B-Boy Limping

Melanie Fiona
March 17, 2010, 6:51 am
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[Spunky] Guyanese-Canadian singer-songwriter, debut album The Bridge out last fall, currently opening up for Alicia Keys on tour. Her single “It Kills Me” earned her a Grammy nomination for best female R&B vocal.

Here it is:


Here’s Fiona last night, performing at a benefit for the nonprofit Music Unites:

And here’s Erin keeping an eye on her. You should too:

Did I mention that the benefit was in the penthouse (21st floor) of the Cooper Square Hotel? And it has a pretty sick  balcony?

[Melanie Fiona]

This is a picture of Erin rapping

She’s doing OPP at the Hip Hop Karaoke Championships last Friday.

She wasn’t performing, though (I WISH). She was just in the audience.

But this guy was performing:

And this guy had lots of friends in the audience:

Which was good, because these guys were judging, and they were haaarrrsh:

Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg, Buckshot, and Big Daddy Kane.

I think I’m gonna enter next year. Only problem is, they don’t let you do “Ice, Ice, Baby,” and that’s sorta my jam.

Maybe they’ll change the rules for me?

[2010 Hip Hop Karaoke Championship ]

The Phenomenal Handclap Band at Warm Up
August 24, 2009, 10:11 am
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PS1, Saturday 8/22/09.

Photos by Erin Clements.

The band.

The baby.

Last night I hung out with some Rejects
July 15, 2009, 5:59 am
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So yesterday I get this email from Erin asking me if I want to accompany her to an “intimate dinner with the All-American Rejects” (these were the words on the Evite, not hers), to be held at The Gates, and to feature food from the Gates’s new menu, courtesy of Chef Jesi Solomon (The Stanton Social; The Hotel On Rivington).

Now, when this email reached me I was deep in my usual state of being: hungry, so all I read was blah-blah-blah All-American Rejects, blah-blah-blah [free and fancy] DINNER. So I replied, “um, YES,” to Erin and what you see below, my friends, are a few pics from the night. I apologize for not having pics of the food. This happened because by the time I thought to take any, the food was in my tummy and the plates were empty. I will say that I enjoyed all of it, especially the steak skewers and the little sandwiches with the walnuts. Erin especially enjoyed the popcorn shrimp. We thank you kindly, Chef Jesi Solomon.


I should address the fact the invitation said “hang out” with the All-American Rejects. They did not actually perform. Instead we got a highly energetic show from this little pink-haired lady whose name escapes me (Erin? Do you remember?). So I guess the point of her performance was lost on me. And in case you were wondering, that is Erin’s head in the bottom of the pic on the left. The pink lady was standing on one of the stools next to us.


This is the pink lady with the Rejects in the background. I mean, it’s weird the band didn’t perform, right? Not that they need anything to promote besides their Today Show appearance on Friday, but I find it odd that they were basically there as pretty accessories to lure people in. Oh well, whatever. I guess there ain’t nothing wrong with eye candy, am I right ladies?

And here’s some now…


Erin and Tyson Ritter.


Empty plates.

[ NYmag’s listing for the Gates]
[The All-American Rejects]

erin and the ‘stache went to a cold war kids concert
April 7, 2009, 12:04 am
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And they were way more interesting than the show. (Ouch. How’s THAT for a review?)


Cold War Kids’ bassist Matt Maust also took BlackBook’s Pop Quiz. Here’s a sample:

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For a second I wanted to be a cafeteria worker, but my dad talked me out of it pretty quick.

Have you ever been arrested?
Nope. Almost though, for stealing a golf cart in New Orleans.

[Erin’s blog]
[The Cold War Kids’ Matt Maust Enlightens in Our Pop Quiz- BlackBook]