Remembering Those We Lost In 2016

Remembering Those We Lost In 2016

Now that the holiday season is over and early deadlines are in the rear-view mirror, I can finally take a few minutes to sit down and write (cry?) about those we lost in 2016.

Man…what a shit show last year was. Fresh off the heels of losing Lemmy (Motörhead) and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) in December 2015, the deaths of iconic celebrities in 2016 just did…not…stop. Do you realize the legends we lost, in the music world and beyond? The ones who affected our lives so greatly? Here’s a short list, in no particular order:

David Bowie


Glenn Frey

Leonard Cohen

George Michael

George Martin

Leon Russell

Sharon Jones

Keith Emerson

Greg Lake

Muhammad Ali

Gordie Howe

Arnold Palmer

Gene Wilder

Florence Henderson

Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds

Christina Grimmie

Alan Rickman

Abe Vigoda

Paul Kanter

Harper Lee

Joey Feek

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Phife Dawg

Garry Shandling

Merle Haggard

Doris Roberts


Kimbo Slice

Lonnie Mack

Billy Paul

Morley Safer

Patty Duke

Ron Lester

Pat Summitt

Nancy Reagan

Rashaan Salaam

John …

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An Interview With: The Early November: Reflecting Back On The Path

An Interview With: The Early November: Reflecting Back On The Path

With the end of each year, we continue to eagerly revisit some of our favorite records, even after they’ve reached the milestone of their 10th anniversary. As bands continue to celebrate, and reflect as time goes by, more exciting tours are announced to commemorate their accomplishments. Like many other nostalgic efforts, 2016 reminded us of the 10-year anniversary of The Early November’s third studio full-length, The Mother, The Mechanic, And The Path. Proving to be one their most innovative albums to date, this three-part entity pushes the envelope unlike no other record before. While The Mother, The Mechanic, And The Path was a highly-anticipated release that further exemplified the band’s potential to progress as musicians, this effort introduced to many diehard Early November fans to heartwarming tracks like “Hair,” “Decoration” and “The Rest Of My Life.” Despite the record’s reception early on, there’s no question that these songs definitely hold up to this day as iconic singles for the band’s essential catalog.

Long after the band reunited, The Early November embarked on a small …

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Blues To The Bone: Anthony Krizan Arrives With Debut Solo Album, Dust and Bone

Blues To The Bone: Anthony Krizan Arrives With Debut Solo Album, Dust and Bone

(Photo by Estelle Massry – COUCOU Photography)

On Dec. 4 at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse in Dunellen, New Jersey, former guitarist for Spin Doctors and Lenny Kravitz (to name a few), Anthony Krizan shifted confidently into his new role as frontman to support his debut solo album. The raucous record release party for Dust and Bone heightened the buzz already surrounding the album with the unleashing of Krizan’s soulful voice and his band of hand-picked players—C.C. Coletti on background vocals, Justine Gardner on bass, John Korba on keyboards, John Hummel and Jim Ruffi on drums, and Chuggy Carter and Freddie Macarone on percussion (other notable names appear on the album). The audience of fans, fellow musicians and industry folk grooved to the eclectic sounds featured on Dust and Bone as the band cranked through gritty, yet, refined songs such as the title track and the catchy blues-laced tune, “Can’t Kick the Habit.” Ripping through the album, they mixed it up with the lush “Soul on Fire,” proving Krizan’s versatility as a singer, player and songwriter.…

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Shoreworld: Asbury Underground Presents Light Of Day Downtown 2017

Shoreworld: Asbury Underground Presents Light Of Day Downtown 2017

Jan. 14 marks year four for Asbury Underground’s involvement with Light of Day. Pat Schiavino has been making great strides to help bring musical recognition to the City by the Sea. His cohabitation with Tony Pallagrosi and Light of Day has brought a fresh twist to a traditionally exclusive event held up on Ocean Avenue and beyond.

On the heels of the very successful Asbury Underground Art and Music Crawl, which brought some 10,000 attendees to the downtown district of Asbury Park this past October for a weekend of music, art and shopping, the Light of Day Foundation once again has invited Asbury Underground to produce the downtown leg of their festival, “The Light of Day Winterfest,” which will take place on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14. This year’s event, the fourth year running in conjunction with Light of Day, will feature some 60 performances by over 100 musicians, with the focus on original music, playing in 21 different locations downtown, mostly art galleries, cafés, shops, and restaurants, in which 15 will be displaying original art …

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Long Island Happenings: January 2017

Long Island Happenings: January 2017

This December was a holiday spectacular for Long Island. While I personally couldn’t see as many of the amazing holiday lineups of bands that I wanted to due to finals, the community saw everything from a The Sleeping reunion to the classic “ChristMosh” Patent Pending show to mathy and now pop punk-y rockers Tiny Moving Parts proving why they rule the world these days.

Fortunately, I was able to catch two of the nation’s best metal/hardcore fusion acts doing what they do best in the place that made hardcore a worldwide phenomena.

Incendiary came back to the Amityville Music Hall for the third annual holiday charity headlining show and Merauder made a very rare stop at the Hall to remind us why Master Killer is undoubtedly one of the best heavy music records of all time by laying down a set where they played every single song for the album’s 20th birthday.

Starting the holiday season, Incendiary brought back their “show up at 8 with $10” tradition, where all the money raised at the door …

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Lampedusa: A Concert For Refugees @ Town Hall

Lampedusa: A Concert For Refugees

Town Hall

MANHATTAN, NY—Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Steve Earle, Joan Baez and The Milk Carton Kids traded songs and stories in a benefit for the Jesuit Refugee Service, turning Town Hall into a hootenanny, campfire style. They all sat on stage like old friends the entire night as they shared guitar licks, vocals and corny jokes.

The Jesuit Refugee Service is currently hard at work on the island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean, which has become a port of entry to Europe for refugees risking life and limb as they flee their countries. The current tour’s been making the rounds …

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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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