Oct 26, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

My first Friday show, self-titled magazine and Pop Mart Media's showcase at (Le) Poisson Rouge, was one with very high expectations, as all four artists on the bill had been overly hyped in the weeks leading up to CMJ. More

Oct 26, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

After spending a couple days going back and forth from Brooklyn to Manhattan, I took it easy on Thursday and planted myself in Williamsburg to save energy for the last two days of CMJ. I stopped by the DFA showcase at Brooklyn Bowl hoping to see YACHT, but left after learning the band wasn't going on until after 11 p.m. More

Oct 26, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Looking back on this week so far, I realized that the majority of the music I've seen has been near one of two extremes: folk, or electronics-fueled rock or pop. London outfit Mumford & Sons, who played Wednesday evening, was no exception (it won't be the last folk band I see this week, either). More

Oct 26, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

To say expectations were low for It's hard to believe that the kid in The Gate grew up to play the big bad in Blade. Stephen Dorff plays Glen, a kid in the suburbs who meets creatures in his backyard. Sound familiar? Well, these creatures don't like Reese's Pieces, and they emerge from a hell gate conjured from a European heavy metal album! More

Music Go Music

Expressions

Secretly Canadian

Oct 26, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Despite their mysterious aliases-band members go by Kamer Maza, Gala Bell, and TORG (yes, all caps)the musicians of this Los Angeles trio sure know how to craft a pop song. Expressions compiles the nine tracks that made up the band's three 12" singles into one, unified debut album. And the greatness of those singles still resonates when played together as one whole-album trip. More

Oct 23, 2009 Live

As any music snob will readily admit, one of the greatest joys in life is catching a little known band before they break big. Pardon me for braggingas I presumptuously swirl my drink and haughtily raise my nose skywardbut when Choir of Young Believers claw their way out of obscurity and into larger venues, you're in for quite a treat. More

Nick Hornby

Juliet, Naked

Published by Riverhead

Oct 23, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

A decade and a half after making a name for himself with High Fidelity, Nick Hornby has at last written a novel that, while not topping his debut, comes closer to the mark than any of his more recent output. Julet, Naked centers once again on the nature of male musical obsession. More

Madden 10 Wii

EA Sports

Oct 23, 2009 Video Games Web Exclusive

You can almost hear the graphics designers sighing as you begin Madden 10. They really seem to have put next to no effort into the look of the Wii version. The players look vaguely like bubbles, or the variations on hockey players seen in Nintendo's Ice Hockey: tall and skinny, fat, and regular. Without the thrill of awesome graphics, a lot of pressure falls on the game play. More

Oct 23, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

The two main characters on the USA Network's latest hour-long dramedy, White Collar, fit the channel's "characters welcome" bill to a T. Chuck's ridiculously good-looking Matt Bomer plays con artist-turned-FBI-collaborator, Neal Caffrey. Starting out on the run, a captured Caffrey is approached by FBI agent Peter Burke (Tell Me You Love Me's Tim Dekay) to help nab white-collar criminals in exchange for a conditional, limited amount of freedom monitored by an ankle bracelet. More