'Tis the season to be jolly, and we are more than glad to assist! The holiday season is the time for people from all walks of life to embrace and exchange tokens of love and appreciation for each other through food, gifts and great company. However, we can all can agree that the tasks of holiday shopping, booking tickets, and driving or flying out to spend time with loved ones can be a bit daunting.
So to ease the hassle of all the running around you have to do and to keep you in the holiday spirit, we've put together a list of the latest holiday projects that you can stream to your Smartphone, tablet or iPod. While you're at it, you may also want to add the festive musical ensembles listed below to your shopping cart to enjoy with the family as well. After all, what's a good holiday celebration without good music?
Black Friday is serious business. It's a holiday tradition that is under scrutiny for encouraging riotous behavior and not actually being all that economical for consumers. However, that's probably because you've been doing it wrong. Black Friday is the day that all the holiday gifts and self-indulgent purchases are made. So if you've got the hankering to stimulate the economy just follow these simple tips, and you can be king/queen of Black Friday.
1. Bring a water bottle
You know you're going to be dehydrated and sluggish because you're probably heading out right after Thanksgiving dinner. The sales start earlier and earlier every year, so you might as well tell grandma to pack the turkey in some tupperware.
The fall may be the most popular time for networks to debut their new shows, but the premieres aren't over. This year’s slate of new midseason shows is especially strong, including glimpses into the hip-hop world and a highly anticipated spin-off. Here are the five midseason shows that you need to be watching this winter.
Better Call Saul (AMC): No new midseason show is a highly anticipated as this Breaking Bad spinoff, which includes one of the shows fan-favorite characters: sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The show will follow Goodman and his law firm six years before Walter White came and disrupted his life. The show will debut on Sunday, February 8th with a second episode premiering the next night in the shows regular timeslot, Mondays at 10pm. Check out the latest teaser below.
Commonly used to describe a film style the emphasizes cynicism and sexuality in dramatic fashion, the term "noir" comes from the French, which makes it a perfectly good title for the latest craze in dark electro being produced by FAKE Music label-head Yoann Feynman, and his Parisian compatriot, Monomotion. The two-track EP features the title track, 'Noir,' which is intricately laced with underground grit and heavy hitting bass drum kicks, and 'Gaza,' a percussion driven thrill ride deep into the sounds of a dimly lit basement party at midnight. A welcome departure from the EDM of FAKE Music's past, Yoann Feynman and Monomotion's Noir EP is exactly the kind of devilish French goodness we all want and need. If you don't believe it, just ask Gesaffelstein.
After making a home for itself in upstate New York's Bethel Woods over Memorial Day weekendthis year, which was also when the festival made its US debut, Mysteryland has quickly become one of America's favorite and most anticipated events. With the festival's second edition already slated to return to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts next year during Memorial Day weekend, Mysteryland plans to come back bigger and better, with more music, art, and culture to boot. In an effort to capture the spirit and essence of New York, considering the fact that many of Mysteryland's attendees make the trip upstate from the city, the festival has gathered together some of the finest curators NYC has to offer, including Adam Beyer's Drumcode, Webster Hall, Verboten, BangON! NYC, and Q-Dance, among others.
The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event could not have come at a more perfect time, as last week welcomed the coldest days we’ve seen this fall and people all over NYC were in need of merry distraction. For three hours, we delightfully warmed our bones with unlimited spirits, beer and wines aboard a luxurious yacht while cruising the New York City waterways.
Once we checked into our maiden voyage on The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship we were given our souvenir tasting glass and our spirits program book complete with a list of all the featured distilleries as well as map to better guide our drinking itinerary for the evening.
If you took the swagger of Cruella de Vil, Madonna and, P!nk, threw it in a bottle, sealed it tight, shook it up, then removed the top; Ivy Levan would materialize.
The rising pop diva with a soulful voice that's bigger than her svelte frame, embodies all three divas with her rebellious, pro-feminist, sultry attitude. Ivy's attitude and look complements her strong vocals and unapologetic lyrics in her new visual for 'The Dame Says.' The single, co-written by Ivy, is a preview for her next single entitled 'Biscuit.'
'Biscuits,' is slated for release on January 13th, via Cherrytree/ Interscope Records. Be on the look out for Ivy's forthcoming debut LP, to be released in the spring of 2015. The album's title and tracklist has not yet been confirmed. Check out the new video below.
Cincinnati's Leggy is coming to NYC! The trio, self-described as, "blond-heavy nü garage indie punk pop-tarts" are making a name for themselves with their stripped-down, genre-bending tracks. Leggy, who recently released their album "Cavity Castle" on casette and free BandCamp download, is made up of high school friends Véronique Allaer, Kerstin Bladh, and Christopher Campbell. They will be jamming in the city for two separate nights this weekend; Friday, Nov. 28th at Palisades, and Sunday, Nov. 30th at Cake Shop, both a part of their East Coast Tour. Don't miss out! Tickets for Friday's show can be found HERE; for Sunday's show HERE. See you there!
The term “Sweater Weather” has become a trending hashtag, and basically a whole new season, as The Neighbourhood’s hit single of the same name has gained massive public approval. Forming in 2011, these California natives are no strangers to creating music that is captivating. Their music conveys inspiring artistry, with intense lyrics that are woven with brutal honesty.
The five-member band first appeared on the scene with two free, self-released EP’s in 2012– I’m Sorry…. and Thank You. With “Sweater Weather” belonging to the first wave, it was no surprise that The Neighborhood’s first full-length album, I Love You. took the #1 spot on Billboard’s Alternative Chart. Since the success of that release, the band has put out another EP (The Love Collection), was featured on The Amazing Spider-Man 2soundtrack, and has been working on a mixtape set to be released on Thanksgiving.
For one popular record label, what started off as a joke last holiday season is now one of their most talked about releases of the year. It's no secret that pretty much everyone over at Mad Decent knows how to have a good time, so it should have been no surprise when the label up and decided to tweak a few of their artist's tracks into holly, jolly Christmas dance anthems you can twerk it to under the mistletoe. This year, Mad Decent is at it again, with artists like Diplo, Snappy Jit, 4B, and Alizzz all coming together to wish us all A Very Very Decent Christmas.
Michael Crichton first introduced the world to Jurassic Park with the release of his science fiction novel of the same name in 1990. An adventure packed tale filled with excitement and suspense, the words leap off the pages and the novel comes to life in one’s imagination. Therefore, adapting the novel into a blockbuster film was an absolute no brainer. In 1993, spearheaded by the brilliant Steven Spielberg, the first Jurassic Park film was released.
However, this theatrical release was just the beginning. Soon to follow came sequels The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997 and Jurassic Park III in 2001. Additionally, many video games, comics, and other such memorabilia became available as Jurassic Park became, without a doubt, a franchise.