MoMA MoMA MoMA!

MoMA has one of my favorite websites; it’s pretty, has intuitive interface and lots of fun flash. So I was not surprised in the least to find they would have an interactive visit planner that has such lovely design. The planner logs into your facebook, asks a couple of questions and then plans a full day of MoMA activities suited to your taste.
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According to my planner, I should go August 6th and watch Lord of the Rings, go tot the gallery talk about Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism, and see the James Ensor exhibit. Well, I’m glad my August 6th is sufficiently scheduled with all of my favorite things.
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3rd Ward Pig Out This Sunday

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Put your diets on hold and tear off your skinny jeans, it’s time to Pig Out at 3rd Ward!
3rd Ward & Brookyn Based present the 2nd Annual Pig Roast & Dance Party. Stand by as Pig Roasting Extraordinaire Tom Mylan (from Marlow and Sons, Diner and Bonita) and Chef Eric Sherman turn 200 lbs. of hog into finger-licking good & nicely priced pork tacos. We’ll also have sides-a rice, beans and mexi-slaw and Brooklyn Based will top you off with some ice cream.
Featuring live music from Stumblebum Brass Band, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, In Cadeo and DJ Tanner all afternoon.
Plus bring your own t-shirts for $1 for pig inspired screen-printing & wear your sweetest smile for a carnival-style photobooth.

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Got 99 Problems, But APW Ain't One

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Love him or hate him, Jay-Z will be taking over the sadly canceled Beastie Boys slot on next week’s opening night of All Points West.
Personally, I’ve got isses with Mr. Cocky himself (I happen to be a Nas fan), but that doesnt mean I won’t be all sorts of hands up happy when one of New York’s finest takes the stage. Did I mention this is going to be the hip-hop icons US festival debut?
Can I get a…

Ticket Giveaway: Joan as Police Woman @ 92Y Tribeca

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Joan Wasser, musically referred to as Joan as Police Woman, has played with legends– Lou Reed, Antony and the Johnsons, And Rufus Wainwright. In turn, as a solo artist, making her the stuff legends are made of.
Wanna check out her deeply moving performance at 92Y Tribeca this Saturday, July 25th? Follow us on twitter, and just RT the contest tweet for a chance to win a pair of tickets.
And be sure to keep an eye out in the next few days for our interview with the lovely lady herself!

The Phenomenal Handclap Band at Joe's Pub

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NPR Music hosted a splendid showcase last night at Joe’s Pub featuring Lee Fields, Fight the Big Bull, and The Phenomenal Handclap Band.
We caught Richmond, VA’s Fight the Big Bull first. Their performance was wrought with experimental jazz fusion, but fortunately it was the mirthful kind. The all-instrumental performance incorporated a seven piece brass section, double percussion, as well as plenty of laughs and facial hair.
The evening’s biggest draw was The Phenomenal Handclap Band, who have been designated by many critics as the premiere dance-rock collective of 2009. Their stylized electro-funk/rock is reminiscent of ’70s psych and soul, but also smacks of the same kind of exotic indie flair that makes imports like CSS and New Young Pony Club so irresistible. The group’s repertoire is a bit limited at the moment, and the audience heard most of their just-released self titled debut LP – including fan favorites “15 to 20″ and “You’ll Disappear.” While we couldn’t quite detach ourselves from the sexy tambourine-wielding girls in the group (wonder if they ever fight about who has the chicest outfits?) the evening was an intimate and enjoyable affair.
And best of all? You can stream the concerts here if you missed out. More photos after the jump…

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Mayer Hawthorne at Santos Party House

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Last night, I was able to head down to Santos Party House to check out the latest gem from Stones Throw Records LA-based Mayer Hawthorne. Easily, Hawthorne’s music echoes the Motown era soul of his birthplace–a fact that he doesn’t deny. However, unlike many acts whose retro revival feels like wearing your influences on your sleeve, Hawthorne is charismatic enough to pull it off–with a tight backing band to boot. His stage presence is still a little stogy between songs, but those moments were few and far between as he churned out one potential hit after the next.
Mayer Hawthorne has yet to drop his full-length album, so I am sure it will be awhile before New York sees him again, but when he does, it’s not one to miss.

What Sank the Shank?

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Blame it all on the youth.

‚”I could handle 250 of what were mostly my friends, but the crowd kept getting younger and rowdier,” O’Brien said. ‚”There were discussions of how to keep making money without letting in undesirable people.” According to him, however, ‚”a steady flow of mismanagement” ensured this never came to fruition. There were also issues of delegation. ‚”Nobody could ever agree who was really in charge,” explained O’Brien.

Jamie Peck chronicles The Shank’s rise and fall at the New York Press.

Wild Light Fan Video Contest

I’ve been missing California a bit lately (i.e. here, and here), but all it took was a little Northeast quartet called Wild Light to remind me how I really feel.

Currently on tour with Stellastarr* (although mostly in California!?), the guys are giving you a chance to show them how you feel via a fan uploaded music vido contest. Details after the jump…

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