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  • The dirty little secret behind Manhattan's best tiki bars

    The dirty little secret behind Manhattan's best tiki bars

    Tiki bars saw a resurgence of popularity in New York near the end of 2010, with upscale tropical lounges staking their umbrellas all over Manhattan, offering expensive Pacific Rim cuisine like pu pu platters of croque monsieur spring rolls and even suckling pig. But most of these fancy, faux...
  • Hands-down the best bars with arcade games in Manhattan

    Hands-down the best bars with arcade games in Manhattan

    Most video games you see in bars are purely decorative, just cheap ploys to evoke the illusion of fun — think Buck Hunter next to a pool table, which accurately describes at least three bars in Manhattan alone. At the same time, many places with the best classic gaming in the city, like Modern...
  • Best rooftop bars in Manhattan that won't rip you off

    Best rooftop bars in Manhattan that won't rip you off

    After several months of bitter winter storms and crowded subway commutes, drinking on rooftops in the summertime is absolutely essential to restore your strength and vitality. But which spot is the best? Depends on what you're looking for. There are plenty of clubby scenester bars on the rooftops of...
  • Bars with the best infused vodka you'll find in Manhattan

    Bars with the best infused vodka you'll find in Manhattan

    If the closest you've been to flavored vodka is a shot of Fluffed Marshmallow Smirnoff at a sorority formal, the time has come to graduate to true infused vodka. Far from a marketing gimmick, the delicious flavors have been carefully steeped into these spirits for weeks (with the really delicate...
  • Five secret Manhattan speakeasies hidden in plain sight

    Five secret Manhattan speakeasies hidden in plain sight

    The term "speakeasy" gets thrown around a lot, with some proprietors stretching the meaning to include any cocktail bar with a faint Roaring Twenties vibe. But a true speakeasy has an element of the illicit, or at the very least, a hint of secrecy. While there are still bona fide underground clubs...
  • Makeout Vertigo's Kyle Wilkerson on his band's namesake, margaritas & wimpy pop

    Makeout Vertigo's Kyle Wilkerson on his band's namesake, margaritas & wimpy pop

    Self-described "wimpy pop" act Makeout Vertigo from Hopatcong, N.J. is currently on tour in the Midwest. In between shows, bassist Kyle Wilkerson answered some questions about the tour, how the Midwest is different from the Northeast, and more! AXS: For the record, could you please state your name...
  • Top 5 Bands to watch when the Vans Warped Tour hits Wantagh, NY on July 12

    Top 5 Bands to watch when the Vans Warped Tour hits Wantagh, NY on July 12

    For the past several summers, the Long Island date of the Vans Warped Tour- as close as the festival gets to New York City- was held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondal, but this year marks the first time the festival will take place at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh...
  • Fairway's Mike Gentils talks musical influences, local acts and NY venues

    Fairway's Mike Gentils talks musical influences, local acts and NY venues

    Long-time friends Mike Gentils and T.J. Rowe began playing shows together under the name Fairway last year, but the two have been making music together for over a decade—since their days in a pop-punk band in high school and college. We talked with Gentils, who discussed making music with Rowe, his...
  • July Fourth family fun: Best family-friendly events in NY for Independence Day

    July Fourth family fun: Best family-friendly events in NY for Independence Day

    Baseball, fireworks, parades and hot dogs are the cornerstones of July 4th celebrations. With an extended Fourth of July weekend ahead, as Independence Day falls on a Friday, keeping the family entertained doesn’t have to be a daunting task. If a vacation isn’t on the horizon, then keep kids busy...
  • A conversation with Tanya Morgan: NYC's indie hip-hop mainstays

    A conversation with Tanya Morgan: NYC's indie hip-hop mainstays

    Tanya Morgan are a duo made up of emcee Donwill and producer/emcee Von Pea. Hailing from Cincinnati and Brooklyn, respectively, the two have been making music together since 2005. Since then, they have established themselves as a member of NYC's underground hip-hop scene, winning the 2007 “Show Us...
  • Neon Trees lighting up Central Park July 7

    Neon Trees lighting up Central Park July 7

    Modern rock hit makers Neon Trees are bringing their airwave favorites to Central Park’s SummerStage on July 7. The Provo, Utah-bred foursome is touring on the back of Pop Psychology, its predominantly upbeat third album, and the recent pop smash “Sleeping With A Friend.” Lead vocalist Tyler Glenn...
  • New York music execs come out to see Rival Sons at Gramercy Theater

    New York music execs come out to see Rival Sons at Gramercy Theater

    Critically-acclaimed rock band Rival Sons performed at the Gramercy Theater on Wednesday and wowed the sold-out crowd. Hopefully the group also wowed the New York A&R’s and Live Nation reps in attendance. The Long Beach band signed with heavy metal label Earache Records in 2010, but it appears...
  • The Pleasures of a Normal Man heads to The Bowery Electric

    The Pleasures of a Normal Man heads to The Bowery Electric

    You could categorize them as indie or alternative, but neither of those seem to fully describe The Pleasures of a Normal Man; their sounds is all over the map. In an exclusive interview with AXS, guitarist Moya describes the group's music as "a breath of fresh air," saying, "I feel like there's so...
  • 37 years of steady rockin' being celebrated in NYC's Central Park

    37 years of steady rockin' being celebrated in NYC's Central Park

    The Rock Steady Crew is turning 37 this summer, and New Yorkers are invited to join in on the free celebration on Sunday, July 27. Organized by New York City's SummerStage program and the City Parks Foundation, this monumental hip-hop shebang will be honoring Rock Steady for their indelible...
  • A local's guide to the 4th of July in NYC

    A local's guide to the 4th of July in NYC

    Returning back to the East River for the first time in five years, this year’s Macy’s 4th of July fireworks are coming live to you from the Brooklyn Bridge. After a last minute change by Mayor Bill de Blasio to appease outer borough residents, who weren’t too happy that New Jersey was hogging up the...
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino partners with AEG Live

    Foxwoods Resort Casino partners with AEG Live

    More incredible acts will be coming to the Tri-State area. Foxwoods Resort Casino announced Thursday that they have partnered with the second largest live entertainment company, AEG Live, for talent booking and the creation of new performance venues. Foxwoods Resort Casino President and CEO Scott...
  • Katy Perry to perform in Manhattan, Newark, and Brooklyn in July

    Katy Perry to perform in Manhattan, Newark, and Brooklyn in July

    Currently on the Prismatic World Tour, Katy Perry will return to the New York City area with five performances next month. She will be performing on July 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York, on July 11 and 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey., and on July 24 and 25 at the Barclays...
  • Vans Warped Tour ’14 will heat up Jones Beach on July 12

    Vans Warped Tour ’14 will heat up Jones Beach on July 12

    Twenty years after the Warped Tour launched, the traveling caravan continues to thrive as the place where punk, ska, hardcore and alternative rock fans and bands congregate in the summer sun. This year established acts like Less Than Jake, Finch, Saves the Day, Anberlin and Yellowcard will play...
  • Where to find a Mexican-style boozy brunch in Manhattan

    Where to find a Mexican-style boozy brunch in Manhattan

    Boozy brunch is one of the saving graces of life in New York. This is a grueling city, and sometimes the only thought that'll get you through the week is the promise of good food and unlimited booze on a weekend afternoon. Since boozy brunch should be taken advantage of as often as possible, it's...
  • Celebrate Brooklyn eats: Is your food Brooklyn enough?

    Celebrate Brooklyn eats: Is your food Brooklyn enough?

    We're not asking if your tomato has a mustache. On Friday, June 27, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual Brooklyn Eats, a festival of local food, edible products, and their makers, celebrating the culinary creativity of the borough. New this year is the official Brooklyn Made...
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