A Completely Surreal Icelandic Musical Has One of the Best Soundtracks of the Year

Categories: Musicals

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Photos David Burlacu
Several Icelandic artists gathered at Rockwood Music Hall on July 15 to perform songs from Revolution In The Elbow
Throughout history, musicals have come with some pretty outrageous premises. But it's safe to say that none before Revolution In The Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter -- a rock musical written by a little-known, reclusive Icelandic songwriter -- involved a political struggle and a love triangle taking place in a Horton Hears a Who-like world on the elbow of a furniture painter.

Perhaps the most interesting twist is the fact that said musical, which begins performances at the Minetta Lane Theater on the 31st and officially opens on August 13th, has attracted the talents of two Tony winners -- star Cady Huffman (The Producers, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Iron Chef) and lighting director Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher) -- along with actors Kate Shindle, Patrick Boll and Brad Nacht; veteran West End choreographer Lee Proud (Billy Elliot, Carousel, Hairspray); and costume design from longtime Bjork collaborators Hrafnhildur Arnardottir (aka Shoplifter) and Edda Gudmundsdottir.

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Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week, 7/30 - 8/3

Categories: Comedy

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T.J. Miller performs with his sister Morgan in Miller Time at The PIT on Monday.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have beloved transgender Puerto Ricans, animal tail butt plugs, nipple tassels, special siblings, and a musical based on stand-up comedy. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Exclusive: Comedian Gary Gulman Announces Late-Night Milestone, Fall Tour, New Special

Categories: Comedy

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Courtesy Gary Gulman
As of his springtime appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Gary Gulman has officially appeared on every late-night network talk show currently on the air. (That'd include The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly and even Conan as a cable bonus.) To celebrate the achievement and his 20th anniversary in comedy, the Boston native exclusively announces his It's About Time fall tour, leading up to the taping of a special bearing the same name.

See also: Kurt Metzger Talks Emmy Nominations, Jim Norton, and Amy Schumer

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Kurt Metzger Talks Emmy Nominations, Jim Norton, and Amy Schumer

Categories: Comedy

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Chappelle's Show vet and Comedy Cellar regular Kurt Metzger says he's done courting the ire of bloggers who feign outrage in the service of page counts: "If you like it, good, and otherwise don't even watch it. I don't need to break it down any more than that." At the final party of Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival, he reflects on his recent successes...and his subsequent lack of leisure time.

See also: Hannibal Buress: "Bombing Can Be Good"

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10 Awesome Musical Performances from The Jon Stewart Show

Categories: TV

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Back before he was the host of The Daily Show -- back even before Josh Hartnett chopped off his fingers and stabbed him in the eye in The Faculty -- Jon Stewart was the host of his own eponymous show. It aired for almost two years, first in a half-hour version on MTV, and then an hour-long version in syndication.

Stewart told USA Today his eponymous program was "just an odd show with really cool music."

Indeed, the show had plenty of fantastic musical guests during its 1993 to 1995 run. Thanks to the magic of AV nerds recording the show, transferring it digitally and uploading to the internet, there are a ton of them on YouTube! Here are 10 of the best.

See also: In Defense of the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards

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Is the Band Responsible For Replacing a Member's Stolen Instrument?

Categories: Fan Landers

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Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality is assured, unless you want to use your drama as a ticket to Internet microfame.

Dear Fan,
We were out on tour a few weeks ago and our fiddle player had her very fancy and crazy expensive  200 year old fiddle stolen straight from our van. She has used it daily for 20 years and it is a part of her identity, and an essential part of our bands sound. So how do we deal with the loss as a band? How do we possibly raise the funds for a new one?
Sincerely,
Randy


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Bare-Knuckle Boxing at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Nebraska, a personable and modest 22-year-old dishwasher from Lincoln, Nebraska, takes a punch.
As our nation's culture and economy continues to deteriorate, more and more people are taking an interest in watching people beat the shit out of each other. While, under normal circumstances, these events are highly promoted and take place in giant arenas after two opponents carefully train, there is still a place where brawls remain brutal, honorable and organized.

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Overheard at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014: The Best Quotations

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the event's first year in Thornville, Ohio. While the move from the deep wilderness of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, to this year's decidedly more inhabited location did make the experience seem less like being on another planet, there was still an overabundance of hilarious and strange things happening at all times.

Here are the best overheard quotations from the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Hammerstein Ballroom - 7/27/14

Categories: Last Night

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Photo by Tom Oldham courtesy Nasty Little Man
Better Than: About 90-95 percent of the shows I've seen in my life.

First, a bit of disclosure. There's a certain degree to which you get spoiled living in New York, especially if writing about music factors into your job. You see a lot of concerts, and it all starts to blend together a bit. Much of it's great, and hey, going to three shows a week isn't a bad way to live your life, but naturally it becomes harder for things to stand out in your memory, for them to become challengers for your top 10 shows of all time, or whatever. A little over a month ago, I was covering Bonnaroo and made the unpopular decision of seeing Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds instead of Frank Ocean, or the Flaming Lips, or Skrillex's SuperJam. And I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that it was, on some level, life-changing. He's the sort of artist I've long been distantly familiar with, knowing and liking some of his music but always thinking I'd have to set aside some serious time to do a proper deep dive into his career; I walked out of that show feeling like I'd suddenly found an artist that had been under my nose for years, just waiting to become one of the most important artists in my life.

See also: Don't Ask Nick Cave About His Reputation as a "Dirty Old Man"

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Heavy Metal Spin Class Is a Thing

Categories: Metal

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Halston Bruce, cycling instructor
A tune by Death pumped through the speakers in the basement of SYNCStudio in Williamsburg. Halston Bruce, a tattooed chick with curly red hair, donned a headset microphone and mounted her stationary bike. This innaugural heavy metal cycling class (last Thursday) had been her longtime vision, and she percolated with excitement.

"Let's turn this basement into a double bass-ment!" she proclaimed.

Cue the Led Zeppelin.

See also: Heavy Metal Yoga Is a Thing

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