Rant ‘N’ Roll: Brill Building Greatness, Jams, Heartache and Still-Smokeless Cohen

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry worked right down the hall from Carol King and Gerry Goffin at the Brill Building, 1619 Broadway on the corner of 49th Street. The two married couples were friends and rivals, both spewing out hits, well, for everyone. Prior to the advent of bands who …

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Kam on Film: ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ ‘Fresh Dressed’ and What’s New In Theaters

Magic Mike XXL

Warner Brothers Pictures

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

Tatum And Team Turn Up The Titillation In Sequel

What made the original Magic Mike so appealing was its raw-edged, realistic feel that made you forgot you were even watching a movie. This …

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Reality Check: Flags Are Bullshit

Or An Ornery Stroll Down Our Useless, Pathetic Clinging To Symbols

 

Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.

– Mark Twain

 

My little swastika

My little swastika

You can do

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Rock Reads: A Summer Guide For The Rock & Roll Literate

Looking for a celebration of music in words to while away your lazy summer days?

 

Elvis Has Left The Building – The Death Of The King And The Rise Of Punk Rock – Dylan Jones (2014)

The title of this one, beyond being intriguing and a fine idea, is …

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Shoreworld: Graham Parker; Exhibit No.9’s ‘Normal Is Boring’

Paramount Backstage Presents: Graham Parker – The Most Restless Night On The Planet – June 27

Sammy Boyd is leading the way as the area’s most creative promoter. Instead of just shoveling an overabundance of crazies into a room featuring too many bands and not enough sanely priced booze, Mr. …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Haste The Day, Primal Scream, TV On The Radio and More

Primal Scream/Irving Plaza/May 20, 2015

Influenced by the punk rock movement in Scotland, Glasgow native Bobby Gillespie started Primal Scream in 1982. He also played drums in The Jesus And Mary Chain from 1984 to 1986. When the leaders of The Jesus And Mary Chain asked Gillespie to choose between …

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Maria’s Local Radar: American Lions

Friends, family, music lovers, we meet again. I have found a minute to sit down and take a break from all of the amazing shows that have been happening as of late. Tons of national acts have been hitting our area, including one of my favorite bands, Bad Religion. I …

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Queued Up: ‘Contamination,’ ‘Mr. Turner,’ ‘The Confession’ and More!

CONTAMINATION (1980)

The buildup: After deadly alien eggs are discovered in a shipment of Colombian coffee crates in a New York City warehouse, federal agents track their source and try to stop them from spreading across the country and the world. The eggs, once warmed up to the right temperature, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Israeli Blues, Jeff Beck, White Soul And “A Love Mechanic”

The blues knows no geographical borders: Lazer Lloyd is Israel’s “King Of Blues Rock.” He’s even been on the road when his wife and five children had to hunker down in a bomb shelter. Chicago’s Lots of Love Records has released his self-titled 12-track third album containing 11 originals and …

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Kam on Film: ‘Felt,’ ‘Dope’ and What’s New In Theaters

Felt

Amplify Releasing

Unrated

Sex Abuse Survivor Copes With Trauma In Surreal, Semi-Autobiographical Adventure

Amy (Amy Everson) has been left so haunted by demons after years of unspecified sexual abuse that today she dreams of crushing a rapist to death with her thighs. She also fantasizes about gouging out his …

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