While we can’t condone this gentleman’s banana suit, we fully endorse his spirit of revelry—and what can bolster one’s holiday morale more than a spot-on soundtrack? (Well, maybe a stiff drink and sharp attire, but the power of song is definitely up there.) If the New Year’s Eve party is at your place tonight—or you simply intend to hijack your inept friend’s stereo with your own well-equipped iPod—we hope the following 21 artists help fill any gaps in your existing library. Take a listen, nab your favorites on iTunes, and let the good times roll.
(To compile this list, we cross-referenced the Top Albums of 2013 from Seattle station KEXP, as voted by fans not only here in music-savvy Seattle, but worldwide—as the meticulously curated DJ sets can be streamed globally at KEXP.org. We especially recommend the station’s Saturday-morning reggae show, Sunday evening hip-hop, and midnight metal on Saturdays.)
1. The Walkmen. The first entrants on our NYE playlist had a new album out in 2013—but the older song above, entitled “In The New Year” and delivered with anthemic grandeur in this live performance—seemed to best fit tonight’s occasion.
Keep reading to hear the rest of our New Year’s Eve playlist.
He also resurrected legendary NYC punk-rock club CBGB, casts grizzled rock gods in his ad campaigns, and designs sneaker collabs with Converse (arguably the most rock-and-roll shoe to ever walk the earth). The Detroit-born designer’s latest homage to loud sounds is a volume of iconic photos, entitled John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion. The book explores the reciprocal relationship between audio and visual, underscoring how acts ranging from Pink Floyd to The Clash and Axl Rose to Alice Cooper have influenced the world with their style and mannerisms as much as with their music.
Keep reading for a glimpse at some of our favorite photos from the book—plus a Q&A with John Varvatos himself.
Last night, artistic visionaries, musical geniuses, and our favorite concert photographer descended upon New York City’s Highline Ballroom—all for a good cause.
The Other Ball (presented by Topman/Topshop and benefiting Arms Around the Child) honored “quiet revolutionaries changing the world,” like photographer Mark Seliger, and featured performances by a brilliantly eclectic musical lineup—including Swedish songstress Lykke Li, Rihanna collaborator Mikky Ekko, Ohio blues masters The Black Keys, and Harlem’s most fashion-wise rapper A$AP Rocky (pictured above, wearing Topman of course).
With a knack for being in the right place at the right time, photographer Faith Silva was there snapping portraits of performers and guests. Continue reading to see a few more of our favorite photos, and listen to songs by the artists who chose to support a noble charity last night.
With the inaugural night of Hanukkah in the bag, it’s likely your sharp-witted whippersnapper has already ferreted out the box that contained the new Xbox One or PS4. (Or, if you’re a savvy dad who enjoys instilling a sense of delayed gratification—you’ve wisely hidden it in the dark recesses of your home’s most unsuspecting closet until the eighth crazy night.)
Either way, you’ll need some smaller surprises to offset the gaming console (or other mother-lode, holy-grail gift they’ve been asking for since summer). Look no further than our Brite Lites_Gift City Pop-In Shop, online and in selected stores. It’s stacked to the rafters with awesomely odd items that your oddly awesome offspring will love. Read on for eight of our favorites—most under $30. (After all, Hanukkah is the Festival of ‘Lites.’)
Nine out of ten menswear bloggers agree: Tommy Ton is the reigning king of street-style photography. Whether he’s snapping Nick Wooster or our friend Bruce Pask (or the world’s most fetching female models, for that matter), the soft-spoken sharpshooter has a knack for bringing out each subject’s most supremely photogenic potential—in a candid fraction of a second.
The same holds true when Mr. Ton sits front-row at a theatrical Kanye West concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. (If you enjoyed Ton’s photos from West’s previous tour, you’re in for a treat.) Read on for more of our favorite shots.
Our third and final installment of Polaroid people-watching at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, as seen through the analog lens of acclaimed music blog Gorilla vs. Bear—presented by Topman and Nordstrom Men’s Shop.
Introducing part one of our Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage from Austin, Texas, as seen through the analog lens of acclaimed music blog Gorilla vs. Bear—presented by Topman and Nordstrom Men’s Shop for your visual and auditory enjoyment.
Despite the fact that original Polaroid film is no longer in production, instant photography is far from a forgotten art. In the past few months alone, we’ve paid homage to French photographer Guy Bourdin’s vintage fashion Polaroids, talked to Band of Outsiders founder Scott Sternberg about Polaroid’ing famous comediennes, and seen impeccable instant-film festival coverage by our friends at music blog Gorilla vs. Bear.