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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North Jersey Notes: Hence The Noise, Mexicali Live, Debonair Music Hall, and More

HENCE THE NOISE – Brooklyn, NY

My BFF Roy Brunston, from the band Resurge, brought my attention to this amazing band out of New York. The shining star in this band is drummer Robbie Russo, who is only 13 years old and the son of guitarist Rob Russo. The name …

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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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Reality Check: Citizens Of New Jersey Unite Against Government Suppression

Before heading to Europe to kiss Vladimir Putin’s ass and after spending a week getting into Twitter wars with cable TV hosts, President Trump unleashed his completely unnecessary paranoid-central, daddy-didn’t-love-me-so-even-though-I-won-the-election-I-need-to-prove-there-is-voter-fraud-cause-I-got-pummeled-in-the-popular-vote commission cleverly titled Election Integrity. It should not escape any of us that this nonsense is the brainchild of a …

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Coy Bowles Talks Life On (And Off) The Road With The Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band fans gear up for one helluva party whenever the band hits town. They’ve memorized all the lyrics to “Chicken Fried.” They recognize the next song within two beats of the intro and feel a special connection to the band even if they don’t share their deep Georgia …

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Artist Spotlight: Brian Mackey

Discovering new music is very easy these days. However, discovering new music that immediately hits you like a pile of bricks and leaves a long-lasting impression is not as simple. I was recently introduced to a singer/songwriter named Brian Mackey, who just had an incredible year with the success of …

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Shoreworld: Jaime Rose – Nowhere

I’ve known Jaime for many years now. I first met her as part of the Hoboken darlings The Fave several years back and was always a fan of the band’s attitude and her natural vocal attack. Fast-forward to 2017 and Jaime has her latest self-released project out called Nowhere. …

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Inked Out: Hammersmith Tattoo – London, England

Yes, this is not a shop in the U.S. and it might be a shop difficult for many of you to get to, but my wife and I spent two weeks in London, and we discovered this amazing shop with some incredible artists in Hammersmith, London. While it’s a shop …

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