Better Than: It looks.
Thomas Mars stood between the two guitarists of Phoenix. Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai softly played the closing riff of "Love Like a Sunset Part II," the wistful, crescendoing track from the band's 2009 record, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The two stretched each not ... More >>
You can keep your fancy-pants Pitchfork criticism. For my money -- and believe me, I have none of it -- the finest music prose isn't some college boy's flower-power review of the new long player by England's hottest beat group. It's not some hepcat rap blogger carving up Weezy's toots with a silver ... More >>
This Sunday night at 10 PM, I'll be on the Marc and Myra Show on Sirius XM's Studio 54 radio.
It all makes sense. Marc is Marc Benecke, who was the door god at the legendary disco.
Myra is Myra Scheer, who worked for co-owner Steve Rubell.
And I was a budding journalist slash nebbish who went the ... More >>
Talking to Paul Stanley of Kiss on the phone is one thing. Talking to him in person in full Starchild regalia -- as we did the other day while the band was in New York -- is something else entirely. For one thing, he's huuuuge. It's not just the eight-inch boots; his hair is giant, too. Perched on a ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain called Guy Fieri's new restaurant a "terror-dome." He blamed Fieri for "single-handedly turning the neighborhood into the 'Ed Hardy district,'" and mused that the sunglasses-wearing chef "set back spelling two decades." [Sirius XM]
The guys over at Big Gay Ice Cream also visited F ... More >>
Earlier this week, the Voice went on SiriusXM's Michelangelo Signorile Show to talk about our experiences at the UNITY convention.
As we noted, this was the first UNITY without the official participation of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). It was also the first UNITY with the p ... More >>
The Voice's annual Pride Issue comes out later today, and to mark the occasion, we're taking over SiriusXM Satellite Radio's OutQ Channel 108 to celebrate.
Your truly will be guest hosting The Michelangelo Signorile Show from 2-6 PM Eastern. I'll be joined in the 2 PM hour by the Voice's Graham Ray ... More >>
Over the past couple of years, we've had the chance to report about stop and frisk, the controversial NYPD practice of stopping hundreds of thousands of black and Latino young men each year. We've also gotten to report about the fight for gay equal rights on a number of fronts. The two previously di ... More >>
We're approaching, if not looking in the rearview mirror at, a watershed moment in American civil rights history. A majority of the American public now supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.
And, despite what detractors have been saying and predicting, this includes black people, too. An ... More >>
The incredibly useful hey-what's-that-song app Shazam has released its most-queried songs of 2011, and it's both surprising and not that Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" topped the list. (Not surprising because Adele's bombastic breakup anthem was pretty much everywhere over the course of the ye ... More >>
In an OutProfessionals event.
This Wednesday, September 14, at 630 PM, Sirius XM OutQ's Frank DeCaro will chat with me about my new book, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back, and we'll no doubt dig into all kinds of gossipy topics with reckless abandon.
Today was the 15th anniversary of their initial meeting, when Jim, a fan, went to introduce himself to and fawn over Frank at his Barnes & Noble book reading.
It ended better than Misery.
So this morning, on Frank's Sirius XM OutQ show, they married in a ceremony that was both hilarious an ... More >>
Top Chef alum Leah Cohen, who left Centro Vinoteca two years ago to travel Southeast Asia, is back in town, mostly cooking at private dinners. It turns out she's planning an "upscale Southeast Asian street food" in Gramercy Park, which she'll be previewing at LTO next week.
In ... More >>
Rebecca MarxBehold, the Bea Arthur.In case today's weather and the plans of various restaurants to spawn outdoor seating didn't convince you, here's yet more evidence that spring finally seems to be upon us: according to its Twitter feed, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck is returning to the street ... More >>
Yes, that's right -- showtime at the Apollo, starring Sir Paul, vocalist for what is, as I type this, the 56th most popular song on iTunes ("Let It Be"). "The legend plans to perform selections from his solo career and other familiar tunes," the venue promises, on December 13. Sounds awesome. ... More >>
This'll break you up: Revisiting the January 2007 Facebook parody from USC, directed by Mu Sun
While you're waiting for the stimulus bill to hook you back up:
It's not you, it's my social-networking. Further confirmation in this morning's Daily News of something that thousands of you alre ... More >>
Many citizens facing a worsening recession are looking at their car dashboards and thinking, "why am I paying for radio?" So Sirius XM, home to Howard Stern and a bunch of other v/o celebs, is facing bankruptcy. The Times says it has $175 million in debt payments due at the end of the month and is ... More >>