th ... More >>
Like any good chef, One Ring Zero partners well-honed technique with unconventional inspiration. The brainchild of Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp, the band entered the cultural consciousness in 2004 with As Smart As We Are, an album featuring lyrics written by the likes of Margaret Atwood, Ri ... More >>
Dark Meat at last year's SXSW, photo by Rebecca Smeyne See, it's totally lame, don't worry, you're not missing a thing South by Southwest just firebombed everybody's inboxes with a partial list of names playing this year's barbecue-and-booze blitz. A quick scan reveals the midsize marquee names to ... More >>
EV Grieve points us to a "tool" that points prospective New York emigrants to neighborhoods in other parts of the country that they might find agreeable. Some of the choices are sensible in a general way -- Chapel Hill, NC turns up a lot -- but the info is spotty, so we can't tell whether the "Rolli ... More >>
Early '00s stuck in early-'80s dance-rock via early-'90s dance-rock time-warp shockah!
What do you do for an encore after the spark is gone?