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  • Top 5 Literary Events: Week of July 14

    Top 5 Literary Events: Week of July 14

    Whether you're reading on the beach, taking out a paperback in line for a free concert, or curling up with a book in the A/C, summer is great time to read. Many authors travel the world over the summer, be sure to check out these awesome literary events this week in NYC: Tuesday, July 15 Real...
  • Catch Gogol Bordello, Cage The Elephant and Modest Mouse at Starland Ballroom

    Catch Gogol Bordello, Cage The Elephant and Modest Mouse at Starland Ballroom

    Located just 40 miles outside of Manhattan, the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey is one of the Garden State's largest concert clubs. Originally operating as the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in the 1980s and 90s, Starland officially opened for business in 2003 with a performance by David Lee Roth...
  • 3 Must-visit Manhattan eateries for mac and cheese lovers

    3 Must-visit Manhattan eateries for mac and cheese lovers

    Cheese is one of the better things in life, and when melted on pasta it can provide you with an experience that is, at best, transcendent, and at worst, still pretty delicious. As with many other classic foods, mac and cheese has gone through a number of transformations in the American culinary...
  • Sleepy Man Banjo Boys EP release party at Rockwood Music Hall NYC

    Sleepy Man Banjo Boys EP release party at Rockwood Music Hall NYC

    The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys will be taking the stage this Thursday to celebrate the release of their newest album, the EP By My Side. The show will kick off at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on July 18. Doors for the release party open at 6:30 p.m. and the Boys will take the stage at seven...
  • Queens offers a mix of music shops for vinyl records, instruments, more

    Queens offers a mix of music shops for vinyl records, instruments, more

    Digital downloads might have taken over as the current way to purchase music, but there is an old-school trend on the rise that takes us back to an era of vinyl records and CDs when DJs actually beat matched music. Gone are the days of Tower Records and other music store juggernauts that sold...
  • 4 Delicious, inexpensive eats in Sunnyside, Queens

    4 Delicious, inexpensive eats in Sunnyside, Queens

    Sunnyside is one of the few well-kept New York secrets. In addition to its residential perks of safety and quiet, it happens to have a robust food scene one might expect from a far more bustling area. Though prices are rising as people realize how great this little neighborhood truly is, there are...
  • The Floacist, one half of Floetry, hits SOB's in NYC July 20

    The Floacist, one half of Floetry, hits SOB's in NYC July 20

    Neo-soul fans are in for a treat when The Floacist hits the SOB's stage Sunday, July 20. Perhaps best known as fifty percent of Floetry, Natalie "the floacist" Stewart is known for her deeply soulful lyrics, soft-spoken delivery, and introspective ruminations about love. She has worked with artists...
  • Brooklyn Music Festival arrives in August

    Brooklyn Music Festival arrives in August

    On Sunday, August 17, Brooklyn's Coney Island neighborhood will host the Brooklyn Music Festival, featuring the musical stylings of eight different bands: (i am) isis, SPANGLISH FLY, the Elektrik Company, the Paisley Fields, Habibi, Erick Right, Vybz Evolution Band featuring Springs, and Ty Black...
  • 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...
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