Nikita Dragun Does Her Own Slaying
November 25, 2020
The boundary-pushing YouTube star and beauty mogul charts her rise from shy high schooler to “the most extra bitch you will ever meet.”
December 19, 2012
Waiting for Lightning (December 7, Samuel Goldwyn), Jacob Rosenberg’s documentary about skateboarding visionary Danny Way, seems tailor-made for today’s FAIL blog-trolling set—a virtual highlight reel of the legend’s personal tragedies and gnarliest falls.
The CO -OP Chef: James London
December 14, 2012
“I’m not a plate thrower,” says London, whose recent stint at SoHo sushi joint Niko ended after such antics by the restaurant’s other staff spawned poor reviews. A self-described “egoless chef,” London was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where he worked in Southern barbeque restaurants before moving to New York and enrolling in the French Culinary Institute.
River City Extension’s Resolutions
November 27, 2012
If music festivals gave out congeniality awards, River City Extension would be a decorated bunch. The New Jersey folk outfit, which played a rousing set at last month’s Austin City Limits Festival to cap nearly two years of hard touring behind its growing catalogue, is both giving and gracious in conversation—in part, perhaps, due to the band’s humble beginnings.
Delta Spirit Soars Higher
November 26, 2012
When Delta Spirit frontman Matt Vasquez tells you his band wants to reach new heights with their music, he isn’t messing around. Late in the band’s set at last month’s Austin City Limits Festival, in the middle of the song “Trashcan,” Vasquez proved just how serious he is by scaling the AMD stage’s lightning rig and dangling—much to the delight of the crowd—some 70 feet in the air.
How Duncan and Lisca Stutterheim Start the Party
October 24, 2012
It’s a warm Saturday afternoon in Amsterdam, and despite the flurry of activity happening on the ground floor of their bohemian canal-side home, Duncan and Lisca Stutterheim appear completely at ease.
October 20, 2012
Six months before she landed the role of Bond girl SeÌveÌrine in Skyfall, the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of Agent 007 (due out in November), BeÌreÌnice Marlohe was newly arrived in L.A., cold-calling casting directors and applying for her work visa.
One Meeting with Kishi Bashi
October 19, 2012
It’s telling that Kishi Bashi, also known as K Ishibashi, the Japanese-American singer and multi-instrumentalist whom you may have heard NPR gushing about earlier this year, decided to name his debut LP 151a. In Japanese, the title (pronounced “ee-chee-go ee-chee-eh”) translates roughly to “once in a lifetime chance,” or more literally, “one time, one meeting.”
Lord Huron is at Home on the Range
October 4, 2012
For someone set to release his first full-length album in a matter of days, Ben Schneider sounds remarkably relaxed. “I think I’m gonna go out fishing today,” he tells us matter-of-factly, while laying low before a rehearsal.
Rayland Baxter is Becoming
August 27, 2012
An athlete throughout his teenage years (he played lacrosse at Loyola University Maryland), the singer Rayland Baxter sidestepped the family business until his early 20s, when he left college and began busking for tips in small-town Colorado.
Cristin Milioti Walks On
August 24, 2012
In Sleepwalk with Me, comedian Mike Birbiglia’s semi-autobiographical feature film debut, Cristin Milioti plays the winning and composed sister to Birbiglia’s prattish, lost-in-the-woods protagonist. It is a small, nuanced role that requires the actress to be at once aspirational and sympathetic to her brother’s failings—and one that Milioti handles with aplomb.
Craig Zobel, Leading Authority
August 15, 2012
Based on a real-life incident at a Mount Washington, Kentucky McDonalds in 2004, Compliance follows Becky (Dreama Walker), a teenage counter girl at the local ChickWich, and Sandra (a sensational Ann Dowd), the restaurant’s middle-aged manager, throughout the course of a busy night’s work. When a man calling himself “Officer Daniels” phones in and accuses Becky of stealing from a customer, the responsibility falls on Sandra to detain and interrogate her until police can arrive.
Glen Hansard, Once and Again
June 18, 2012
To say Glen Hansard is having a good month would be an understatement. The Irish troubadour, whose first solo record, Rhythm and Repose, drops tomorrow, has just seen his little musical that could, Once, blossom from an indie film with limited distribution into a full-blown Broadway production that took home eight trophies at last Sunday’s Tony Awards.
American Studies with These United States
June 15, 2012
These United States’ self-titled fifth album functions both as a travelogue of the many places the band has visited and as something of a musical-history lesson, paying respectful dues to many of the styles that have shaped this country’s sonic landscape over the past century. It’s fitting the band chose its own name to title the record: it is American to the core and replete with the frontier spirit of adventure and discovery.
Nike Has Team USA 2012 Seeing Red
June 15, 2012
Stripes may have been conspicuously absent from the new US Olympic track and field uniforms, unveiled in the West Village last night, but the stars were out in full force at the Nike apparel’s debut.
Nostalgia Reigns at Rock of Ages
June 7, 2012
At the outset of Wednesday night’s New York premiere of Warner Bros.’ Broadway show-cum-movie musical Rock of Ages, director Adam Shankman implored attendees to sing along, dance in the aisles, and—with apologies to the Landmark Theaters Sunshine Cinema staff—rip their seats from the floor and hurl them at the screen, should they feel so moved.
Ben Howard Comes to Shore
March 27, 2012
While the Simon Cowell-spawned One Direction is making a Beatlemania-like splash in the US, fellow Brit Ben Howard arrives on our shores rather less conspicuously. Howard, the 23-year-old former journalism student and surfer who seemingly fell backwards into a music career while growing up in South Devon, England, would have it no other way.
Nike’s HTM Flyknit Collection Runs Circles Round the Rest
February 24, 2012
Major buzz for footwear releases is typically reserved for basketball kicks and limited-edition sneakers, not serious running shoes. Then again, not every running shoe is designed with Harajuku street wear king Hiroshi Fujiwara at the helm. A collaboration between Fujiwara, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield and Nike Inc. CEO Mark Parker, the limited-edition HTM Flyknit collection hit shelves this week with crazy, cutting-edge technology to match its makers’ pedigree.
Antony Spreads His Wings
January 6, 2012
Anxious to find out more about the show, as well as this month’s exhibition of drawings at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, we spoke to Antony recently about the creative process and finding light within darkness.
Louis CK Laughs His Way to the Bank
December 22, 2011
Fed up with the lack of royalty checks coming his way from outlets like iTunes and traditional DVD sales, Louis C.K. decided to release his latest stand-up special, Live at the Beacon Theater, for only $5 on his website. In only ten days, the album has already grossed $1 million.