Reality Check: Mixed Messages – Election Day 2017

My dear friend of 28 years now, Rob Astorino, the current Republican County Executive of Westchester County, a highly expensive and mostly bucolic enclave in the hub of the Hudson Valley, NY, was seeking his third term this past Tuesday and was slaughtered by Democrat State Senator George Latimer. Rob …

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Tweed – Getting Together: An Interview with Joe Vela

Two friends got married and hosted a wedding celebration in Philadelphia in recognition of their union. No ceremony, no walking down the aisle, no ordained minister or mutual friend cracking inside jokes and testing new material. Just a party for friends and family to revel under a tent with a …

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Kevin Smart: Drum Roll, Please

Seeing Kevin Smart grow as a person and as a musician over the past five years has been so rewarding, even for me. You may recognize him from my interview with his band, The Stolen, in which he plays bass for. Kevin is also recording artist, Jake Miller’s, touring drummer, …

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Shoreworld – Dave Simmons: “The Light Between”

Dave Simmons has graced these pages in the past, and it’s nice to see him back with new music and directive to boot. I’ve known Simmons for many years now. First, as a member of different area bands, and then as a friend and fellow guitarist. While we had not …

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Skytown Riot: Alive In The Fire

Hailing from Nashville, Tenn. — a city known for its intoxicating blend of various musical genres – Skytown Riot fit right in. Offering their own unique take on mix of rock and alternative, the band have made a name for themselves among the local circuit. Now, less than a year …

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Manhattan Beat: Recapping Soulfly, Lana del Rey and More!

Soulfly/The Gramercy Theatre/Oct. 22, 2017
Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Massimiliano “Max” Cavalera and his family were in a state of financial crisis and family turbulence when he founded thrash/groove metal band, Sepultura, in 1984. In the early 1990s, Max relocated to Phoenix and introduced a side …

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Maggie Betts: Betting on Maggie!

Maggie Betts is a native New Yorker and graduate of Princeton University. In 2011, she completed her first documentary, The Carrier, chronicling the plight of an HIV positive pregnant woman in rural Zambia. After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film went on to play in numerous other …

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Rant’n’Roll

Carl Sandburg’s Jazz Poetry

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) won three Pulitzer Prizes, wrote poetry and prose, sang folk songs and advocated for civil rights. He was born in Illinois one town over from where drummer/composer Matt Wilson would be born 86 years later. Honey and Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry

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North Jersey Notes – Taking A Look at DESPAIRADISIO

DESPAIRADISIO—Bordentown, NJ
Looks like Tripsquad Records is at it again, sending me some gems from their roster. This week, I was presented with a hardcore band that brought be back to my childhood. The name of the band was DESPAIRADISIO from Bordentown, NJ. I only got to hear a song …

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Kam On Film – “Mayhem” and “On Wings of Eagles”

Mayhem
Attorney and Client Turn On Abusive Law Firm in Revenge-Fueled Splatterfest
Attorney Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) was a rising star working his way up the corporate ladder at Towers and Smythe when he was blindsided by a false accusation of making a million-dollar mistake. He was callously fired on …

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