An Interview With Dashboard Confessional: Their Hearts.Beat.HERE

An Interview With Dashboard Confessional: Their Hearts.Beat.HERE

As a band, Dashboard Confessional represented the emo era, thanks to sappy-sweet poignant songs that resulted in longer car rides, loss of virginities and the knowledge that somebody else in the world felt vulnerable too. Chris Carrabba, an unapologetic emo icon in his own right, penned the lyrics to many unforgettable songs which have remained relevant (Taylor Swift even had the singer perform “Hands Down” at a party as a nostalgic gift to a friend in 2015) even though everything else—the industry, the band and the fans—aged.

The members of Dashboard Confessional embarked on a too-long yet much-needed hiatus, but after being amazed by the turn out they received at 2014’s Riot Fest, they decided to get back to their musical roots. The band is currently weeks away from going back out on tour and they have already spent time in the studio making a new album that will be released in 2017! I had a chance to speak with Chris before he hits the road—and was surprised to learn that he is even more …

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The Top 30 NYC Bands To Catch Live In 2017

The Top 30 NYC Bands To Catch Live In 2017

The rock club circuit was at its heights in the late 1970s and early 1980s during the glam and punk days. Those were the days when people went to music clubs not only to see but to be seen. New and larger clubs opened in Manhattan, drawing larger crowds that allowed the New York Dolls, Kiss, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Blondie, and Patti Smith to survive long before the rest of the world caught on to them. The Asbury Park scene nurtured Southside Johnny and Beaver Brown, a North Jersey and Long Island circuit rocked to Twisted Sister and TT Quick, a Greenwich Village scene supported budding acts like Willie Nile, Steve Forbert and Shawn Colvin, a hip-hop community embraced Run-DMC, LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, and a hardcore punk community gave birth to the Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All and Reagan Youth. For about 10 years, a generation of local young adults arranged its nightlife calendars by looking through the club advertisements in the Aquarian Weekly.

By the …

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Shoreworld: Toms River’s River Monsters Return To The Stone Pony On Feb. 4

Shoreworld: Toms River’s River Monsters Return To The Stone Pony On Feb. 4

River Monsters have been playing the New Jersey circuit for a little over a year now. In that time, they’ve managed to cull a large variety of new fans and longtime music buffs all hungering for real honest roots-based hard rock and roll.

Based out of Toms River, New Jersey, River Monsters (named so by Kyle Brendle from The Stone Pony) are comprised of lead guitarist and vocalist Joseph Birardi, 2BTB Music, EOS, 9th Infantry, Heat and Trench, Bill Tuohy (rhythm guitar), 9th Infantry, EOS, and 2BTB music, Dominick Sangillo, who is well known for his longtime presence in the New Jersey cover band circuit now handles lead vocals for the band, Kevin Losardo (9th Infantry, EOS) handles rhythm guitar and 12-string duties, Rich Riley (9th Infantry) on synth guitar, Matt Smith on bass, Gerry Fortus on drums and Gerry Mac on percussion.

And while the band may be young in the experience department, most are seasoned musicians that have spent years in the Jersey scene in various musical ensembles. To date, Birardi and Tuohy …

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The 10 Best, No, The 100 Best Films Of 2016: Kam’s Annual Assessment Of The Cream Of The Cinematic Crop

The 10 Best, No, The 100 Best Films Of 2016: Kam’s Annual Assessment Of The Cream Of The Cinematic Crop

10 Best Big Budget Films

  1. La La Land
  2. Hell Or High Water
  3. Deadpool
  4. Lion
  5. Manchester By The Sea
  6. Fences
  7. Nocturnal Animals
  8. The Finest Hours
  9. The Shallows
  10. Ghostbusters


Big Budgets Honorable Mention

  1. Loving
  2. The Magnificent Seven
  3. Arrival
  4. The Accountant
  5. X-Men: Apocalypse
  6. Deepwater Horizon
  7. The Witch
  8. Hacksaw Ridge
  9. Ben-Hur
  10. The Birth Of A Nation
  11. Race
  12. Snowden
  13. Hidden Figures
  14. Jackie
  15. Lights Out
  16. Money Monster
  17. The Infiltrator
  18. Free State Of Jones
  19. Triple 9
  20. Sully
  21. Barbershop: The Next Cut
  22. Fantastic Beasts
  23. Now You See Me 2
  24. Eddie The Eagle
  25. Southside With You
  26. Jason Bourne
  27. Miracles From Heaven
  28. How To Be Single
  29. London Has Fallen
  30. Miles Ahead
  31. Hands Of Stone
  32. Vigilante Diaries
  33. Sausage Party
  34. Queen Of Katwe
  35. The Legend Of Tarzan
  36. Boo! A Madea Halloween
  37. Skiptrace
  38. The Perfect Match
  39. Criminal
  40. Inferno


10 Best Independent & Foreign Films

  1. Moonlight
  2. Kicks
  3. Elle
  4. Morris From America
  5. Burning Bodhi
  6. Sweaty Betty
  7. Captain Fantastic
  8. Little Men
  9. In Order Of Disappearance
  10. No Pay, Nudity


Independent & Foreign Films Honorable Mention

  1. I, Daniel Blake
  2. Yosemite
  3. Of Mind And Music
  4. Dough
  5. Destination Planet Negro
  6. The Hunt
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New Dark Age: Titans of Tribute XXVII, Gothic Holiday Party, Peter Murphy, and more

New Dark Age: Titans of Tribute XXVII, Gothic Holiday Party, Peter Murphy, and more

Titans of Tribute XXVII

Starland Ballroom hosted a blockbuster event to a sell-out crowd Dec. 9 featuring three separate tribute bands covering three true titans of the post-punk/grunge era. An additional and unexpectedly pleasing experience was provided by the opening band, Eli, who performed a set of their original music with skill, style and the gusto associated with the early, pioneering days of the ’90s music explosion. ELI (or ELI the Band if you are searching them on social media) is a trio of utterly sincere and committed young adults who have played and written music together since their not-too-distant high school days, channeling the spirit of grunge into their original compositions with skill and devotion. No matter that the era of grunge peaked shortly before these budding musicians were born! This was their first big venue appearance and they brought the house down.

We got to speak to the youthful members backstage after enjoying their set of eight songs which included only one cover, “She Hates Me,” by Puddle Of Mudd, during which …

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Nosotros Festival @ Bowery Ballroom

Nosotros Festival

Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—New York native Alynda Segarra dreamed of a local music and arts festival that would speak about a radical Latinx social justice activism that fights systems of oppression. She made the dream a reality with the first-ever Nosotros Festival, which took flight at the Bowery Ballroom on November 4, 2016. Brujas, the Bronx’s feminist skate collective, co-hosted the evening, which featured Segarra’s folk-rock group, Hurray For The Riff Raff, along with “son jarocho” folk fusion group Las Cafeteras, son-inspired rock band Making Movies, punk rock band The Downtown Boys, drag performance artist Lady Quesadilla, Afro-Latinx DJ Bembona, Nuyorican poet …

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NOFX: First Ditch Effort


First Ditch Effort

Fat Wreck Chords

For the last 30 years, punk rock legends, NOFX, remained in the spotlight by pushing the boundaries of music and of the times. They were formed in 1983, but did not find much success until the release of their fifth studio album, Punk In Drublic, in 1994. The band …

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