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What do a pack of cigarettes, an ex-husband, and the nation of Cuba have in common? According to last night’s Women of Letters, a literary salon, they’re all someone’s Greatest Teacher. For those unfamiliar, Women of Letters is an Australian non-profit that celebrates women’s voices and the (nearly) lost art of letter writing while raising funds for various charities. Each night hosts six different women who come write letters on a common theme, which last night was “My Greatest Teacher. Read More
Yesterday, we got to see a preview screening of Fifty Shades of Grey in a room full of screaming fans. We heartily recommend this experience. The storyline is undoubtedly problematic in many of the ways the book is. But just as when the book became a bestselling women’s erotic novel, we can't help but find it overall positive that a blockbuster movie was made specifically for women’s pleasure. Read More
The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY was the first stop on tour for Har Mar Superstar and The Pizza Underground. They were also joined by the Candy Boys, a two-man boy band, starring D’arick and A’rick. They played hits “How Many Licks?” and “Hard Out There.” I loved their set so much! Adult men in crop tops singing and dancing about candy was so entertaining that I might just follow them on tour. Read More
Sometimes we get some interesting snacks in the office when we least expect them. Today we got a little hungry, so we ended up trying these freaky little things; more specifically, we tried the Chili Pumpkin Seed Crunch flavor of the Wonderfully Raw Brussel Bytes (made with real brussel sprouts!). Why not!  These... clusters... describe themselves as "nutrient packed bytes of goodness." "Goodness" is not usually what I care about in a snack, but it doesn't hurt that they are raw, gluten free, and vegan. Read More
I’m not going to pretend that I’m just a regular person with a working knowledge of Jeff Goldblum’s mainstream oeuvre who happened to be lucky enough to catch the actor playing some jazz music with his band on Tuesday night. I should be honest with you, reader, because me seeing Jeff Goldblum play some jazz music with his band on Tuesday night is proof of the principle that I maybe just invented that if you put something out there into The Universe hard enough, The Universe will reward you for being a total freak. Read More
Last we heard from Californian rock ‘n’ roller Ty Segall, he had toned down his tendencies toward fuzzy, noisy garage-rock and opted for a quieter, simpler approach that channeled retro folk vibes, on 2013’s Sleeper. It wasn’t too unexpected, seeing as how the 27-year-old has explored countless genres since he started performing solo in 2008 (and don’t get me started on his six other bands).  With Manipulator, Segall recalls his psychedelic, classic-rock roots, but now focuses more heavily on ’60s and ’70s pop. Read More
Brooklyn-based blues rock band She Keeps Bees dropped a new single from their forthcoming album recently, and the video for the song is just as beautifully surreal and eerie as the single itself.  "Is What It Is" comes out on the album Eight Houses on September 16th from the label Future Gods, which will be the band's fourth full-length album. If you're into some soulful, dark, and dreamy music with goose bump-inducing vocals, the album is definitely something to look forward to. We can't wait to get our hands on it. Read More
Jenny Lewis’ new album The Voyager dropped yesterday. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. We reported on the amazing moustache-filled cross-dressing wonderment that was her music video for “One of the Guys,” starring our ladyloves Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson, but the day is finally here. THE ALBUM HAS DROPPED. Former Rilo Kiley front woman Jenny Lewis has produced her third solo album in six years — a perfectly polished musical scrapbook of her wayward adventures — and it is pure girl power. Read More
Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a shaggy-haired, chain-smoking, alcoholic divorced dad with a broken dream of running his own record label. Gretta (Keira Knightley) is a down-on-her-luck young New York émigré with a song in her heart and a battered past of her own. Begin Again is less about the new beginning these two lonely city dwellers find, and more about coming to terms with previous endings. Light on plot and heavy on stubbly Mark Ruffalo grins, Begin Again is perfect for a solo movie night. Read More
What do swimming pools, sexual voyeurism, elevators, and eco-terrorist extraterrestrials have in common? They’re all the subjects of songs on Hotel Valentine, Cibo Matto’s first release in 15 years. Much of the album is written from the perspective of a wry ghost who haunts a hotel and delivers deadpan lines like, “I had some cheese and seedless grapes for lunch and floated around for the rest of the afternoon.” The band’s Japanese-born, N.Y.C. Read More