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  • End of the Weak: NYC's longest-running hip-hop open-mic event

    End of the Weak: NYC's longest-running hip-hop open-mic event

    As the birthplace of hip-hop, New York City is no stranger to overwhelming amounts of rappers, producers, deejays, break-dancers, graf artists and hip-hop heads. Artists come and go, record sales dwindle, parks get turned into high-rise condos and every day another reminder of the golden era of hip...
  • MKTO and Patent Pending to perform at Irving Plaza on August 7

    MKTO and Patent Pending to perform at Irving Plaza on August 7

    Los Angeles-based pop duo MKTO will be performing at Irving Plaza on Aug. 7. Joining them will be Long Island pop-punk band Patent Pending. The brainchild of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, MKTO recently released their self-titled debut album via Columbia Records. Though MKTO was released on January...
  • Band of Horses trot into Port Chester on July 24

    Band of Horses trot into Port Chester on July 24

    Band of Horses will touch down at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on July 24 as part of the heralded band’s two-week East Coast run of festival and headlining dates. The Ben Bridwell-fronted rock quintet is supporting its latest album, Acoustic at the Ryman, which consists of stripped down...
  • The Bouncing Souls coming home to Summerstage

    The Bouncing Souls coming home to Summerstage

    The last time the Bouncing Souls played Asbury Park, it was for a four-night 2013 “Home for the Holidays” Christmas week run at the Stone Pony. Now, the New Jersey punk institution – from New Brunswick by way of Basking Ridge – is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a “Home for the Summer” gig...
  • Four tasty taco joints prove there's good Mexican in Manhattan

    Four tasty taco joints prove there's good Mexican in Manhattan

    When it comes to Mexican food, Manhattan's reputation isn't exactly stellar. But, look hard enough, and there are certainly a few places that will prove the skeptics wrong. Here are four places that dish out some serious tacos. Tres Carnes Strictly speaking, Tres Carnes isn't Mexican. In fact, it's...
  • Five great places for handmade pasta in Manhattan

    Five great places for handmade pasta in Manhattan

    Short of making a trip to Italy, Manhattan is one of the best places in the country to experience authentic handmade pasta. Here are five great places that should be on everyone's short list. Osteria Morini Chef Michael White is widely regarded as the king of pasta in New York. It's no wonder, then...
  • Plouse talks musical influences, 'Summer Jobs' and what the future holds

    Plouse talks musical influences, 'Summer Jobs' and what the future holds

    Part surf-punk, part indie-grunge and part garage-pop, Plouse is an up-and-coming band that's making waves. Their members are spread out around the New York City area (guitarist and vocalist Adam is in Northern New Jersey, bassist and vocalist Ben is from Westchester, NY, and drummer and vocalist...
  • Brooklyn's all-inclusive 'Make Love, Not War' party to return August 2

    Brooklyn's all-inclusive 'Make Love, Not War' party to return August 2

    One of Brooklyn's longest-running, under-the-radar parties is set to return in a new location Saturday, August 2. The Make Love, Not War parties took place at Black Betty in Williamsburg for three whole years, a veritable lifetime in the pop-up party culture that dominates New York City today. Black...
  • Interview with Little Man from the Radio's Chris Kessler

    Interview with Little Man from the Radio's Chris Kessler

    Just a few miles outside of Manhattan lies the city of Newark, NJ. While the largest city in New Jersey is home to notable musicians like Paul Simon and the late Whitney Houston, the area is also home to a thriving independent music scene. One band to know is indie group Little Man from the Radio...
  • Eat like a local in Manhattan's Chinatown: Top 5 cheap holes in the wall

    Eat like a local in Manhattan's Chinatown: Top 5 cheap holes in the wall

    Dining out in Manhattan can really add up, but there are still a few places in the city where there's consistently good value to be found. Chinatown is one of them. Knowing where to go is key. There are places that are cheap and cheerful, and others that are just, well, cheap. This list is...
  • 5 Amazing ice cream parlors in Manhattan

    5 Amazing ice cream parlors in Manhattan

    On a typical hot and humid summer day in Manhattan, stopping by for a scoop or two at an air-conditioned ice cream parlor is a most welcoming prospect. There are a lot of great places to go, though, so narrowing the choices down to just five is a tricky task. But, this list is definitely a good...
  • Soul Rebels brass band get hip hop with Joey Bada$$

    Soul Rebels brass band get hip hop with Joey Bada$$

    New Orleans-based Soul Rebels are bringing New York to the stage with them when they perform at the Brooklyn Bowl on August 15. They will be joined by special guest Joey Bada$$, one of New York City's most popular young rappers. The Friday night show has tickets available for only $15, a veritable...
  • Six Stories Told to join Hot Chelle Rae at Rye Playland on July 25

    Six Stories Told to join Hot Chelle Rae at Rye Playland on July 25

    Originating from Walden, NY - about an hour and a half northwest of Manhattan - Six Stories Told will be performing in nearby Rye at Rye Playland on July 25 with Hot Chelle Rae. The female-fronted pop group consists of Joanna DeRosa on lead vocals, Jesse Sheppard on guitar and back-up vocals, Nikki...
  • Iconic vocalist Melba Moore performs at Patricia Freeman's 'Beautiful U' launch

    Iconic vocalist Melba Moore performs at Patricia Freeman's 'Beautiful U' launch

    This summer in New York City has been blazing hot, and the events have been even hotter. Iconic disco and R&B singer and New York native Melba Moore recently performed at the launch of Patricia Freeman’s new clothing line, Beautiful U. Moore is also a talented actress, and starred in the...
  • 3 Mussel heavyweights around Manhattan's Flatiron district

    3 Mussel heavyweights around Manhattan's Flatiron district

    Manhattan's Flatiron District is a major hub of creative enterprises, home to the startups of Silicon Alley, public relations firms, and publishing houses. It's no surprise then, that the after work crowd is a discriminating bunch when it comes to happy hour fare, and options abound in the...
  • 3 Must-try Thai restaurants in Manhattan

    3 Must-try Thai restaurants in Manhattan

    For too long, Thai food in Manhattan has been dominated by generic joints serving decent, but not particularly outstanding fare: staples like pad thai, chicken satay, and tom yum. There is certainly still a place for that; after all, everyone gets a sweet-sour-salty craving that needs to be...
  • Gogol Bordello Comes Home to New York Area Next Week

    Gogol Bordello Comes Home to New York Area Next Week

    In continued support of Pura Vida Conspiracy, revered gypsy-punk collective Gogol Bordello has lined up three area shows next week. Brainchild and frontman Eugene Hütz – who has traveled the globe playing more than 125 shows in the past year – will bring his band’s self-professed "volcano of music...
  • Gary Clark Jr. brings the blues to Central Park

    Gary Clark Jr. brings the blues to Central Park

    Texas blues is one of American music's oldest genres. Forerunners like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Big Mama Thornton and Lead Belly bemoaned heartbreak, homelessness and poverty in the late 1800s, and that tradition has continued into 2014. Whether or not that is a positive is up to your point of view...
  • Five shows to catch in the five boroughs of NYC

    Five shows to catch in the five boroughs of NYC

    While there certainly is a lot of excitement going on in Manhattan, don't forget that there are four other boroughs of New York City that are home to arts, entertainment, and live music as well. New York's public transportation extends throughout the city, so take the chance to explore Manhattan...
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead Lead ‘The Soulshine Tour’ Into New York Area

    Michael Franti & Spearhead Lead ‘The Soulshine Tour’ Into New York Area

    Michael Franti & Spearhead’s best known number, 2010’s “The Sound of Sunshine,” isn’t just the defining moment of their uplifting live performances, it’s a way of life on The Soulshine Tour. Headliner Franti curated the live caravan, which also counts full music sets guitarist Trevor Hall...
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