Author: Tina Benitez-Eves

4Knots Music Festival Sails West

All aboard! This year, the Village Voice‘s 4Knots Music Festival returns—just a tad different. Since 2011, the one-day, free-for-all (literally) of music has rocked the South Street Seaport, but this year the fest is moving on up—and over—to the West side along the Hudson River. It’s also no longer free for all. This year, it’s a ticketed event. Pier 84 in Hudson River Park (555 12th Ave., near West 44th St.) is this year’s 4Knots...

Craig Ferguson

Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson’s Final Guest; Metallica Booked for One-Week Residency

On December 19, Craig Ferguson, along with his gay robot skeleton Geoff Peterson and man-made horse Secretariat, will bid CBS and the Late Late Show adieu after nearly 10 years with a very special guest, former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno. The former late night host, and future CNBC host (“Jay Leno’s Garage”), will help send Ferguson off, along with three weeks filled with some of Ferguson’s all-time, favorite guests and friends like Larry King,...

Lost Themes

John Carpenter to Release Debut Solo Album

Legendary horror director and composer, John Carpenter (Halloween, They Live), will release his first solo album, Lost Themes, on Brooklyn label Sacred Bones Records, February 3, 2015. The album, a collaboration with Cody Carpenter of the band Ludrium and Daniel Davies, who score I, Frankenstein, falls into Carpenter’s style of repetitive synth splices that reach some terrifically terrifying crescendos. The first track, “Vortex,” has been released along with a video set to clips from different...

Happily Halloween: The Damned at Irving Plaza

The last time The Damned played Irving Plaza was in 2011, part of their 35th anniversary tour. Opting to play a Halloween show in Anaheim, Calif. instead that year, it was only a matter of time before they would make their way back to New York for the special day. This time around, the punk legends even dedicated a five-night, east coast mini tour called Hallow’s East, centering around a Halloween show in NYC. Covered...

Dum Dum Girls Walk Dead on Halloween Eve

Halloween started early Thursday night. Bloody, smeared faces and gaping, flesh wounds on their body, Dee Dee, Jules, Sandy and Malia floated onstage as the undead at Brooklyn Bowl.  The Dum Dum Girls were fully zombified for Halloween Eve with guitarist Jules trickling wine down her chin for full horror effect. Dee Dee Penny was last to step on stage in nothing but a crochet crop top, black g-string and a sheer latex pencil-length skirt...

Coming (Back) to America: The Boomtown Rats

Bob Geldof reached deep into his closet to wear something special for occasion: a snakeskin suit. Even though they’ve been playing throughout U.K. since May, The Boomtown Rats were returning to the United States for the first time in nearly 30 years. “We are the Boomtown Rats,” slithered Geldof, “and I’m wearing a fuck-off, pretend snakeskin suit.” It was enough to get him into Boomtown mode. Pushing Terminal 5 curfew, the Rats hopped out at...

The Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival

For the fourth consecutive year, the Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival took over the South Street Seaport in New York City for seven hours of music on July 12. This year’s set up was different from years past with a Front/Row Stage set up in the middle of Fulton Street and the main stage on Pier 16. Fit in around the reconstruction of South Street Seaport’s shopping and dining center (undergoing a complete overhaul through...

My Chemical Romance Burn Up Second New York Show

Hands raised, hundreds beckoned with chants of “M-C-R.”  Their thumps paid off as My Chemical Romance walked on stage for their second, sold-out New York City show Saturday night at Terminal 5, lighting up the impatient crowd with opener “Na Na Na.” “I have a theory,” said singer Gerard Way, midway through the band’s 17-song set. “If you play two nights in New York City, the second night is always the best.” It seemed as...