For 17 years, Jim Smith's hideaway has been a de facto open-mic for diverse acts ranging from experimental noise bands to punk heroes like No Age. Or sign in with a social account: AC Slater's monthly at the intimate Sound Nightclub is for people who want to mix it up and get sweaty on the dance floor, not for the bottle-service crowd. Keep in mind, however, that Hank's is not fancy, and there's no lingering. His delivery became more distinctive, his lyrics increasingly loaded with images, emotions and ideas that hit with the searing force and expanding damage of a hollow-point.
She started out in with a lo-fi drum machine and a fuzzed-out Ramones cover, but on her latest album, this year's I Want to Grow Upshe graduated to potent, sticky power-pop for stoners, with soft vocals and MTV-relatable lyrics.
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The Fonda is a favorite venue with big names looking for an underplay; in recent years, everyone from The Rolling Stones to Jack White to Radiohead has passed through. But what really makes it special is the unique and alterna-heavy playlist: I love this place! You haven't lived until you've line-danced to Lady Gaga alongside four-dozen gay cowboys. This place is one good bar.
When the New York—based promoters behind the Bowery Ballroom announced they were expanding their empire to include a L. All hail the queen of weed-pop. I am fundamentally allergic to sports bars. For sure, Bar Marmont features plenty of wannabe and real-life starlets draped in haute-hippie couture most nights of the week. You need to take them to the Tattle Tale Room.