Rant ‘N’ Roll: Balkun Brothers, Jefferson Grizzard, Dining Rooms & Aruan Ortiz

French label Dixiefrog Records has released the self-titled debut of Connecticut’s Balkun Brothers where they go from zero to 60 in three seconds as they put the pedal to the metal on opener “Been Drivin’.” (You’ll hear traces of Golden Earring’s “Radar Love.”) Producer Popa Chubby is always going to …

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Kam on Film: ‘The Witch,’ ‘How To Be Single’ and What’s New In Theaters

The Witch

A24 Films

Rated R for disturbing violence and graphic nudity

Puritan Family Torn Asunder By Demonic Forces In Chilling Historical Thriller

It is Colonial New England in 1630, and William (Ralph Ineson) has just been banished from a Puritan plantation, ostensibly over religious differences with the settlement’s elders. …

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Reality Check: Mistah Christie – He Dead

Our mostly absentee governor has returned home utterly and completely defeated. His over one-year, suicidal presidential campaign, beginning in scandal with the so-called “Bridge-Gate”, which will go to trial this spring, ended with barely whimper on February 10, 2016, when the usually blustery and confrontational blowhard meekly announced the suspension …

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Maria’s Local Radar: An Interview with Toothgrinder

It’s always cool to see friends living out their dreams; in this case, it applies to a band from New Jersey that goes by the name of Toothgrinder. If you are an avid follower of my column, you will know that I am one of their biggest supporters, on and …

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Shoreworld: Bounders – Narrows

Born from the collaborative efforts of Asbury Park’s own Breathing Blue and The Vinyl’s, Bounders is a Monmouth County band inspired by groups like As Tall As Lions, Radiohead, and Foals. Bounders is a six-piece group featuring dual vocalists, three guitars and a full complement of alternative-based rock rhythms. Featuring …

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Queued Up: Fear For The New Year

GOODNIGHT MOMMY (2015)

The setup: Once their mother (Susanne Wuest) returns from the hospital wearing ghoulish bandages after an unexplained accident, twin nine-year-old boys (Lukas and Elias Schwarz) start to doubt her identity as her behavior becomes increasingly erratic and antagonistic. Is she their true mother, or has someone else …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Enforcer, Hinds, The Skins and More

Hinds/Other Music/January 5, 2016

Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote were recovering from broken relationships with musician ex-boyfriends in 2009 when they decided to bounce back by forming a band. Perrote knew a few guitar chords and Cosials did not know how to play anything. In 2011, they started performing as …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: One Last Look Back…

At the end of every year there’s scads of valid CDs in a big pile waiting for their turn to be loved, yet every year it’s impossible to get to them all, thus this: one last look back at 2015.

In November, I learned that there’s more coming out of …

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Kam on Film: ‘Deadpool,’ ‘The Club (El Club),’ and What’s New In Theaters

Deadpool

20th Century Fox

Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, graphic violence and pervasive profanity

Ryan Reynolds Absolutely ‘Marvel’-ous As Wisecracking Superhero

Technically, Deadpool is the eighth installment in the X-Men film franchise, although it’s different enough from the others to stand on its own. In fact, it’s not only …

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Reality Check: Explaining Bernie Sanders

Like the Donald Trump phenomenon, there was a time, not long ago, that it seemed complete madness to consider a 74-year-old, Jewish, self-described Democratic Socialist, who is not even a member of the Democratic Party, as a serious candidate for president of the United States. But we are through the …

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