About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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Trip-Hop Legend Dr. Octagon Returns With ‘Moosebumps’ LP, and a New Single

Earth people! Dr. Octagon has descended from Jupiter, armed with seven rounds of space doo-doo pistols, to announce a new album, Moosebumps: an exploration into modern day horripilation. The new LP, out April 6, is being billed as the follow-up to the cult 1996 concept album Dr. Octagonecologyst, and the first in 22 years to team Kool Keith with beats maven Dan the Automator and scratch-master DJ Qbert.

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The Diamond Has a Shiny New (Full!) Liquor License

(Photo: Mike Short for NY Mag)

The Diamond has so much going on that it’s easy to forget that it doesn’t actually have a full bar. When the New Yorker wrote about the Greenpoint fixture’s loyal following,” it mentioned the beer bar’s shuffleboard games, slot-car races, Mario Kart tournaments, film nights, and more. But one thing it hasn’t had until now is hard likker.

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Trot Out a New Single, Tour Dates

It’s been so long since we’ve heard new material from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks that we’ve had to settle for the closest thing to a new Malkmus album, which, let’s face it, is the new Parquet Courts album. Ah, but after four years, that changes today. The onetime Pavement frontman and his aforementioned Jicks just released a new song, “Middle America,” and it’s perfect for this snowy day, what with all of its mentions of “the wintertime.”

Still better news: Malkmus is heading out on tour in June, which means a new album might just be out before then (a spokesperson declined to make it official). The tour (dates below) comes to Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14 and will end up in Portland, where Malkmus currently makes his home. (We’re told that photo of him riding a horse was taken in Portland a few weeks ago, during a video shoot).

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BAM Adds Second Phantom Thread Screening With Live Score

If you saw Phantom Thread at the ArcLight Hollywood, you would’ve seen some of the exquisite dresses designed by Mr. Woodcock, the mercurial tailor played by Daniel Day Lewis; they were on display in a glass case, in the lobby. But this is even cooler. Brooklyn Academy of Music is hosting a special screening of the Oscar-nominated Paul Thomas Anderson film where the score will be performed live by Wordless Music Orchestra along with principals from London Contemporary Orchestra, which recorded the soundtrack. The first show has sold out, but a second one, on Feb. 25, has just been added.

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Bethlehem Steel’s Free Show Isn’t at Brooklyn Steel, But It Is a Steal

It would’ve been fitting if Brooklyn band Bethlehem Steel had played Brooklyn venue Brooklyn Steel, but they’re not quite that big yet. Instead, they’re playing a show at Baby’s All Right tonight. The good news is, the gig is part of the Doc Martens Presents series, so it’s free, baby!

With their chunky, overdriven riffs and vocals that range from Cat Power to Kim Deal in the space of a few bars, Bethlehem Steel has been compared to Pixies and Weezer, although it’s safe to say Rivers Cuomo has never written anything along the lines of “The only people who have truly made me feel uncomfortable are middle-aged white men.” That’s all Bethlehem Steel singer-guitarist Rebecca Ryskalczyk.

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Tender Greens Is the Latest Sweetgreen-esque Chain to Hit NYC

(Photos courtesy of Tender Greens)

The Union Square/Nomad/Flatiron area has become an epicenter of health-minded, chef-driven fast-casual joints, what with Sweetgreen, Dig Inn, Danny Meyer’s Daily Provisions, Franklin Becker’s Little Beet, and Made Nice, from the team behind Eleven Madison Park. The latest entrant in the category is Tender Greens, a West Coast chain that has just opened a Union Square location, its first outside of California.

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