Ethiopian food is getting a lot easier to come by in the Bedford + Bowery domain. Two weeks ago, Bunna Cafe took up permanent lunchtime residence at Mama Joy’s bar in Bushwick, and on Saturday it’ll join the lineup at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. Not only that: the East Village is getting an Ethiopian bistro as well. More →
Daniel Savage has been frequenting Max Fish for over a decade now. While the 31-year-old surfer and photographer doesn’t specifically remember the first time he set foot in the Lower East Side skater haven, he does recall the feeling: “I remember just being really wide-eyed about it all. I was new to NYC and it seemed like a place where people who were doing amazing things hung out. 178 Ludlow Street was where I wanted to be every night.” More →
Frank Carter (l) and Jim Carroll in Edinburgh (Photo: Pure Love’s Instagram)
Before Pure Love goes on tour to support their debut album (Anthems was released by Mercury Records earlier this year) they’ll play their very first U.S. show tonight at Saint Vitus.
You might recognize frontman Frank Carter as the Londoner with the neck tats, who often got bloodied up during his performances with Gallows. He probably won’t leave the stage needing stitches tonight: Pure Love’s rock sound is more refined — but no less energetic, thanks in part to guitarist Jim Carroll, who also boasts a punk pedigree via his stints in Hope Conspiracy and Suicide File. More →
Twelve years ago, when he helped turn a garage behind Union Pool into an informal music venue, J.J. Jenkins couldn’t have imagined that it would end up drawing big names like Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, who’ll play there with Body/Head in September.
Jenkins first started going to the Williamsburg bar after moving from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with his now-defunct country and blues-rock band in ’93. He became such a mainstay that one day he received the ultimate honor: a permanent reserved seat marked by an eponymous brass plaque in the rail of the bar. More →
Like a descent into the cut-up mind of William S. Burroughs, a cacophony of typewriter and pen strokes filled Participant, Inc. as one of the world’s most extreme performance artists led a small group in his latest creation. More →
When Maxwell’s opened its doors in August of 1978, no one could have guessed the inconspicuous corner restaurant/bar would eventually fit into the same pantheon of iconic NYC rock clubs as CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and the Bottom Line — definitional venues that instantly conjure a specific sound, in a specific place, during a specific era. At Maxwell’s, that was the Hoboken sound: jangly, blue-collar guitar rock, as played by Yo La Tengo, the dBs, the Bongos, the Feelies, and countless other working-class bands that made Maxwell’s their home base, and a leading stop on the independent rock tour circuit since the ’80s. More →
For almost two months now, Salvadorian immigrants have been streaming into the basement of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, a red-brick edifice built more than 125 years ago by Irish and German beer barons. With a July 29 deadline looming, they come to the corner of Marcy and Hooper to reapply for Temporary Protected Status, so they can continue to live and work legally in the U.S. without fear of deportation. More →
A homey luncheonette specializing in deli-style chicken and tuna salad is slated to open within the next couple of weeks at 23 Third Avenue, right around the corner from the madness that is St. Marks Place. More →
Last night, Jim Power, the legendary Mosaic Man, took to his Twitter and Facebook to post a diatribe on the waning support from his community. Power is trying to raise money to continue his work on the Mosaic Trail: 80 decorated light poles, bedazzled with colorful pieces of tile, spattered around the East Village. More →