To the casual observer battle rap might seem like an anachronism, until you realize that it's bigger than ever. Leagues like URL and King of the Dot have produced some of the most talked about events in hip-hop -- with the controversies to boot. (And the parodies.)
Battling has gone from a niche i ... More >>
Competitive barista-ing is a spectator sport. In addition to four judges seated at a high bar directly in front of the competing baristas, there was a boisterous, roaming audience at the 2013 Northeast Regional Barista Championship last week. Over three days at Attic Studios, an airy industrial loft ... More >>
There are few things in the music business as puzzling as the post-mortem release, many of which are terrible grave-robbing cash-ins and awkward Reanimator-esqe collaborations. Still, with so many hyper-creative and prolifically productive hip-hop artists no longer with us, there are a few whose stu ... More >>
Better Than: Actually being high on fire.
High on Fire's show at the Bowery on Friday was glorious. How glorious? It inspired us to see them again Saturday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Suffice it to say, our ears were thoroughly metalled into submission over the weekend.
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It was a wedding for the books -- comic books that is. Ohio couple Jason Welker and Scott Everhart married at Midtown Comics this morning.The couple's nuptials were a part of a contest put on by the comic bookstore chain, which offered fans the chance to get married alongside Marvel's gay superhero ... More >>
Not the Hangar One Vodka blimp.A 128-foot blimp advertising Hangar One Vodka broke free of its moorings at a Columbus, Ohio airport during high winds, the AP reports. The FAA couldn't locate the rogue zeppelin after it floated, unmanned, into the sky. Seven hours later, a homeowner two miles ... More >>
According to a survey released by the pest-control people at Terminix, New York is again the number one city for bedbugs in the US of A. Congrats, all. This summer keeps being touted as the "summer of bedbugs," and it's great to know that we're succeeding on that front. Truthfully, it's horri ... More >>
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
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 >>
If ever you wanted an excuse to truck out to Long Island's Nassau Coliseum, home to perennial NHL doormats the New York Islanders, this'd be it: Lil Wayne's I Am Music II tour, costarring Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Mixmaster Mike, and indomitable rapper accessory Travis Barker, is coming to town ... More >>
"I wish I could write lyrics like, 'Hey baby, wanna fuck?' But I can't."
Since Social Registry released Thomas Kelly Webb's 1996 album Phantom Parade, you might expect his music to be avant-Williamsburg weirdness, just like the label's artists: Gang Gang Dance, Psychic Ills, Telepa ... More >>
As Rosie mentioned last week, maybe it's time to accept the bedbugs as our overlords. Personal anecdote: This very blogger walked down 2nd Street on Sunday and saw no less than 6 mattresses waiting in the rain for garbage collectors. Since it's neither the last nor the very first of the month ... 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 >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Sightings are Brooklyn's greatest living noise band--period. The avant-bruisers have been making jagged, nauseous, pig-fucked chip-'n'-sizzle for over a solid decade and have only gotten better with ... More >>