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ARI BENDERSKY

Ari Bendersky

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CUSTOM
FASHION
MENSWEAR
STYLE
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SUITS
CHICAGO
POP-UPS
TAILOR
Indochino Traveling Tailor
The confidence a well-fitted suit can provide in any business or social setting is arguably worth every penny invested in this wardrobe staple. Indochino's modestly priced custom suits have been a terrific option for men over the years, and recently...
ARTISANAL
FOOD
Dose Market
Spending what little free time you have to uncover unique, handmade products on your own around Chicago may cause you to lose your mind. Fortunately, four intrepid scavengers have decided to dig up new artisanal food, design and fashion vendors...
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MUSIC
POP
ELECTRONIC
Review: Madonna's Confessions=***1/2
One of this season’s most highly anticipated albums finally made its way across my desk –- and it hasn’t stopped playing since I got it. Madonna has outdone herself once again. On Confessions on a Dance Floor, the Queen Chameleon...
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MUSIC
POP
ELECTRONIC
DISCO
Madonna's Disco Love
As with everything Madonna does, she does it with style, creativity and of course a ton of mystery. Step by step, Madge is revealing information about her forthcoming all-dance album, Confessions on a Dancefloor. The first single, the electro-disco...
MUSIC
LIVE
ARCHITECTURE
Stones Hotel?
After countless tours, millions of albums sold, drug busts, blood transfusions, extramarital affairs and more, you would think the Rolling Stones would run out of ideas to keep things exciting. But one look at the stage setup for their current â...
RECORDS
MUSIC
INDIE
DANCE
MAGAZINES
Light at the End of the Tunnel
The wait is almost over. After coming out of complete obscurity to turn the world upside down in early 2004, Franz Ferdinand has spent the better part of the last six months writing and recording. And they’re just now teasing us...
GLASS
BEVERAGES
ALCOHOL
HOUSEWARES
Half Pint Power
Your favorite pint glass just got more useful. From Innermost comes a stylish and functional half-pint mug. Currently available only in the UK, the mug comes in white and black and has a twin wall so hot beverages (read: green tea or a vanilla latte...
MUSIC
Live Show: Annie
There’s nothing more annoying than when hype isn’t followed by substance. Annie’s debut CD, Anniemal is fantastic, filled with upbeat, uptempo disco beats, breathy vocals with poppy lyrics. When...
RECORDS
MUSIC
COUNTRY
ALT-COUNTRY
Country Soul: Brandi Carlile
Move over Shelby. Step aside Sheryl. There’s a new roots-rockin’ girl in town. And her name is Brandi Carlile. Sure, she may sound like a porn star at first glance of her name, but give her self-titled debut a whirl...
MUSIC
RECORDS
INDIE
BROOKLYN
The Cloud Room
With a breakout summer single – Hey Now Now – The Cloud Room is the latest indie band from the Brooklyn art rock scene to capture my attention. With a sound that nods toward Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie and Joy Division...
MUSIC
METAL
INDIE
FEATURES
RECORDS
Scale the Black Mountain
When I was in Montreal last month doing a story on the city’s music scene, a few people told me to check out Black Mountain, a west coast Canadian band that was doing great things. So when their self-titled CD showed up this week...
RECORDS
MUSIC
POP
DANCE
Kelly Osbourne. No, Seriously.
In the world of celebutainment, timing is everything – and unfortunately someone forgot to drop that memo to Kelly Osbourne. Kelly, famous at first for being the bratty middle child of Ozzy, now has a singing career of her own...
MUSIC
LIVE
POP
INDIE
RECORDS
Phoenix Rising
It’s funny when people who like music, but aren’t necessarily totally into music, inform me about a new band. Such was the case last week when Josh, the editor of this website, wrote to ask if I have ever heard...
MUSIC
CANADA
BLUES
RECORDS
PEOPLE
This Boy's Got the Blues
Who says a white teenager from Saskatchewan can’t have the blues? Thank god no one told 17-year-old Kyle Riabko because we’d be without one of the hottest young up-and-comers in the blues genre. Back in the â...
MUSIC
VOCALS
POP
RECORDS
Rising Star: Alison Breitman
Alison Breitman, an adorable pixie of a New Yorker, has a voice that blows away most female singers I’ve heard in a long time. Combine the intelligence of Aimee Mann with the sultriness of Fiona Apple and the friskiness of Annie...
La Grande Bibliothèque de Montreal
Back in the ‘70s, there was a public service campaign in the United States called R.I.F. – Reading Is Fundamental, which encouraged school-aged children to read more books. Apparently the government of Quebec feels...
MUSIC
Loose Record: Read About Music You Love
Nearly two years after its initial conception, Loose Record finally launched this week. Providing everything from live reviews to show previews, Loose Record aims to bring live music to the masses. Where JamBase was born to inspire people to go out...
PYSCHEDELIC
MUSIC
RETRO
ROCK
RECORDS
It's Time to Free the Bees
A Band of Bees wants you to Free the Bees. On their second full-length album, the Isle of Wight duo returns, not only to the fold but also to some classic rock roots. I don’t really remember liking the Bees music in the past, but...
MUSIC
SINGER/SONGWRITER
MONTREAL
INDIE
PEOPLE
Take a Ride on The Adam Brown
While up in Montreal last weekend, I had the chance to meet some of the city’s movers and shakers in the music scene. Someone told me about this young singer/songwriter named Adam Brown and after hearing a couple of his tracks, I...
MUSIC
ROCK
RECORDS
DANCE
ELECTRONIC
Cut Copy -- Let's Try it Again
Here’s a case of maybe needing to listen to a CD more than a few times before making a solid judgment call. Or maybe actually believing other music lovers and giving a CD another shot when you’ve written it off...
DEVICES
DJS
IPODS
MUSIC
Numark iPod DJ Mixer
Like most things associated with the iPod, the prototype for the Numark iPod DJ Mixer is stunning, cutting-edge and beautiful. Revealed at the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt last month, the DJ Mixer enables DJs to mix two iPods simultaneously, taking...
MUSIC
JAZZ
HIP HOP
ELECTRONIC
SAN FRANCISCO
A New World Vision: Aram Danesh and the Super Human Crew
Aram Danesh and the Super Human Crew, sounds like a ridiculous amalgam of a Middle Eastern hip-hop collective, right? Wrong. More like a throwback to old school rap, the Crew represents all that is great about the Bay Area's music scene. Danesh...
ATMOSPHERIC
MUSIC
RECORDS
ELECTRONIC
WEBSITES
Finnish Import: Husky Rescue
If you like long dark winters; salty, hairy fish and tall blond people, you'll adore Country Falls by Husky Rescue, the latest import from Helsinki. Like Morcheeba or St. Etienne before them, Husky Rescue makes beautiful atmospheric music with...
RECORDS
MUSIC
INDIE
FILM
One to Watch: Cary Brothers
All the Rage,î is currently available and Cary is currently mastering his full-length, which is scheduled for a release sometime in September. Check out his website for new songs; he posts ìfree songsî each week and theyíre either new tracks, live...
RETRO
APPLIANCES
A Good Reason To Get Your Clothes Dirty
Kenmore HE4T is one of the best-looking machines on the market. It has a very retro vibe with snappy colors with sophisticated names (ok, maybe they took a cue from J. Crew): Sedona, Bisque and Pacific Blue are just a few. But most impressive is the...
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