Live: Method Man, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., And Others Smoke Out The Best Buy Theater

Method Man w/ Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, Fiend & Cornerboy, Marcus Manchild, and more
Best Buy Theater
Friday, October 14

Better than: Hanging out in my own living room (barely).

Last time Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. rolled through Manhattan on the Smoker's Club tour (sans Method Man), both rappers patrolled the stage with a nervous energy, intent to prove to a New York crowd that they had the chops and the presence to succeed as more than just hometown heroes. K.R.I.T., after all, had been booed off the Highline Ballroom stage only a few months earlier, and Curren$y had only recently released the first of the Pilot Talk albums that would finally prove he had the skills and personality cross over from the world of free downloads on DatPiff. Compare that with Friday night, at which the rappers with the most to prove—dudes like Houston newcomer Marcus Manchild—were allotted no more than a couple of songs hours before the headliners would take the stage.

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Live: Cradle Of Filth Pack Best Buy Theater Full Of Quasi-Vampires

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Leave these guys alone already. Pics by Daniel.
Cradle of Filth
Best Buy Theater
Thursday, March 3rd

Better than: Sitting through Twilight

Cradle of Filth take a lot of crap from "true" metalheads, a fact that frontman Dani Filth seemed well aware of as he introduced the band as "the pieces of shit from England." As if playing the super-slick Best Buy Theater in Times Square wasn't enough, sharing the bill with fellow black-metal whipping posts Nachtmystium should have been enough to set people in Darkthrone jean-jackets picketing the venue.

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Live: Motörhead, Clutch, And Valient Thorr Pack 'Em In At Best Buy Theater

Just don't get between Lemmy and the bar, or the women. Pics by Phil.
Motörhead/Clutch/Valient Thorr
Best Buy Theatre
Monday, February 28

Better than: Any other 65-year-old still making (rock) music.

Bassist/vocalist/negative role model Lemmy has always insisted that Motörhead are not a metal band. His first words to the audience (OK, after "Everybody doing all right? Well, we'll soon fix that!") were "We are Motörhead, and we play rock 'n' roll!" And the set list for this tour, which supports the band's 20th studio album and the rapturously received documentary Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch, indeed focuses on the more conventionally rockin' side of the band's output, avoiding thrash-punk assaults in favor of slower songs like "Stay Clean," "Metropolis," and most surprisingly of all, two numbers that are the closest thing Motörhead's ever recorded to slow jams. "The Chase Is Better Than the Catch" is an underrated slow-burner from the Ace of Spades album, a stalking blues with a bass break made for audience participation, while "Just 'Cos You Got the Power" is a seven-and-a-half minute (!) rant against the money-hungry bastards who run the world (a favorite Lemmy target, along with those who declare war, those who run major world religions, and anyone getting between him and the bar, or him and the nearest available woman), punctuated by multiple stinging guitar solos from Phil Campbell.

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Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings Are Playing New Year's Eve At Best Buy Theater

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Add another possibility to your NYE Excel chart or however you're organizing this: Everyone's favorite Brooklyn-soul queen is playing everyone's favorite recently rebranded Midtown theater December 30-31. Tickets are on sale here Friday at noon; play your cards right and you could ring in 2011 while dancing with Sharon onstage, as long as you don't get too fresh or anything. For example:

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Win Two Tickets To See Kruder and Dorfmeister At Best Buy Theatre Tomorrow Night

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Downtempo remix giants Kruder and Dorfmeister have not graced an NYC stage in nine years, but that drought ends tomorrow night at Best Buy Theatre (nee Nokia) as part of the "The 16 F***king Years Anniversary Session," and we can get you in for free.

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Live: Drake And Trey Songz Sneak Into Best Buy Theater, Purr Some Innuendos

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Hopefully Drake got a free camera out of this. Pic by Puja.
Drake/Trey Songz
Best Buy Theater
Tuesday, October 5

Secret, invite-only hip-hop shows don't exist, even if we went to one last night. Then again, with a lineup of Drake, Trey Songz, and Pitbull, we couldn't be too surprised at the line of hopeful teenagers wrapped around Best Buy Theater. The three stars were on hand to celebrate the launch of SoKodak, a new Internet-savvy camera, which means this invite-only crowd consisted of suited industry guys, brand representatives, and a handful of young, dolled-up contest-winners screaming at the foot of the stage. Time to get awkward.

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