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Archive for January, 2013


30 Rock Is Dead. Long Live 30 Rock!

Tonight is the season, and series finale of NBC’s groundbreaking “30 Rock.” Tonight at 8/7c Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan and all their friends will treat us to one […]

Photo – Erika Bogner

5 Breaking Brooklyn Bands

Just after the first of the year has proven to be a choice time for live music in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  It seems there is a  can’t miss show nearly every night, […]


SO Looking Forward To: She & Him ‘Volume 3’

As if that workhorse Zooey Deschanel hasn’t accomplished enough, She & Him will be releasing their third studio album of original material with Merge Records this spring. Volume 3 will be […]


A Fond Farewell To ’30 Rock’

I don’t know about you but I’m ready to plop myself down next to a box of lotion facial tissues and a glass of dessert wine as I watch the […]

Photo by Britt Magnuson

‘All The Poems That Are Fit To Print’

Mix together playwright, screenwriter and poet and you get busy gal Laura Brienza. She runs the news and poetry website “All The Poems That Are Fit To Print,” a site that […]


HelloGiggles & Gallery 1988 ‘Young Adult’ Exhibit

Actress/musician Zooey Deschanel, writer Molly McAleer, and producer Sophia Rossi first started the vastly popular lady-friendly entertainment website HelloGiggles in 2011. It has quickly become hugely influential and branched out […]


Interview With Lovedrug

I’ve been crushing—hard—on Lovedrug for a while. So when I scored the opportunity for an interview with the band’s lead singer, Michael Shepard, it was difficult not to jump up […]


What Turned You On? Justin Landis, Seth Sutton & Seth Murray

In this series we ask musicians about the one album that changed their life, the album that turned that slow burn of curiosity into an uncontrollable fire, the album that […]


Geeking Out: The ’30 Rock’ High Five Challenge

“30 Rock” is ending and we’re sad to see it go. Not as sad as Kerri Doherty and Mark Malkoff. They worked through their grief by tracking down Tina Fey […]


Interview Matt Ingebretson

It’s awards season! So who receives the distinguished award for best comedy web series of 2012? Without a doubt the clear winner would have to be Matt’s Game Chamber. If […]


Five Favs

Welcome to my Five Favs. This is my personal list of things I’m currently digging hard on. Like, so hard it’s bleeding. I’m sure you all know the feeling. You […]

Photo by Paul Heartfield

Unaired VH1 ‘Jon Brion Show’ Pilot Features Lost Elliott Smith Performance

The ‘Jon Brion Show’ circa 1999 or 2000 and Directed Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will be Blood, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love), was an informal VH1 variety show […]


SF Sketchfest Preview

SF Sketchfest is almost here! Oi! You over there! SF SKETCHFEST IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!!! What is SF Sketchfest, you ask? SF Sketchfest is the ambrosia salad of comedy […]


‘An Idiot Abroad’ Is Back For A Third Season & A New Traveling Partner

If you are not familiar with the British travel documentary TV series, “An Idiot Abroad”, now is the time to get caught up. Season 3 starts up this weekend and […]