Reality Check – Reader’s Responses


This is something that needed to be said (RADICAL CAUCASIAN TERRORISM 8/23/17). Now more than ever. With a white supremacist in the White House surrounded by racists who see some kind of equivalency between Nazis and the Klan and those who leave the safety of their homes to cease …

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The Used: For Finite, For Forever

Over the past (almost) two decades, The Used has made one of the most meaningful impacts on the rock scene to this day. With the addition of ex-Saosin member, Justin Shekoski, the band is experiencing a new beginning, and their excitement could not be more evident. The Used’s new album, …

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The Maine: Getting Nostalgic for the Now

The past and the present are colliding on The Maine’s current Modern Nostalgia Tour. Featuring the Arizona quintet playing their last two albums–2015’s, American Candy, and 2017’s, Lovely Little Lonely–top-to-bottom and back-to-back each night, the band is in unchartered territory.

Despite having been a band for the course …

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Shoreworld: American Trappist – Amuse-Oreille, Vol. 1

Joe Michelini could have just sat back and formed another band like River City Extension and done all right. He could have just said, “I’m going to follow the typical formula and play pop-based rock,” and he would have been fine. But instead, he decided to really go his own …

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DREAMERS: Living the Dream

Showcasing a unique blend of pop, indie and rock, DREAMERS have got their heads in the clouds, and it’s easy to see why. Since their conception three years ago, the trio–Nick Wold, Marc Nelson, and Jacob Lee Wick–have been on an upward trajectory: playing coveted music festivals, releasing their …

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Manhattan Beat: From Ministry to Red

Ministry/Terminal 5/Oct. 17, 2017

Alejandro Ramirez Casa was born in Havana, Cuba, but shortly thereafter moved with his mother to the suburbs of Chicago.  She remarried and her son became Al Jourgensen.  While in college, Jourgensen started as a club DJ, and then in the late 1970s he played …

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Old Dominion: Empire High

For the past few years, Old Dominion has been taking the country world by storm. Their immediate success is telling of how relevant their music has been and will continue to be. With their carefree, sweet, pop instrumentals and relatable lyrics–often about love and life–the band is really hard not …

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Soul Man Extraordinaire

Johnny Rawls harkens back to an earlier era of soul men. He’s currently Waiting For A Train (Catfood Records), produced by Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Steve Miller Band), and covering Wilson Pickett (“I’m In Love”), Bob Dylan (“I Shall …

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Inked Out Names Geoff Horn (Horisaru) Artist of the Year

Geoff Horn (Horisaru) – Hole In The Sky Tatto Parlor
Woodland Park, NJ

  In 2011, I visited a brand new shop in Woodland Park, NJ called Hole In The Sky Tattoo Parlor owned by artist Geoff Horn. Since 2011, Horisaru’s shop has really flourished and his client list is through …

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North Jersey Notes

EYESWAN—Stanhope, NJ

My buddy, the lovely and talented, Lindsay Klein-Hrynio, recently spotlighted a band on her “Homegrown Spotlight” show on WDHA from Stanhope, NJ, who call themselves Eyeswan. I loved the song that I heard on her show, but I couldn’t remember the name for the life of me, …

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