North Jersey Notes: Firefight, Corevalay, Crust, and More

FIREFIGHT—Fort Lee, NJ

So, a band reached out to me on the Aquarian website to check them out…well, their mom did anyway. I’m guessing she manages the band that her son is in. The name of the band is Firefight, and I gave them a listen, but they only …

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Reality Check: The Trump Century Mark

Dissecting the Worst First 100 Days of a Presidency

 

Congratulations to Donald J. Trump. Not since 1933 when they started using this century metric to measure the length and breadth of a newly minted president have we seen more chaos, failure and mayhem in the first 100 days of an …

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An Interview With Life Of Agony: Song For The Absurd

Since reuniting together for a second time back in 2014, Life Of Agony continues to play actively throughout Europe and the greater New York area. This time around, there’s no question that the band remains musically and personally stronger than ever, as they relentlessly feed off the positive energy of …

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An Interview With Colossal Street Jam: Colossal Street Jam Find Their Groove with ‘Living Free’

In this competitive music scene of ours, certain criteria determine which bands will endure. One element is, of course, exceptional musical ability while another is a bit more nebulous, felt rather than seen or heard. Synergy—that symbiotic relationship between the band and the audience—is difficult to quantify. Some call it …

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High Ticket Attractions: An Interview with The New Pornographers

“It’s a weird day,” said Carl Newman when I reach him by phone on the morning The New Pornographers’s seventh album, Whiteout Conditions, was being released

Newman, the group’s leader and chief songwriter, expressed excitement that fans could hear his new music, but was distracted by concern about …

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Shoreworld: D.B. Calla & The Forget-Me-Nots

D.B. Calla hails from Toms River, NJ and is probably best known as a vocalist in the Toms River band EOS. She also served time in Blondsense and Ninth Infantry, two other Tri-State bands that have done quite well in the current decade. D.B. Calla has a sound reminiscent of …

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Queued Up: ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘The House That Screamed,’ House: Two Stories,’ And More

HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)

The set-up: As America falls behind the Russians in the Space Race of the early 1960s, three African-American women—genius human computer Katherine Goble (targeting trajectories for major flight missions), untitled but masterly computer supervisor Dorothy Vaughn, and smart aspiring engineer Mary Jackson—labor hard at NASA to assist …

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Rant’n’Roll: Hollywood Gold, Civil Rights Poetry, Fem-Centric Blues, & Metal x 2

Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack The Harry Warren Songbook on Got Music Records. Warren [1893-1981] was the prolific co-writer of Hollywood movie songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Guitarist/Composer Doug Munro is his nephew. His bands—four different line-ups on four separate sessions—take Warren’s music and infuse it with the …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: James McMurtry, The Pretenders, John Mayer and More

James McMurtry/City Winery/April 2, 2017

In Fort Worth, Texas, novelist Larry McMurtry gave his seven-year-old son, James McMurtry, the boy’s first guitar. The boy’s mother taught him his first three chords; the rest he learned by ear or by watching other musicians. As a teenager in Leesburg, Virginia, he began …

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North Jersey Notes: Lullwater, Common Wealth, Astra The 22s, and More

LULLWATER—Athens, GA

I know these guys aren’t from Jersey, but my public relations pal, Denise Kovalevich, turned me onto these guys since she’s handling their publicity. They’re from Athens, Georgia, and the name of the band is Lullwater. They are awesome! Denise sent me their link to give them …

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