Inked Out: The Dead Presidents Lounge

Earlier in the month of October, my family always heads up to Upstate New York for a long family weekend because my uncle owns a weekend home up in the mountains. You always need one of those getaways to refresh and reflect on life. Anyway, my wife and I decided …

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Shoreworld: The Hive Mind – Monitor

I have covered more than a few instrumental bands on these pages over the years. Two that come to mind are the wildly popular Chemtrail as well as the vital, rockabilly sounds of The Black Flamingos. The Hive Mind is yet another offering from the non-vocal genre that leans way …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Korn, Colony House, The Vibrators and More

Colony House/Mercury Lounge/October 2, 2015

Caleb Chapman (vocals/guitar) and Will Chapman (drums) began making music together in early childhood, playing with their dad, contemporary Christian pop singer Steven Curtis Chapman. In 2009, while in high school in Franklin, Tennessee, the two brothers bonded with guitarist Scott Mills to form a …

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Maria’s Local Radar: Morningside Lane

Fall is in the air, and so is new music! This week I am going to focus on a band that has made quite the splash on the local scene, and have even been featured by me once before. Ever heard of a band named Morningside Lane? If you haven’t, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Am I The Ugly American?

Montreal, Canada—At the 36th Annual Montreal International Jazz Festival, I walk as if not knowing where I’m going. With my heavy metal t-shirt, backpack filled with bottled water, towel, lip balm, breath mint, festival brochure, map, snack, book, headphones, sunglasses and hotel info, I stop and buy a few gifts …

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Kam on Film: ‘Suffragette,’ ‘Spotlight’ and What’s New In Theaters

Suffragette

Focus Features

Rated PG-13 for intense violence, mature themes, brief profanity and partial nudity

Moving Period Piece Recounts British Females’ Fight For The Right To Vote

Nowadays, most females take access to the ballot box for granted. Nevertheless, they owe a big debt of gratitude to the mostly unsung …

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Reality Check: Syria – A Big Mistake

Maybe They’re Wearing Sneakers                   

I won’t waste any precious column space mincing words or joking around. This latest move by the Obama administration to “shift gears” or “change strategies” in the current bedlam that is Syria is a mistake; check that—a big mistake.

Of course the knee-jerk reaction to cite …

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Weird NJ Halloween 2015: Tales From NYC, Pleasantville, the Swimming River Reservoir and More!

Weird Figure At Bowlmor Lanes

We received this photo from Nicole Gregory (in print), who swears this photo was not altered or staged. She was at Bowlmor Lanes in New York City on Halloween and snapped this photo in the ladies’ room. Later she noticed this small weird figure peering …

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Shoreworld: The Weeklings – Monophonic

When I first heard the name, I felt it was a minus to any talent that this band might possess. Thankfully, the name is spelled The Weeklings instead of The Weaklings. The name doesn’t make any sense to me, but nonetheless the band is extremely talented. The band tells us …

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Queued Up: ‘Insidious Chapter 3,’ ‘Kwaidan,’ Scream Factory and More

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 (2015)

The set up: In this jittery prequel, the backstory of powerful medium Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) is brought to light. Grieving the death of her husband and frightened of a demonic entity that attached itself to her from the other side, she has retired from doing …

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