Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Joy Askew, James Maddock, Raging Slab & More

Joy Askew/City Winery/June 28, 2017

Joy Askew grew up in Newcastle, England, and by age 14 was playing piano and singing around town in a blues band with her brother. She later attending a jazz college in London, where she studied tenor saxophone along with the piano and vocal classes. …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: What Would Phil Ochs Write Today Had He Not Hanged Himself?

“It’s not enough to know the world is absurd and restrict yourself to point out the fact. Still, I am forced to go on because I don’t want the world to be left in the hands of the Hitlers. This one thing I feel is a driving force: that I …

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Shoreworld: Sylvana Joyce – Heavyhead

Sylvana Joyce has been hypnotizing audiences along the Northeast with her drama rock for quite a while now. One would not expect such a grand human carnival to emanate from her petite Eastern-European exterior, that is until the house lights dim. Sylvana’s persona, a Greta Garbo meets Alice Cooper circus …

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Kam on Film: ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes,’ ‘Girls Trip’ And What’s New In Theaters

War For The Planet Of The Apes

20th Century Fox / Chernin Entertainment

Rated PG-13 for action, violence, mature themes and disturbing images

Trilogy Finale Pits Primates vs. Humans in Epic Showdown

War for the Planet of the Apes is the ninth episode in the legendary film franchise that began …

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Reality Check: The Summer Of “Annie Hall” At 40

Pop culture is the folk culture of the modern market, the culture of the instant, at once subsuming past and future and refusing to acknowledge either.

– Greil Marcus, Lipstick Traces

 

I heard commentary and dissent merged to form dysentery.

– Woody Allen, Annie Hall

 

About a month ago while …

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Shoreworld: Keith Kenny – Keith Kenny

Keith Kenny’s bio says it best when describing Keith at a show. “If the audience at a Keith Kenny show were to close their eyes for the performance, they would swear that there was a full band on stage. The audience, however, is too busy dancing to the one-man act’s …

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Queued Up: ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ ‘XX,’ ‘Logan,’ and More

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017)

The set-up: Despite being the cowl with the scowl who triumphs over Gotham City’s criminal element, narcissistic Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) is a lonely individual without love or family in his life. Now his world is turning upside down: new police commissioner Barbara Gordon …

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Rant’n’Roll: Jersey Blues, Florida Rock, Amazing Devi, Controversy, Worldbeat & Aussie Pop…Meanwhile, Back At The Cafe

Jersey vocalist Mike Esposito has the blues. He also has bluegrass, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll up his sleeve and if you ever happen to witness him sitting there with his Mississippi National Steel Guitar, you would do yourself a favor to stop and listen. That’s exactly what I …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Fast Romantics, Pissed Jeans, NRBQ, and More

Fast Romantics/Mercury Lounge/June 21, 2017

Matthew Angus was born in Kitchener, Canada, and formed the Mood, a locally popular pop band, in Calgary, Canada. The Mood split in 2008, and three original members recruited a new drummer and formed Fast Romantics. Fast Romantics won Pop Group of the Year at …

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Kam on Film: ‘Despicable Me 3’, ‘A Ghost Story’ and What’s New In Theaters

Despicable Me 3

Universal Pictures

Rated PG for action and rude humor

Sequel Finds Gru Bonding With Long-Lost Bro Before Facing Formidable Foe

Despicable Me 3 is actually the fourth installment in the animated franchise, provided you count the prequel Minions, which some may consider a spin-off. Co-directed …

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