{ SPONSORED POST } In the world of websites doling out daily deals on dining, shopping, and other services to subscribers, bloomspot is one of my favorite entries. bloomspot makes it easy to add more luxe to your life; with offers on food, exclusive weekend vacations, salon services, and tickets to events like Couture Fashion Week, you can immerse yourself in quality culture without worrying you'll drown in debt. I just moved to New York, and bloomspot (which ... Read More
  With Halloween right around the corner, the Misfits will soon be in heavy rotation on my turntable. Not that they aren’t usually on my playlist; I’m a die-hard Danzig fan, I’ve rocked a devilock, and my now-boyfriend’s inclusion of Pajo’s stripped-down version of “Hybrid Moments” at the end of a mixtape is what won him a third date. I am also a fan of cute girls, and a downright sucker for a lady with a ukulele ... Read More
  Brooklyn band the Shondes are hitting the road this fall to promote their new album Searchlights, out September 20 ( Exotic Fever Records, pre-order here to receive a signed CD or LP and bonus poster by artist Katy Weselcouch).  The genderqueer quartet is building a reputation as rock 'n' roll’s next revolutionaries, drawing on both riot grrrl and traditional Jewish music influences, delivering powerful and impassioned ... Read More
New York has a bomb-ass burlesque scene, and Bushwick Burlesque hopes to extend their bomb asses to the outer boroughs. Hard-partying Brooklynites looking for a good time without straying stumbling-distance from your local bar: this is not to be missed. Bushwick Burlesque goes down twice a month at The Morgan in Bushwick. Thanks to powerhouse producers/performers Darlinda, Just Darlinda and Miss Spoke, your Tuesday nights just got a little more sparkle, and a lot ... Read More
  “Punk godmother” Patti Smith recently received the Polar Music Prize, a prestigious Swedish award which has been given out annually since 1992 to notable talents from Bjork to Zeppelin. The late ABBA lyricist and manager Stig Anderson created the prize to recognize the musical achievements of artists from a variety of genres and cultures, ensuring that the world would thank him for more than just “Dancing Queen” (but seriously, Mr. ... Read More
  The Rock the Bells Festival has become one of music’s biggest and hottest tickets, evolving from SoCal hip-hop showcase to sold-out international tour. The festival is famous for bringing together some of the biggest names in hip-hop (the first Rock the Bells Festival in 2004 featured a reunited Wu-Tang Clan), and this year’s tour is no exception. What is exceptional, though, is that two of the headlining acts are female artists. Lauryn Hill and ... Read More
I don’t know why, exactly, I watch TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras, but I cannot look away. There is a part of me that wants to boycott the show, to make sure that beauty pageants get not a cent more of my money or a second more of my time; there is also a part of me that acknowledges that these little girls (and occasionally, boys) are our future, and feels responsible for them.  There are moments on Toddlers & Tiaras that make me certain I will ... Read More
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