Rant’n’Roll: Greta Gaines, Procol Harum, Nico Sarbanes, Van Morrison & The Trumpet Mastery Of Sean Jones

Greta Gaines hadn’t written a song in years but after last November’s surrealistic election, the seven compositions of her sixth CD Tumbleweed (on her own Big Air Records) came fast. Based in Nashville but more Chrissy Hynde than Martina McBride, Gaines, with longtime partner Eric Fritsch, explored themes of nostalgia, …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Alice Smith, The Birthday Massacre, Sebastian Bach, and More

Alice Smith/City Winery/June 18, 2017

During her childhood, raised between Washington, D.C. and a farm in Augusta, Georgia, Alice Smith was raised on a steady flow of gospel, pop, soul and a little go-go. She relocated to New York for college, became involved in the Black Rock Coalition and its …

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North Jersey Notes: Circuitry, Robots And Monsters, Lower The Veil, and More

CIRCUITRY – Long Branch, NJ

One band that I’ve been hearing much about is a metal act out of Long Branch, NJ called Circuitry. I haven’t seen these guys live yet, but everyone I know on the scene has been talking about them, so my curiosity has been piqued …

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Kam On Film: ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Brazilian Wavy,’ and What’s New in Theaters

Baby Driver

TriStar Pictures / Working Title Films

Rated R for violence and pervasive profanity

Mob Wheelman Puts Pedal To The Metal In Adrenaline-Fueled Blockbuster

All you really need to know about Baby Driver is that it’s the best film of the year so far, hands down. The picture was …

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An Interview with Brandon Boyd of Incubus: Not Skipping A Beat / Undefeated

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Let me start by asking you a question: Have you ever dreamt about what you would say to your favorite band if you had the chance to speak with them? Naturally, we all have. As a journalist, sometimes these opportunities get to come to life, no longer figments …

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Baring It All – An Interview with Bebe Buell – Live From Joe’s Pub In New York City – April 5, 2017

When it comes to describing Bebe Buell, there’s not much standard information that can be given that hasn’t been printed before. Yes, she was a very lucky young Southern girl who was hired by the Ford Modeling Agency in New York, and yes, she was a Playboy centerfold in the …

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Shoreworld: Little Big Toe – Is This What You Hear In Your Head?

Little Big Toe recently released its third installment entitled Is This What You Hear In Your Head? The album was recorded in Edison, NJ in Jimmy James Cutrera’s apartment, and includes 14 tracks, mostly performed by James himself—with a few cameo appearances from friends.

This project was inspired by many …

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Rant’n’Roll: Korean Jazz, Human Horn, Soul Man, Two Legends, Beatle Blues, Heavy Metal & Swamp Pop

Ee-Ya-Gi (Mama Records) by the Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra is a flower in early spring yearning to bloom. Hong is from Seoul, South Korea, but has been living and working in New York City for the last 15 years, gathering up the musicians who inhabit her 18-piece orchestra. It’s a …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Zips, Raúl Malo, Quicksilver Daydream, and More

The Zips/Otto’s Shrunken Head/June 11, 2017

After the 1977 demise of Road Angel, a pub rock band in Glasgow, Scotland, John McNeill (later to be known as John Zip) formed a punk rock quartet called The Zips in 1978. The band caught the tail end of the original punk rock …

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North Jersey Notes: One Day Waiting, Tommy London, Obsidian, and More

ONE DAY WAITING – Hudson Valley, NY

In a couple of weeks, my band Rahway will be opening for Puddle of Mudd up at a brand new venue in Easton, PA called One Centre Square on July 15. Also performing that night will be a band from Hudson Valley, NY …

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