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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AWK by Jonathon Thorpe/ MK courtesy Nature-Sounds
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!

See also: Andrew W.K.'s Village Voice advice column

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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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See also: Skrillex 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.

See also: The 10 Best Jukebox Bars in New York City

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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

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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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Let's Pay Tribute To International Make Out Day In Song


Yes, apparently May 12 is the day where you're supposed to grab someone (whether a friend, a "friend," or a stranger) and, to quote the people putting this holiday on, "take a few minutes to enjoy what is probably the most singularly positive human experience ever." Hey, it's not a holiday that was made up outta nothing for economy-stimulating purposes, at least! Above, Unrest's fine tune "Make Out Club," which also inspired an early-adopter social network; after the jump, the best music-video makeout ever (and don't worry, it's not the Halle Berry/Fred Durst pairing from Limp Bizkit's "Behind Blue Eyes," which Vh1 once erroneously called awesome).


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Happy Sixth Birthday, Cake Shop

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The bilevel coffee shop/bar/venue/place for hangs Cake Shop turns six this weekend, and it's celebrating with a sixth-birthday party with a bunch of bands and "surprises." Cake Shop's gone through some changes over the course of its existence--R.I.P., for all intents & purposes, record store that took up much of the back of the ground floor and slowly got chipped away--but it's consistently booked fantastic indiepop bills and local bands, and it's nice to see it holding down the fort and slinging the still-relatively-cheap hooch in an increasingly unfun-to-visit corner of the Lower East Side. The fĂȘte tomorrow night includes a set by the quite lovely Kiwi act Surf City, who are keeping the New Zealand chiming-pop flame alive; full flyer (via BV) after the jump.

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Lil Wayne's Wild Weekend: Courtside in New Orleans, On Stage in Las Vegas, Red Carpet in Miami


Lil Wayne was released from prison last week, as you might have heard. He spent some time alone before rejoining his friends, first on Friday night in New Orleans, where he sat courtside to watch LeBron James and Dwayne Wade's Miami Heat take on his hometown Hornets. Saturday he took the stage in Las Vegas with Drake to perform "Miss Me." The above video is chaotic, with Wayne shirtless and cameras everywhere, but one of the song's strongest lines was adjusted into past tense: "I was gone till November, but I was never trippin', I knew Drizzy was gonna kill 'em." More from Wayne's wild weekend after the jump.


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