Shoreworld: Bruce Tunkel – Bittersweet

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I’ve known of Bruce Tunkel for decades. The main reason I know him was for his role as the lead man for the Red Bank group The Red House. This New Jersey quartet was led by lead singer (talked about here) Bruce Tunkel (who also played guitar …

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Rant’n’Roll: Father-Son Duo, Forgotten Fare x 2, San Juan Folklore, Australian Blues, Brazilian Samba, A Brooklyn Pianist & A British Ball-Busting Mama

Not too many father-son duos out there but saxophonist Rich Halley and his drummer son Carson Halley are definitely to be listened to on The Wild (Pine Eagle Records). Their 10 improvisations could only be manifested by almost 20 years of recording, performing and traveling together. Take Rich’s tenor sax …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Aaron Lee Tasjan, Dope, Allah-Las, and More

Aaron Lee Tasjan/Mercury Lounge/March 22, 2017

Aaron Lee Tasjan grew up in New Albany, Ohio, teaching himself to play guitar at age 11 by learning Oasis songs. By age 16 Tasjan had performed with Peter Yarrow and been the recipient of the Outstanding Guitarist Award in the Essentially Ellington Competition …

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Kam On Film: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village,’ ‘The Ticket,’ and What’s New in Theaters

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Sony Pictures

Rated PG for mild action and rude humor

Smurf Series Rebooted As Animated Tale Of Female Empowerment

Created by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo, the Smurfs started out as a comic strip back in 1958. Over the intervening years, the popular series chronicling the exploits …

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Reality Check: Will Someone Please Have Sex With Bill O’reilly?

Tales Of Old, Unattractive Perverts & Other Sociological Phenomenon

 

I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.

– President Donald Trump

 

Aside from rodeo clown, hosting a cable news show is about as low as one can sink in show business. Bill O’Reilly is on top of this dung heap. …

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Shoreworld: Them Vibes – Electric Fever

This next Shoreworld act is part Nashville, part New Jersey. Co-founder Brother Love hooked up with my good friend Sarah Tomek and eventually married her. But before they were a couple, Brother Love and Sarah Tomek were hard at work making names for themselves on the scene and the national …

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Queued Up: ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,’ ‘Silence,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ and More

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016)

The set-up: Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a young British wizard and collector of fantastic beasts, arrives in New York in 1926 to seek out another oddity for his already overstuffed magical suitcase of colorful creatures. But when they are accidentally set free, …

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Rant’n’Roll: Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Ray Lyon, A Planetary Prince, Wordless Vocals, ‘Bone Man, A Reunion & Mad Props For Eager Earnestness

Library Pennsylvania (just south of Pittsburgh) was originally known as Loafer’s Hollow prior to the town’s first library being built there in 1833. The jazz septet known as Mostly Other People Do The Killing has named its second CD, Loafer’s Hollow, after the original name of that town. In …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Jesse Malin, Beth Hart, Art Garfunkel and more

Jesse Malin/Berlin/March 11, 2017

Jesse Malin has devoted nearly three-quarters of his life to rock and roll. Raised in Whitestone, New York, Malin first entered the East Village music scene at age 12, attending the all-ages hardcore punk shows at CBGB’s and becoming the vocalist for a hardcore band, Heart …

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Reality Check: Government Zero

What Transpires When People Who Hate Civics Run Things

Last week, after seven years and over 60 attempts to fashion legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the entirely Republican-controlled federal government failed to do so. Badly. Shamefully. Sadly. This was without question the most devastating political defeat …

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