No One Wants To Say It, But Vice Is Displacing Brooklyn Institutions

Yesterday, the longtime Brooklyn music and art venue Glasslands announced that it would be closing on New Year's Day 2015. Why? Because the marketing conglomerate Vice Media has already started building its huge new office near the property where Glasslands now stands, and will eventually get to Glasslands itself. » 10/22/14 12:25pm A minute ago

The Man Who Turned Speedboats Full Of Weed Into Indy 500 Glory

In 1986, everyone knew Randy Lanier was fast. He'd just won a sportscar championship and shattered an Andretti record to become the Indy 500 rookie of the year. What most people didn't know is he paid for his racing dreams by smuggling massive quantities of marijuana past the feds. » 10/22/14 12:07pm 19 minutes ago

Just a Song About Hollywood Superstar and Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf

Rob Cantor and the The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles present a song about Shia LeBeouf, a famed Hollywood actor and forest-dwelling eater of human flesh who sets upon you one night and forces you into a fight for your very life—featuring Shia LeBeouf as himself as Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane. » 10/22/14 11:55am 31 minutes ago

Aretha Franklin Is an Old Lady and She Sounds Like It; Good for Her

I can't recall a public performance more divisive than Aretha Franklin's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on the Sept. 29 episode of The Late Show with David Letterman. The conversations I had about it fell into two distinct camps: those who loved and those who hated it. Both were adamant. One person on the… » 10/22/14 11:45am 41 minutes ago

Overanalyzing 'Basic' Is the Most Basic Move of All

Let us begin, as we so often do, by acknowledging that the term "basic bitch" has been expertly Columbused by white people. In 1984, the R&B group Klymaxx had a hit Billboard single with "Meeting In The Ladies Room," where one of the ladies sings about a basic woman who is trying to get up on her man. But rapper… » 10/22/14 11:40am 45 minutes ago

This Unreleased Kesha Song Sure Sounds Like It's About Dr. Luke

Kesha filed a lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke, last week, alleging that he physically and sexually abused her beginning when she was 18. She says he drugged her and forced himself on her, and was so verbally abusive that he triggered the eating disorder that sent her to rehab. » 10/22/14 11:13am Today 11:13am

Man Wanders Brooklyn Street on Fire After Escaping Basement Blast

Yesterday afternoon, a man reportedly smoking a hookah in his Brooklyn basement accidentally set himself on fire and sprinted out into the street, where he wandered around for nearly a minute—most of his clothes melted off, according to reports—until witnesses were finally able to extinguish the flames. » 10/22/14 10:45am Today 10:45am

Bill Murray Doesn't Need Tinder to Get a Date

Bill Murray, continuing on his tour to live his best, "whatever, man" life, broached the hot topic of Tinder on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. He'd use it, maybe, but Bill Murray doesn't need Tinder. "I think it would be amusing, but I can't imagine doing it," he told Kimmel. "I feel like I've lived that life and I can… » 10/22/14 10:25am Today 10:25am

These Are the Creepy 4Chan Successors Behind Gamergate's Pathetic War

Both the amorphous anti-feminist movement Gamergate and last month's extended leak of a huge cache of private celebrity nude photographs—the two biggest internet-based stories in recent memory—have served as coming-out parties for a small set of anonymous, uncensored image boards that function like 4chan's raggedy… » 10/22/14 9:55am Today 9:55am

Bankers Can't Even Fucking Party Any More

Used to be that bankers were men—big men, who were at least bluffing at having big dicks, who worked themselves half to death, then partied like rock stars, if rock stars were incredibly boring conversationalists. Nowadays? Banks are trying to make their employees fucking church ladies. » 10/22/14 9:54am Today 9:54am

Gwen Stefani Masters Art of the Sneak Attack Steal on The Voice

Of all of the coaches on The Voice, none has engaged in the battle rounds with as much verve and emotion as Gwen Stefani. Yes, her eyes well with tears when contestants are eliminated, but even more impressive are her stealth last-minute steals, which reached their sneaky apex last night. » 10/22/14 9:06am Today 9:06am

These Are the Creepy 4Chan Successors Behind Gamergate's Pathetic War

Both the amorphous anti-feminist movement Gamergate and last month's extended leak of a huge cache of private celebrity nude photographs—the two biggest internet-based stories in recent memory—have served as coming-out parties for a small set of anonymous, uncensored image boards that function like 4chan's raggedy… » 10/22/14 9:55am Today 9:55am