Rant’n’Roll: Prog-Blues, Fusion, Fractured Pop, A Speechless Champian, Forlorn Strangers, Matters Of State & Love For Amy

They had one whale of a big-time party north of the border when Tim Bastmeyer’s All-Star Blues Band recorded this nine-track all-original self-titled gem (Grassfire Entertainment). You can tell because the players—all known entities in the thriving and eclectic Canadian blues scene—solo madly, especially on the one jazzy instrumental, …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Delta Saints, Delbert McClinton, Midnight Oil, and More

The Delta Saints/Mercury Lounge/May 11, 2017

Born to a musical family in Louisiana, Benjamin Ringel learned to play guitar at age 10. Later, he learned to slide notes on a resonator guitar. While attending university in Nashville, Tennessee, he met bassist David Supica and together they began assembling the blues-rocking …

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Kam On Film: ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,’ ‘Abacus: Small Enough To Jail,’ and What’s New in Theaters

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

20th Century Fox

Rated PG for rude humor

Franchise’s Fourth Episode Features New Cast Up to Old Tricks

According to Murphy’s Law, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” And Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul provides cinematic support …

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Book Review: ‘331 innings’

331 Innings is a powerful tale narrated by elderly, Nebraska native Jack Schram, a lifelong witness to the folly of war and hypocrisy. Jack tells of the bullying encountered by his nephew’s teenage son, John, born with physical disabilities. It hasn’t been any easier for John’s close friend, Sarah

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R.I.P. Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

Waking up last Thursday morning, May 18, 2017, to the news of Chris Cornell’s passing, was so shocking that it didn’t feel real. It was inconceivable. This was someone who had apparently kicked addiction to the curb more than a decade ago, was in the midst of the first tour …

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2017 Summer Concert Guide

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Shoreworld: The Vansaders – No Matter What

Doug Zambon and the boys from The Vansaders have been tearing up the scene and generating much interest with their repertoire of punk-tinged music for a while now. No Matter What is their fourth studio effort since releasing Stuck In New York City back in 2014. When it comes to …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Black Lips, Over The Rhine, Timothy B. Schmit, and More

Black Lips/Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom/May 5, 2017

In Dunwoody, Georgia, guitarist Cole Alexander and bassist Jared Swilley reportedly were expelled from high school during their senior year because they were regarded as a “subculture danger.” In 1999, they left a band called the Renegades and formed Black Lips. Alexander and …

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Rant’n’Roll: Fab Faux Solo, FEM Confessional, Rough-Hewn Troubadour & Southside Does Bruce

Each of the seven tracks on the self-released, self-produced Lake Songs by Jack Snax is totally different. He could’ve made seven entire albums in each direction. Snax is actually Jack Petruzzelli of The Fab Faux. He’s the guy who brings down the house every single time he sings “Oh Darling.” …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

This is really like some sort of episode of the old Twilight Zone. Sane people sit back and say… “Well surely NOW people will see” and we’ve been saying that for about a year or two now, on a weekly basis. (MORE FUN WITH THE RUSSIA THING—Issue: 3/8/17) We …

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