I really, really didn't want to like Vampire Weekend's Saturday Night Live stint on the eve of their forthcoming record, Modern Vampires of the City. I'm one of those haters whose ears bleed at the mere mention of an Oxford Comma, I think they sound like the soundtrack to a fancy Hamptons beach part ... More >>
Luna Sur Latin Bistro opened last week in Hell's Kitchen. The menu features Latin flavors with a mix of Peruvian, Spanish, Mexican, and Cuban dishes like empanadas, tacos, croquettes, and arroz con pollo. The restaurant will host a DJ on the weekends during "Latin Brunch," and a back patio is open t ... More >>
This week, Sound of the City presents a series of excerptss from Sinner's Creed, the incredible memoir of Creed frontman Scott Stapp. In our first installment, we detailed the spiritual turmoil that defined Stapp's life and music; he was a man pursued by demons, alternately yearning for God's love a ... More >>
After hustling for two years through the street vendor rite of passage, powerhouse couple Christina Ha and Simon Tung of the Macaron Parlour are opening the doors to their first storefront on 111 St. Marks Place tomorrow afternoon. They bake deliciously innovative macaron flavors like Gianduja, Cand ... More >>
Glam rock and rockabilly collide
Mind further blown.Today in mind-blowing but otherwise completely immaterial news (we think): Today is 11/11/11. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see all those ones together in one date! Also! When your clock turns 11:11:11 it will be particularly moving, especially when you realize ... More >>
Here are my top 10 bouts of musical rage. If you disagree with me, I'll be furious! (10) "We're Not Gonna Take It"--Twisted Sister Infectious anger at its most rollicking. I always felt this song was the musical equivalent of "I'm mad as hell" from Network.
Again, Gregory Moore is the man to thank for uncovering, as it were, these photographic nuggets. Just waiting for any one of these guys to bend over and pick up the bar of soap.
Who knew Ice-T was a role model? Ice Loves Coco, E!'s new reality show about the rapper/actor and his model/fashion designer wife, makes them look like such a perfect couple that you almost expect them to turn into anime characters and see little cartoon hearts popping above their heads as t ... More >>
Feed Your HoleThe Nut Burger: a protein-packed gut bombThe streets may be slush-filled but that hasn't stopped customers from venturing out into the cold to sample the city's newest mobile food purveyor, the Feed Your Hole truck, specializing in burgers and hot dogs.
Intolerance—imported and domestic—invades a 9/11 anniversary
Joan MarcusMillion Dollar Quartet has proven that by throwing together a low-budget show with actors imitating four music legends (in this case Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins), the tourists will come and you can make lots of cash while nabbing some acclaim and even a To ... More >>
Psychobilly invades Gowanus
Vince Bucci/FOX Alice Cooper and the Idols 8:01pm. It's a sad night, and not because we're saying goodbye to another season of Idol, not because we're saying goodbye to Simon Cowell, but because they managed to drag this out to a two-hour production of group sings and product placements. 8: ... More >>
"In the Ghetto"? Really? Photo by Frank Micelotta / FOX. There's a lot to talk about in this week's Idol, but first off, the one burning question: Was Ryan Seacrest maybe slightly drunk? I mean, the funny voices! The constant and inexplicable wassups! The willingness to display his weird and ... More >>
Joan Marcus CLICK HERE to read my take on Broadway's Addams Family musical, which got some reviews that were creepy, kooky, and altogether ooky.
This week, in food blogs... Diner's Journal noticed that Sam Sifton wasn't the only Times staffer going out for lunch: the cafeteria was closed by the DOH for potential food contamination. Grub Street noted that The Breslin has joined Restaurant Week -- if only for lunch service -- but suspects th ... More >>
The crappy quality makes this version of "Little Saint Nick" by the Beach Boys as broadcast on "Shindig" all the more endearing.
Pin-up babes hit the Rockabilly Fest
As a 16-year-old coal miner's son, Tom Jones dropped out of school to support the Catholic schoolgirl he'd knocked up. But when exactly did Mrs. Linda Jones realize she'd hit the jackpot? The Welsh singer held his own against martyrs like Joe Meek, Janis Joplin, and Elvis Presley, and cut his teeth ... More >>
How the fuck did Ryan Cabrera fall all the way to Sullivan Hall? Five years ago, the MTV star was sitting happily in the Billboard top 10, hooking up with Elvis' granddaughter, ripping Ashlee Simpson's facile little heart into pieces. Tonight, he plays an acoustic set at a venue music-business stude ... More >>
Our old friend David Byrne, still prancing about multiple continents in support of his splendid Brian Eno collaboration Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, is also being praised for various past accomplishments. First comes the new Fader issue, in which he is given the same Icon treatment gra ... More >>
Taxicab Confessions this isn't.
Plus the Hookies, contrary Mary, and Jerry's real kids.
This Diamond is a burlesquers best friend
Elvis sightings, ethnic humor, and tomcat cruising, plus a peek at Jodie Foster's panic room
The King, all wryly shook up
Waggish, gravel-talking Nova Scotia rube Buck 65 quenches his hip-hop hunger pains
Detached, resigned, and frustrated method actor mourns, regrets, lashes out, and wonders