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    November 17, 2014

    Caribou - Webster Hall - 11/14/14

    Better Than: Disclosure covering Darkside Fourteen years ago, Ontario crate-digger Dan Snaith embarked on a musical endeavor that would come to be known as Caribou, largely a bedroom recording project long before that phrase warranted eye rolling over the notion that anyone with Avid could become a ... More >>

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    November 10, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/10/14

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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    October 21, 2014

    A Complete Guide to Hip-Hop at CMJ 2014

    It's the most wonderful time of the year as CMJ has once again descended over the good people of New York City. The College Music Journalism festival is bringing over 1,000 acts across all genres to the city, which makes planning a five-day foray into the fires of college radio a touch daunting. Tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    The Iron Sheik Is Ready to Roast Everyone's Nuts

    No one can dish it out quite like the Iron Sheik. And, even though he's no longer in the ring, he's still smacking people down. The legendary Iron Sheik is more into giving a complete and total verbal lashing these days, and on October 30th, he'll be stepping into a different ring but still promise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Finding the Poetry in Hip-Hop

    By the time I began studying English and creative writing at NYU, I had already started to identify myself as a poet. I lived and breathed poetry; it was the only way I could compute and make sense of my surroundings. Simultaneously, I was also an EDM head, before electronic music had become so wild ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Lou Reed's Old Stuff Is For Sale on eBay

    It was Brian Eno who made the oft-repeated remark that, while the Velvet Underground's first album didn't sell that well in its early years, "everyone who bought a copy would go on to open an eBay account." Or something. (That may not be exactly right.) But, anyway, good news for OGVU devotees, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    The Divine Comedy of Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence

    In an interview maybe eight years ago, I saw Kanye West let loose one of his ludicrously self-aggrandizing statements and then -- seemingly, anyway -- briefly choke down laughter at the audacity of what he'd just said. I like to think, perhaps wishfully, that it was a glimpse of the man behind the c ... More >>

  • Film

    June 4, 2014
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    May 16, 2014

    An Early Taste of LES Appetizing Restaurant Russ & Daughters Cafe

    One hundred years after Russ & Daughters first began supplying the Lower East Side with its pickled herring and caviar, the store has opened a sit-down Russ & Daughters Cafe (127 Orchard Street) that channels the nostalgia of counter restaurants of yesteryear while moving New York's appetizing resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    The Ultimate List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2014

    Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts 2014 in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy -- share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. We'll be updating this p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Hot 97 Summer Jam & Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: Which is Right For You?

    "Hip-hop was set out in the dark/ They used to do it out in the park" begins MC Shan's classic 1986 single "The Bridge." Yes, it was a mere 30 years ago that the biggest hip-hop events of the year would go down in New York public parks and block parties. Fast forward a few decades and the neighborho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week

    Happy Earth Day! We've got plenty of ways to say thank you, planet by not taking so much from it. This afternoon, enjoy free yoga in Union Square (mats provided), with festivities happening all day. Later this week, artist Oscar Murillo transforms David Zwirner gallery into a chocolate factory. That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Video: Watch NYC's Pro Ultimate Frisbee Team Without Going to Coney Island

    "When I was first telling people people I was a professional ultimate frisbee player, they laughed," says Matt Bode, who moved to New York last week to play the seven-on-seven game that takes place on a baseball field.

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    April 14, 2014

    Homebrew Community Shines at Pride of Brooklyn

    Twenty-four sets of amateur brewers gathered in Gowanus on Saturday to compete for top honors at the Pride of Brooklyn Homebrew Festival. The event, held at Littlefield (622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, 718-855-3388) for the second year, welcomed hundreds of attendees to sample a diverse range of styles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Jason Sebastian Russo & Tara Autovino Need Your Help "Getting the Fuck Out of Brooklyn"

    Living with your significant other can be nice and and again, but imagine going on tour with them? Yes, as in, bringing whatever crap you deal with at home and loading it into a compact car, traveling throughout this great country, and praying it doesn't end in separate plane tickets back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Michael Sam's Gay...Now, Who's Gonna Draft Him?

    The returns would seem to be in regarding the NFL's acceptance of University of Missouri senior Michael Sam, the league's first openly gay player -- or at least the man who would be the league's first openly gay player if he's drafted in May. Shannon Sharpe, former All-Pro and now commentator for C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    And Now, the Answers to Our 2013 News Quiz, Plus the Super Smart Contest Winner

    At the end of 2013, before our collective spirits had been broken by the endless Polar Vortexes inflicted upon us, we extended a challenge to you, our readers: show us what you remember about the past year in news. Our 2013 news quiz brought in lots and lots of people willing to take that challenge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Like Radio Raheem Mixed With The Goonies: Meet Flatbush Rapper Archie Bang

    [Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Representing Flatbush Vietnam, Archie Bang dropped his Never Say Die Vol. 1 ('80s Babies Edition) mixtape earlier this week. The 15 track project introduces ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Where to Eat Cheaply This Week

    Eating out gets really expensive really quickly in New York City, which makes it a tough place to subsist if you're scraping by until your next paycheck or trying to save a few bucks. If that's you this week -- perhaps you lost a Super Bowl bet? -- check out our round-up of cheap eats, a list we'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    The Best Ethnic Grocery Stores in NYC

    New Yorkers are blessed with such a variety of dining options (not to mention fleets of delivery men prepared to bring them takeout from every corner of the city), so they may overlook the opportunity to actually use their kitchens. But if you're using your oven for storage space, that's a shame: Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Lee Bannon Remembers Being Roommates With Pro Era

    [Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Lee Bannon saw his hip-hop profile bloom after supplying beats to Flatbush rapper Joey Bada$$, not least with the slinky jazz-styled "Hilary $wank" on the Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: Wrestling Mania, Never Have I Ever, and Super Bowl Fun

    New York City is gearing up for Super Bowl weekend, and festivities are underway this week to celebrate the big game. Parts of Time Square will be closed off to traffic to make way for Super Bowl celebrations, plus Latino pop star and Bronx native Prince Royce performs a free concert in Bryant Park. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    Homeboy Sandman Friends - Gramercy Theater - 1/18/14

    The New York rap renaissance, such as it is, has been widely placed on the shoulders of young crews like Harlem's A$AP and Brooklyn's Pro Era crew. But four performances Saturday night at the Gramercy Theatre showed how deep New York's new rap wave truly is, in a showcase for three talented New Yor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Year's Most Acclaimed Hip-Hop Artists Transcended Backpack Pasts

    "In this season, the man of goodwill will wear his heart up his sleeve, not on it." —W.H. Auden "Wu-Tang forever." —Drake There are only so many ways to conceal your backpack past. You can auto-tune your voice to sound like an answering machine or submerge it in a chopped-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Yuna Wants to Break Listeners Free of Their Fantasies

    Since moving to Los Angeles three years ago, Yuna has encountered a host of interesting faces and talents. "I love seeing their ideas, their passion," she states. "I feel driven and motivated by these people." The people in question are a growing list of talented collaborators like Frank Ocean's pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    The 2013 NYC Rap Report: 8 Artists Give Their Take On The Year

    With 2013 drawing to a close, we checked in with eight New York rap artists who contributed notable releases to the schedule and pressed them for their own take on how they felt the year in hip-hop went. Read on to hear what Homeboy Sandman, YC The Cynic, CJ Fly, Steel Tipped Dove, the Doppelgangaz, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Four New York Rappers Before They Were Famous

    Nothing ever truly disappears from the internet--or so we're told. It's a rule that applies for a bunch of currently-feted New York rappers whose prior songs, images and MC monikers can still be found online in the nooks of outlets like SoundClick and YouTube. Here's a trek through the ages of the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    10 Great Gifts for Coffee and Tea Lovers

    Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from our Filtered columnist, Lauren Mowery. For caffeine hounds that range from the budding coffee or tea enthusiast to the pour over aficionado, this year's list of gift idea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Forty Percent of Americans Support Ban on Youth Tackle Football, Says Survey

    Last week, ESPN reported that Pop Warner football participation dropped by around 10 percent from 2010 to 2012. The abrupt decline -- which followed decades of non-stop growth and comes at a time when the NFL is as popular as it has ever been -- suggests that evidence of football's long-term harm on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Pro Era's CJ Fly Isn't Interested in a Gun-less Bruce Willis

    Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. CJ Fly is an integral part of the Brooklyn-based Pro Era rap movement. Following in the footsteps of Joey Bada$$ and the sadly departed Capital STEEZ, the self ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Colt Cabana's 15 Favorite Songs About Wrestling

    Independent wresting icon Colt Cabana has had quite the year. Outside of the unfortunate hurdle of almost losing his finger (which lead #SaveColtsFinger to trend worldwide) he's continued to be a force in the worlds of wrestling, comedy and podcasting. As wrestling's unofficial pop culture ambassado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Things to do in Bed-Stuy When You're Dead

    I cheated. I'm supposed to be getting high on this Girl Scout Cookies with the Flatbush Zombies in Bed Stuy but instead I'm listening to Pusha T's verse on "Nosetalgia" over and over, getting high by my solo dolo like I was Cudi. The car service driver just beeped his horn and I manage to gather m ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 25, 2013


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    August 19, 2013

    In Defense of the Bitchy Hostess: Feral Cat Scratches Back

    Hi there, remember me? I'm Feral Hostess Cat, one of Laura Shunk's 10 worst people in NYC restaurants. I work the door at Chez Bowery, that new pseudo-casual, nose-to-tail-artisanal downtown comfort food joint everyone's just dying to try. Before you write me off as a cold, callous bitch from hell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Beck - Prospect Park Bandshell - 8/4/13

    Better Than: Streaming Lollapalooza on your laptop. "You wore me out," Beck told the crowd last night as he sat down on the stage near the end of his two-hour performance at Prospect Park Bandshell. Considering the fact that during his lengthy set, the 43 year-old singer-songwriter drew from nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    How to Hack the Heat and Feed Yourself Without Starving or Going Broke

    Remember when we were all bitching about the cold spring? Yeah, me neither. In this hot-ass weather, there are a few things you must know about feeding yourself. First, never cook. Second, you don't need to survive on expensive takeout to avoid starving to death, nor do you have to brave restaurant ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Cheap Demo Vs. Expensive Pro: What Should I Shop to a Label?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2013
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    May 24, 2013

    Paul Anka's "Having My Baby": Disgustingly Misogynist or Unfairly Maligned?

    Sunday night, Red Bank, New Jersey, will host Canadian hit-maker Paul Anka for a show of his greatest hits. An interesting figure in the music industry, along with his personal array of hits, he composed Johnny Carson's original Tonight Show theme, wrote "My Way" for Frank Sinatra and had the fores ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Statik Selektah on the Troll Power of Putting Mac Miller and Sean Price on the Same Song

    Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Statik Selaktah promises his upcoming album, Extended Play, will "remind you of the hip-hop you grew up on, but it's like the new fresh version of that." To hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    How Rightbloggers Made "Fascist" the New "Socialist"

    Rightbloggers talked a lot over the past eight years about Bush Derangement Syndrome, liberal sufferers of which thought Bush engaged in a totalitarian overthrow of our liberties. One of the symptoms was calling the President a fascist. "A strong word to fling about," warned The Anchoress, who noted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Rightbloggers on Easter Eggs, Notre Dame, Earth Hour, Etc.

    In earlier Obama days, when the market was tanking, rightbloggers talked about the "Obama Dow Jones Death Watch," "Change we cannot afford," "DOW Collapse Signaling Fear of Socialist as President?" etc. Politics West huffed that Obama, "has essentially never been an investor," and that he and his Tr ... More >>

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    October 20, 2008

    From the Heartland: Obama as Antichrist

    Working and living on this deepest blue of the nation's blue islands of liberal influence, it can be startling to get a dispatch like the following from one's far-flung friends in Red State Land. This morning, we received the following message from a friend in one of those parts of the country Gove ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008

    Carroll Gardeners Tweak Builder, Hit the Beach

    Democracy in action! Though it took place on the cusp of Labor Day weekend, the Public Land Use Meeting held by Community Board 6 in Carroll Gardens drew a nice crowd of citizens. They heard a developer's plea for a variance that would allow him to build higher than the law allows. Per Gowanus Lou ... More >>

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    August 22, 2008

    Yank Crankers: "Worst Loss of the Season"

    From a non-groaner perspective, Roy Halliday was in great form and the Blue Jays had a good night. Yankees bloggers see it differently. The Yanks' loss to the Jays last night is, you guessed it, "now the front runner for worst loss of the season," says Pinstripe Alley. "The Yanks continue to lose t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    GZA's Got A New Record Out

    While RZA continues his trek into the wilds of choruses sung by ladies in patchwork pants, broken-sounding old men, and dudes he almost surely plays chess with on "Life is Movie," this new track from GZA’s brand-new Pro Tools—which adds Gary Numan, of all people, to RZA’s hooksmen pantheon—i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008

    Knocked Up: Slutfishing in Gloucester with the Rightbloggers

    [Editor's note: After penning the popular "The Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere," Roy Edroso has made dissecting those blogs into a weekly feature that appears here every Monday. ]KNOCKED UP: SLUTFISHING IN GLOUCESTER WITH THE RIGHTBLOGGERS Culture war ai ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008

    Defending Big Oil and Other Delights of the Right-Wing Blogosphere

    [Editor's note: After braving the wilds of the darkest recesses of conservative cyberspace last month to pen the wildly popular "The Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere", Roy Edroso has agreed to make it an ongoing mission. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2005

    Bloomie's Party Poopers

    No matter what happens at tomorrow's vote of the city's Working Families Party, Michael Bloomberg shouldn't count on its endorsement. Despite a report in today's Times that the mayor hoped to win its nomination, party insiders say the choice actually comes down to Democrat Fernando Ferrer, or "no e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2005

    Whodunit: The British Consulate Bomb

    The explosion of two novelty grenades outside the British Consulate this morning has all of New York wondering: Why would anyone bomb the British? I mean, they're so nice, Coldplay rocks, and "The Office" is really funny! But, dear Watson, it turns out we have more suspects than the British road n ... More >>

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