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It wouldn’t exactly be going out on a limb to make the claim that The Meadows—in only its second year—is already New York City’s marquee fall festival. While the summer season is certainly ripe with competition, the options are a whole lot thinner as the temperatures begin to drop. And when one of those few options has a lineup that looks like this...well, there’s not much of a debate. Last year’s inaugural lineup, which featured...
It’s the first Friday night of 2017, and Hannibal Buress is sitting in a mostly-empty green room—all that’s on a table is a bottle of Jameson and a veggie platter—inside the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel. He’s just performed a corporate-tailored version of his stand-up set (complete with jokes about 401k's, incredulousness over Donald Trump, and a comparison of Hillary Clinton to a crouton) at a private event in which he opened for Sting....
I wrote this piece to get closure.-- Nas, "No Introduction" I used to trade my writing in exchange for a chance to see live music. These days we mock the language that promises to pay young writers in exposure, but five years ago, I was more than happy to write for free for blogs that landed me a spot on a guest list. After five years of feeling isolated and moorless in Los Angeles, scraping...
I first heard about Justin Bieber from Alicia, one of my coworkers at Nordstrom who kept gushing about some new child star who was Usher's protege. When I was in college we worked together in the BP clothing section (read: teen) of Nordstrom in Thousand Oaks, California. This was the phase of my life when I was still fully rockist—like, listening-to-The-Eagles-as-loud-as-they'd-go rockist. I drove back through the canyons home to Malibu after work that day,...

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