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  • Blogs

    November 27, 2014

    The Ten Freestyle Rap Commandments

    New York's hip-hop scene had plenty of surprises in 2014, the most unexpected was probably the return of freestyling. What was once considered a niche pastime or endangered art form has found new life through fans rediscovering the joys of both extemporaneous wordsmiths creating new works in front o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Let the Dude From the Sonic Commercials be Your New Comedy Hero

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have square deals, pizza steals, slammed meals, and copped feels. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 13, 2014


    Enjoy Brooklyn, funniest of boroughs

  • Voice Choices

    June 11, 2014


    The World Cup deserves a drink

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Challenge: Enter a Rap Battle

    Have you ever freestyle rapped? Please, right now, take the time to try it. Go to YouTube, find an instrumental, and just try to rhyme in rhythm off the top of your head about whatever you want. Seriously, try it. I'll wait here. See also: I Won an Evangelical Christian Rap Battle

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/13/14

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

  • Voice Choices

    January 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Sharkmuffin, Coke Weed More: How Bands Playing CMJ Chose Their Name

    Swarms of bands are currently taking over the most hipster corners of our city. From the Lower East Side to Williamsburg, a variety of acts are in town for 2013's CMJ Music Marathon performing from morning until deep in the evening at a variety of cool parties and showcases and are hoping you'll tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Vagina Panther, Foxygen, Milk Dick, etc: Why 20 Bands Playing CMJ Chose Their Name

    The only thing all of the bands playing CMJ have in common aside from the fact that they're all playing CMJ is that they all have names. As they have been in the "indie" world for quite a while, animal-inspired band names are very popular this year at CMJ. The most respected animal continues to be t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    A Brief Overview Of The Seven (!) Music Festivals Happening In The New York Area This Weekend

    Summer might not semi-officially start until next weekend, but our fair city is getting a head start on jamming the schedule with as much music as possible. This weekend there are at least seven multi-musician extravaganzas happening in New York and New Jersey. Which one is most right for you? Our h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    5 Ways to Party on St. Patrick's Day

    St. Patrick's Day doesn't have to be filled with leprechauns and cheap whiskey. Here are five different ways to celebrate this Irish fest.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Download: Elika's Gauzy, Glitchy "No One Gets Lost"

    Brooklyn's Elika is another great addition to the shoegaze revival that's been swaddling New York like a technicolor dreampopcoat for the last four years. But the retro-futurist duo spills their gooey textures on their laptops, exploring a human and delicate version of the electrogush of M83 or Ulri ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    As Seen in Williamsburg: August Is Making New Yorkers Crazy

    Photo by Peter B. Siesennop​Is it just us, or do people seem a little on edge these days? For, example, there's the Upper West Sider out for paint who headbutted a PA who wouldn't let him walk through a movie set this weekend -- and the neighbors who seem to think he should get a key to the ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    End of an Era: Planet Thailand Is Closed

    Brownstoner​Brooklyn11211 reports that Planet Thailand, the cavernous pan-Asian restaurant that helped put Williamsburg on the restaurant map back in the '90s, has closed for good. The closure was confirmed by an employee at the restaurant's sister location in Chelsea, which will remain open. ... More >>

  • Music

    July 15, 2009

    On the Jovial Ferocity of Future of the Left

    Definitely the most gleefully hostile band at Siren

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Northside Festival Began Last Night, Magik Markers Played, Controversy Ensued at Shea Stadium

    Magik Markers at Shea Stadium, photos Rebecca Smeyne So last night was the beginning of L Magazine's ambitious little festival that could, Northside Festival, and it is, by all appearances, cozier and far more endearingly starry-eyed than our old embattled, but lovable glue-bound horse CMJ, whose ... More >>