Tonight Norwegian power rock band Kvelertak play Webster Hall along with Georgia stoner hardcore metallers Black Tusk. (Canadian punks Cancer Bats open, as well.)
Besides loudness and shouted vocals (in very different languages), what do Kvelertak and Black Tusk have in common? That would be the a ... More >>
Beach House w/ Zomes
Tuesday, May 15
Better than: Having to wait two more months to see Beach House perform at Summerstage.
I've never had 500-plus people in the palm of my hand, but I imagine it must be a powerful feeling. Every eyeball fixated on you, every pair of hands waiting ... More >>
Certified organic, with the roasting date inked in by hand. Now that's artisanal!
If you're a coffee fanatic, it calls for a little celebration every time a new coffee roaster hits town. In the last couple of years, we've seen the arrival of Stumptown (Portland), Intelligentsia (Chicago), and Blue ... More >>
Tommy ponders his butter-less ChristmasIf you are like most Americans, you are blissfully unaware of the Norwegian butter crisis. To help you catch up, here is a comprehensive recap and analysis: Norway is almost out of butter. You probably didn't think about this as you slathered golden pads ... More >>
Three women received the Nobel Peace Prize today at a ceremony in Oslo. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, social worker Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkul Karman were all "chosen for their non-violent struggle against injustice, sexual violence and repression." ... More >>
In honor of Christmas being merely 41 days away, we present to you the above video of the instillation of Rockefeller Center's Norway Spruce. Some fun facts about the tree: It's 74 feet tall, 75 years old, has both a Twitter and Tumblr account, and it's a fucking tree.
Mifflinville, Pennsylvania's most famous resident has been chopped down and is now in place, "hoisted," as it were (is that what we're calling it these days?) and waiting to bring you Christmas joy and excessively festive tidings at Manhattan's own world holiday (Rockefeller) Center. He/she i ... More >>
Heldal-Lund takes on an IdolEvery Thursday afternoon, Scientology's "orgs" -- its churches, as it were -- scramble to report their weekly stats to show how much progress they've made over the week before. And woe to those whose numbers are sagging!
We do something similar here at Runnin' Sca ... More >>
DNA Info today reports on the "Times Square of the future," which, in a bit of a pleasant surprise, seems less Disney-esque and more darkness, concrete, and simplicity, at least on the ground, removing old curbs and sidewalks to create a continuous pedestrian walkway. Overall, this is being d ... More >>
Utoya Island. New details have emerged around yesterday's massacre of 92 people in Norway, by alleged right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik, 32, is in custody and has been charged with crimes related to terrorism. Breivik killed at least 85 people, mostly young people, at a youth c ... More >>
Never forget: This tree, that one year.About that Rockefeller Center Christmas tree -- this year's is a 74-foot Norway spruce from Mahopac, New York, to be lit up this very evening to the delight of 2.5 million holiday gawkers. The tree in Rock Center is one of those things that New Yorkers t ... More >>
Los Angeles-based dream-punk duo No Age were being coy about the location of their not-quite-officially-announced Friday gig in NYC, but it turns out they're playing two. The first is at the KCDC Skateshop in Williamsburg; the second is an aNYthing/OH WOW/Ooga Booga-sponsored fete at the newl ... More >>
So the tourdates are up, and it's official: New York is getting the most metal Mount Eerie show by far. Where most of Phil Elverum's dates are with some combination of likeminded old souls No Kids, Karl Blau, and Tara Jane O'Neil, New York will get--in honor of Wind's Poem, the new not-really- ... More >>
Photo of Armory Show goofiness by Rebecca Smeyne
In the week Will Oldham said getting cum out of a 13-year-old boy was "easy as hell," we watched Michael Steele throw the final bon mot into the bonfire of his own political career. Revlon somehow had the nerve to ask if Rihanna was an "appropriate s ... More >>
Hollingsworth In Happier TimesWith high hopes, and Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and even Paul Bocuse himself rooting for him, Timothy Hollingsworth came in a disappointing sixth place in the Bocuse d'Or today. Hollingsworth, a sous chef at Keller's The French Laundry, had been training since Octobe ... More >>
Dark Meat at last year's SXSW, photo by Rebecca Smeyne
See, it's totally lame, don't worry, you're not missing a thing
South by Southwest just firebombed everybody's inboxes with a partial list of names playing this year's barbecue-and-booze blitz. A quick scan reveals the midsize marquee names to ... More >>