Brooklyn restaurants cull, by and large, from the same design playbook. They illuminate with Edison bulbs, expose their bricks, and outfit with vintage flea-market bounty. Lea (1022 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 718-928-7100), a Neapolitan restaurant and pizzeria that opened in Flatbush in December, is ... More >>
Better Than: Pretty much everything. About a month ago, Sharon Jones was finishing up her final chemo treatment in an attempt to trounce the cancer that threatened to silence her. Two weeks ago today, she announced that she was cancer-free. Last night, she launched her 10-week comeback tour at the ... More >>
With Motown The Musical jazzing up Broadway with "the sound of young America," let me look back and pick my 10 fave Motown singles of all time. Come on, let's get it on! (10) What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted," sung by Jimmy Ruffin Careful in its pace, soulful in its tone, this one is a heart wr ... More >>
In my column about theater last year, I bemoaned the fact that there have been jukebox musicals about everything except the one I want to see--Motown! Well, it's finally coming. Berry Gordy Jr. is planning a show called Motown which will tell his story while sprinkling in the Motown hits of the da ... More >>
The U.K. collective bring their 'queer party for everyone' to New York
This person has no idea what Motown is. Photo courtesy Michael Becker/ FOX. Since last we spoke, Karen Rodriguez has gone back to MySpaceLand, Steven Tyler's wardrobe has grown impressively more absurd, and Jacob Lusk has bodied the fuck out of Heart's "Alone." I missed the last week of Ameri ... More >>
Better keep that censor button handy. Credit: Michael Becker/FOX.I don't think I've ever been more excited about an American Idol contestant than I am about James Durbin. It's not because of his voice, though his very Adam Lambert-y turbo-yowl could be entertaining in the context of the show. ... More >>
Siobhan Magnus: hair for days. Photo by Michael Becker / FOX. Wow. Oh boy. Whoof. OK. This was definitely the worst episode of American Idol in recent memory and probably one of the worst of all time, Taylor Hicks season included. Everything was just wrong. The theme, Billboard #1s, was hopel ... More >>
SXSW 2009: the sound of a thousand Babydick jokes cracking. Full list, with arbitrarily bolded highlights, below.
Live at the irony apocalypse
Antony, Boy George, Thom Yorke, and more make charity listenable
That's not counting Johnny Cash, of course, but New Orleans finds are worth seeking out
EMI cleans house, Elektra merges, Arista folds, what's left?
Hey Get Ya Mom a Crazy Milkshake in Da Club