• Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Scale Ale: How a Home-Brew Hobby Launched Third Rail Beer

    New York City is not exactly a friendly place to launch a brewery. Space that's large enough to hold equipment is scarce, and what exists is expensive. But for Larry Koestler, Loren Taylor-Raymond, and Kaitlyn Haubrich, opening elsewhere was not an option -- all three of them were born and raised in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Karen O - McKittrick Hotel - 9/10/14

    Better Than: Getting a note from a Secret Admirer In June 2004, Karen Orzolek told SPIN magazine: "The only reason I wanted to be on a major label was for people to hear 'Maps'... I knew it would be huge from the moment we wrote it. I am a fuckin' sucker for love songs." Now, almost a decade later ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Warhol, Wizards, and Dolls: Here's the Cool Stuff of the Antiques Roadshow in New York

    It was hard to avoid comparing the New York stop of the Antiques Roadshow to a low-key casino without the seedy underbelly. The temperature in the Javits Center on Saturday was meat locker-freezing, Rascal scooters zipped by every few minutes (often with paintings and other wrapped ephemera jammed i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    "Brooklyn Boys" Perfectly Spoofs "Brooklyn Girls"

    A couple weeks ago, you'll recall, the internet did what it did best and lost its collective mind when a young music artist with seafoam colored hair, Catey Shaw, held a mirror up to Williamsburg and showed it exactly how the world sees it in her song and video "Brooklyn Girls." She was immediately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Getting Naked With Charlie "Bird" Parker at the Wildest Party in L.A. History

    Charlie "Bird" Parker has been called the greatest saxophonist who ever lived, a jazz legend who not only spearheaded the bebop movement but also laid the foundations of modern jazz. He was also a party animal. In 1952, Los Angeles would play host to one of Parker's wildest exploits. The New York- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg on Angie Martinez's Departure: Like the Yankees Without Jeter

    On Wednesday iconic Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez announced via Instagram that she'd resigned from the station and was on to new things. Rumors swirled shortly after that those "new things" included hopping over to Hot's biggest competitor, Power 105, and just yesterday it was announced that Martinez had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Louis C.K. Asks TMZ to Take Down Tracy Morgan Crash Footage, and Asks the Rest of Us Not to Watch It

    Comedian Louis C.K. is asking gossip purveyors TMZ to take down the footage of the aftermath of a fatal collision that killed comedian James McNair and critically injured several other people, including actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. And since it's unlikely that the site will actually pull the vid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2014

    The Start and Stop of Juelz Santana

    A decade ago the city limits of Harlem seemed to expand worldwide as the Dipset movement became a universally celebrated entity in hip-hop. From critics to customers, mainstream audiences to underground heads, traditionalists to avant garde indie kids, Dipset seemed to have something to offer everyb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    This is What the NYPD's Failed Muslim Surveillance Program Actually Looked Like

    On Tuesday, the NYPD announced it would dismantle its Demographics Unit, the controversial squad of plainclothes officers tasked with monitoring and gathering intelligence in New York's Muslim neighborhoods. The announcement was greeted with a mix of praise (for the move, considered long overdue) an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

    So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures, and their breezy poses. There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 mo ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2014

    27 Ways to Better Yourself This Summer in NYC

    [Summer 2014 Education Supplement]

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Alec Baldwin Takes Ball, Goes Home

    Alec Baldwin is done with all you tiny, pathetic ingrates. New York has just gotten too mean. A man can't live peacefully in this town anymore. The days when you were free to call people "queens" and "faggots" and "cocksucking fags" as you saw fit are over. Alec Baldwin bids you to say goodbye to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Kendrick Lamar's Surprisingly Calm Grammy Snub Reaction, Translated

    XXL Magazine tried to do some Erin Andrews instant-reaction journalism yesterday, releasing part of an interview done with Kendrick Lamar shortly after his unexpected loss in every Grammy category that he was nominated for. But Kendrick was perfectly cool, calm, and collected about the whole thing i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Birthday Bars in New York City

    Greenwood ParkBirthdays are hard. Of course it's about you. But really, it's about everyone else, especially if you're stepping up to plan the party yourself: whom to invite, whom not to invite, how to congratulate yourself for being born without feeling too self-important, whether to celebrate the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2014

    The 10 Dumbest Rightblogger Ideas of 2013, Part 2

    We hope it's been long enough since listicle season (only a few days, but hell, your attention spans have all been shot to pieces by the internet, right?) that you won't mind if we present part 2 of the roundup we began last week. Herewith items 5 through 1 in our list of the dumbest ideas that wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Tek From Smif N Wessun Would Rather Be Riding Dirt-Bikes

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Earlier in the month, the Brooklyn-based rap duo of Smif N Wessun dropped a slinky, six-track reggae-infused EP. Titled Born and Raised, the project has the vene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Kosha Dillz's Guide to Dining With Gangsta Boo

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. The usually hyper-local Tweets is Watching takes a broader view of the world this week as we cast our Twitter-based questions in the direction of Kosha Dillz, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Banksy Doesn't Update Today Because of "Police Activity"

    So this is a first: Banksy announced on his Instagram that there will be no stencil today. In simple black font on a white background, Banksy puts simply: "Today's art has been cancelled due to police activity." Easy there, partner! Runnin' Scared is sure someone will be doing art today besides you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Glenn Beck: Bill de Blasio Will Make New York a Living Hell With His "Occupy Wall Street Attitude"

    A few weeks ago, TV person and spittle-flecked bow-tie-wearer Glenn Beck revealed a shocking truth to a blissfully unaware nation: New York City is well on its way to electing a " radical leftist" named Bill de Blasio as its next mayor. "New Yorkers may be begging for their benevolent dictator H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    The Oral History of Mexican Summer

    Over the past five years, Mexican Summer has introduced (or helped to introduce) bands like Best Coast, Washed Out and Kurt Vile. This weekend, to celebrate their five-year anniversary, they're throwing a two-day concert at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, with Spiritualized, Ariel Pink, Lansing-Dreiden, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Justin Bieber in 2014: A Timeline

    This has been a perilous year for Justin Bieber, our favorite swaggy little shit. He was snapped sipping some alleged lean; he took heat for tone-deaf comments in the Anne Frank house; he scuffled with the paparazzi; his friends keep getting his car in trouble; he peed in a mop bucket and yelled "fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Meet Music's Next Superstar: Shia LaBeouf

    Last week, actor and LSD-enthusiast Shia LaBeouf and synth-pop duo Future Unlimited debuted the gloomy video for "Haunted Love" directed by none other than everyone's favorite Michael Bay leading man. LaBeouf has had many an odd foray into music video. From a thirty-minute musical of interpretive da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Paramore Kitten - Hammerstein Ballroom - 5/16/13

    Paramore Kitten Hammerstein Ballroom 5/16/13 Better Than: Anything J.J. Abrams has done in 2013 Before seeing Paramore tonight, I went to the movies with my best friend. We're both huge sci-fi/fantasy dweebs, so we, of course, had seen the new Star Trek movie on its opening day. The movie was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Havoc of Mobb Deep: "Donald Trump is Like a Biggie to Me!"

    Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Havoc dropped his new 13 album earlier this week, a project he calls "an ode to hip-hop." He'll soon be hitting the tour circuit in the name of promotional dut ... More >>

  • Music

    May 8, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Spoon Drummer Jim Eno Adds "Record Label Owner" to His Very Long Resume

    When Jim Eno converted his garage into Public Hi-Fi Studios in 1998, he didn't think owning a studio would involve doing anything other than making music. About a month before he launched Public Hi-Fi Records in March, however, everything hit at once. "Studio owner = booking agent, tech, IT support, ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2013

    Stoya, Pop Star of Porn

    The Internet explodes for Brooklyn's own Stoya, America's sweetheart of smut

  • Film

    April 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Andrew McMahon Doesn't Want to Rewrite History, He Wants to Own It

    "I think, for me, more than anything, [the name] Jack's [Mannequin] had run its course," reflects Andrew McMahon, the engine that had driven Jack's Mannequin from solo experiment to full-fledged movement. In 2012, however, McMahon retired the moniker of his more intimate solo project that manifested ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    DJ Whoo Kid Thinks Snoop Dogg Should Have Been the New Pope

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Last week DJ Whoo Kid helped launch the video for A$AP Ferg's new track "40 Below," which also appears on his SXSW Social mixtape. When not granting assists to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The Very Intentional Self-Destruction of Justin Bieber

    Unlike many a male performer before him who created an epic legacy through their unique musical talents and tragic deaths (SHOUT OUT to Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, and Hugo Chavez!), Justin Bieber has chosen a different path towards earning res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Maybe You Should Give British Rap A Chance?

    About fifteen million years ago on the Internet (a/k/a at the beginning of January of this year), my friend Skinny Friedman issued an errant tweet claiming something to the effect of, "Grime is going to be big in 2013." Though he was joking (I think?), that got me thinking. I can see where he's comi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Fantasia's Homophobia Was Taken "Out of Context"???

    The most popular celebrity excuse for saying something really offensive is "It was taken out of context!" And that's exactly what former American Idol star Fantasia Barrino is pulling with her latest scandal (on the heels of missing a lot of Color Purple performances, not causing a couple's divorce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Ten Things We Should Expect To See In 2013

    As you may know by now, today is the last day of the year. Take advantage of these few hours before midnight to review every 'Best Of 2012' list out there because their timeliness will soon be quelled by the imminent switch in our non-Mayan calendar. Once that clock strikes 12, mankind will turn the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Jean Grae Picks Christmas Sweaters For Talib Kweli, Sean Price and Pharoahe Monch

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Jean Grae is one of the world's most talented twitterers. When not lighting up her timeline with talk about Christmas sweaters, the Great Yam Debacle and the fol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    The Last Year Of My Life, Brought To You By Facebook

    On average, an ordinary, freedom-loving American spends about eight hours a month on Facebook. That's sixteen minutes a day, seven day a week, ninety six hours a year. Simple math aside, Mark Zuckerberg has you under his watch for eight full days. And, if you have Facebook on your smartphone, well t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Meat Guns, Weed Brownies, and Riesling: Our Conversation With Roc Marciano

    In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Next week, Roc Marciano will release his exceptional new album, Reloaded. It's a fitting success for Roc Marcy, who used to count himself a part of Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 7, 2012

    Autograph Convention Report: Virginia Madsen Nice, Penny Marshall Not Nice

    At Chiller Theatre, the answer to "What's in a name?" is $45

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    A Few Reasons Why Overhyping Hurricane Sandy Is Probably a Good Thing

    The current situation in New York: The subways are closed; upon the Hozziner's request, Zone A has been forced to evacuate; Broadway shows have been cancelled; Bloomberg, Christie, and Cuomo are hosting storm watch conferences; my door keeps slamming by itself, even while locked; and the quieter-tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    New Pornographers' A.C. Newman Is Going To Start A Jam Band

    Carl Newman, the New Pornographers frontman who also records apart from the group under the moniker A.C. Newman, just released his third solo offering, Shut Down the Streets, a couple of weeks ago. The album's equally inspired by two recent events -- the death of Newman's mother and the birth of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Haven's Kitchen Wants You to Enjoy Sustainablity

    Alison Schneider is all smiles in Chelsea. Alison Schneider hates to get all "hippie/new agey" on you, but sometimes she just has to, especially when it comes to talking about the energy in Haven's Kitchen. "The space is pretty, the people working here are happy and honest, the chef is psyched to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    KISS and Morrissey: Together At Last

    Last night I saw KISS and Morrissey perform live back to back shows. I came out the other side a changed man. A man who, because he'd just seen KISS and Morrissey back to back, questioned whether or not he even was one. I don't know anything anymore. Except this: I wanna Rock 'n' Roll all night, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Smoke DZA on Old School Harlem Dust Smokers, The Canadian Border Patrol, And Whether 2Pac Is Alive In Cuba

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar will ask local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Smoke DZA is the Kushed God. Calling Harlem home, the weed connoisseur rapper has cultivated a fine crop of fans and can boast an army of 65k faithful Twitte ... More >>

  • Film

    September 26, 2012

    In Hotel Transylvania, A Comic Dracula Still Kills

    Everybody knows I'm a movie-favorite monster