Reality Check: Stumbling Into Fatherhood

Dedicated To The Dad In All Of Us

            I have never written much about my daughter in this space. That is not what it’s for. I do recognize that in its origins nearly twenty years ago this coming August I would pepper these paragraphs with personal anecdotes and even deign …

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Shoreworld: Jackson Pines – ‘Purgatory Road’

Jackson Pines’ bio tells me everything I need to know when it comes to describing the goings-on of Joe Makoviecki. Makoviecki is a 27-year-old singer-songwriter from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a surprisingly dense wood with meandering cedar streams and undulating sand paths that can lose even a seasoned …

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Rant’n’Roll: High School Heroes, Prohibition Jazz, New Orleans Tradition And A Free Concert Series

There’s a reason they called it “The Roaring Twenties.” Those who watch HBO’s Boardwalk Empire know the feeling. Jazz in the era of prohibition [1920-1933] was tinged by the illegality of alcohol consumption so—in this pre-rock ‘n’ roll era where folks still had to get wild to something—there was always …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Kevin Morby, The Undead, Imminent Sonic Destruction, and More

Kevin Morby/Bowery Ballroom/May 24, 2017

Kevin Morby learned to play guitar at age 10 and formed his first band, Creepy Aliens, while in his teens in his native Kansas City, Kansas. In the mid-2000s, at age 18, he took a train to New York City, where he supported himself by …

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Kam On Film: ‘It Comes At Night,’ ‘Megan Leavey,’ and What’s New in Theaters

It Comes At Night

A24 / Animal Kingdom

Rated R for profanity, violence and disturbing images

Desperate Survivors Lead Spartan Existence In Post-Apocalyptic Suspense Thriller

Paul (Joel Edgerton) found a safe refuge for his family far from the rest of humanity in the wake of a deadly plague that’s been …

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Reality Check: Comey Speaks

Fired And Vilified Former FBI Director Takes His Swings

One hundred and thirty-eight days into his presidency, Donald J. Trump’s lawyer is holding a press conference defending his client against charges of obstruction of justice and borderline treason.

Let that be the lead. Everything else pales.

That is not entirely …

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Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival – June 9-11 At The Stone Pony

The weather was ideal. The Bronx tore up the inside of The Stone Pony. Some local folks got to see Black Flag for the first time in their lives and then Milo went to Asbury. Yes, the Descendents played… the fucking Descendents!

It was literally a perfect weekend for underground …

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Shoreworld: Michael Askin – Road By The River

Michael Askin has been part of the scene for several years now. Getting his start in Asbury Park bands in the early 2000s, Askin went on to perform with many local top dogs before going on to do his own thing. Groups such as Mabel, Divine Sign and My State …

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Rant’n’Roll: Rubbing Shoulders With The Real Deals At The Bourbon Street Blues Fest

(Photo by Cathy Miller)

It certainly was a thrill and an honor to get up on stage as longtime Aquarian dude and introduce Chicago blues practitioner Bernard Allison to a staunch assemblage of blues fans who cheered lustily when I mentioned that the legendary Luther Allison [1939-1997] was his father. …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Gov’t Mule, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, The Black Cats NYC, and More!

Gov’t Mule/Rumsey Playfield/May 17, 2017

Warren Haynes began playing guitar at age 12 in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1980, at age 20, he joined David Allan Coe’s touring and recording band and remained with Coe’s band for four years. He then played in the Nighthawks in the mid 1980s and …

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