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Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Liam Finn began his March residency at Union Pool with an excellent set that teased new material from The Nihilist.

In the cozy back room that is Union Pool’s concert space, Liam Finn began his four-Tuesday-night March residency on the 4th after a set by his special guests Zula. It only cost $10 to get in and while the space hadn’t sold out, it felt cozy inside. Finn worked with a couple different permutations of a backing band, including Eliza-Jane Barnes and bassist Ernie Brooks, to perform songs off his first two albums (I’ll Be Lightning and Fomo and an EP (Champagne in Seashells) as well as new and unreleased songs from his forthcoming album The Nihilist out on Yep Roc next month.


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Friday, Feb 28, 2014
We caught St. Vincent's sold out tour kick off show in New York City and have the photos to prove it. Check out her lengthy North American tour schedule.

New York City was abuzz for Annie Clark’s (aka St. Vincent) show at Terminal 5 given all the buzz her new album, St. Vincent has garnished. It is currently number three at Metacritic for highest scores of the year (behind a reissue and albeit early in the year). So we had to check out the sold out show with Clark and her band, Toko Yasuda on Moog & bass, Matt Johnson on drums and Daniel Mintseris on keys. Below are some thoughts shared by fans on Twitter as well as our photos.


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Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014
While Activision didn't have a new Skylanders game to show off, they did have new toys and MEZCO's line expands to include Sons of Anarchy as well as Breaking Bad.

In the past, video games haven’t been a big part of the international Toy Fair, but that hadn’t stopped Activision from having a big booth to showcase their Skylanders game/collectible toy hybrid line. This year however, Activision wasn’t sharing any info about any new game for 2014 at Toy Fair, so their booth was a bit more subdued. They did showcase a couple of new characters for their game as well as a seasonal variant, the springtime Trigger Happy, a pastel colored character in an egg-shaped package. They also announced a partnership by which they will release fruit snacks later this year but the samples they had were too gummy and unpleasantly stuck to my teeth.


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Friday, Feb 21, 2014
With the release of The LEGO Movie, one can make a case that the brand understands the limitations of creating specific scenes and sets but hasn't given up on a child's imagination.

With their movie at the top of the box office two weeks in a row now, LEGO debuted their Ghostbusters themed set at Toy Fair 2014 this past week and also had their set based on The Simpsons on display. The former is possibly a one-off product in the license as it in the CUUSOO line, a consumer voted on project whose last set was Back to the Future related, while the latter is expected to be bigger given that Milhouse appears in The LEGO Movie and the 550th episode of The Simpsons to air in May will be animated using the “highly sophisticated interlocking brick system”. According to EW, in the episode entitled ““Brick Like Me”, Homer wakes up in a world where his family and everyone in Springfield are made of Legos.”


While you wait for the episode, you can view some of the new toys below, including a Star Wars Rebel line. We unfortunately couldn’t get pictures of figures related to the Michael Bay TMNT movie or Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy or Minecraft, but expect those to be on the way in the near future.


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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014
Emily Kinney, Beth Greene in AMC's The Walking Dead, is also a talented singer-songwriter with two charming EPs under her belt.

Just about six months ago, I learned that Norman Reedus, the actor who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead, was also a photographer when he was the host of a Canon camera event. It wasn’t long after that I learned that one of his co-stars, Emily Kinney, who plays Beth Greene, is a singer-songwriter who also calls NYC home. Kinney, as Greene, gained exposure as a singer when she performed “The Parting Glass” on the show with Lauren Cohen, her on-screen sister Maggie. Towards the end of 2013, she released her second EP Expired Lover, the follow-up to 2011’s Blue Toothbrush—from which she pulled many of her songs for her pre-Valentine’s Day show at Rockwood Music Hall.


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