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Entertainment

On the Couch: Rachel Brown Performs at DailyCandy

On the Couch: Rachel Brown Performs at DailyCandy

The singer/songwriter plays "Bumblebee" off her debut album

The last thing we taught ourselves was the “Gangnam Style” dance. Someone thought it was the MC Hammer (so you can imagine how good it was).

New Yorker Rachel Brown, on the other hand, taught herself to sing and play guitar during her junior year at Harvard. Now three years later, Wyclef regularly joins her onstage and she’s opened for John Legend.

For today’s video, we invited her to our office to perform the cheerful “Bumblebee,” accompanied by a six-person band (before you ask, that crazy thing is called a kora).

The hype is justified. Notice she’s even picked up the ukulele.

Can’t touch that.

Brown’s debut album, Building Castles, is available at itunes.com. To see more performances, check out our sit-downs with Christina Courtin, Karen Elson, Freelance Whales, and Eliza Doolittle.

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Gifts

Save Yourself from Your Cell

Save Yourself from Your Cell

Video Dedicated E-mail: Windows Phone

You spent a month waiting for your reservation at the latest farm-to-table spot, then proceeded to feast only upon your phone. Needless to say, it was an unsatisfying meal for everyone.

Before suffering through one more course of CrackBerry, whet your appetite on the new Windows Phone. A liberating alternative to life-napping tech, its smartly designed interface contains Live Tiles that deliver everything you need (Facebook, e-mail, appointments, music, etc.) up front, sans frantic scrolling and searching.

Visit The Sweet Shop to win one, along with other quick fixers, including ballet flats, fashion tape, a scarf, and simple cookbook. Or order it between November 8 and December 31 for a free entertainment pack (a game, 30-day Zune trial with ten free song downloads, and 30-day trial of U-verse Mobile Video), perfect for those rare times when distraction is exactly what you crave.*

Available in New York at 3 Times Square, 31 East 17th Street, 209 West 34th Street, 200 East 86th Street, and 532 Broadway; in Los Angeles at 8471 Beverly Boulevard, 3764 Wilshire Boulevard, 5323 West Centinela Boulevard, 2333 South Sepulveda Boulevard, and 1002 Westwood Boulevard; in San Francisco at 701 Market Street, 3521 20th Avenue, 3555 Geary Boulevard, 2410 Mission Street, and 2135 Union Street; in Atlanta at 50 Barrett Parkway, Marietta; 3431 Lenox Road; 136 Perimeter Center West; 3380 Buford Drive, Buford; 2980 Cobb Parkway; in Seattle at 180 Bellevue Square, Bellevue; 16425 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila; 7537 166th Avenue Northeast, Redmond; 600 Pine Street; 1402 Southeast Everett Mall Way, Everett; online at microsoft.com/windowsphone.

*Entertainment pack offer must be activated by 12/31.

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Entertainment

Fair Folks & a Goat Opens

Fair Folks & a Goat Opens

Get Your Goat

If you were invisible, you’d attend premieres on Clooney’s arm (unbeknownst to him), carry your dog (so onlookers think he’s flying), and lounge in rich people’s apartments.

At Fair Folks & a Goat, you can do the latter — no superpowers required.

The appointment-only boutique/tea salon/art gallery is in a beautiful, address-undisclosed UES apartment next to the park — and every single thing in it is for sale, from one-of-a-kind antique furnishings to clothes from Archive Vintage.

Cofounder/curator Aurora Stokowski, featured in today’s video, hopes it will become a place for friends to congregate, shop, learn new things, and meet cool people.

All you have to do is e-mail her to get the shop’s address.

And show up in the flesh.


For more information or to make an appointment, go to fairfolksandagoat.com. And take a peek inside the shop.