By Jessica May and Vanessa David Hi folks, Jessie here. ‘Tis the season of joy and wonder, carols and tinsel, Frosty and the Grinch… And the season where big-box retailers keep their serfs, er, employees working overtime to sell us cheap electronics and Chinese-sweatshop-sewn underpants. From a historical viewpoint, this may be one of… Continue reading Alternative Control’s #UnoccupytheMall Holiday Shopping Guide
Being so close to New York, Stamford music-lovers get to enjoy a lot of great bands from “across the border.” Left in the Attic and Tied for Last are two of the many NY groups whose sound waves can’t be contained by the state line. Best friends Murphy, Crissy, and Jacks formed Left in… Continue reading Tied Up in the Bronx, er, Attic
Originally published in June 2011. There’s nothing like having a good bar within stumbling distance of your house. My old place in Norwalk was a short walk from O’Neill’s, an Irish pub with friendly nachos and tasty bartenders, and I was a little sad to leave it behind when I moved to Stamford. Luckily… Continue reading Monster B’s: Just a Stumble Away
The people I most identify with are METALHEADS. I feel a brotherly love and connection to them, as biased as it may be. Nothing compares to being at a show and releasing emotion by headbanging, finger wagging and playing intricate air guitar solos. In what other context is it okay for a sweaty, fat… Continue reading I Am Metal, Therefore I Am.
I’m going to start this article with a random list of albums: Dave Matthews Band – Crash Korn – Life Is Peachy ABBA – Arrival Journey – Escape Nick Drake – Pink Moon The Orb – Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head Tears for Fears – Songs From… Continue reading Music: A Guiltless Pleasure
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the hap-happiest season of all. It’s the… You know what? Forget it – that’s about all the holiday joy I can muster. I can’t stand the holidays. This, of course, is a direct result of many years of employment at the mall. Nothing like arriving for… Continue reading #UnoccupyTheMall
Walking into The Fez (227 Summer Street, Stamford) is like entering an alternate reality, perhaps the opium den scene from an old movie about “the Orient.” Mirrors and black roses adorn the blood-red walls, and a silver hookah sits in a corner. Curtains, candelabras, and burnished lanterns give the Middle Eastern restaurant a warm,… Continue reading The Fez