The Insanely Strange Lion King Knockoff and Other 'Mockbusters' You Must See

Categories: The Internet

YouTube Screen Capture
Not-"Simba" from Dingo Pictures' Animal Soccer World
Last week, Disney's The Lion King musical announced it has made $6.2 billion worldwide, meaning the Broadway favorite now has the most successful box office of anything in any medium in entertainment history. But while this lavish production has managed to capture the heart of every generation it comes into contact with, the internet has found a new "King" in a far-less-budgeted animation studio.

Meet Dingo Pictures.

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Why Fighting Critics of Your Band on Social Media Is a Bad Look

Categories: Fan Landers

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, and 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,

Our singer handles the Twitter and tumblr for the band and normally what he posts are just updates about the band, but last week he went off on a local critic that gave our new EP a bad review. He blasted him on Twitter, but the worst part was that he then took the review apart on tumblr, line by line. He didn't ask us or even tell us he was going to and seems to think the writer deserved it because the writer was "unfair." We don't live in a big city, there are only a handful of music writers in town, and this was not a bridge that should have been burnt. Should we apologize? I don't think he'll delete the tweets even if we begged him to. It's super embarrassing.


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Iceage - Bowery Ballroom - 10/12

Categories: Last Night

All photos Lindsey Rhoades
Better Than: drinking 100 Euro wine

A wrinkled piece of blue paper lay wadded on the Bowery Ballroom stage in front of Iceage guitarist Johan Surrballe Wieth's monitor, the setlist scrawled in the same handwriting that adorns the cover of the band's third studio album, Plowing Into the Field of Love. The fifth line down simply said "Country;" as shorthand for rockabilly-inflected lead single "The Lord's Favorite" it also said a lot about the kind of songwriting Iceage explores on their latest LP.

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/13/14

Categories: Listings, Live

Jeff the Brotherhood
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Hozier On SNL: One Big Heart-Eyed Emoji

Remember when "Stay With Me" dropped and everyone scrambled to learn more about Sam Smith, the baby-faced British crooner that showed up out of nowhere to remind us that England's got more to offer to pop than the distant promise of a new Adele album and One Direction's tattoos? His Saturday Night Live performance was the beacon at the beginning of his ascent to fame, and Hozier, the smoldering singer-songwriter also hailing from the northernmost reaches of the Atlantic, is following in his footsteps.

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"Wonder Woman Would Hang Out at Saint Vitus": Comics Creators on NYC Hero Haunts

Categories: Metal

Rob Menzer
Saint Vitus in Greenpoint: This is where Wonder Woman would hang out.
Making the most of New York Comic Con can be exhausting, and navigating the crowds can be as taxing as fighting Skrulls or thwarting Brainiac. So where in the city do comics heroes unwind or cut loose?

Some of the top creators at NYCC shared their heroes' favorite New York hangouts.

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James Brown Was a Complicated Dad, Says New Book

Categories: Get Lit

Chicago Review Press
Dr. Yamma Brown, whose Father was the Godfather. Got that?
James Brown was, of course, the Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. But all that he worked to grab those titles over decades seemed to come crashing down through much of the '80s and '90s.

That's when he derailed into years of drug and domestic abuse, erratic behavior, weapons charges, a carousel of women, and questionable business deals. His name became more a punch line for comedians than a pillar for music writers, the low point being a crazy-looking mug shot and an actual stint in a South Carolina prison (remember the "Free James Brown" T-shirts?).

But his crash and burn was no laughing matter to some members of his family, especially daughter Yamma.

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York this Weekend, 10/10/14

Categories: Weekend

Catch New York-by-way-of Berkeley band We are Scientists (who also love pecans) at the CBGB Festival.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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Introducing Retch, the Polo-Obsessed Rapper Co-Signed By Action Bronson

Categories: Interviews

Retch by Ralph Lorenzo

Earlier this week, the rapper Retch dropped a fresh flick to accompany his new "Ademei Porcelana" track. With production handled by FLEXXX GOD, the song resonates with an eerie charm as Retch drops taut street-wrought rhymes that nod to the zone that Roc Marciano and KA represent so evocatively. With "Ademei Porcelana" acting as a strong statement of intent for his upcoming Finesse The World album, here's your primer on Retch.

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Jordan Knight and Nick Carter: The Ultimate Boy Band Bromance

Courtesy of Industry PR
It's not every day a couple of boy band-ers join forces to start a man band, but New Kids on the Block's Jordan Knight and the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter are a couple of above average boys from the bands. After rising to international stardom as teens in their respective groups and in their respective decades, both Nick and Knight forayed into solo music careers (both their most recent solo albums were released in May of 2011) and reality television. Though there were minor hiatuses and interludes for independent exploration, both NKOTB and BSB always come back for more and even formed a supergroup for a tour and compilation album, all under the title NKOTBSB.

Clearly Jordan and Nick found the right stuff with one another, having since created the duo Nick & Knight. They released their debut album this year, a fun adult-pop romp through decades of r&b and pop rock influences, and are currently on a tour across North America. The Knight of the pair took some time out of their schedule to discuss New Kids, his friendship with Nick and what to expect from a Nick & Knight show. Spoiler alert: the answer is a good time.

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