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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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New Council Member Carlina Rivera On Downtown Housing, Nightlife, L Train, and More

(Photo: Carlina Rivera on Instagram)

Yesterday, Carlina Rivera convened a cadre of local newspapers for her first “editorial roundtable” as the newly elected City Council member for District 2. During the hour-long Q&A session at Rivera’s office in the East Village, reporters traded questions on myriad topics that the council member has been prioritizing since she took office in January. Overall, she showed a determination to find “a balance between commerce and community.” Here’s what was touched on.

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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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Art This Week: Environmental Imaginings, Sonic Voids, and More

(image via The Bellwether / Facebook)

Hair Paintings & Other Stories
Opening Tuesday, February 6 at La MaMa Galleria, 7:30 pm. On view through March 3.

The Bellwether and Codify Art team up with La MaMa Galleria to present this solo exhibition by multidisciplinary creator Jarrett Key. Though yes, it’s technically a showcase of just work created by Key, it’s representative of so much more than that. Their works deal specifically with “the collective bodily memories and rituals of the Black community,” so each one of them manages to be deeply personal while also literally containing multitudes. As you may have guessed by the title, hair has a significant presence here, which can be seen both in the exhibition description (“Key grew up in rural Alabama to their grandmother singing, ‘your hair is your strength'”) and the look of the actual paintings themselves, which often resemble vast and complex tangles you could get lost in. Keep Reading »

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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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Pie an Artist in the Face and Then Eat the World’s Biggest Bagel and Lox

Imagine this bagel sandwich, but 50 times bigger. Photo courtesy of Acme Smoked Fish

If you’ve ever wanted to throw a pie in someone’s face, now’s your chance. Jennifer Rubell, the conceptual artist who built a giant cookie jar resembling Hillary Clinton’s pantsuit, is inviting you to fling pies at her during a performance at the new Meredith Rosen Gallery, opening next week. Or maybe you’d rather stuff your own face with bagels? Head over to Brooklyn’s Acme Smoked Fish next Friday, where they’re building a super-sized (we’re talking a few hundred pounds here) bagel sandwich in honor of National Bagel and Lox Day.

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New Yorkers Share Stories of Union Pool, Williamsburg’s Notorious ‘Boyfriend Store’

(Photo: Andrew Karcie for NY Mag)

In a story for The Cut that describes Union Pool as the “horny utopia of 2000s Williamsburg,” Allison P. Davis highlights what’s probably the main attraction of the bar: the potential for hookups. Since there’s nothing New Yorkers love more than bonding over a dive, Twitter exploded with users sharing their own Union Pool stories– it was even a trending topic on Wednesday. Which goes to show just how pivotal the former pool supply store is for getting laid, if you’re a hipster of a certain age. Below, some of the best (and worst!) reactions to the story on Twitter.
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Mr. Throwback, Giant of Jerseys, Isn’t Doing the Super Bowl Shuffle This Year

Mr. Throwback (Photos: Matt Silver)

Whether you’re rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII this weekend, or just want to see if Justin Timberlake screws up the half-time show again, Mr. Throwback has the vintage sports apparel to give you the appearance of an authentic football fan. The popular East Village store, which boasts more than 92,000 Instagram followers and recently upgraded to a more spacious spot on East 9th Street, is the brainchild of Michael Spitz (aka Mr. Throwback). We spoke to the Long Island native about everything from getting fired by the Knicks to wearing Air Jordans at his wedding. He also gives his (somewhat offensive) Super Bowl pick.

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Listen to the Premiere of ‘White Noise’ By CHAPPO Before They Tour With Flaming Lips

(Photo: Drew Reynolds)

Shortly after appearing to hit their stride, Brooklyn’s psychedelic garage trio CHAPPO were hit with band-shaking tragedies– three, to be exact. In short succession, the band separated from their drummer and producer; guitarist David Feddock and his wife lost their young son; and frontman Alex Chappo’s best friend committed suicide. After a period of mourning, Alex, David and keyboardist Chris Olson found their way back to each other, and began digging deeper into the joyous corners of their songwriting. They ended up touring with Flaming Lips and Mac DeMarco, and are announcing today that they’ll play more dates with Flaming Lips in March.

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Airbnb Drives Up Rents in Gentrifying Neighborhoods, New Study Finds

Is Airbnb as a gentrifying villain or a neighborhood ally? The ongoing debate rages on with a newly published report from McGill University. The study found that in New York, Airbnb increases rent, quickens gentrification and makes most of its revenue from listings that are likely illegal. Airbnb questions the legitimacy of the report, which was funded in part by the Hotel Trades Council and cosponsored by housing advocacy groups like the Cooper Square Committee.

Analyzing housing data from Sept. 2014 to Aug. 2017, a team led by professor David Wachsmuth concluded that Airbnb has caused a $380 yearly rent increase for the median New York tenant. The report estimates that the home-sharing company caused the removal of between 7,000 and 13,500 units from New York City’s long-term rental market, causing housing prices to go up. Airbnb caused a $610 increase in the median East Village yearly rent, a $510 increase in Lower East Side median yearly rent, and a $330 increase in Williamsburg median yearly rent, the study claimed.

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