Listen, whoever started that whole B101 bullshit needs to be sterilized. Christmas music just isn’t good. If you’re not Chuck Berry or The Kinks, chances are you aren’t doing it right at all. Every Christmas song you hear on the radio or your mother’s “Holiday Compilation” CD is either obnoxious, depressing, annoying, terribly written/executed, or all of the above. Basically, if you haven’t figured it out already… it’s not my favorite thing. Continue reading
What do The Ramones and Seinfeld have in common? If you guessed “nothing”, you’re right. But not literally nothing… I mean, “nothing”. Get it? When The Ramones sang, “I don’t care about this world”, Jerry and George would have surely replied, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”. Continue reading
I almost spit out my V8 juice when I read the list of Grammy Nominations this morning. Sum 41 is nominated, Katy “William Hung” Perry is nominated for her worst song, dubstep is considered music in the “Best New Artist” category (in other news, the US Government also says that Pizza is now considered a vegetable), Eddie Vedder is nominated in the Folk Music category, the already questionable “Remix” category is literally mind-numbingly atrocious, and though The Rolling Stones have only received three Grammy Awards over a fifty-year career, the song “Moves Like Jagger” is nominated in just a few months. Johnny Cash knows what I’m talking about… Continue reading
If you read our site often, you are already thoroughly annoyed by my love for a little party called Magic Monday. I believe I’ve covered it three times before, while it was running at my favorite Lower East Side bar, St Jerome’s, so you might know a bit about it already. What you might not know, though, is that Magic Monday has been reincarnated. New York City club owner, writer, and overall leather-jacket-wearing-beer-drinking-LES-roaming-guy Luc Carl, has helped rebirth this party at his new decadent club, The Casino. For those of you that are nervous to make the switch from the St. Jerome’s Magic Monday to the new space, let me give you a little push. Dip your toes, my friends, the water feels real nice (No, really, there’s an indoor fountain/waterfall in the new club…). Continue reading
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The Fantastic Miss Fox
Written & Photographed by Ky DiGregorio
New York City is where the “creative souls” live. The smart girls who listened to The Cure in high school, and the lost boys in thrift store suits that dreamed of them. Maybe the entirety of the city is not this romanticized and cinematic, but the artistic life of photographer Ash Fox is… very much so.
As a fixture in the New York rock ‘n roll nightlife scene, Fox is more than just a powerhouse party photographer, but also a fashion blogger, clothing designer, multitalented media artist, and advocate of the art of the “rock n’ roll confidence”.
“When you’re working nine to five in a cubicle, picking yourself apart, held back by fear of living the life you wish you had,” Fox says, “the ‘rock star’ who seems to live life outside of normalcy is like a superhero. It seems like a life like that is out of reach, but it doesn’t have to be.”
If Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA” made it onto your Fourth Of July Playlist this year, you hate America. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Turn off the radio, because no one wants to hear that godawful Katy Perry song about her firework boobs anymore (If you’re looking for a pop music fix, though, let me direct you to Marina & the Diamonds’ “Hollywood” as the only acceptable choice). So, here it is, your new favorite Patriotic Playlist, accompanied by the image of The Boss’s nice tight jeans: Continue reading
“Never Mind The Bullets: Brooklyn’s Unknown Rock-stars”
By Ky DiGregorio
It’s half past 7:00pm and Brooklyn glam punk band Love Bullet is lounging around my apartment following their mid-day show on Governors Island. We left the festival, Punk Island, at the same time, but somehow the band showed up at my place two hours after I did. Call it a testament to what Love Bullet is all about: winging it. At all costs.
“We’re not a punk band,” says the group’s lead guitarist, and the rest of the guys agree. “Cause we’re not all ‘politics this, politics that, fuck the world!’,” he explains.
Styles, lead singer of Love Bullet, chimes in next. “And we’re not a rock n’ roll band… We’d like to be, but that would mean having our shit together!”
I’d almost expect them to say “we don’t put labels on our music”, but that’s a little too 80’s new wave, and none of these guys have Duran Duran haircuts. No, Love Bullet is just infected with a highly contagious case of Ramones Syndrome – a lot of fist fighting, boredom, and glue sniffing to fuel their “no labels” policy.
It looks that way, at least. Continue reading
Former Belle is a new breed of folky love, or maybe even a dying breed of something old and wise that was shoved out of the way for indie rock. The Philadelphia-based four-piece, which features upright bass, violin, glockenspiel, and other toys that add to Former Belle’s multi-instrumentation, are one of those new artists that make you say “They sound like (blank) but better”. For me, Former Belle sounds better than Bright Eyes, but maybe it’s just because frontman Bruno Catrambone is charming on stage and off, not crying into his microphone. With Former Belle as our “New Artist Of The Month” (are we cool enough to be doing that sort of thing?), Bruno sat down with me to shed some light on what he’s really all about: home recordings, couch surfing, James Taylor, and watching King Of Queens. Continue reading
Your favorite band is going on tour and you need tickets. Maybe it’s a pop-star on their first string of arena headlining shows, or maybe it’s the reunion tour of that favorite classic rock band from your childhood. Maybe it’s that one-time star-studded farewell concert, one that you’ll remember forever. You took off work, skipped class, snuck off to an Internet café, and set your alarm early to wait by the computer for the opening of the ticket sales. But alas, it’s 10:00:30am, just seconds after clicking “refresh”, and the Ticketmaster event page is a tease and a cold hard bitch. She’s here to take your money, essentially, but not before crushing your spirit. “Sold out”, she says. But how? Doesn’t it seem… impossible? Continue reading
Today is the first beautiful day New York City has seen in a while. Take this playlist for a spin in the 65 degree weather. It’s not spring yet, but lets pretend it is. Continue reading