Ask Andrew W.K.: What's Better? Nachos or Tacos?

Photo by Rick Day
[Editor's note: Every Wednesday, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask:]

Hey, Andrew!

I could really use your help answering this question...

What's better: nachos or tacos?

Your Party Disciple

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Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 12/17 - 12/23

Categories: Comedy

Want to see a live Frasier episode, performed by blind-drunk actors? Wasted Frasier is for you, this Friday
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have opinionated Greeks, party sneaks, Baltimore tones, relationship moans, and a salute to the crappiest moments of 2014. There's a lot to choose from. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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The 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of 2014

Categories: Best of NYC

The Underachievers

New York City rap in 2014 will be remembered by many for the way Brooklyn's Bobby Shmurda and his Shmoney Dance shenanigans shot up the Billboard charts, but the rest of the city's scene was also busy on a grassroots level, creating some remarkably creative hip-hop. Despite being conceived, released, and performed on your doorstop, many of these hometown offerings never received the due they deserved -- but that's no reflection on the vitality of the music that was constantly seeping up from the underground. Here, then, are the 10 most essential Big Apple rap long-players of 2014 -- consider them your savvy year-end playlist template.

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Harmonizing Duo Kings Anchor Inaugural Big Gay Country Holiday

Jarrod McCabe
Kings, littorally.
I would date boys in high school and college who happened to play the guitar; then I realized, instead of dating them, I wanted to be them," says Steph Bishop, one-half of the poignantly pure-voiced duo Kings, accurately self-tagged as "queer country folkies" with "tight vocal harmonies, strings, stomps...intelligent, inventive songwriting, politics, humor."

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The Ten Best New York Punk Releases of 2014

Photo by Rob Menzer for the Village Voice.
The pit at a Latino Punk Fest show at the Acheron back in August
New York is home to the world's premier punk scene, and has been for a while now. The spectrum of the sound and aesthetic are continuously warping; we see the lines of punk extending to hardcore and noise blur. New bands are born, the go-to bands keep on writing new material, and the nothing lasts just for the sake of lasting. As we pass from one January to the next, let's take a look back at the best that this great genre in this great city offered us this year. I would not say that 2014 was the strongest year in recent memory for recorded output. But it still killed, because New York punk is that good. Here are the 10 best releases, in no particular order.

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Deer Tick Celebrate 10 Years of Bandom Under 'Covers'

Deer Tick
Tradition dictates that gifts for a 10th anniversary be either tin or aluminum. But on the occasion of Deer Tick's own decennial as a band, they're the ones doing the giving: They're presenting fans in the New York area with...(insert rimshot here) rock. And a lot of it: For five nights in a row at the Brooklyn Bowl, the lineup will cover an entire album -- by Devo, the Beatles, NRBQ, Elvis Costello, and Lou Reed (plus a second set of their own material) -- and on the sixth eve they'll do their own songs in a fan-chosen set. That's a lot of rehearsal. And in the ballpark of 40 cover songs to learn, all from albums released before anybody in Deer Tick was even born. But as singer/songwriter John McCauley understates, "We just thought it would be fun to do. I guess we figured we're going to be taking some time off next year -- still recording stuff, but we've been playing so much, and I'm about to have a daughter, so, you know, this will be the last time we play in New York for kind of a while."

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Wrekmeister Harmonies Drape Bushwick in Pastoral Doom - 12/14/14

Categories: Concerts, Metal

Wrekmeister Harmonies
Better Than: That Scott Walker + SunnO))) record. Yeah, I said it.

"I was nervous. I didn't know if anybody was gonna show."

J.R. Robinson a/k/a Wrekmeister Harmonies is enjoying a post-show cigarette and breathing a helluva sigh of relief. The "pastoral doom" overlord needn't have pondered that nightmarish scenario, because a shit-ton of his doom-and-drone-seeking worshippers did in fact flock to DIY art hub Signal Gallery in Bushwick, where the Chicago-based, ink-
covered WrekHarm architect -- in all his bearded glory -- presented a rare local performance of Then It All Came Down, his second long-form mammoth composition.

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The 10 Most Bizarre Justin Timberlake Fan Reactions to Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake
Better Than: Taylor Swift's star-studded birthday party.

As Justin Timberlake closes out his most recent run of the 20/20 tour, he made a stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and brought along the borough's most famous rapper, Jay-Z, for a hit-packed set. Here's what some of the biggest JT fans had to say:

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The 11 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/15/14

Categories: Listings, Live

Publicity photo by Michael Schwartz
This week: You can see Tinashe on Monday, December 15, at the Highline Ballroom.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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Listen to 'I Can't Breathe,' the Haunting Song for Eric Garner, by We Are Temporary

Categories: Interviews

Mark Roberts, an electronic music producer who works under the name We Are Temporary, knows his latest song, "I Can't Breathe" -- out Tuesday and about the death of Eric Garner -- is manipulative.

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