Gene Simmons – Opening The Vault

Gene Simmons – Opening The Vault

Within the past year, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to interview Gene Simmons twice! Since we last spoke, he announced The Vault, which is a 150-song box set, chronicling 50 years of unreleased demos and outtakes, housed in a 38-pound safe. Starting in January, Gene is hand-delivering these vaults, for $2,000 each, to fans across the world. If you spend $25,000 you can be an executive producer of The Vault and spend an hour with Gene in a recording studio. Or, for $50,000, Gene will come to your house for a two-hour party and you can invite up to 25 friends to take part in the festivities. I’m not buying The Vault because it’s way out of my price range and wheeling home one of these behemoths is a surefire way to upset my wife. However, if you’re interested in learning more about The Vault, you’re in luck.

How many songs on The Vault are demos or outtakes for KISS albums?

This is the largest box set of all time. Nothing has ever been done …

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Shoreworld – The Carousers

Shoreworld – The Carousers

Long Branch, NJ has always been a mainstay for punk rock. Going back into the ‘80s, The Brighton Bar was the home of New Jersey punk here in the east, and it continues to be so to this day. Thanks in large part to Greg Macolino, owner of The Brighton Bar, punk continues to reign supreme in Long Branch through old kings and new emperors alike. The one thing about Long Branch and its music scene that can be said is that it lends an air of supreme originality when put up against other areas that claim to be the birthplace of punk. And while different regions of the state hold a current ranking spot when you think about punk, Long Branch is at the top of the positioning for punk music and the scene that goes with it.

That brings me to the Shoreworld’s next subject. The Carousers are a punk rock band from Long Branch, NJ. The group currently consists of Joey Affatato (vocals/guitar), Cassidy Crosby (bass/backing vocals), and Andy Jackle (drums). The …

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Kurt Angle – The New Year’s Main Event

Kurt Angle – The New Year’s Main Event

In the sports entertainment and wrestling world, there is one word to describe Kurt Angle: Legend. 2017 has been Angle’s year; a recent inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame, back on live television as the General Manager of Monday Night Raw, competing in his first match in many years, releasing a documentary on the WWE Network, and so much more. To say it’s a dream come true to talk with Angle is an understatement. He will be coming to our backyard of Freehold, NJ on Saturday, Nov. 25 to meet his many devoted fans at iPlay America. After speaking with Angle, he highly encourages fans to come prepared with questions, as he loves interacting and getting to know the “universe” better. I think this year could be hard to top for him, but I know he will find a way to do so.

Kurt, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me today.

My pleasure, Maria. Thanks for chatting with me!

I think it’s safe to say 2017 is the year

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Manhattan Beat – Elbow, Ariel Pink & More

Manhattan Beat – Elbow, Ariel Pink & More

Elbow/Terminal 5/Nov. 2, 2017

In 1990 in Bury, England, a teenaged guitarist, Mark Potter, invited 16-year-old schoolmate, Guy Garvey, to sing in Mr. Soft — a band he was in with bassist Pete Turner and drummer Richard Jupp. Mark’s brother, keyboardist Craig Potter, soon turned the band into a quintet. They shortened the band name to Soft, then changed it a third time in 1997 to Elbow, inspired by a line in the BBC TV drama, The Singing Detective, in which a character described the word “elbow” as the loveliest word in the English language. Elbow has won esteemed accolades in the United Kingdom while struggling to gain comparable recognition in the United States. Elbow’s fourth studio album, The Seldom Seen Kid, sold over a million copies and won the Mercury Music Prize in 2008. In 2009 the band won the Brit Award for Best British Group, a Meteor Award for Best International Band, an NME Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and two Ivor Novello …

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Black Friday 2017: Record Store Day Picks

Black Friday 2017: Record Store Day Picks

With the holidays slowly creeping in, so is that time old question: What gift should I give? If you have a music-lover in your life, AQ has made the decision easy. Get your holiday shopping done early – and for a bargain – with these Black Friday Record Store Day deals! Below, ten of Black Friday’s standout releases are broken down for you.


Chuck Berry – The London Chuck Berry Sessions (Brookvale Records)
Two sides, studio and live; eight songs, studio and live. An RSD exclusive release, Chuck Berry’s studio and live recordings were first taken and put out as a LP 45 years ago. It’s a special album for it includes iconic, live chanting of  “We Want Chuck!” from the crowd, on top of including Berry’s first and only song to hit No. 1 in the US and the UK,  “My Ding-a-ling.” This record, The London Chuck Berry Sessions, is approximately 45 minutes of pure rock and roll coming from the year 1972 and is thankfully being released for RSD Black Friday, …

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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Prudential Center: June 16, 2017

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Prudential Center: June 16, 2017

NEWARK, NJ–­­­–Everyone has a story and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have always known how to find those stories and tell them in ways you never tire of hearing. During the band’s sold-out 40th anniversary show at Prudential Center on Jun. 16, fans remembered what it’s like to be an “American Girl” raised on promises, that you don’t have to live like a “Refugee,” and why “It’s Good To Be King.” With a mischievous grin that seems to say we’re all sharing the same secret, Tom Petty has endured as the narrator of peoples’ lives for four decades, making this …

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Album Review: Blake Shelton – “Texoma Shore” (Warner Music Nashville)

Album Review

Blake Shelton – “Texoma Shore” (Warner Music Nashville)

For most of my life, country music was always somewhere in the distance looking like a practically untouched piece of land in my personal world of music. The closest I had ever gotten to the country music genre was either my watching of the last few seasons of American Idol

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