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Here's a round-up of the music stories Voice writers have been reading recently. Take a spin through the links below and tip us off if there's something you like that we may have missed.
Thanks to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, Lollapalooza's headliners have been revealed, and it appears that Perry Farrell & Co. are dipping into the past few years of the Chicago-based festival's lineup history for a little inspiration. Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and the Killers have ... More >>
This week's review is of Cocina Economica Mexico on the Upper West Side, where Pedro Hernandez Perez was put in charge of a Mexican kitchen after winning over David Bank and the Land Thai team with the family meals he prepared, inspired by his hometown of Puebla. To celebrate good family meals (the ... More >>
Veteran food writer Joe DiStefano, whose beat is often Queens and the ethnic culinary glories thereof, launched a new website yesterday called Chopsticks and Marrow. Early articles put up in a flurry of activity cover hot dogs and pizza in Chicago, an excellent cevicheria in Jackson Heights, and the ... More >>
Suzy Singh has an unlikely culinary background. The Punjabi-Sikh chef was a neural engineer before she traded her lab coat for a chef's apron and enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu, Chicago. Before she completed her studies, Fox TV's Master Chef picked her up for its second season. Shortly after the nation ... More >>
Chick-fil-A has finally caved. The company said that it will "treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation." The comments came via The Civil Rights Agenda in Chicago. The lobby group also reported that Chick-fil-A has pledged to stop giving money to antigay groups and to refrain fro ... More >>
The iconic and staunchly independent label Thrill Jockey Records may be Chicago-based since the mid '90s, but its roots lie here in New York and along the grimy Path train tunnel where Hoboken stands. Two decades ago, L.E.S. resident Bettina Richards founded Thrill Jockey while working the rounds at ... More >>
Gloriously wretched, hoarse-throated bloody rasp bawls and fractured clusterfucked guitar squalor careen head on with drums and synth-triggering pedal demolition in XADDAX, a Bushwickian noise-rock monster whose membersax grinder Nick Sakes and traps basher Chrissy Rossettiehappen to b ... More >>
Eataly turned two this past Friday, and it's already looking westward. The 58,000-square-foot store has plans for expansion in Chicago, Los Angeles, and São Paulo, Brazil. "We are narrowing our search for a 60,000- or 70,000-square-foot space in the retail heart of Chicago," co-owner Joe Bastiani ... More >>
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In a video posted up last week, the chefs from Chicago's Alinea (which was named the second best restaurant in North America) and Eleven Madison Park seem to be packing up their stuff and heading to a train station. The cryptic teaser ends with "21st Century Ltd., Coming Soon."
In years to come, rightbloggers will tell their grandchildren many stories of the glorious summer of twenty-twelve. They'll tell 'em how they warned America about the socialist menace of the Olympics. They'll tell 'em how, in the wake of the Aurora shooting, they defended assault weapons against Dem ... More >>
The story of Tennessee music is a tale of two cities, really: Nashville and Memphis. But to count out Chattanooga is to ignore the origins of the Impressions, the long-running, socially conscious soul group that launched the careers of Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. On the street corners of mid-t ... More >>
Last night, the James Beard Foundation's winner's list was completed--the media awards were over the weekend and listed here yesterday. In addition to major excitement over the first ever Outstanding Bar Program award other highlights included a tie for Best Chef Southeast (a hot dining destination ... More >>
Custom's version comes close to the original, tastewise. One of the triumphs of the hot dog world is the Chicago-style frankfurter. But why can't anyone accurately reproduce it in New York? Certainly, we've had lots of attempts. The latest encountered by Fork in the Road is the "Mid West Custom-Ma ... More >>
Chicago Underground Duo's defection from their longtime label Thrill Jockey to the fledgling New York-based Northern Spy imprintafter fifteen years and some seven albums of visionary experimentalism gleaned from Windy City improv and post-jazz sonicsis actually a reunion of sorts. In ... More >>
They all went to the same club--Chicago's Pump Room--at one time or another. And they've all ended up in the same amazing photo book, Icons At The Pump Room--a promotional item handed to certain lucky VIPs (like my friend Christian Freedom). If you like this quartet of diva divinity, just pick up ... More >>
At Shake Shack, our own approximation of the Chicago dog. Whether you call them frankfurters, wieners, tube steaks, or floaters, New York City is the hot dog capital of the world. And here are my five favorite local evocations of the silky sausage that came here from Frankfurt or Vienna, d ... More >>
Darren Criss is attracting screaming Gleeks to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and they're filling the seats once occupied by screaming Potterphiles. Which brings to mind the topic of Broadway replacements and how they fare in light of all the hoopla generated by the original star ... More >>
Don't fall in! In the last 10 years or so, lots of subway stations have been revamped, many with mosaics intended to reflect some associations with what's above the station on the street. Some of these motifs involve food and entertainment -- there are fish in the Delancey Street station, ... More >>
Robert SietsemaShake Shack's Chicago-style hot dog Mark L. Asks: I've been craving a Chicago-style hot dog. Who makes the best one in New York? Dear Mark: Having spent several years living in Chicago, I can appreciate your love of the Chicago-style hot dog, which differs from the classic Ne ... More >>
Tonight at Shea Stadium and tomorrow night at Cake Shop the fine Chicago garage-rock outfit Mannequin Men will perform, and it would behoove you to attend one or both shows, should you not have plans for the weekend yet. But don't take my word for it. Below, download the chugging "Enough," wh ... More >>
BRAVOTewz on Work of Art One of the more intriguing aspects of Work of Art, the BRAVO reality show we've been following, is that the show's producers chose a handful of cast members who'd already had a presence in the world, whose self-propelled careers could exist apart from the reality-television ... More >>
brendan-c/flickrLife of pie.Sure, he's from Chicago and he's been called a "pizza douche," but Patrick Bertoletti, who happens to be ranked second in the International Federation of Competitive Eating, says he's eaten at more than 200 different pizzerias around the world, including New York's ... More >>
So she got off. I guess that really was rotting pizza in her car trunk, not the decomposition stench of her murdered and duct taped daughter. So what's in Casey Anthony's glamorous future? I know!
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. girluninterrupt/foodspottingGet lit.The drink: Chicago Matchbox The bar: Prune (54 East 1st Street, East Village, 212-677-6221) The price: $10 Ingredients: Homemade lemon vodka, Sacramento tomato jui ... More >>