If you follow Late Night with Seth Meyers on Instagram, you already know Dinosaur Jr. guitarist/legend J Mascis is sitting in with Fred Armisen's 8G Band all week. So last night we decided to march on up to 30 Rock and ask if he and his band would do us the honor of playing our 4Knots Music Festival ... More >>
For a while, tweeters and Purple Rain fans had nothing more than the the hilarious and surprisingly accurate parody account of the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince that locked in the appropriate handle PrinceTweets2U. But on August 13, the account for Prince's band 3rd Ey ... More >>
Last September, Eleanor Friedberger flew out to Los Angeles with two goals in mind. First, she met with producer Eric Broucek to discuss the songs they had recently finished recording for her sophomore effort, Personal Record, a 12-song collection that showcases her work as a burgeoning indie-rock ... More >>
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Better Than: Sobbing silently while watching the club performance scene in Purple Rain on your couch for the 25th time this week... not that there's anything wrong with that. The stage was bigger, the venue more prestigious, and the atmosphere gave off a more purple hue. But then this was a Prince ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Yuk it up with Fred Armisen
In this week's Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play two teachers who are just trying something that all their cool hip Portland students like: a raw vegan restaurant. They head to Prasad Cafe, which is actually real, vegan, and in Portland. But after dining -- "It felt like real foo ... More >>
Take a class (sort of) with Fred Armisen
Now obey your Principal Armisen
Your guide to Portlandia is here
Halloween on a Wednesday. It was a massive bummer before Sandy came and took a shit all over it. It makes sense if you've not yet picked out a costume. We've got some last minute, music-inspired costume suggestions. All of them are awful, maybe. But after all that's gone down these last few days, ex ... More >>
Fred Armisen plays his favorite songs
Forget the cast of Gossip Girl, Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, and Lady Gaga. Mayor Mike Bloomberg brought in some serious entertainment power to really spice up his press conference this afternoon: Saturday Night Live. Well actually, it was just Seth Meyers. But he got to use the whole stage of S ... More >>
On Rosie O'Donnell's show on OWN, Sandra Bernhard appeared. Must have been lesbian comic night. And Sandra said something to the effect that Whitney Houston's demise stemmed from an inability to accept her sexuality and the weirdness that resulted from that.
The Secret Policeman's Ball: Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, and many others Radio City Music Hall Sunday, March 4 Better than: Watching the Lohan Saturday Night Live on DVR. Going to a live show that's actually meant to be broadcast on television can be a deadly propositio ... More >>
Portlandia: The Tour Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday, January 20 Better than: Watching television (but who has one anyway?). In the middle of a nearly two-hour set of live sketches, improv riffing, and unseen clips, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the stars of IFC's Portlandia, strapped on g ... More >>
Portlandia live on stage
Plenty of Mirman for all
David Byrne and Yo La Tengo care. All photos by Jesse Jarnow.Yo La Tengo Maxwell's Wednesday, March 23 Better than: Sitting home alone fretting about cataclysmic awfulness. It's been 26 years since Yo La Tengo played every Wednesday at Maxwell's, and a last-minute benefit for Peace Wi ... More >>
Life after Sleater-Kinney includes a comedy sideline and a new not-supergroup
Podcasting with indie greats in Gowanus
From freeganism to hyper-locavorism, food culture in Portland is like Brooklyn dining on organic housemade crack. Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Life and Carrie Brownstein write and star in Portlandia, a comedy show premiering on IFC next month that pokes fun at, among other things, food culture i ... More >>
"Fuck SNL and the whole cast," New York governor David Paterson rapped in his comeback single "Power," continuing, "Tell 'em David said they can kiss my whole ass." Now, after years of being somewhat mercilessly tortured by a Fred Armisen caricature (pictured) -- focused on the governor's bli ... More >>
Saturday Night Live is switching up their cast, and the New York Times has confirmed the new lineup. Who's out and who's in this season, which everyone will tell you is worse than the season before regardless?
Comedy actors finally score a film break!
As Tim Gunn would say, "This worries me." However, because we love nothing more than to keep you updated with regard to this godforsaken, East Village-invading Smurf movie, you ought to know that adorable Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn has been added to the cast.
E.V. Grieve alerts us to this one: Signs are now posted on 7th Street and Avenue A warning residents that their cars will be towed if they're not moved by 10 p.m. Wednesday evening, because come Thursday morning, a Smurfy good time will ensue!
Celebs show the downtown theater scene some love
Soooo awkwardSo today's your last day to fill out the census (supposedly) before you can expect some lovely government-enabled body to come pound on your door demanding facts and figures and being generally pushy and bureaucracy-oriented. And since we personally have been alternately bored/co ... More >>
At only 15, Little Minnie -- the main character of Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl -- is growing up way too fast. She's failing school, hanging out with the wrong crowd, and has begun an affair with her alcoholic mother's boyfriend. Yikes! Marielle Heller, who stars ... More >>
Not news that St. Vincent's Annie Clark has all kinds of special friends--she just came off a week in NYC that involved performing with everyone from David Byrne to Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to the National. So of course she pulled ThunderAnt, who go by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein when not d ... More >>
Dudes hug it out with Paul Rudd
Skip 30 Rock and head downtown
Jimmy Fallon boasts a bizarre but wonderful D.C. punk reunion
Are we awful for enjoying the Saturday Night Live Paterson gags? They're certainly dopey, focusing as they do on Paterson's blindness, drug and sex history, and epochal unpopularity. And New Jersey! But we like dopey sketches, and are pleased that Fred Armisen has found a political character that ... More >>
Eat your heart out, Andy Samberg!
photo by Liz Clayton Dawn Sutter Madell, via the Yo La Tengo diary Eight shows, eight-and-a-half comedians, eight charities, eight mix CDs, 24 sit-ins, and three Velvet Underground covers later, Yo La Tengo brought another Hanukkah at Maxwell's to a close. But, as befits a band named in reference ... More >>
Governor Paterson was pissed at this weekend's Saturday Night Live sketch in which Fred Armisen portrayed him as a Jersey-hating, crinkly-voiced fool with a history of cocaine abuse and marital infidelities who underlines his own jokes and admits he was "comically unprepared" to become Governor. (V ... More >>
photo via Street Carnage I would like to continue believing, for all eternity, that Don Draper rarely smiles, only orders Old Fashioneds, only consorts with comedians if he's hoteling their wives, and has never thumbed an iPhone. And then Jon Hamm showed up to the Knitting Factory on Monday night f ... More >>
A recent web report claimed that Fred Armisen's Obama impersonation on Saturday Night Live might be sent to the benches because he doesn't really look or sound like the Prez elect. Those are pretty good reasons! In his place, the show supposedly wants to use someone more hue-appropriate, not to ment ... More >>
New York Times does another one of those can-comedians-make-fun-of-Obama stories, with a Jon Stewart writer saying that Obama is "less likely to say something stupid" than Bush and suggesting the Daily Show will focus on Fox News and the "Democratically-controlled Congress." The article is predictab ... More >>
A comedy festival that can laugh at itself
Fred Armisen performs just for us one last time
'Saturday Night Live' in the post-Tina Fey, YouTube unknown