Vancouver garage rock duo The Pack A.D. get compared to a lot of other bands, but according to drummer Maya Miller, their influences are "more obtuse" than both the old and new rock staples their sound reminds fans and critics of. "It's more sort of literary influences and movies rather than music, ... More >>
Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book. In his column, he writes about his life and times. Among many other things, my twin six-year-old sons think I am Manu Ginobili when the Spurs play basketba ... More >>
The director on Passion's battles—and avoiding sequels
How best to tag the restless, reactive folk-pop of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper? So many ways, dude: rambunctious, precocious, invigorating, probing, sweet, exasperating, quirky, self-indulgent, lunging, crackers, too sane, even. The outfit led by Brooklyn's Aly Spaltro, 23 -- named after something she s ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. The Playbook for Kids About Sex Author: Joani Blank (words); pictures by Marcia Quackenbush Date: 1980 Publisher: Down There Press Discovered at: Community Thrif ... More >>
Thanks to Frankenstorm, a whole slate of concerts has been wiped out tonight and tomorrow, including this evening's Joshua Radin/A Fine Frenzy gig at Best Buy Theater--it's been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4. As it turns out, Alison Sudol, the brainy beauty behind AFF, is about more than just music ... More >>
The Voice's Eric Sundermann chats with Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader—our 2012 BEST OF NYC cover guy—about the actor's life here in the big city
Consider this literary sex scene: "A spaceship crashes with two midgets that get split up. The blonde one walks around until she finds a farm where she rests and masturbates." In reality, that quote is literary only in that somebody went to the trouble of writing it down--it's actually an excerpt ... More >>
Solange Lambert and Cosmo Salerno can't wait to take their love outside the walls of an adult home on Coney Island. But for now, they have to wait.
When rappers reference items they consume--whether Cristal, Clarks Wallabees, or chronic--listeners seek them out, either out of curiosity or a desire to be like their heroes. And thanks to hip-hop's tendency to occasionally serve as an educated, sound-advice-giving older sibling, those refer ... More >>
Get ready to be caught in a proverbial mosh, New York, because The Big 4 of thrash--that's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax--are coming to Yankee Stadium, and tickets go on sale this morning! To all you non-headbanging SOTC readers, this event is essentially as important to metalheads ... More >>
Not on the Rikers Top 10 list.New York Public Library book cart volunteers have gotten a look into Riker's that we mere Law and Order fan club members can only imagine. Turns out, it looks a bit like everywhere else reading-wise, except with more rules and nothing in hardcover (rarely worth t ... More >>
Hey, look where you're going! What is it with NYC pedestrians getting run over by big, ungainly vehicles in this young new year of a new decade? Today alone we lost two local women in Brooklyn, one to a fork lift and another to a fuel truck! Since Saturday, here's the depressing ru ... More >>
On a country giant's favorite chords, songs, and Bob Dylan lines
I felt compelled to go to Matt Tratner's AIDS benefit bash at Aspen last night, partly to go face to face with Matt and find more evidence of the story I've been running here: You know, that while Matt was away, the friend who was housesitting for him went mental and destroyed eveything and tried to ... More >>
Comics come out on Wednesday, and so does Richard Gehr's Pulp Fictions. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Volume One Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka Viz 20th Century Boys Volume 01 Naoki Urasawa Viz Someone is killing the great robots of Europe. In celebrated manga artist Naoki Urasawa's Pluto, manga god ... More >>
Thoughts on book tours, literary self-promotion, and one published writer's blog spat
Jonathan Davis deposits a psychodramatic coil of Matricized industrial in your earhole
Our 25 favorite books of the yearfrom teen sex diseases and Aztec slaughterhouses to Kiss riffs and juvenile tambourinists
Gifts for addicts and fanatics
On the trail of the crippled detectives
Loveand deathon Long Island! Irving adaptation becomes Lands' End commercial
The season's globe-trotting films bring mankind closer together, or at least pretend to on-screen
A New Hampshire Mill Town's Primary Concern: What Else but the Economy?
What Every Student Needs to Know: How to Beat Writer's Block
Give 'Em Hell, Harry!
Michael Chabon's Dime-Store Serenade
'Hoop Dreams' Director Steve James Rebounds With 'Stevie'
Mark Barnes Sits in a New York Jail, Accused of Murdering His Mother. Friends Back Home Think Steroids Made Him Do It.
Publishers Scramble to Make Electronic Books a Reality
Tracking the Novella Trend
Gross-Out Web Show Sickens Crowd in Tompkins Square Park
A Vow Born of Rage and Sorrow
Bobby Kennedy Jr. Swears by Him, but Is the Citys Top Watershed Cop Washed Up?
How Hannibal Lecter Gets Inside Our Heads
Bewitched, Beloved, and Bewildered
When Cowardice Paralyzed a Town