Reminder: Tonight Marnie Stern Will Tell Dirty Stories, and Marnie the Dog Will Be Adorable

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We've talked to Marnie Stern and Marnie the Dog about the tour stories they're going to tell tonight at The Creek and Cave in Long Island City. [SPOILER ALERT] One of them contains the phrase "tore his penis."

It's going to be a fun, fun, fun night for the price of zero dollars. Marnie (Stern) will blow minds and Marnie (the Dog) will melt hearts (or maybe vice versa?) starting at 8 p.m., so hop on the 7 train or put on your most comfy walking shoes and come on out to Rumble Strip, which is what we're calling this because "Road Stories" was already taken. But people will both rumble and strip tonight, so it's fine. It's fine.

See you there! In the meantime, watch Marnie and Marnie interview Mac DeMarco together on a boat after the jump.

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Come Hear Marnie Stern and Marnie the Dog Tell Outrageous Tour Stories

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The Marnies, Stern and The Dog. We have loved them both for a very long time here at the Voice. And next Tuesday, October 21, at 8 p.m., we're getting them together at The Creek and Cave to tell their most outrageous stories from the road. Tour Stories that turned into War Stories. You definitely should come. It's going to rule. And it's free.

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In Defense of the Beastie Boys' To the 5 Boroughs

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The passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch two years ago was a devastating loss for music, but within the outpouring of mourning in the wake of his death was the reminder how much the Beastie Boys' music connected with several generations of listeners. Even prior to Yauch's passing, the Beasties' catalog had already been championed by critics as some of the most consistent and important releases of their generation and has continued to find new audiences by becoming something of a rite of passage for music obsessives and fun thrill-seekers alike.

But despite the universal love of the Beasties, the tenth anniversary of their To the 5 Boroughs album just passed with almost no retrospectives or think-pieces. In this era of hyper-nostalgia, why would an album that was critically championed upon release (Five stars in Rolling Stone, A- from Christgau) and the subject of an absolute media blitz be completely omitted from our collective "Remember when this happened? OMG, we're old! LOL!" mentality?

Probably because, truthfully, we didn't like it very much.

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REMINDER: Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan's Masta Killa Tell Funny Road Stories Tonight

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Just a quick note to remind you that TONIGHT Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan's Masta Killa will be telling their funniest/most odd stories from life on the road. Exceptionally funny NYC comics Joe List, Leah Bonnema, and Mark Normand will join them, and I will be hosting the whole thing along with Voice Cheap Laughs columnist Tom Cowell. It goes down at one of Long Island City's best bars, The Creek and the Cave, at 10 p.m., it's FREE, and you should probably get there a bit early if the response online is anything to judge by. It's going to be a whole lotta fun, and if you've never been, the Creek is sure to be your new favorite place. See you there, hopefully.

After the jump, a picture of my twin brother with Andrew W.K. from 2002.

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Come Hear Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan's Masta Killa Tell Outrageous Tour Stories

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Well hey, we're very excited about this. On Friday, March 14, at 10 p.m., Village Voice advice columnist/Life Guru Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan's Masta Killa will join me and comedian Tom Cowell on stage to tell their funniest, weirdest, most-depraved stories from the road in a thing we're (very creatively) calling Road Stories. And the whole thing is FREE!

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Your Broke Ass Can Now Afford to Eat at 40/40 Club

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Happy fun-time Illuminati hang out the 40/40 Club is, we're told, a sophisticated lounge where Top Shelf People drink Top Shelf Liquor while watching sports. Jay Z owns the chain, which he opened to fill the glaring bottle service gap other sports bars were too dumb to recognize or capitalize on. "What is better than downing sliders while watching hockey?" " (we imagine) Jay Z thought. His answer: "Downing sliders with gorgonzola and the option of adding beet relish."

The man is a business genius, a marketing guru who long ago mastered the art of the deal. Now his famed 40/40 Club has struck one with discount hub livingsocial, and together they're offering you a $280 value for ...

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An Appreciation of Skrillex, Written in the Language of Skrillex

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Photos: Laura June Kirsch
[All photos from last night's Skrillex show at Music Hall of Williamsburg]

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The 10 Best Birthday Bars in New York City

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Birthdays are hard. Of course it's about you. But really, it's about everyone else, especially if you're stepping up to plan the party yourself: whom to invite, whom not to invite, how to congratulate yourself for being born without feeling too self-important, whether to celebrate the day of or wait until the weekend, and most important of all, where to do the damn thing. This is usually where a good watering hole comes in. The right birthday bar perfects a rather unscientific formula (lighting [atmosphere] + alcohol [types x price] + location [proximity to subway/availability of cabs] + things to do other than drinking and talking = good times) that facilitates instant friendships between people meeting for the first time, i.e. all your guests, whose enjoyment you've been so worried about. And this, in turn, lets the birthday boy or girl and de facto host relax already, enjoy themselves, and focus on remaining upright after so many free rail whiskey shots.

With all this in mind, we've assembled a list of our favorite birthday bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Some of them have drink specials for your special day, one encourages bar dancing, another has disco bocce, and many are simply great bars for a lot of people to spend quality time in, regardless of what day it is. As Ben Franklin didn't actually say, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," and you should be happy on your birthday.

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Dita Von Teese Has an "Official Corset Trainer"

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Queen of the Tease: Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese might be offended when we call her the Founding Mother of Modern Burlesque, but the shoe fits. Teese spent the 1990s dragging striptease back from the grimy brink of tawdriness, recovering a lost, pre-war world of fan dance glamor. So if you've enjoyed a burlesque show in the last 20 years, you should be slipping a 20 of appreciation into Dita Von Teese's psychic g-string. Teese has now crossed over into the fashion world, with her own lingerie line, and a coveted spot on Vanity Fair's International "Best Dressed" List. She's back in New York with a new show, "Burlesque: Strip, Strip, Hooray!"--a 90 minute piece, performed at the Gramercy Theatre from Sept. 30th to Oct. 4th. It features some of her most talked-about acts of the last few years: the Rhinestone Cowgirl (she's head-to-toe in pink Swarovski crystal), the Gilded Cage, and the Giant Martini Glass (her signature, with a few new twists). We sat down with Dita to talk about body-modification, mysterious Parisian dream girls, and why letters from prison can be just delightful.

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Nada Surf Celebrate 20 Years With NYC Sold Out Homecoming

If you can pay rent with the money you make doing what you love, you're lucky as hell--and this isn't lost on the guys of Nada Surf, who are celebrating the two loud and fast decades they've spent together making that dream a reality. "We really love playing together," says lead singer Matthew Caws, calling in from someplace between Washington, D.C. and Columbus, OH. "It's corny and simple, but it's why we've never broken up and have been around for so long. It's because playing together is really fun for us. If there are more than 10 people who want to come see us, well, there you go. We'll do the show. And there's no reason to stop, as long as you can pay the rent and play as many shows as you need to in order to make that happen."

As their two shows at the Bowery Ballroom Friday and Saturday have long since sold out, it's plain to see that Nada Surf will carry on in the name of alternative rock long past year 20. After a year of touring consistently behind The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, their January release and the seventh record in their arsenal, Nada Surf will close out their final tour of 2012 with two sold-out nights at the Bowery Ballroom. The Bowery shows serve as a nostalgic return for the native New Yorkers, and Caws is proud of the fact that Nada Surf can contribute their demonstrated fervor to the musical fabric of the gritty city where they cut their chord-ripping teeth.

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