Author: Tina Benitez

Afghan Whigs

Afghan Whigs’ Showtime at the Apollo

When the Afghan Whigs last played New York City in 2014, it was October 4 and close to tour’s end supporting Do to the Beast, the band’s seventh studio album—and first following a nearly 14-year hiatus—at the Beacon Theater. Nearly three years later, the band returned to the Apollo Theater...

Norman Reedus Salutes the Fleets in NYC

Even the “Walking Dead” came out for Fleet Week 2016. Well, Daryl Dixon did. Norman Reedus arrived on Pier 84 atop a pimped out motorcycle to give the fleets a proper salute in New York City on May 29. The “Walking Dead” star was joined at Hudson River Park by...

Patricia Arquette Speaks Up for the Ladies of Film

Before Patricia Arquette picked up the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood, she told her boyfriend that if she won, she was going to say something that might make her lose some jobs in Hollywood. She did win and used her 60-second acceptance speech to address gender quality and...

The Pogues Make Beautiful Whiskey Together

Celtic punk rockers The Pogues like whiskey. Who knew? Maybe it’s those imbibe-induced Pogue tales like “Streams of Whiskey” and “Whiskey You’re the Devil” or its decades-inebriated frontman Shane MacGowan. Even though most band members don’t touch the juice these days, it was only appropriate to have an Irish Whiskey...

Old Mexican Card Games—and Tequila—with Artist Alejandro Vigilante

Alejandro Vigilante doesn’t know which playing card is his favorite. Each was a labor of love. On exhibit inside Andy Warhol’s old Wooster Street abode in New York City, the artist keeps looking up at his 54 hand-painted works of art, inspired by the centuries-old Mexican card game of chance,...

The Darkness Shed Some Light

The last time The Darkness played Irving Plaza in 2012, they just rebounded from a nearly six-year hiatus and were about to embark on a Born This Way tour with Lady Gaga—a fitting opening slot for the bombastic, glam rockers. “I’m happy to be of service,” said Dan Hawkins of...