Maria’s Local Radar: An Interview With Experiment 34

I love having the ability to bring new talent into the spotlight! Although having worked on other projects, the guys of Experiment 34 seem to have finally found a piece to the puzzle that has been missing: each other!

I had the chance to chat with Jack, Johnny, and Matt …

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Mint 400, Sniffling Indie Kids Present Rock Fest

Indie rock scene veterans Neil Sabatino of the Mint 400 Records label and the band Fairmont and Frank DeFranco of the Sniffling Indie Kids label and the band NGHTCRWLRS have teamed on projects before, but their biggest to date is the 20-band, two-stage North Jersey Indie Rock Festival.
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Rant’N’Roll: Altamont: A Rock’N’Roll Horror Story

The first thing you notice upon watching the 1970 film Gimme Shelter is how stoned everybody is. The tension mounts. The Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin gets beat up. The Grateful Dead, upon arrival, hearing of the violence, run away and never even play, despite the fact that they helped plan …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: X, Living Colour, Ghostland Observatory and more

X/Irving Plaza/August 13, 2016

In 1976, bassist John Doe, born John Nommensen Duchac in Decatur, Illinois, and raised near Baltimore, Maryland, moved to Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Billy Zoom, born Tyson Kindell in Savanna, Illinois, moved to California in the 1960s. Doe and Zoom met after posting similar ads in …

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Kam on Film: Jeff Bridges: ‘The Hell or High Water’ Interview

One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award-nominee, Jeff Bridges’ performance in Crazy Heart as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer at the center of the drama, deservedly garnered the iconic performer an Oscar in the Best Lead Actor category. The performance also earned him …

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Reality Check: Madam Shoo-in: Daily Crisis

Hillary Clinton On Defense

It was pretty much expected, even by his supporters, that Donald Trump would have little to no idea what he was doing on a campaign trail—having never considered such a thing until mid-summer of 2015. This has been on glaring display now for months. Hillary Clinton …

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Shoreworld: Val Emmich – Whatever’s Chasing You

Val Emmich has been writing and performing for several years now. I remember his early work starting with Slow Down Kid back in 2003, which was the disc that started me down what was to be a long and intriguing road of musical expression. Emmich has always trusted his creative …

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Maria’s Local Radar: The Hit Men – Sept. 10 At The Count Basie Theatre – A Benefit For The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

If you have been following my column for the past few weeks, you will notice a trend. Yes, naturally we always discuss some element of music week to week, but there has been a tie to people coming together in times of need. We’ve touched on Rock For Landon, and …

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Queued Up: ‘Supergirl: The Complete First Season,’ ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘Boy & The World,’ and more!

SUPERGIRL: The Complete First Season (2016)

The set up: Before Krypton is destroyed, Superman’s cousin is sent to protect him on Earth, but by the time her pod arrives following an unintended detour, Kal-El has already become an established icon called Superman in the city of Metropolis. Laying low in …

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Rant’N’Roll: Aussie Pink Floyd

BETHLEHEM, PA 2016—The Australian Pink Floyd Show landed at the Sands to blow us all away. The wattage of the lights alone made for a spectacular in-your-face presentation. The green laser beams criss-crossing above our heads, the smoke, the giant inflatables, the original animation and still photography of a young …

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