Manhattan Beat – Afghan Whigs, Front 242, And More!

Afghan Whigs/The Bowery Ballroom/September 15, 2017

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio, Greg Dulli played in a local band called the Black Republicans in the 1980s, which bassist John Curley, a transplant from Washington, DC, later would join. In 1986, rising up as a garage rock band around the …

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Rant’n’Roll – Strange Bedfellows: McCoy Tyner and Henry Rollins

Sitting right up front at The Blue Note in New York City is alone filled with the kind of jazz anticipation one can only feel at such a legendary venue, especially one with that iconic logo behind the bandstand as has this small room. Yet when the piano player McCoy …

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Kam On Film – “Brad’s Status” And “A Question Of Faith”

Brad’s Status
Ben Stiller Stars As Miserable Misanthrope In Midlife Crisis Dramedy

Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) feels inadequate despite his happy marriage and a thriving business that enables his family to live comfortably in suburban Sacramento. He gets depressed, nevertheless, because he compares himself to his relatively-successful college buddies instead …

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Reality Check – NFL Patriotic Nonsense Has Two Sides, Corporate Con Comes Home to Roost

The National Football League has done a magnificent job these last few decades conflating patriotism with its product; a product, by the way, run by despots, played by a disturbing number of criminals, and whose chief purpose now is to keep everyone from recognizing that their sport causes brain damage. …

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Shoreworld – BlowUpRadio/Banding Together: Benefit For The Spondylitis Association Of America

BlowUpRadio.com, where NJ rock lives, is once again bringing together some of the best local indie musicians for the 11th annual Banding Together: Benefit for The Spondylitis Association of America this fall.

Every year Shoreworld gives props to Lazlo and his benefit for Spondylitis. Lazlo is one of New Jersey’s …

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Manhattan Beat – The Latest With Orphaned Land, Patti Smith, And More!

Orphaned Land/The Gramercy Theatre/September 11, 2017

Kobi Farhi was born in the ancient port city of Jaffa, Israel, amidst a heterogeneous population of Jews, Christians and Muslims. As a youth, Farhi discovered oriental and world music through his family, and also a love for heavy metal music through his friends. …

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Rant’n’Roll – Elvis!

It took me almost six months but I have finally waded through all 60 CDs of Elvis Presley:  The Album Collection (RCA-Legacy), the limited-edition boxed set commemorating the 60th anniversary of the release of Presley’s original self-titled debut. Fifty-seven of the discs that span 1956 -1977 come as originally released …

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Queued Up – Examining The Best Of The Old And New

WONDER WOMAN (2017)

The set-up: After her people’s once isolated island sanctuary is beset by German invaders during WWI, Amazonian Princess Diana of Themyscira (Gal Gadot) journeys with American Major Steve Rogers (Chris Pine) to England to help end the War To End All Wars. But the outside world proves …

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Kam On Film – The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, And Other Hot Picks!

The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Unassuming Teen Morphs Into Formidable Ninja In Latest LEGO Episode

Lloyd Garmadon (Dave Franco) must be the least liked student at Ninjago High. The unassuming 16-year-old is so unpopular that no kids will even sit on the same side of the bus with him on the …

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Reality Check – Jimmy Kimmel & The New Age Of Celebrity Politics

The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.

– Mark Twain

We have a steadfast rule around here that makes it easy to base all of our opinions upon: If Mark Twain approves, we do. Samuel L. Clemens …

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