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A good test of a band’s worth? Bring its members to your office, get them to play an acoustic set next to your boss’s desk without proper notice, and see if you get fired.
At least that’s what accidentally happened with NY-based rock and rollers Lily & the Parlour Tricks last week at DailyCandy. And as soon as they started playing, even our most serious computer-starers ditched the Internet and ran over to bop along.
For proof of the band’s draw, watch today’s video, in which they play “The Poison Song” from their eponymous EP. As a bonus, they gave us their rendition of “White Christmas” to get us in the holiday spirit.
The six-person group channels an old-timey vibe that makes us want to dance in a billowing skirt while slinging back the hard stuff.
Which might’ve accidentally happened after the performance.
To buy Lily & the Parlour Tricks’s debut EP, go to itunes.com. Hear them live December 14 at The Bowery Electric. For more ear candy, check out our videos with Freelance Whales, Eliza Doolittle, Karen Elson, and Regina Spektor.
Shiny forehead, freak grimace, bulging eyes — you’ve got an uncanny ability to ruin a photo. And thanks to Facebook tagging, the entire world can witness your awkward mugging until the end of time.
You could avoid cameras altogether. Or you could just watch today’s video, with its simple tips for looking great in pictures.
Our expert, Sardi Klein, longtime NYC photographer and professor at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt, has seen it all, from mothers of the bride who peer skyward to avoid double chins to businessmen whose phony smiles turn head shots into mug shots.
Follow her advice, and the next time someone tags you in a photo, you might just share instead of hide.
Is there something you want to learn to do? Submit ideas to email@example.com.
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Tonight will probably be filled with bad decisions (that last glass of champers, for starters).
Ring in 2011 with at least a little dignity by avoiding the drunken late-night ponytail. You can stay classy all night long with the perfect messy bun, courtesy of NYC’s Fox & Boy salon (and one of our favorite how-to videos of the year).
Because even if you want to be a hot mess, your hair doesn’t have to be.
Not feeling the messy bun? Try out the around-the-head French braid, modern beehive, or pinned-up curls (for shorter hair).
At your last mealtime gathering, you did everything right: big, pricey steaks; fancy-schmancy china; stimulating conversation cards (what’s your animal soul mate?!).
No wonder the whole thing was so awkward.
Next time, take a cue from Tamara Reynolds and Zora O’Neill, the hilarious Astoria-based hostesses with the mostest behind Forking Fantastic: Put the Party Back in Dinner Party.
In today’s video, the gals, who’ve been hosting wildly popular Sunday night shindigs for six years, walk us through dinner party faux pas — and they’re not what you’d expect (the tips or the ladies).
You’ll feel so inspired, you’ll start planning another soiree immediately.
Just don’t bring your sexy panda friend.
Available online at amazon.com. For more information, go to forkingfantastic.com.