New York City Rhythm: Barry Manilow Discusses Love, Longevity And New Music

New York City Rhythm: Barry Manilow Discusses Love, Longevity And New Music

Barry Manilow is my all-time favorite musician. He’s a Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning icon who has 50 Top 40 hits, including 12 #1 singles and more than 85 million albums sold worldwide. Simply put, he’s fantastic, and I’ve wanted to interview him for the past three years. Recently, that dream came true. Barry and I discussed his new album, This is My Town: Songs of New York, his nearly-40-year relationship with his husband Garry Kief and much more. I hope you enjoy reading this interview. And don’t forget to pick up Barry’s new album—it’s spectacular!

Your new album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, is comprised of original material and cover songs—and it’s fantastic! What made you want to record this album at this point in your career?

I come from New York. I was born and raised in the slums of Brooklyn, New York. Once you’re a New Yorker, you’re always a New Yorker. Even though I’ve lived in California for more years than I’ve spent in New York, …

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Making Some Tasty Waves With Black Flamingos

Making Some Tasty Waves With Black Flamingos

You have to hand it to a band who is so in love with their genre of music that their efforts to turn everyone else onto it turns into a regional trend. That is the case with Black Flamingos, whose members co-founded the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival, where they and several other instrumental acts will return on Aug. 26. In the meantime, guitarist Robbie Butkowski, drummer Vincent Minervino, and bassist Declan O’Connell will release their full-length debut, Neon Boneyard, on May 19 as a joint venture between their own Hi-Tide Recordings and initial label, Little Dickman Records. The Asbury Park-based instrumental trio then will celebrate their follow-up to a 2015 self-titled EP with an in-store performance on May 21 at Jack’s Music Shoppe in Red Bank. The show is part of a spring tour of the East Coast.

Now, I’ve heard of gig swaps, but theirs with Lorenzo “Surfer Joe” Valdambrini of Livorno, Italy, is intercontinental. From June 19 to 27, Black Flamingos will tour Italy with Surfer Joe, including his Summer …

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One-On-One With Fozzy’s Chris Jericho

One-On-One With Fozzy’s Chris Jericho

It’s rare to find a talent in the entertainment business that can do it all, and do it all with greatness. If you are familiar with rock music, professional wrestling, and even the podcast world, then you naturally have heard of Chris Jericho. His band Fozzy is set to hit the road on their Judas Rising Tour, stopping at House Of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ on Friday, May 19.

I had the opportunity to chat with Chris about the tour, new music, life on the road, and so much more. I find that wrestling and rock and roll are somewhat similar, as they are both highly intense forms of entertainment that can be very dependent on the audience. Chris is naturally a pro! Having met Chris, I can honestly say he is one of the coolest, humble, hardworking people in the business, and it always brings me great joy watching him tackle so many obstacles with such great success. Check out our conversation below, and “drink it in, man!”

First off I wanted to

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Shoreworld: Sharkmuffin – Tsuki

Shoreworld: Sharkmuffin – Tsuki

I’ve written about Sharkmuffin in the past, and they’re back with another way-out disc filled with punk angst and riot girl panache on Tsuki.

Sharkmuffin is Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch, a duo of Brooklynite sirens bred from the waves of the Jersey Shore. Influenced by everyone from Nirvana to The Ronettes, Sharkmuffin adds a unique jagged edge onto ‘60s beach pop meets ‘90s alt sound, a genre lovingly dubbed “opti-mystic glam-grunge.” With several cross-country tours (including many return trips to SXSW) and no shortage of EPs, Sharkmuffin has been creating a veritable whirlpool of musical chaos. Their 2015 debut LP, Chartreuse (featuring Patty Schemel of Upset/Hole on drums), is their most vicious lure, featuring 10 tracks that bleed heavily with feminine rage and cheeky sass alike. We covered that disc right here, and it was one of the year’s best offerings.

Sharkmuffin is currently out on tour in support of their sophomore effort titled Tsuki, visiting the cities of Great Britain with Drew Adler on drums & Chris Nunez on guitar, and …

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New Dark Age: StrangeXchange, Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, and More

New Dark Age: StrangeXchange, Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, and More

StrangeXchange

The Wellmont Theatre

April 15

The Aquarian and Weird NJ held their several-times-a-year odd-ball flea market at the Wellmont in Montclair on April 15, as they have been doing for a couple of years now, featuring vendors of offbeat crafts and collectibles, plus music and roving clowns. Stationed outside are a variety of food trucks and an entourage of eccentrically clad patrons, promoters and curiosity-seekers.

Grainy footage and trailers from classic horror movies and cult films was shown on the stage big screen overlooking the market as one wended one’s way through the various levels and aisles where books, custom-printed pillows, scented soaps, homemade sweets, second-hand garments, handmade accessories and punk-art pieces were sold. Bartender Ike dispensed alcoholic and soft beverages. A towering Easter bunny and a jovial, horn-honking, costumed gorilla mingled and posed for photos with guests.

 

Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

Various Venues

April 20 – 23

We decided to break out of the gothic-punk-industrial dungeon we normally occupy in order to examine one of the cornerstones of mainstream rock …

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Sting @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Sting

Hammerstein Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Sting’s backup band provided the edgy muscle to the man’s catalog taking on pop, punk, reggae, worldbeat and rock into a two-hour set that focused on his latest album, 57th And 9th, for the final show of his tour. Playing to the faithful who endured the blizzard of 2017, Sting and his band, including members of The Last Bandoleros, delivered the goods like a well-oiled machine as they added some spicy Tex-Mex to the man’s pop overtures.

Looking like a gym rat and sporting a black tee, pants and boots that complemented his minimalistic finger style playing on …

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The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell

The Birthday Massacre

Under Your Spell

Metropolis Records

This 11-track CD represents The Birthday Massacre’s seventh full-length album, and explores the moody ambiguities of romantic relationships. Chibi’s delicate, almost fragile vocals are bracketed between thunderous guitar and drum crashes in The Birthday Massacre’s signature style. Minor key melodies captivate the listener and emphasize the introspective and poetic narratives …

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