Long Island Happenings: August 2016

            With the recent heat wave hitting the East Coast, it’s no surprise that there have been quite a few fire tours hitting Long Island in recent months. This July was a little slow compared to the July of past years for music on the island, but no less entertaining.

Starting …

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Shoreworld: Psychiatric Metaphors – Psychiatric Metaphors

Asbury Park’s own Little Dickman Records is back with another brand new group and a record to match their proverbial mouth. Little Dickman has continued to be the frontrunner of bringing new music to the traditionally slanted area since their inception. Big on new sounds and young bands, they focus …

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Maria’s Local Radar: Rock For Landon Cancer Benefit Event

Over the past few years in the Local Radar, I have featured many bands; one of them being in my top five, going by the name of Breathing Blue. With obstacles in each of their lives, they took some time off to reflect and pursue other dreams. But, for …

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Rant’N’Roll: David Stanley’s New Elvis Book Is Not Pretty

When Elvis Presley’s father, the widower Vernon, married Dee Stanley, she came complete with three sons, one of which, David E. Stanley, became part of Presley’s security team at the tender age of 16, and, thus, an integral part of The Memphis Mafia (the cadre of close friends and family …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Cowboy Junkies, The Feelies and more!

Michael Franti & Spearhead/PlayStation Theater/July 15, 2016

Michael Franti was born in Oakland, California, but began his journey into music by writing poetry while attending college in San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, he purchased a bass at a pawn shop and started creating music inspired by the hip-hop, punk, and reggae …

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Kam On Film: ‘Sausage Party,’ ‘The Fight Within,’ and What’s New In Theaters

Sausage Party

Sony Pictures

Rated R for ethnic and off-color humor, graphic sexuality, drug abuse and pervasive profanity

Groceries Seek Salvation In Raunchy Animated Comedy

Frank (Seth Rogen) finds himself frustrated sitting on a shelf at Shopwells supermarket where he’s cooped up in a shrink-wrapped package with seven other sausages. …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

James,

It is hard to believe that Hillary Clinton is still fending off a 74-year-old socialist senator from one of the smallest states in the union. (WHY BERNIE SANDERS MATTERS—Issue: 6/1/16) This is why Bernie Sanders matters—he’s still here! And I fear he is not going anywhere before, during or …

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Shoreworld: Jo Wymer – S.L.G.

Jo Wymer hails from Freehold, New Jersey. Jo’s bio hails her as the black sheep of the Jersey Shore rock scene. We will explore that moniker later. She is a two-time JAM award winner, one-time AMA award winner, and a two-time NAPW Woman of the Year award winner (2013 and …

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Maria’s Local Radar: Parachute – LIVE At The House Of Independents – Asbury Park – July 29, 2016

Live music; it’s an age-old past time that has brought my friends together for years. On a hot summer night in July, location Asbury Park, I had the pleasure of seeing Parachute live at House Of Independents. If you are an avid reader of this column (thank you, by the …

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Rant’N’Roll: Zapped By Dweezil

Dweezil Zappa, photographed by Michael Lewis for the New York Times on April 6th, 2016 at his home in Los Angeles CA.

Montclair, NJ—“I’m Dweezil Zappa and I’m going to play whatever the fuck I want!” With that bold declaration of independence, super-guitarist and extraordinary bandleader Dweezil Zappa, 46, launched …

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