Shoreworld: American Trappist – Amuse-Oreille, Vol. 1

Joe Michelini could have just sat back and formed another band like River City Extension and done all right. He could have just said, “I’m going to follow the typical formula and play pop-based rock,” and he would have been fine. But instead, he decided to really go his own …

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Manhattan Beat: From Ministry to Red

Ministry/Terminal 5/Oct. 17, 2017

Alejandro Ramirez Casa was born in Havana, Cuba, but shortly thereafter moved with his mother to the suburbs of Chicago.  She remarried and her son became Al Jourgensen.  While in college, Jourgensen started as a club DJ, and then in the late 1970s he played …

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Rant’n’Roll

Photo by: Karl Ferguson Jr. (www.karlfergusonjr.com)

Soul Man Extraordinaire

Johnny Rawls harkens back to an earlier era of soul men. He’s currently Waiting For A Train (Catfood Records), produced by Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Steve Miller Band), and covering Wilson Pickett (“I’m In Love”), Bob Dylan (“I Shall …

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Kam On Film: “1945” and “Thank You for Your Service”

1945
Holocaust Survivors Return to Hungarian Hometown in Poignant Postwar Drama

It is Aug. 12, 1945. Japan is reeling and on the verge of surrender in the wake of atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With Germany having surrendered to the Allies back in the spring, Europe is already …

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Reality Check: Elect Phil Murphy – Legalize Marijuana in NJ

Time to get what Doctor Hunter S. Thompson once called the “rock and roll vote” out of mothballs and get to the polls this Nov. 7 to elect Democrat Phil Murphy the next governor of New Jersey, and move this state out of the dark ages and cease this nearly …

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Shoreworld: Ricky Persaud Jr. – Optimistic Bliss

Ricky is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and arranger from Irvington, NJ whose music style is formed around reggae rock.

Ricky is part of the Berklee College of Music, Class of 2021. He received his first instrument for Christmas at the age of 1. At the tender age of 4 …

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Manhattan Beat: Scoping Out The Skins, KMFDM and More!

The Skins/The Bowery Electric/Oct. 6, 2017

Three teenaged siblings, all students at the School of Rock, began jamming in their basement in Brooklyn, N.Y. The oldest of the three, Bayli Mckeithan, was interested in guitar but wound up singing; Kaya Nico Mckeithan, took to the bass; and baby …

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Rant’n’Roll: Taking A Look at Maurice Brown, Luke Elliot and More!

After being mentored by Wynton Marsalis, providing horn arrangements for the Tedeschi Trucks Band and working with Santana, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown now has his custom-made trumpet from Switzerland and has used it to record The Mood (Ropeadope Records), a joyous slab of funk jazz soul incorporating the talents of Talib …

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Queued Up: The Hair-Raising Halloween Edition

A Ghost Story (2017)

The set-up: After his untimely death, a young man (Casey Affleck) returns in ghostly form to his home to watch his wife (Rooney Mara) painfully resume her life. After she moves away, he remains anchored to the property as new tenants come to occupy the space. …

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Kam On Film: A Closer Look at “Novitiate” and “American Made”

Novitiate
Aspiring Nun Struggles With Vows In Coming-Of-Age Drama

Cathleen Harris (Margaret Qualley) was being raised in rural Tennessee in the Fifties when she started exhibiting an interest in God at an early age. That fixation was a little disconcerting to her single mom (Julianne Nicholson), an avowed atheist.

With …

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