Manhattan Beat: The Plimsouls Re-Souled, Bush Tetras, The Wood Brothers, and more!

The Plimsouls Re-Souled/The Bowery Electric/February 3, 2017

After the power pop band the Nerves broke up in 1978, vocalist/guitarist Peter Case formed a rock trio called the Tone Dogs, which quickly became The Plimsouls, in Paramount, California. Guitarist Eddie Muñoz, originally from Austin, Texas, joined The Plimsouls shortly thereafter. The …

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Rant’n’Roll: The Many Colors Of Jazz From Cincinnati, Rochester And South Africa To England, Canada And Connecticut

Go to Cincinnati and most jazz fans there know tenor saxophonist/composer Brent Gallaher who just happens to be Moving Forward (V&B Records). Think Wayne Shorter or Joe Henderson. He’s got a strong, expressive tone that’s not only personal unto himself but touched by his obvious aforementioned influences. Now add trumpet, …

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Kam On Film: ‘Fist Fight,’ ‘John Wick: Chapter 2,’ and What’s New in Theaters

Fist Fight

Warner Brothers Pictures

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, drug use and pervasive profanity

Temperamental Teacher Challenges Nerdy Colleague To Duel In Kitchen Sink Comedy

Do you remember how, when you were growing up, if a couple of classmates came to blows on the schoolyard, they would be quickly …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

This article should be called what lawyers can teach us about national illusions. (“ALTERNATIVE FACTS” – Issue: 2/4/17) Have you never talked to any, read briefs or heard closing arguments in a trial? We are highly skilled at providing “alternate facts” or perceptions thereof to suit our clients’ needs and …

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Shoreworld: Spoondrift – When I Close My Eyes

I’ve known Tommy Fuller for several years and have featured him here in Shoreworld in the past. Tommy Fuller and musical partner Jan Heywood are Spoondrift.

Jan Heywood got his musical start in the family, taking up piano before ditching that for guitar and eventually gravitating toward bluegrass, learning banjo …

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Queued Up: ‘Love Wolf And Cub,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth,’ and More

LONE WOLF AND CUB (1972-74)

The set-up: After his wife is killed by the venomous Yagyū clan that usurps his role as local Shogunate Executioner, a masterless ronin named Itto Ogami (Tomisaburo Wakayama) wanders the feudal Japanese countryside with his infant son Daigoro as assassins for hire. (Yes, the boy …

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Rant ‘n’ Roll: Timely Swing, Jazz News, Norwegian Reflections, A Brooklyn Octet, Heavenly Harp, & A Dog Leg Dilemma

Eight O’Five Jive, Nashville TN-based swing band. photos by Bill Steber

They’re called Eight O’Five Jive and their Swing Set (Red Rudy Too Tunes) is a thoroughly delightful time trip back to before rock ‘n’ roll. I’ve always wondered (and felt a little sorry for) generations who didn’t have that …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Greensky Bluegrass, Mondo Cozmo, Andrew Bird, and more

Greensky Bluegrass/PlayStation Theater/January 28, 2017

Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), and Paul Hoffman (mandolin) began learning to play bluegrass together in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, playing in Bont’s basement and also at parties and open mics. Greensky Bluegrass grew into a quintet and by 2005, the band was …

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Reality Check: Out Like Flynn

Or How To Go From Inauguration To Constitutional Crisis In 25 Days         

This dawning of the Trump Experiment could have gone two ways (since we eliminated “business as usual” from the get-go): surprisingly efficient or horribly wrong. Less than a month in it is careening towards the latter.

A bumpy …

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Kam on Film: Oscar Predictions 2017 – Your Guide To The Academy Awards

Will La La Land make history by eclipsing the record of 11 Academy Awards? Damien Chazelle’s magical homage to the Hollywood musical definitely has a decent shot. After all, it’s a lock to win in five categories: Best Picture, Director, Score, Original Song, and Sound Mixing. And it’s the heavy …

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