When a group of best friends lock themselves in a house with a bunch of beer, some firewood and their respective instruments, it's a situation that could result in charred guitars, wounded friendships and questionable morning after stories. Thankfully, Toronto's Born Ruffians did so with the intent ... More >>
Better than: Anyone who's ever tried to play a song for longer than five minutes.
Neil Young's wobbly presence on stage is fascinating. He glides around, slow but confident, moving ever so carefully with the music -- whether he's crooning a quiet, reflective ballad about watching his friends die fr ... More >>
This week, the redistricting drama continues. In case you forgot, redistricting is that complicated process every 10 years when states across the country redraw congressional and state legislative boundaries based on Census data.
Well, there's been a lot of controversy in New York this time ... More >>
Port has made a steady decline in the past decade with 12 million fewer bottles sold last year. But producers are hoping for a comeback.
Dan Aykroyd is now allowed to drink at home. His Crystal Head vodka, once banned, is now being sold in the actor's native Ontario, Canada.
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CMJ, Day Four: Vex Ruffin, The Stepkids, Jonti
Better than: Listening to Stones Throw's present rap roster.
The day before his first CMJ show, Vex Ruffin sat in a bar called Ontario in Williamsburg, wearing a t-shirt with the Seinfeld logo on it and quietly nerding out by giving the Stones ... More >>
Over the weekend the sad-sack MC Drake put up a sad blog post announcing that Take Care, his long-in-the-works second album, would be coming out on November 15, and not in time for his 25th birthday on October 24. "So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roa ... More >>
A recent study suggests that consumers thinks foods labeled 'organic' are tastier, higher in fiber, and lower in fat and calories.
Wendy's is hoping its natural sea salt fries will take a bite out of McDonald's market share. It reported that in a blind taste test, 56 percent respo ... More >>
Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka has been banned in Ontario because the bottle looks like such a lifelike skull. Oddly, Canadian-born Aykroyd thinks the decision "kind of makes the product more appealing."
[Globe and Mail]
Meanwhile, Crystal Head Vodka has reached the one millionth bottle ma ... More >>
The Grand Hyatt's new Market allows guests to grab what they want and go, a do-it-yourself approach to room service that the hotel hopes to implement in other locations.
A new fresh-Mex chain from Canada is opening its first U.S. location in mid-May. Mucho Burrito, based in Missis ... More >>
Months after G-Unit affiliate Lodi Mack was gunned down after taking an assault charge for his boss, Tony Yayo, 50 Cent's rap crew is in trouble with the law again--this time up north, in Ontario, Canada, where Lloyd Banks is being held on assault and robbery charges. Banks and three goons ap ... More >>
Kristal Khan, 28, a former teacher from Trinidad and Tobago who runs the child care center where that kid drowned in a bucket yesterday, has been arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child. Her operation appears to be unlicensed, though it is thought to have cared for only two childre ... More >>
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Our famously particular hopes for solo, primitive Mountain Goats shows were amply fulfilled last Friday night, when John Darnielle took the stage in the high school auditorium that is the NYC Society for Ethical Culture. For purposes of extreme standom, no ... More >>
Today the state department of environmental conservation got to play Elliot Ness, announcing charges against 18 people nabbed in "Operation Shellshock," a sting on illegal poaching, transportation and sales of protected reptiles, specifically turtles, rattlesnakes and salamanders.
The Times repo ... More >>