Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tony Lucca, Jay Nash, Matt Duke Serenade Rockwood Music Hall

Tony Lucca, Jay Nash and Matt Duke hit New York's Rockwood Music Hall last Thursday for an out-of-this-world concert that included songs "Pretty Things," "Fight Song," and a cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "American Girl."

Check out our favorite moments of the night, above, and our interview with Lucca here.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tweet of the Day

"French braids = instantly look younger. Someone at the airport just asked if I was 15!?"

-Kalyn Hemphill Tweets

Tony Lucca Talks Mickey Mouse Club, New Tour, and Being the Face of 901 Tequila

You may remember Tony Lucca as a bubbly cast member on The Mickey Mouse Club in the early nineties, but the singer-songwriter has come a long way since then.

Lucca, now 34, has spent the last decade touring the world with his gorgeous, heart-wrenching, soulful music, and working as an actor to boot. Lucca's tunes have soundtracked a plethora of shows; everything from Friday Night Lights to Brothers and Sisters.

Poison Ivy sat down with the musician before his show with Matt Duke and Jay Nash at Rockwood Music Hall last week to talk about the trio's tour, why he decided to not follow the same formula as other Mouseketeers, and how he ended up being the face of Justin Timberlake's new Tequila 901 Silver Tequila.

Check out our chat above, and keep in mind that it was taped during rush hour traffic in NY's Lower East Side!


Bob Dylan Rocks Three Night Stand at Terminal 5

It's a great week to be a New Yorker!

Bob Dylan rocked a three-night stand at New York's Terminal 5 Monday, playing a solid repertoire of tunes like "Cold Irons Bound," "Tangled Up in Blue," "Shooting Star, "Like a Rolling Stone," and rarity "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking."

Sporting a long black jacket and white bolero hat during Monday's show, Dylan was decidedly upbeat: offering toothy smiles and even dancing as he alternated between organ and electric guitar.

Check out Dylan's rendition of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking," above.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kanye West, Matt Lauer Make Up at Thanksgiving Day Parade

We're glad these two kissed and made up!

Kanye West performed new track "Lost in the World" Thursday atop the New York Daily News float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, introduced by his favorite Today Show host Matt Lauer.

The pair infamously had a fistfight disagreement during an interview earlier this month, and West subsequently canceled a Today Show performance.

"I'm not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons," West Tweeted at the time.

"I blatantly said I'm not performing on a tweet and to everyone around me and the next day they still announced a performance."

Check out the performance West did agree to, above.

Tweet of the Day

"I’m thankful that we are only mandated to be thankful 1 day a year. Can you imagine being grateful year round?"

-Jim Gaffigan Tweets

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kanye Plays Full Album, Rants About Taylor Swift at Secret Bowery Show

Rap icon Kanye West treated a lucky 500 fans to a surprise concert at New York's Bowery Ballroom Tuesday night, performing his new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in its entirety.

Nicki Minaj joined the West for a raging rendition of "Monster," while folks like Spike Lee, Ivanka Trump, Diddy, The Roots drummer Questlove and Aziz Ansari looked on.

The ever-controversial West couldn't play a show without inserting a rant, though. Tuesday night's target? Taylor Swift.

"Taylor never came to my defense in any interview," West said.

"[She] rode the wave, and rode it and rode it!" 


Questlove later congratulated West on the show via Twitter, writing "5 star night. Whole album executed nice... Kanye killed tonight."

Avery Performs Unreleased Tracks in Orlando

Pop singer (and iTunes darling) Avery rocked an outstanding show at Orlando’s BackBooth last Wednesday!

The Phoenix native kept the audience on their feet with her huge voice and enthusiastic personality, performing unreleased tracks like "Good Times," "Romeo," and "Kisses From You."

The crowd went nuts when Avery sang her hit song "Love Me or Let Me Go," announcing that the track would be available for purchase on iTunes Monday - coincidentally the 16-year-old's birthday!

Next on Avery's agenda?

A road trip to Alabama to perform with Hannah Montana star Emily Osment.

Can't wait!

By Courtney Atias

[Photos by Rachel Faith Friedman]

Kings of Leon Take Over Rockefeller Plaza

It's a great morning to be a Thanksgiving tourist New Yorker!

Kings of Leon dropped by the Today Show for a pre-Thanksgiving concert in Rockefeller Plaza early Wednesday, playing tracks off their new record Come Around Sundown ("Radioactive," "The End") and chatting about the city.

"Coming to the city, New York, space is a lot smaller so there's not a lot of room to get distracted from making the record," the boys said.

"New York is just get in there, get your job done, and get out."


Lady Gaga, New York Restauranteur

We love this spot!

Lady Gaga has reportedly invested in a garden-set Italian eatery on the Upper West Side, Vince and Eddie's.

"They were customers, and they approached us," said owner Peter Dee. "We have done some promotions with her in the past."

By "they," Dee means Gaga and her parents, who have also become partners at the restaurant.

"When she's in town, she likes to come here with her friends, because it's very homey and private," Gag'z mom told W magazine.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Win Tix to a Private My Chemical Romance Concert in New York!

My Chemical Romance will be performing a private concert for 200 of their biggest fans at New York's P.C. Richard & Son Theater November 30, and Poison Ivy is giving away two pairs of tickets to our most emotastic readers!

To enter, follow P.I. on Twitter, and fill out this form. Don't be lazy; it takes two minutes!!

We'll be announcing the winners November 29.

Good luck!

Avery Borrows Antoine Dobson for iTunes Announcement

Singer-songwriter Avery made her first appearance on iTunes Monday, releasing first single "Love Me Or Let Me Go" on the same day as the pop tart's 16th birthday!


Even Antoine Dodson was celebrating the occasion... Check out his hilarious video announcement with Avery above.

Tweet of the Day

"Bottomline is We are afraid to die. And that's the fear. That someone is going to kill us. Losing that fear is the greatest freedom."

-Lupe Fiasco Tweets

Monday, November 22, 2010

I SPY NY: Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, and More

I spy in NY...

Nicki Minaj greeting fans outside of the Late Show with David Letterman Thursday (top photo), Beyonce attending the screening and release event for her new concert DVD I Am... World Tour at the School of Visual Arts Sunday (middle photo), Adrienne Bailon sipping on a fishbowl at Lott Saturday night with DJ Phresh on the turntables (bottom photo), Kevin and Danielle Jonas wandering around Topshop Friday afternoon, Bruno Mars rocking the Today Show plaza bright and early Monday morning, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Jesse Eisenberg watching the Rampage vs Machida fight with a gaggle of wincing supermodels at Snap in the Meatpacking District Saturday.

Alexandra Richards Talks Animal Rights at Cool Vs. Cruel Awards

Poison Ivy caught up with Alexandra Richards at the Cool Vs. Cruel Awards Ceremony at the Bowery Hotel Tuesday, to chat with the DJ about the anti-fur initiative sponsored by The Humane Society and The Art Institutes.

"When my sister and I were nine, we started a pretend society called the Animal Protection Society," Richards said, of her long-time loyalty to animal rights.

"I grew up in the country so I saw a lot of dead deer," Richards added.

"APS was saving rodents off the street in Connecticut."

That's commitment!

Also championing animal rights at the party were Devendra Banhart, Ally Hilfiger, Cory Kennedy, DJs matt+maia, Charlotte Ronson, Ann Dexter Jones and Fabrizio Moretti.

Miami International University of Art & Design student Valeria Krasavina scooped up the grand prize, and British designers John and Victoria Bartlett earned the "Compassion in Fashion" award for their contributions to the anti-fur movement.

Christian Siriano Celebrates 25th Birthday in New York

Design icon Christian Siriano went all out for his big 2-5 in New York this weekend, with a three-night celebration that included a Nobu dinner with Mena Suvari Thursday (top photo), a house party serenade by Kat DeLuna Friday (middle photo), and a homemade cake from boyfriend Brad Walsh Wednesday (bottom photo)!

Happy bday Christian!!

Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams Help Raise $2.8 Million at Ad Council Dinner

Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams helped raise over $2.8 million at the Advertising Council's annual dinner celebrating public service at the Waldorf Astoria Wednesday night!

The co-emcees spent the evening bantering, honoring the year's best PSAs, and roasting their future boss: chairman and CEO of Comcast Brian L. Roberts.

"I just hope he’s here, to be honest," Fallon quipped.

"He comes from a cable company, and he said that he could be here anywhere between five and 10 o'clock. I can’t wait around for this guy."

Fallon opted to begin the evening with a hilarious performance of "Balls in Your Mouth," a song about the oil spill that was popularized on Late Night earlier this year.

(Sample lyric: "The oil spill, by BP/has left tar balls, all over the sea. So don't go swimming, down in the south/unless you want, tar balls in your mouth.")

We were dying!!

Check Fallon's acoustic contribution to the night, above.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tweet of the Day

"Is it me or is there more frenzy and insanity over the @ Lanvin sale today than the Harry Potter opening? Ruffles over wizards in 2010."

-Joe Zee Tweets

H&M Shows Off Lanvin Collection at Pierre Hotel

Lanvin artistic director Albert Elbaz showed off his unspeakably gorgeous collection for H&M Thursday during a preview show at New York's Pierre Hotel!

The show offered customized versions of pieces that went on sale at H&M Nov. 20; with all show pieces being auctioned off to proceed UNICEF.

In the audience were Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Sofia Coppola, Tory Burch and Emma Roberts.

Check out our favorite pieces, above.

Snooki Rages at 23rd Birthday Bash (Photos)

It's a intense great night to be a New Yorker!

Jersey Shore star Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi celebrated her 23rd birthday at Pacha's VIP room Pachita late Saturday night with a raging, Lifestyles Condoms-sponsored affair that included her parents, JS co-star J-WOWW, new boyfriend Jionni LaValle, singer Sean Kingston, Jonathan Cheban, Kat DeLuna, and MTV President of Programming Tony DiSanto.

Snooks was definitely taking advantage of her big night - sporting a tiara, tossing condoms in the air, and pole-dancing atop her table!

Even Kingston serenaded the reality star with an amazing performance of "Happy Birthday" at the stroke of midnight!

Check out our favorite moments from the eve, above. 

[Photos by Brooke Pillinger]

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