If you just want to kick back and watch TV, but can't shake off the FOMO, this weekend features tributes to The X-Files, Lost, and Modern Family. Also: Party like it's 1999, hear poetry like it's 1925, and eat pickles like it's Lower East Side Pickle Day, any year.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
On a recent Friday night at Le Poisson Rouge it is the '90s, as images of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Blink 182 flash on screens and DJ Sugar Ray spins Naughty By Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray." At 12:15, attendees pile into the room and the countdown to the night's main even ... More >>
Better Than: Those summer nostalgia tours featuring the d-list pop rock bands of yesteryear. (Do we really need you, Spacehog?) When asked to list the loudest sounds on earth, most people have similar answers: explosions at wartime, the constant and consistent shrill of ambulance sirens, jet engine ... More >>
The Now That's What I Call Music! series hit a landmark last month with the release of its 50th compilation. That's right, the quarterly collection of today's top hits has been going on for over 15 years worth of yesterdays, making for an interesting time capsule and documentation of what was happen ... More >>
Betsey Johnson sealed her Fall/Winter 2014 show last night at Lincoln Center with blown kisses before turning her signature cartwheel and split. As spry as ever, watching the septuagenarian designer dance down the runway with her two granddaughters confirmed the show's title: Betsey's Hot.
Every Sundance there's a crowd-pleaser, and most years it's got one degree of separation from the Little Miss Sunshine crew. But the most delightful flick of the 2014 fest is an unconventional documentary with no plot, no dialogue, and nothing but party. Living Stars, a fleet 63-minute film by Argen ... More >>
There are moments when Beyonce not only references her past but displays clips from it like awards on her mantel. In "***Flawless," she frames an anthem of exuberant self-love and feminist rage with clips of her appearance on Star Search as a pre-teen with her group Girl's Tyme. The first one is the ... More >>
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Better Than: Watching the Knick's game in a crowded sports bar. There should be a point during every live show where you, as an audience member, undeniably want to be who you're watching onstage. That transformation may have been a bit difficult for Bleached's Clavin sisters to inspire in me last n ... More >>
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After a dismal showing at yesterday's Iowa caucuses, one-time Republican Presidential front-runner and "interesting person" Michele Bachmann announced today that she was ending her campaign to be sworn in as Commander-in-Chief next January. Once the brief press conference disseminating the news ende ... More >>
Hunny is the turn-of-the-millenium "return of the rock" played out in real time; it formed when the members of YIMBY-approved Staten Island dance-pop crew Paragraph got bored with glossy beats and threw their drum machines in the trash. The bruising grunge-metal gnashers' debut I'm History w ... More >>
Emma StoneHere are your emma-culate choices: *Emma Stone She scored with sass in Easy A (an overrated film, but she was fine) and now is everywhere, thanks to Crazy Stupid Love, The Help, and a Vanity Fair cover, not to mention the upcoming Spider-Man flick. You'd better get used to her. ... More >>
Spotify's top tracks (left) and albums on Friday, July 15.The headline-grabbing music story of the week isn't on the Billboard chartsit's the U.S. debut of Spotify. With the streaming-music service less than 48 hours old here, it's a bit too soon to analyze what songs are getting the m ... More >>
Katy B Le Bain Monday, June 27 Better than: Whatever David Guetta's up to right now. Launching British pop stars in the States has been a mostly-miss proposition for labels in the post-Spice Girls era. While retro-soul mashers like Adele and Amy Winehouse have seen success on this side of the At ... More >>
All the world's a stage, and singer-songwriter Jessie J's corner of it looks something like American Idol (or maybe X Factor, since she's a Brit). The 23-year-old's debut, Who You Are, is not so much an album as it is a pleading, 50-minute audition, the logical byproduct of someone who doesn' ... More >>
Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you areSo Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>
So! Anna Chapman -- if that is her real name -- is supposedly some kind of Russian Spy, and the feds totally busted her and a bunch of other Russian spies yesterday. Which is crazy. I can personally attest, however, to know one thing she didn't come to America for: to bring secrets of what it ... More >>
18-year-old Jeffrey Verde was playing with his iPod when he drove into a house last night in East Islip, New York. Whoops-a-daisy. He was allegedly trying to change the song. The 80-year-old woman inside the home was taken to the hospital as a precaution, and Verde was hospitalized for treatm ... More >>
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