Rock Reads: A Summer Guide For The Rock & Roll Literate

Looking for a celebration of music in words to while away your lazy summer days?

 

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink – Elvis Costello (2015)

An artfully presented glimpse into the mind of a passionate thinker and artist, Elvis Costello’s memoir reaches beyond anything attempted by rock stars in this …

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Shoreworld: Tony Appleseed – Color Blind

Tony Appleseed is back with another intricate look into the center of his musical mind. This current project is titled Color Blind, and it contains eight nuance-dripping compositions that take the listener on a musical journey far outside the usual rock and roll humdrum that continues to plague our …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Undead, Cro-Mags, Whitney and More

The Undead/Tompkins Square Park/May 29, 2016

Horror punk rock is a small and easily unnoticed subgenre of music, led by the Misfits and some of the band’s offshoots. One of those fragments is The Undead, formed in 1980 in New Milford, New Jersey, when vocalist/guitarist Bobby Steele was fired from …

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Maria’s Local Radar: Brogues

It’s about that time; Wednesday, my favorite day of the week. Why, you ask? Well, the week is halfway over at work, and I get to talk about music with all of you. Isn’t that reason enough? That being said, I have SO many things on my radar; Shadow of …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jersey Blues, Jewish Jazz, Texas Country, A Kick-Ass Power Trio & More

Singer/songwriter (and ex-Aquarian Weekly Editor) Mike Daly is “Broken” on Backroom Blues Volume #2 (Bongo Boy Records) as he leads his Planets on a driving track of blues-rock fit to crank up and immensely enjoy. It’s only one of 10 such tracks by such “international recording artists” as it …

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Kam on Film: ‘Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words,’ ‘Central Intelligence’ and What’s New In Theaters

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words

Sony Pictures Classics

Rated R for profanity, sexual references and brief nudity

Reverential Retrospective Examines The Underappreciated Brain Of Brilliant Rock Legend

Frank Zappa (1940-1993) is best remembered as the front man and lead guitarist of the Mothers Of Invention, the …

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Reality Check: Thirteen Ways Of Looking At The Rolling Stones

In Praise Of The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones & A Candid Discussion With Author, Rich Cohen

There must be hundreds of books written about the Rolling Stones. Conservatively, I have read about 20 to 25, half of which I would deem good, and less than a …

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Shoreworld: American Trappist – In Satan’s Kingdom National Park

Six months after New Jersey folk collective River City Extension released their third studio album, Deliverance, they announced their Farewell Show. Now, less than a year later, songwriter and recent Philadelphia resident Joe Michelini is proud to announce his next project, American Trappist. With influences ranging from the haunting …

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New Dark Age: Wave-Gotik-Treffen 25th Year Anniversary

The world’s largest gathering of fans of Goth music and subculture celebrated its 25th Anniversary at this year’s four-day event held, as always, in the historic trade-fair city and convention center of East Germany, Leipzig. Beginning shortly after the collapse of Communism and the reunification of the Soviet-oppressed German Democratic …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Apocalyptica, Flatbush Zombies, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin and More

Apocalyptica/Irving Plaza/May 20, 2016

Apocalyptica formed in 1993 with four cellists at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. They adopted a neoclassical metal style without the use of guitars. Initially, they played Metallica covers, but soon covered Faith No More, Sepultura, and Pantera, and began composing original songs. Later songs introduced …

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