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Music Review: Empress Of

12/14/12 - I just stumbled upon Empress Of and I like her. That is all. Click here for more samples.

Rating: B+

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Food Review: 11 Central Lights Up Downtown Bangor

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11/03/12 - We were able to get a seat last night at the highly coveted 11 Central in downtown Bangor. I know it's a bit cliche to say this when a new restaurant opens, but 11 Central is exactly what downtown Bangor needed. It makes a sleepy town of 32,000 feel more like a metropolitan cultural center. They serve food till midnight and its got huge windows that look out on Central Street so you can watch the hustle and bustle of downtown as you nibble on your bruschetta or sip a martini. We suggest the lobster pizza or scallop carbonara. Our favorite drink is the "Thigh Sweats" made with apricot brandy and egg whites. It's a bit on the pricy side, but that is the only negative we could come up with. Overall, we give 11 Central an A-.

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Food Review: Bangor Food Truck "Street Bistro" Tastes Damn Good

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10/25/12 - We had the chance to order some food from the Street Bistro food truck (they also deliver) on the Bangor Waterfront a few days ago and it was so good we figured we'd post about it. Pictured above is a photo the owner took of their coveted "lobster corn dog" (amazing), but I'm not going to write about it (everyone knows lobster is good). Instead, I wanted to mention their crispy brown truffle oil tater tots covered in feta cheese. Those were by far my favorite. Find them on Facebook and go try some for yourself! Overall, we give Street Bistro an A-.

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Strip Club Review: Diamonds In Bangor, Maine

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04/20/12 - So, happened to wander into Diamonds strip club in Bangor, Maine for a friends birthday party the other night and, believe it or not, we had a blast. A blast you say? Yes, an all around damn good time. Honestly. I know. I know. I was expecting a hole in the wall dive bar as well. I mean, you just don't think high quality strip club when you picture Bangor, Maine, but I gotta give it to these guys. They made a pretty decent venue. Three girls dancing at any given moment. Huge seating area. Tons of hot drink girls and fair prices.

I've been to strip clubs in Amsterdam, Montreal, LA, New York, Vegas, etc, etc. I've pretty much seen them all and I have to say that Diamiond's held its own. Not only are the girls hot, but they put on a show as if they were on Broadway. One dancer started out her set dressed as Iron Man, full suit and all. Also, it's not the same old locals over and over again. They import new girls from Boston, New York and Canada every weekend. That's not to say the locals aren't hot. They're pretty damn great too. Overall, we give our experience at Diamond's strip club in Bangor, Maine an A-.

It would have been an A, but we hate the fact that the city of Bangor makes their strippers cover their nipples with pasties. Honestly Bangor, get with the times. France airs topless yogurt commercials that a child could see at one in the afternoon, but a bunch of consenting adults aren't allowed to see a strippers nipples in a private club? That makes about as much sense as prohibition. 

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Travel Review: Greyhound Bus

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04/19/12 - So, we just recently took a Greyhound Bus from Boston to Bangor. The ride itself was great. Comfortable seats, air conditioned, clean, etc. However, we did have one bone of contention. They no longer drop you off in downtown Bangor? They have moved their terminal to a Dysarts in Hermon. It's an additional $15 cab ride to get into downtown Bangor. Not only did the bus driver fail to mention this to us before we left, but even as of today's date their website still lists Bangor as their final destination. Pretty sure that constitutes false advertising. Not cool. We were definitely not pleased and will be taking our business to Concord Trailways from now on. Overall, we give our Greyhound experience a C-.

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Food Review: 1 or 8 On South 2nd And Wythe

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04/11/12 - Tonight we got a chance to eat at the new sushi place on South 2nd and Wythe in Williamsburg called "1 or 8." Don't let the view through the front window fool you. It's a big place. It really opens up in the back. It's got a modern clean white vibe to it, but don't worry hipsters, there are birch trees surrounding the ceiling as well (also painted white). So, lets get to the food. The house salad was great. The veggies were sliced so thin they almost melted in your mouth. To be honest, everything we tried had a "light and fluffy" vibe to it, which is what I am personally looking for when I go to a sushi place. I'm not a fan of heavy mayo in my tuna or too much tempora. That being said, the crab was insanely good. By far my favorite. If you're in the mood for good crab, head over there now. All in all, we give 1 or 8 an A- (it would have gotten an A, but it was a bit on the pricy side). 

P.S. - They have damn good saki too.

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Food Review: Five Leaves In Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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04/11/12 - A few days ago we got the chance to sneak into Five Leaves in Greenpoint for a late dinner and we thought it was a place worth mentioning. It's a tiny place off of Bedford, but it's not no hole in the wall. It's got a europe meets Brooklyn feel and you could go there for late dessert, an early coffee, or a romantic date. Two things we want to suggest: Grab a Jameson and ginger (they pour them the way we like them - we think you'll agree) and try the duck risotto. It's an awesome and interesting mix of flavors. The only thing we didn't like? The wait. The place was packed. Get there early if you want a table quickly.

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Music Review: Who is Jeff Beam?
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03/08/12 - So, who the hell is Jeff Beam? Well, for starters, he's originally from Brooklyn, New York, but he now resides in Portland, Maine. He also likes long walks on the beach and his favorite food is lobster. Ok, I made that last part up, but honestly, who is he? I can't really answer that. In fact, I don't know much more about the guy other than that he's making some of the best music I've heard come out of Portland, Maine in a long long time. It's a cross between the Beatles, Elliot Smith and Chris Bell. Luckily, for those of you who aren't wearing backwards Boston Red Socks hats, it's not country, metal or emo. It's the breath of fresh air that the North East hipsters have been begging for. I foresee a lot ahead for this guy and being that I'm a genius and I'm always right, you should go and buy his album immediately. Actually, screw what I say, go listen to it yourself. It's available here. Here's is Facebook. Here's his upcoming tour. All in all we give Jeff Beam's "Be Your Own Mirror" an A-.

RIYL: Beatles, Elliot Smith, Chris Bell, Calla

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Review: Sky Dive Fiji

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03/18/12 - This past January we got the chance to go skydiving with Sky Dive Fiji. Not only did we get to go in shorts and a t-shirt (Fiji doesn't have any regulations about skydiving suits, gloves or helmets), but we got to fall through a cloud (there was a storm passing through) and then we landed on a private golf course on Malolo Island were we proceeded to drink beers in the club house. It was a pretty damn good time. You can choose to jump from either 10,000, 12,000 or 14,000 ft. We did 12,000. It costs roughly $250 US and you can also upgrade to include pics and videos if you want. All in all we'd give our experience at Sky Dive Fiji an A-.

P.S. - Did we mention Paris Hilton went sky diving here? You can actually ask them to let you land on the beach at the Hilton in Nadi, Fiji.

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Music Review: Justice At Terminal 5

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03/18/12 - All of us here at Dirty Awesome have been Justice fans since the beginning. I want to make of point of saying that. That being said, last night was somewhat of a let down. 

The venue was decent, but the sound was a little sub par. It wasn't that the sound system was crap - it actually sounded pretty good. However, no matter where we stood (we tried out all three floors) it sounded kind of quiet. It felt more like we were listening to an iPod at a house party than watching a live show. Maybe they have a decibel limit due to a sound ordinance? 

The second let down was that Justice didn't seem that into it. I felt like they were just going through the motions, grabbing their paycheck and peacing out. It may have been because it was their second night at the venue? For all I know they were up all night doing coke and banging strippers at the after party the night before (such things can make one groggy). Regardless, their energy was way down.

The final disappointment was their light show. Not only was it boring and cheap (granted, it was a club show), but it looked relatively the same as tours from two or three years ago? It's definitely time for an upgrade.

Anyway, enough complaining. It wasn't like we had a horrible time. Justice had a decent live set and there were also a few venue perks: There were no bar or bathroom lines (on the third floor at least). There were flat screens on every level so you could watch the show even if a seven foot dude was standing in front of you. There was room on the upper levels to dance your ass off. And we weren't hassled even once by any macho security guards. All in all, we'd give our experience at Justice at Terminal 5 a B-.

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


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