Geena Renee: Don’t Leave Me Here

Geena Renee: Don’t Leave Me Here

As kids, we all have lists of things we want to be when we grow up: a doctor, a teacher, a singer. But as we age and interests change, few children end up following through on these childhood dreams. Yet since Geena Renee picked up a violin at the age of seven, she knew that she would pursue music throughout her life, and that hasn’t changed.

Flash-forward 14 years and you’ll find Geena at Highline Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, performing original music with influences from Regina Spektor, Panic! at the Disco, and a score of other musical icons. Now, the 21-year-old artist tells AQ about her start, her upcoming sophomore album, Cipher, and where she’s headed next.

Where are you from?

Fairfield, NJ.

How long have you been an active musician and how did you get started?

I got my start as a musician when I was 7 years old, playing violin in my elementary school district in Fairfield, which was Stevenson School. I kind of started playing violin on a whim. No one …

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Shoreworld – Karen Scioli “Stella, The Man-Eater From Manayunk”

Shoreworld – Karen Scioli “Stella, The Man-Eater From Manayunk”

Halloween is mere days away, and in that evil spirit I dig up an oddity from my dark and misguided youth. Horror…those black, velvety horror honeys that paraded around on late-night TV. You know, the ones where some scantily clad vixen would roll monster flicks like, Them, I Spit on Your Grave, and Hill House, while you swigged cheap cherry brandy and ate popcorn. And for years, thousands of New Jersey and Pennsylvania youth were hypnotized on Saturday nights by a buxom zombified beauty named Stella, The Man-Eater from Manayunk, played by Karen Scioli. Her show was called Saturday Night Dead, and it was on every weekend throughout the New Jersey and PA areas.

Scioli’s slapstick “can’t win” delivery is what made her series memorable. Using a combination of decadence, innuendo and shady-natured hijinks, she led the cast and viewers right into the flick of the night as only she could. Most of us relished the combination as did WKYW, the NBC affiliate that kept her on air and following Saturday Night

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Kiersey Clemons: Alive and Kiersey!

Kiersey Clemons: Alive and Kiersey!

One of the most respected young entertainers around, actress/musician Kiersey Clemons, has quickly become known for her versatility as well as her captivating screen presence. The in-demand actress has five films releasing over 2017 and 2018, and recently made headlines by landing the coveted female lead opposite Ezra Miller in the DC Comics adaptation, Flashpoint.

In the film, she will be playing tough-as-nails journalist, Iris West, the character to be introduced on Nov. 17 in the much-anticipated, Justice League. Earlier this year, Kiersey starred opposite Jeff Bridges and Kate Beckinsale in The Only Boy Living in New York, directed by Marc Webb.

2018 is also shaping up to be a big year for Clemons. She’ll be heading the cast in the thriller, Sweetheart, and playing the female lead in Hearts Beat Loud, a story following a Brooklyn record store owner who struggles over the course of the summer to let go of both his shop and his college-bound daughter.

Kiersey enjoyed a breakout role in the Sundance hit Dope, …

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Manhattan Beat – Covering The Cynz, Stiff Little Fingers, And More!

Manhattan Beat – Covering The Cynz, Stiff Little Fingers, And More!

The Cynz/Sidewalk/Sept. 30, 2017
Born and raised in New Jersey, Cyndi Dawson sought a career in performance art in New York City. Over the next few years, she secured a few acting, dancing and bartending gigs, briefly played percussion in the short-lived Kamikaze Kitty & the Attack Kats, and read in poetry circles both in New York and New Jersey. Fellow Jersey native, Henry Seiz, who had played guitar in Louie Louie & the Lost Hombres in the 1980s, heard Dawson’s work and suggested she read spoken word or sing to his music.

Together they formed the Cynz in 2011. The band presently consists of Dawson, Seiz, bassist Anne Husick (formerly of Band of Susans) and drummer Robert Stockl (formerly of the Mad Daddies). The Cynz released a second full album, Lil Devil, on Jul. 12, 2017; It is available from the band in vinyl only.

Lil Devil had been available by mail order all summer, but the Cynz celebrated a record release concert at Sidewalk so that fans could …

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Ashley Cucchiara: Local Superstar

Ashley Cucchiara: Local Superstar

When I first heard Ashley Cucchiara sing, it was when she was practicing the song, “All I Ask” by Adele, before entering in the Big Joe Jersey Talent Show in Point Pleasant. I was in complete shock when I realized she is only 16 years old with this grandiose, beautiful voice. Although she doesn’t have her own music out (yet!) other than covers on YouTube, I knew it was my duty as a journalist to get her name out there ASAP. This will not be the last time you hear (read) the name Ashley Cucchiara. Read more below about the beginning of what will be an incredible music career.

Where are you from?
Toms River, New Jersey.

How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
I began singing at 5 years old and have continued from there. I love performing and try to be involved in competitions, productions, and anything that has to do with getting my name and voice out there!

How would you describe your music to someone

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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Prudential Center: June 16, 2017

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Prudential Center: June 16, 2017

NEWARK, NJ–­­­–Everyone has a story and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have always known how to find those stories and tell them in ways you never tire of hearing. During the band’s sold-out 40th anniversary show at Prudential Center on Jun. 16, fans remembered what it’s like to be an “American Girl” raised on promises, that you don’t have to live like a “Refugee,” and why “It’s Good To Be King.” With a mischievous grin that seems to say we’re all sharing the same secret, Tom Petty has endured as the narrator of peoples’ lives for four decades, making this …

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Album Review – HAIM – Something to Tell You (Polydor)

Album Review – HAIM – Something to Tell You (Polydor)

HAIM were an unexpected delight in 2013 with their debut album, Days Are Gone. That album was an unabashed love letter to rock music of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, with HAIM being able to up the ante by incorporating vocal effects, synthesizers, and electronic drums into the …

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