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Amen, Reverend: Guitar Event At Monster Music The annual Reverend Guitars open house will be Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm at Monster Music in Levittown. Reverend currently ranks as the fastest-growing company in guitars, and Monster Music is their exclusive Long Island home with more than 40 Reverends in stock at all times. Among the highlights: Reverend CEO Ken Haas will be in attendence; live music, including a set from the Grammy-nominated Reverend Signature artist Gil Parris; food and drink; and specials on Reverend products. Also, a new Reverend Bayonet guitar (list $1,079) will be raffled off. This event is open to all, but because of limited space, patrons must be on the guest list to attend. Call Brian or Mike Z at (516) 735-3594, or write to MonsterMusicNY@ Visit Monster Music on the web at, and Reverend Guitars at

Big, Bad Action: WWE RAW At Coliseum

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Cherie Currie

The always wild action of pro wrestling returns to the area as WWE presents “Monday Night RAW” at The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday, November 25 at 7:30 pm. Tickets begin at $20 and are on sale now; they're available at the Coliseum box office,, and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. This appearance by WWE takes place the day after its “Survivor Series” pay-perview extravaganza, and marks the first time that “Monday Night RAW” has appeared in Long Island in two years. At press time, among the WWE superstars scheduled to appear at the card (subject to change) include Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, C.M. Punk, The Shield, Alberto Del Rio, The Big Show, The Wyatt Family, Ryback (pictured here), The Miz, and many others – possibly including the recently returned John Cena.

It's not all that often that we feature music news in “Hot Tips,” but this particular period will feature appearances by several rock legends from different eras who rarely appear live in this area. The outrageously stillhot Cherie Currie – the former lead singer of the influential all-girl 1970s rock band The Runaways, which also featured such future stars as Lita Ford and Joan Jett – will headline on Saturday, November 9 at Revolution in Amityville. Tickets and information are at From an earlier, important time in rock history: Legendary Blood Sweat & Tears founding member Steve Katz will perform on Saturday, November 9 at The Great Neck Arts Center; advance tickets are at BS&T is best known for the hits “I Can’t Quit Her,” “Spinning Wheel,” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.” And if that’s not enough, Michael Nesmith – “The Hat” from the most wildly popular TV rock band of the 1960s, The Monkees – headlines on November 7 at The YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore (

Dr. Who Convention In Ronkonkoma

Sylvester McCoy

The inaugural Dr. Who Convention in Long Island will take place from November 8 through 10 at The Holiday Inn in Ronkonkoma. The science fiction television series celebrates its golden anniversary during this month. The event, dubbed “L.I. Who,” features an array of stars from the show's long history, including Sylvester McCoy (the seventh Doctor Who), who also stars in The Hobbit movie trilogy. Info: call (631) 736-1049; advance tickets are available via

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Top 90s Soul Stars at QPAC The Queensborough Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College in Bayside will present its “90s Boy Bands Concert Reunion” concert featuring All-4-One and Color Me Badd on Saturday, November 16 at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now; log on to From the early to mid-1990s a plethora of harmony groups emerged, but only a select few survived: Dubbed the "Dukes of R&B," All-4One's hit “I Swear” won a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group, and enjoyed an 11-week run at #1 on the

Billboard Hot 100 list. The song has been named by ASCAP as “one of the greatest love songs of the 20th Century.” With its unique sound, the group went on to release more chart-topping hits that included “I Can Love You Like That,” “She's Got Skillz,” “Beautiful As U,” and

“Someday” (the title single from the Disneyproduced animated feature The Hunchback Of Notre Dame). Discovered by Jon Bon Jovi and mentored by Robert "Kool" Bell of Kool & The Gang, Color Me Badd dominated the pop charts in 1990 with their hit “I Wanna Sex You Up,” which became the anthem of the summer of 1991 and their all-time most recognized song. Their debut album, C.M.B., produced several hits, including “All 4 Love” and “I Adore Mi Amor” (both #1 in the U.S.). Admission is $45 for all seats.

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Lights, Camera, Astoria A new exhibit, “Lights, Camera, Astoria,” is now on display at The Museum Of The

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Moving Image in Astoria. Hours are 10:30 am through 7 pm; log on to for more information and schedules. Learn the history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the east coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talkingpicture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes both Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image. Museum admission is $6 to $12.

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Hicksville), where a visit will likely prompt anyone with taste buds to state post-meal: “Damn, I wish I'd

Smashburger or decide to createyour-own, we deliver a great-tasting, juicy burger you can taste in every

arely have we been this disappointed: After our first foray into one of the heavily hyped local Smashburger locations in Long Island, all we can say is: Even our local bowling alley makes a better hamburger. Given the glut of area burgerbased restaurant chains – some absolutely great (Shake Shack, Five Guys) some jejune (Red Robin, Dairy Queen), and some low rent (think Burger King and their ilk), we can't imagine food this greasy, tasteless, and typical making any sort of inroads in our hard-to-please area burger culture. They could have called this place Greaseburger, Oilburger, or Blandburger, because these supposedly newfangled burgers are anything but a smash. Somehow, the Denver-based Smashburger chain became absolutely huge during the past few years on the west coast, and now has been creeping up the east coast like an unwanted tropical storm. First, a bunch of locations set foot in New Jersey and Pennsylvania; now, with its recent opening in New Hyde Park, it makes four Smashburger outlets in Long Island (the others are in Wantagh, Port Jefferson, and

gone to (fill in the blank).” The “Smash” in Smashburger is derived from the fact that their unfrozen “100 percent” Angus burger used in their sandwich products is then taken and “smashed” into a grill that's been seasoned with butter. “Our handcrafted burgers are smashed, seared and, seasoned to order, using our fresh, premium beef. Whether you choose our Classic

bite,” claims the chain's website. Really? During our visit at the admittedly friendly, clean, and eyepleasing new location in New Hyde Park, we chose the chain's signature “Classic Smashburger.” Right from the first the first bite, all we could taste was grease-flavoried oil, whatever is in the “Smash sauce,” and the condiments; there wasn't a hint of beef flavor whatsoever – the


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patty could have been a wet paperback book for all it mattered. After finishing, we stared at the thick layer of grease at the bottom of our serving bowl, nostalgic for our last wait in line at Shake Shack. Our companion chose the supposedly healthier avocado club sandwich (barely any avocado to speak of), along with an even supposedly healthier side dish choice, “Veggie Frites,” dubbed as “flash fried carrot sticks and green beans” on the menu. So since when does “flash fried” mean a quarter inch of grease left on the plate? Apparently, the word “smash” means “grease” in Denver – as we left, even the exit door was coated with greasy smattering of thick, oily fingerprints – which came from the couple next to us that had ordered take-out. Yes – the greasy food soaked through their bags, onto their hands, and then everywhere they touched. The fingerprints, as in most crimes, were key: As a meal, this stuff really should be outlawed. During our visit, we watched some corporate types (some wore company badges) that seemed to be congratulating each other; apparently, its opening went well. New area businesses creating new jobs? Fantastic. The food at Smashburger? We'd tell you more, but our greasy fingers keep slipping

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Al At Boulton Stewart Center: British rock legend Al Stewart returns to the area for a headlining performance on November 8 at The YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore. Tickets are on sale now; log on to for complete information in this concert. Glasgow native Stewart began his career playing guitar in Tony Blackburn’s band The Sabres, and moved from there to the London folk club scene. His solo album, Year Of The Cat (1976), spun off two Top 20 hits (the indelible title song and “On The Border”) en route to becoming a million-selling release itself. Time Passages in 1978 repeated the success of its predecessor, selling one million copies and yielding the Mark Top 10 title track and Top 30 single Morris “Song On The Radio.” Dance At Staller Center: The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) performs on The Staller Center Main Stage at Stony Brook University on Saturday, November 16 at 8 pm in its only Long Island performance. The acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group presents an average of 90 shows each year in 35 cities world-

wide, and has the distinction of being the only modern dance company in the country with a commitment to live music – a feature of every performance on its international touring schedule since 1996. The program at Staller Center includes Excursions, with music by Samuel Barber,

The Doo Wop Project “Excursions For The Piano,” with six dancers; Crosswalk, with music by Carl Maria von Weber, “Grand Duo Concertant” for clarinet and piano with 11 dancers; A Wooden Tree, with music by Ivor Cutler, with eight dancers; and Grand Duo, with music by Lou Harrison, “Grand Duo for Violin and Piano” with 14 dancers. Tickets are $40, available at, or by calling (631) 632-ARTS [2787]. At Tilles Center: The Doo Wop Project, featuring cast members from the long-running Broadway classic Jersey Boys, will headline on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm The Hillwood Recital Hall at Tilles Center at LIU Post in Brookville. Tickets and information: These veteran singers will cover songs by Randy & The Rainbows, Thurston Harris, The Skyliners, The Capris, and and other artists in a

celebration of a classic time in pop music. Note: This is not a performance of Jersey Boys, nor is this show affiliated with it. Che Malambo At Queens Theatre: The dance troupe Che Malambo takes over Queen Theatre in Flushing on November 16 at 2 and 8 pm, and Novmber 17 at 3 pm. For more information and tickets: The company of 14 all male performers presents the dance of the Malambo, a gaucho tradition (cowboys from the pampas). This group has created the first and most unique performance in the world of Malambo, bringing the strength and the power of a horse in full gallop, the grace and spirit of Argentinean dancers, and the beauty of a free spirit. Saints Of Valory At Westhamption Beach Performing Arts Center: This venue's “Breakout Artist Series” will present Saints Of Valory on November 10 at 8 pm. Tickets, $20, are now on sale via This band, now on F Stop/Atlantic Records, is a traditional rock act that features a new arena rock sound; they're pegged for mainstream stardom.

CALENDAR 2013 Michael Nesmith ............................Thursday, November 7th 8:00 p.m. Al Stewart ................................................Friday, November 8th 8:00 p.m. Lucy Kaplansky ................................Saturday, November 9th 8:00 p.m. Carbon Leaf ........................................Sunday, November 10th 8:00 p.m. Leon Redbone ......................................Friday, November 15th 8:00 p.m. YMCA of Long Island presents: Give Thanks by Giving Back! ..Saturday, November 16th 8:00 p.m. Rudess Morgenstein Project ......Friday, November 22nd 8:00 p.m. Aztec Two - Step A special evening of music Performing Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers Plus Aztec Two – Step fan favorites ..........Saturday, November 23rd 8:00 p.m. Big Laughs In Bay Shore................Friday, November 29th 8:00 p.m. Colin Quinn........................................Saturday, November 30th 8:00 p.m. Donna The Buffalo ........................Thursday, December 5th 8:00 p.m. Chris Smither ..........................................Friday, December 6th 8:00 p.m. The Cortland and Y Boulton Center Present: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on the BIG screen! ..................Wednesday, December 11th 8:00 p.m. Eileen Ivers Irish Christmas ........Friday, December 13th 8:00 p.m. A Rockapella Christmas ............Saturday, December 14th 8:00 p.m.

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Starring Danny Trejo, Carlos Estevez (Charlie Sheen), Sofia Vergara, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mel Gibson Directed and written by Robert Rodriguez Open Road Once again – though no one is fessing up to it – we consider Robert Rodriguez’ latest bombs/ babes/bullets extravaganza a clear homage to the legendary B-action film director and producer Andy Sidaris, who used to cast a bevy of hunky actors and Playboy and Penthouse models as the stars of his action-packed 1980s and 1990s films. In those drive-in favorites, the good guys always won and the bad guys not only lost, but found their justified demises through the most violent and gruesome ways possible. Danny Trejo appeared briefly in one of Sidaris’ better movies (Guns); the portly director’s style was sheer formula, but it was a colorful and entertaining one. Rodriguez’s Machete Kills, truth be told, has seemingly picked up Sidaris’ mojo; this is essentially just more of the same as 2010’s Machete. However, it’s most of the same best moments of the original film – and it must be noted that it’s hard to think of another movie where such a huge array of pulchritudinous actresses (Heard, Gaga, Alba, Vega, Vergara, Rodriguez, and Hudgens) are willing to portray either “hot babe with guns,” or “simply hot under-dressed babe.” Rodriguez’ stars know this is all tongue-in-cheek, so they’re not afraid to be exploitation queens for a day. B-movies have never looked quite this good – even Sidaris’ films, where his bevy of semi-clad heroines and villians included models such as Cynthia Brimhall, Dona

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Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, Julie Strain, Julie Smith, Susan Kiger, and many more. There is just so much to have fun with here for those willing to check their brains at the box office: Trejo’s rugged Machete, his face bearing the scars of 1,000 sins, is the type of anti-hero that the film world has always dreamed of; Charlie Sheen, billed here as Carlos Estevez, is a stone hoot as a the President (imagine that), as is the muchmailigned Mel Gibson as as an evil mastermind who is crazier than an outhouse rat; a fake trailer for the “next” Machete film: Machete Kills Again ... In Space; and, as you might have seen in the trailers, Vergara’s machine gun bra, which makes her deadly in two different ways. And of course, there are more bashings, crashings,

shootings, explosions, bombs, babes, bullets, and corny one-liners than you’ll find in any 10 action films. Think of this as the original Michete on steroids – the most over-the-top elements of the first film are repeated constantly, but with totally edifying results. It’s as if Rodriguez is telling his grindhouse-hunrgy audience: “I know what you want, and boy, am I gonna give it to you.” Films like Michete Kills are never going to be Oscar bait, but if you’re not the offendable type, we dare you to see this and not have an empty-headed good time – just like you did at the old 42nd Street theaters in New York City or at country drive-ins. That’s the whole idea in the first place. – Bob Smith

Despite their objections, Ray loves a lucrative challenge and accepts the terms. It doesn’t take long for Breslin to realize that he has been set up; he’s drugged and put on an airplane. When he comes to, he finds himself “welcomed” by a sadistic warden, Hobbes (Caviezel), who knows Ray’s real identity and his purpose for being there, but he is being compensated handsomely by an unnamed party that wants him to rot there for the rest of his life. Breslin quickly finds that he has an ally in fellow prisoner Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger). The strong but cerebral Rottmayer is not a dangerous criminal, but rather a political prisoner. Escape Plan is in many ways is an homage to the many prison films that have come before it. Caviezel, who always plays characters who are economical with their words, makes the steely Hobbes a character you love to hate. What is somewhat surprising is the rather liberal bent of the film, since both Stallone and Schwarzenegger are well-known Republicans, although neither man

would probably be welcomed at a Tea Party rally. The prison in the film that houses their characters is run by private industry and is not even on the government grid because it is (spoiler alert!) located on a ship in international waters. Who would have thought that two of Hollywood’s longtime tough guys would be warning about the dangers of privatizing prisons? The major flaw here is that there are too many plot twists that attempt to get untangled in the final minutes that seem to have been employed as afterthoughts by the screenwriters. Nonetheless, the action is first rate, and the film’s running time passes enjoyably. While stuntmen are employed, both Stallone and Schwarzenegger handled a good deal of the heavy lifting; it was reported that Sly needed 70 stitches to patch up a gash in his foot during the shooting. Escape Plan is one of the better cinematic surprises of the year. – Lloyd Carroll

Es cape P lan Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jim Caviezel Directed by Mikael Hafstrom Summit Entertainment This film marks the first time that veteran action film actors Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have teamed up. If Escape Plan were released 25 years ago, it would have been a colossal entertainment event, and Sly and Arnie would have had their faces on the covers of all the gossip magazines. In 2013, however, the media reaction was far more muted; it bordered on a collective shrug. Consider: Escape Plan was released through Summit Entertainment, a subsidiary of Lionsgate Films. Granted, ageism is an old story in the entertainment industry; both stars are over 65. Both have also made their share of awful films. It was easy to set the bar low before seeing Escape Plan – but it’s a far better film than what could have been reasonably expected. Ray Breslin (Stallone) is an outside consultant whose talent is to find the flaws in even the most secure of prisons.The work is not glamorous, but it’s lucrative as Ray’s modus operandi is to go undercover as a prisoner and find imperfections, be it from prison guards whose routines are too predictable to flaws in the physical structures of the cellblocks; afterwards, he escapes. A mysterious woman claiming to be from a secret government agency arrives at Ray’s posh office with a check for $5 million if he’ll agree to test a top-secret facility. Because of the alleged sensitive nature of the matter, Ray will not allowed to be traced by his support team, Abby (Amy Ryan) and Hush (Curtis “Fifty Cent” Jackson).

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late night show of the year thus far (it was Cyrus’ second hosting stint overall). If you want to see this pop spitfire live, you had best hustle: Her upcoming appearance at the annual holiday themed Z100 Jingle Ball on December 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City was a quick sellout. Cyrus headlines along with Robin Thicke (her notorious, twerking “dance partner” at the MTW Video Music Awards), Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Austin Mahone, and many more artists and guests to be announced. It’s clearly a show that’s bringing unprecedented demand at secondary market ticket sellers.

fter the events of the past couple of months, one thing is for certain in the pop music arena at this writing: The world belongs to Miley Cyrus, and the rest of us just live in it. After her appearances at the MTV Video Music Awards and hosting “Saturday Night Live” – not to mention her ultrarevealing (okay, she gets naked) video for her mega-hit “Wrecking Ball” – one might have been prompted to think that young Ms. Cyrus might have become, for lack of a better term, overexposed. Not to worry; the tongue-wagging, crotch-grabbling pop singer debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with her new album release, Bangerz, selling 270,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Counting her soundtrack albums as the Disney character Hannah Montana, this is Cyrus’ fifth #1 album. She topped the list with the Disney Channel TV series' first soundtrack in 2006, as well as its big-screen film adaptation soundtrack

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in 2009. Cyrus herself notched #1’s with the halfsoundtrack/half-studio album Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus set in 2007, and then her own Breakout studio effort in 2008. Cyrus' last studio album, 2010's Can't Be Tamed, debuted and peaked at #3 from a 102,000 start. More amazing facts and figures: Both of the first singles from Bangerz, the party anthem “We Can't Stop” and “Wrecking Ball” (accompanied by its notorius nearly nude video clip) both have earned #1 spots on the charts. Her hosting gig on “SNL” is also the highest rated

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Carmelo he classic Clash hit Anthony “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” could be the New York Knicks theme song, as media and fans will undoubtedly be reading tea leaves for the latest signs as to whether star forward Carmelo Anthony will remain in New York or seek the Hollywood life when he becomes a free agent on July 1, 2014. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson clearly does not want to live through the hell that former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown endured four years ago when LeBron James toyed with Cleveland fans, the media, and the entire Cavs organization during his walk year. Woodson will certainly be badgered by reporters all season about Anthony’s future. He may want to cue up Doris Day’s signature song, “Que Sera, Sera,” for his pregame press conferences. The Brooklyn Nets were undoubtedly the NBA champions of the off-season, as evidenced by the recent Sports Illustrated cover story that featured the team’s expected starting lineup and new head coach Jason Kidd – but to quote the noted wrestling philosopher Ric Flair: “To be the best, you have to beat the best.” The Nets have lost 17 straight games to the Miami Heat. At the Nets’ media day last month, center Brook Lopez, the longest tenured member of the team, conceded that his team has to beat James, Dwyane Wade, and company at least once this season to have any credibility going into the post-season.


SI also had a terrific piece on longtime Nets announcer Ian Eagle, who finally is getting the recognition he deserves for being one of the best play-by-play broadcasters working today. Eagle must have made a Faustian bargain not only for his broadcasting skills, but also for his perennial youthful appearance; he still looks as if he just graduated from Forest Hills High School, which he did more than 25 years ago. Dorian Gray would be jealous. While on the topic of great sports air personalities, Bill Mazer passed away last month at the age of 92. He was renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of sports trivia which, went beyond idiot savant status. He hosted the first regularly scheduled radio sports call-in show back on the old WNBC-AM in March 1964. Eight years later, he would help pioneer the first elongated Sunday night local television sports wrap-up show, “Sports Extra” on Channel 5. The format is now standard in every TV market across the country. The surprising success of the bearded Boston Red Sox must be a mixed blessing for the world’s largest shaving goods company, Gillette, which is also based in Beantown. The company should open its vaults and try to entice Mike Napoli or Johnny

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Better Rolling: There's no question about it: The question I get asked the most as author of this column is “When is the PBA coming back on TV?” I'm happy to report that not only will there be an expanded season this year between the PBA's ESPN telecasts and additional Xtra Frame streaming events, but that ESPN has installed Mike Jakubowski, an incredibly learned gentleman who practically lives and breathes the sport, as lead announcer. Kind of beats “hambones” and the transparent on-air lack of bowling knowledge from previous play-by-play men, doesn't it? "I'm honored to represent the Professional Bowlers Association and fans of pro bowling alongside (color commentator) Randy Pedersen," said Jakubowski, a Milwaukee native who made his mark as host for both Xtra Frame and PBA summer events. Jakubowski is about as knowledgeable about bowling as anyone I've met. He's not a good choice – he's an outrageously great choice to take over the lead seat on PBA programming. Here’s hoping this assignment marks a new era in PBA coverage for the all-sports network. Starting Sunday, December 1 at 1 pm, ESPN will televise seven two-hour events from the current World Series of Bowling, beginning with the PBA Cheetah Championship and running consecutive Sundays through January 12, according to the PBA's Jerry Schneider. In all, ESPN will air 36 hours of PBA action through April 13 – up from 29.5 hours in 2013 – as part of

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its new five-year agreement announced earlier this year. In other words: There's more bowling on ESPN this seaspm. The PBA will utilize the same broadcast team across both its online streaming video service Xtra Frame and ESPN television platforms by featuring the primary duo of longtime ESPN analyst and human quip machine Pedersen and play-by-play voice Jakubowski. Hall of Famer Pederson is actually back as an active competitor, bowling in the WSOB after a seven-year absence due to injury; he's already won a PBA50 (formerly seniors tour) event. “I think it’s going to be a huge positive to experience the World Series and gain the

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Gomes to shave off their ZZ Top inspirations with a Fusion ProGlider or Mach 3. Reggie Jackson has written his second autobiography, Becoming Mr. October (Doubleday), that goes into greater detail about his Yankees years than his previous tome. The passing years have done little to diminish the animosity that he has for his first Yankees manager, Billy Martin, who he paints as an irascible, racist sociopath. If you are experiencing baseball withdrawal symptoms now that the 2013 season has concluded, catch the Arizona Fall League with

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first-hand knowledge that comes with competing over a grueling schedule with the other players,” said Pedersen, who will tie the late Hall of Famer Billy Welu for the second most seasons as PBA Tour color analyst (Nelson Burton Jr. holds the record with 23 seasons alongside Chris Schenkel for ABC). “I’m grateful for having been able to be the Tour’s color analyst all these years and to be mentioned in the same sentence with a great like Billy Welu is an honor.” Here's the official 2013/2014 PBA TV schedule: Sunday, Dec. 1 – Cheetah Championship, South Point, Las Vegas, 1 pm. Sunday, Dec. 8 – Viper Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge, South Point, Las Vegas, 1 pm. Sunday, Dec. 15 – Chameleon Championship, South Point, Las Vegas, 1 pm. Sunday, Dec. 22 – Scorpion Championship, South Point, Las Vegas, 1 pm. Sunday, Dec. 29 – PBA World Championship, South Point, Las Vegas, 1 pm. Sunday, Jan. 5 – World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA, South Point, Las Vegas, 1 pm. Sunday, Jan. 12 – PBA50 Tour Finals and PBA Regional Players Invitational Finals, South Point, Las Vegas, 1 pm. Sunday, Jan. 19 – Round1 Japan Cup, Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center, Tokyo, Japan, 3 pm. Sunday, Jan. 19 – Teen Masters Grand Championship, South Point, Las Vegas, 5 pm. Sunday, Jan. 26 – PBA League (live), Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., noon Sunday, Feb. 2 – Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars, Lucky StrikeL.A. Live, Los Angeles, 4 pm. Sunday, Feb. 9 – PBA League, Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., 3 pm. Sunday, Feb. 16 – PBA League, Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., 3 pm. Sunday, Feb. 23 – USBC Masters (live), Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J., 3 pm. Sunday, March 2 – PBA League, Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., 3 .m. Sunday, March 23 – PBA League Position Round, Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., 1 pm. Sunday, March 30 – PBA League Wild Card Round, Brunswick

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Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J., 4:30 pm. Sunday, April 6 – PBA Tournament of Champions (live), Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, 1 pm. Sunday, April 13 – PBA League Elias Cup Finals, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, 2 pm.

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Mike Jakubowski Congratulations to Dennis DeVoti on his recent (and first) 300 game; Lewis Johnson, 708 series; Paul Pillitteri, 702 series; Jeanine Musacchio, 664 series; JoAnne Perry, 618 series; Dennis DeVoti 739 series; Matt DeVoti, 712 series; Lorraine Donovan, 245, 200, 622 series; George Georgakis, 279; Rob Tibaldi, 734 series; Sean Holohan 758 series; Linda Hand, 241; Barbara Bongiovanni, 208; Tommy Genova Sr., 730 series; Ed Marquez, 737 series; Michelle Helkowski, 219; Niki Tsiames, 214.

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Phoenix. ESPN finally got around to showing Big Shot, Kevin Connolly’s documentary on fraudulent former Islanders owner John Spano; it debuted in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Connolly, who grew up a huge New York Islanders fan in Patchogue, is best known for his co-starring role on HBO’s “Entourage.” He was able to coax Spano into reminiscing about how he was able to purchase the team in 1996 with very little of his own money by creating fictitious financial statements that were audited by hardly anyone. In “Big Shot,” Spano


Photos: Carmelo Anthony, Brook Lopez courtesy NBA; Kevin Connolly by David Shankbone

reminds one of Harold Hill, the lovable con artist in “The Music Man.” It has been a long time since anyone cared about boxing’s heavyweight division, which used to be the only one that most sports fans followed. Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions has signed hulking, 6'7'’ Deontay Wilder – who hails from Crimson Tide territory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – in the hopes that he will become the 21st Century’s answer to Mike Tyson. If Deontay can box as well as he can handle a microphone, based on what I saw at a press conference at B.B. King’s, he will be a champion. Goldstar, a company which sells discounted tickets to a variety of events on the Internet, is getting more involved with sporting events as it will be offering 50 percent-off tickets to selected games from all major markets. It also recently launched a smartphone app that lets you sit near your friends if they bought a ticket for an event before you did. Woodbury-based Arizona Beverage Company, best known for its varieties of iced tea, is invading Dr. Brown territory with its line of Shaq Sodas that features the mug of Shaquille O’Neal on its cans. Arizona continues to offer Arnold Palmer iced tea/lemonade combos as well. Considering that it doesn’t have a contract with any of the major sports teams or the Big East any longer, SNY should do a better job showcasing local college basketball teams. Its winter broadcast list consists of random NCAA games that appeared to have been chosen by throwing a dart at an NCAA schedule; only Fordham seems to be getting any constant coverage. It would be nice if SNY could devote a little time to Columbia and Hofstra, as well as such Northeast Conference teams as

LIU, St. Francis, and Wagner. SNY’s new “Covino & Rich” program at 6 pm comes off as low budget and haphazard, stuff that you’d expect on cable public access channels.

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he 16th annual Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival takes place from November 8 through November 11 at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. For ticketing and schedule information: and The Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival brings current gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender short, documentary, and feature films on many issues such as transgendered people, gay marriage, Asperger’s, wine, a gay 9/11 hero, “Gen Y,” and drag queens – and serves as a chance to discover a wealth of fine new films. A total of 10 feature films, five documentaries, 21 shorts, guest filmmakers, community groups, discussions, parties, and receptions are on the schedule. Highlights include two opening night documentaries: I Am Divine, celebrating the life and career of John Waters' fearless muse; and Les Cabotines, a documentary about two lesbian

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vintners in France. Not only will the filmmaker be on hand, but she will bring samples of wines for a special tasting after the program. The L.I. Gay Men’s Chorus and Broadway Sings For Pride, as well as other local musicians, will perform. Admission prices range from a $10 student price to a $70 Festival Pass.

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“The Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Long Island is not only a great opportunity to see some of the best in current gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender short, documentary, and feature films, but also a chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones,” said James Stewart, the Director of the festival. The GLBT Festival of Long Island began as a fundraiser for the Community House of Long Island (CHOLI), the first GLBT center on Long Island. As a result, the Film Festival has had strong roots in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community since its inception. It has garnered numerous awards as the premiere area GLBT entertainment or community event over the years. The center is gone now, but the film festival is still going strong, and the mission of

Starring Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, James Badge Dale Written and directed by Peter Landesman The events of September 11, 2001 will in all likelihood be the cataclysmic historic event that will stay etched in one’s mind for anyone who is 18 and over. The whole world irreversibly changed for the worse that September morning. Ask anyone who is now close to 60 years old (or older, of course) and he or she will tell you that they had that same feeling on the afternoon of November 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. The upcoming 50th anniversary of that tragedy undoubtedly was the impetus of the new film, Parkland, which was the hospital where John Kennedy was rushed to after being shot assumably by Lee Harvey Oswald. Ironically, Oswald would wind up there as well two days later after being fatally shot by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Screenwriter and director Peter Landesman wisely keeps the focus on the chaos the events of Friday, November 22 right up to JFK’s funeral the following Monday. He wisely eschews the conspiracy theories that were espoused in Oliver Stone’s 1991 film JFK, and instead concentrates on how the events affected of ordinary people who happened to find themselves on the front lines of history. Rather than open the film with traditional opening credits, Landesman takes a cinema verite approach by eavesdropping on the emergency room of Parkland Hospital on what seems to be a quiet morning as we see a sleepy resident, Dr. Jim Carrico (Zac Efron) and head nurse Doris Nelson (Marcia Gay Harden) get ready for duty. In what will seem similar to a “Twilight Zone” episode, they will find their ordinary lives upended forever in a few hours as they will try against poor odds to save the life of the most important man in the world at the time. Abraham Zapruder (Giamatti) is a 58-year-old

Dallas garment manufacturer who lets his office take an early lunch break so that they can all watch the President in his motorcade come by nearby Dealey Plaza. Zapruder is a proud American who is eternally grateful to the United States for allowing his parents and his entire family to emigrate here and avoid certain death from anti-Semitic pogroms in the USSR. He is also a huge Kennedy supporter, which put him in a minority in Dallas at the time. Zapruder was also a photography buff who couldn’t wait to use his new Bell & Howell so that he could have a keepsake of JFK’s trip to his hometown. In spite of what sounded like firecrackers and screams, he had the presence of mind to keep filming the motorcade as it sped away from Dealey Plaza. Zapruder immediately knew that he had a tape of history that no one else did. It did not take long for the FBI to realize that as well. To his credit, he cooperated with the federal authorities. He also realized that he would no longer have a normal life, and that is why Landesman claims that he sold the frames from his film to Life Magazine for a hefty price as a way of compensating him and his

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helping to create a sense of togetherness for the Long Island GLBT community and its supporters is still as important as ever. “It is so wonderful to come back to Huntington and see what a warm and accepting atmosphere has been created for GLBT people here on Long Island. It makes the transition so much easier,” said Melanie Clark, who recently returned to Long Island, at a recent “Out At The Movies” program. Some of the features and shorts to be presented at this year's Film Festival include such lauded titles as Bridegroom, Geography Club, Out In The Dark, Route Of Acceptance, The Rugby Player, Submerge, Reaching For The Moon, The Perfect Wedding, and many more heralded new and recent full-length and short films.

family for their loss of anonymity. No one was more tortured about the events in Dallas that day than Forrest Sorells (Thornton), who headed up the Secret Service’s Dallas office. It is easy to understand his anguish as he recounts how he never lost his man in 30 years of being on the job, and how he snaps when he sees the Zapruder film for the first time. The character who we surprisingly feel for is Robert Oswald (James Bade Dale), the older brother of Lee Harvey Oswal (Jeremy Strong). Robert is a hardworking family man who knows that his brother is a wacko, but certainly not to the extent that he would come to discover along with the rest of the world. He never doubts for a minute that Lee was the triggerman, but he still visits him in his Dallas jail cell to inform him that he will try to find a lawyer for him. Lee appears to be insane as he tells Robert how worried he is that his daughter needs new shoes. “You are being charged with killing the president of the United States and you are talking about your daughter’s shoes! What about the kind of life that they are going to have now?” Robert also has to deal with a calculating, mentally unhinged mother (Jacki Weaver) who tells the world that Lee is a secret agent for the CIA. When JFK is killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, her first reaction was to think of the money that she can make by writing a book. At that point, one can read Robert’s face and can tell that he would love to strangle her if it weren’t a crime. He is an ordinary guy trapped in an extraordinary situation. Peter Landesman nicely blends in news footage of the events of those four long days in November a half-century ago with a taut script that comes in at a crisp 93 minutes. Seeing the legendary news anchors Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley as well as terrific and sadly forgotten journalists such as Bill Ryan and Tom Petit will bring back memories for many older viewers. Parkland is an engrossing film and a great way for those under 55 to understand why JFK’s death really was the end of America’s innocence. [Editor’s note: Parkland, released in early October, is now available on DVD, on PPV, and on streaming video services.] – Lloyd Carroll

With Bob Smith Photos: Claire Sinclair courtesy Playboy

The years come and go, but every foray TBS makes into broadcasting major sports crashes with a resounding thud. The “network's” coverage of MLB playoffs was its usual disaster, with bad camera angles (and missing plays entirely), focusing in on mascots and third base coaches at inappropriate times, sound and video glitches, the comic book announcing style of Ernie Johnson, you name it. And who would have ever guessed that MLB Network's Billy Ripken would turn out to be a far superior baseball analyst than his Hall Of Fame brother, Cal Ripken Jr. – so guess who was in the TBS booth? … The 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Claire Sinclair, is now the star of her own superhero comic book, Wonderous: The Adventures Of Claire Sinclair, now a best-seller at It's a straight superhero yarn, despite its pulchritudinous title character; the artwork by Rick Burchett is simply spectacular. In fact, Lion Forge does a great job


merging both traditional and modern comic book elements and is surely a company on the rise; other titles include Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier and the Catalyst Prime series … The new season of “Saturday Night Live” has been both outstanding and confusing; the series is back to its “downright awful after Weekend Update” mode once again. Still, it's good to see cast members such as the brilliant Kate McKinnon and the rapidly improving Jay Pharoah getting more air time; Cecily Strong has Katherine blended in seamlessly at Webb For Carls Jr. the “Update” desk … The WWE's recent focus on domineering authority figures – this time, it's HHH and his wife, Stephanie McMahon – resulted in USA Network's “WWE Monday Night Raw” garnering poor ratings for a spell – yet, in typical WWE fashion, its continues to beat the veritable dead horse of a

Claire Sinclair: A Comics Star (inset)

storyline. Seems wrestling fans have been there, done that (“villainous” authority figures have already been portrayed by Eric Bischoff, Vince McMahon, John Laurinaitis, Vickie Guerrero, etc.). Note to WWE writers: Nobody ever paid a dime to see a guy in a suit bullying the help or enforcing rules … The 2013/2014 official TV “bombs” list has already claimed such stinkers as “We Are Men” (one episode and out!) and “Lucky 7,” but there are rumors that as many as a dozen more shows may be headed for the chopping block as well ... A new version of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys, featuring former “Taxi” stars Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch, is knocking them dead in Los Angeles and could eventually land on Broadway … Old-Timer's Daze: Nick At Nite added “The New Adventures Of Old Christine” to its lineup; “Fantasy Island” returns in December on the new, reformatted Cozi TV, which joins Antenna TV and MeTV as havens for old TV series … Speaking of Cozi, we recently caught an old edition of “Lassie” and watched straight through to the end – and, of course, the end theme not only made us choke up, but made a pair of children in the room cry as well. The song is a miracle, perhaps the most evil thing ever perpetrated by a TV network for reasons that even psychologists can't understand … Katherine Webb put to rest the Brent Musberger “controversy” by appearing in a Carl's Jr. ad so over-the-top steamy it makes previous Carl's ads look understated. So much for the faux “uproar.”

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Zach Brock – Michiko Studios (NYC) Darcy James Argue's Secret Society – The Jazz Gallery (NYC) Friday, November 8 Nassau Dancin' Machine – City Café (Garden City) Rockin 45s – Sunset Grill (Seaford)

Sunday, November 10 Nassau Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Carolyn Harding Trio Jazz Brunch – Diletto's Restaurant (Westbury) Tree House Studios Open Mic – Ziggy's Corner (Massapequa) Rich Walker – The Brokerage (Bellmore)

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Body & Soul – City Café (Garden City) Suffolk Acoustic Open Mic Nite hosted by David Jon Paisley – 50 Yard Line (West Babylon) Open Mic with Dan Acosta + DJ HarryOke – The Thirsty Scholar (Holbrook) Open Mic Night w/Mike "The Godfather" Clemente – O'Reilly's Pub (Oakdale) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – Gator Blue (East Islip) Open Jam w/George Cintron & Rob DeMartino – Katies of Smithtown Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) NYC/Queens Morbid Angel – Irving Plaza (NYC) John Fogerty – Beacon Theatre (NYC)

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Suffolk ZZ Top – The Paramount (Huntington) Open Mic Kate Nash • November 9 hosted by Terminal 5 (NYC) Foreverman & Joe (Massapequa) Brown – Mug's Pub (Smithtown) Rich Walker – The Brokerage (Bellmore) NYC/Queens Who's Bad (Michael Jackson Tribute) – Suffolk ZZ Top – The Paramount (Huntington) The Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Jake Miller w/Action Item & Air Dubai Sunday Jazz Jam w/Melody Rose – Declan Quinn's (Bay Shore) - Best Buy Theater (NYC)

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As I sit here in class I can honestly think of no better way to spend my time than writing this article. In the battle of synthetic biology vs. EDM, I would have to say EDM wins hands down. Anyways, there’s been a lot of stuff going on in the EDM world in the last month and I’m here to let you know about it. DVBBS is teaming up with Like Mike and Dimitri Vegas and bringing you a new single, “Stampede,” which will be out on Beatport on November 18. For those of you dub heads, Borgore will be coming out with

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his new Wild Out EP. It’s a collection of diverse tracks that showcase Borgore as a songwriter and his ability to move between genres. The single “Wild Out” features Waka Flocka Flame and vocalist Paige, which gives it a very full feeling to the song. Speaking of “Wild Out,” Skitzofrenix also has a recently released single called “Wild Out.” Quite the coincidence, eh? This song hits just as hard as Borgore’s and


I suggest you download both of them while you’ve already searched “wild out.” Now, if you’re one of those people who like to see a music video to go with your favorite EDM song, then I have good news for you. Nicky Romero has recently released a music video for Legacy, his collaboration with Krewella. It’s interesting to say the least, and I encourage you to check it out if you’re a fan of the song. And for those who dearly miss the great Swedish House Mafia trio, they have released a clip of their upcoming documentary on YouTube to check out. If you’ve been looking to let out some steam or go crazy at a live show, then I have some good news for you, New York City: At Pacha, we’ve got Madeon coming on November 9, Victor Calderone on November 16, Danny Tenaglia on November 27, and Quintino on December 6. And don’t forget to plan ahead and get your tickets for Thomas Gold on New Years Eve. In addition, Pacha is also running some late December and New Year’s shows at Pier 94. On December 27, Zedd will be stopping by Pier 94, followed up by Hardwell the next night at the same venue. And then to top it off, Alesso will be at Pier 94 for New Year’s Eve. Dash Berlin will be popping up at Lavo NYC on Thursday November 7, and then GRiZ and Pegboard Nerds at Terminal 5 on November 15. If you’re a fan of Webster Hall or have never been there

and want to check it out, you can see Martin Solveig on November 9, or perhaps Alvaro on November 16. The next weekend is going to be ridiculous with DJ Snake on November 22 and then the next day TJR, Deorro, and Brazzabelle are going to be destroying the club. The very next weekend, Smog featuring 12th Planet, Flinch, Two Fresh, Alex English, and rekLES will be hitting the stage on Friday November 29. Webster Hall is throwing

I’ve been listening to. And don’t worry, I’ll only give you the best of the best. Everyone loves Rihanna, right? Well, even if you don’t, the remix of “Diamonds” by Congorock is sure to make you fall in love with her. Or maybe just Congorock. Or both. But either way, this remix is a good mix of the original, with a super hard electro house drop. I’m definitely dropping this baby at my next gig. Now, on the side of trap, I suggest you look at all of the “Michael Jordan” remixes, Madeon as each one of them is beautiful in its own way. My personal favorite is the Loudpvck remix, but yours could be the Bare remix. Who knows. Another gem I found was “Fresh Off The Grill” by Dan Farber. This is just one of those songs that everyone can get down and dirty to. So yeah, the kind of stuff I like. Last, but not least, is one you may or may not have heard of and that’s “Bonafide Hustler” by Datsik. However, I’m not talking about the original – I’m talking about the VIP trap remix. It’s very different from the original and once down during the month of November, you start playing it, you won’t be and this lineup of shows will be sure to able to stop. please any type of EDM fan. That’s it for now. Any comments I’ve recently downloaded a lot of or questions can be directed to new songs that I’ve been meaning to download for a while. What that means Thanks, and remember to keep is that you get to hear all the new stuff raging, my friends!

arlier this year, Billboard exclaimed that “Krewella is going to be huge” – and recently, the Chicago-bred EDM newcomers held true to that claim. Krewella’s first fulllength album, Get Wet on Columbia Records, debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 album chart, as well as #1 on the Electronic Album chart with more than 26,775 copies sold. It’s a safe bet that Krewella is the hottest act in electronic music right now. Get Wet is the followup to the group’s breakout EP Play Hard, which charted #1 at Beatport and sparked the interest of Vevo, who inducted Krewella as their first EDM act in their emerging artist series, Lift. Get Wet includes Krewella’s two Top 40 radio tracks: the gold-certified song “Alive” (which to date has sold more than 700,000 copies) and “Live For The Night,” as well as their breakthrough single “Killin’ It,” which garnered the trio their “Best New Artist” award at the IDMA’s earlier this year.


Conquers The Charts Their first major single “Alive” reached #1 Dance Radio Airplay in November 2012 and impacted pop radio in February, becoming a Top 10 hit garnering more than 815 million in cumulative radio audience. The “Alive” video is approaching 20 million plays and over 40 million combined video plays, with “Live For The Night” garnering over four million views to date. “Live For the Night” can also be heard as part of ABC TV’s national promo campaign and has been featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter broadcast. Other sports and gaming licenses for Krewella’s music

are confirmed for the NCAA, NBA, Fox College Sports, and Astro video gaming equipment. On the live front, over the last 18 months Krewella has grown from a small club act to a major venue draw. Notable U.S. festival plays in 2013 included iHeartRadio, Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Spring Awakening. Their massive North American “Get Wet Live” headlining tour is now underway, with more than 55 dates through November. The majority of dates thus far, including shows at the Palladium in Los Angeles, the Warfield in San Francisco,

Stereo Live in Houston, the Austin Music Hall in Austin, and more were sold out, further cementing their draw as a top live act. Krewella is a trio of consisting of sisters/vocalists/songwriters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf along with producer Kris “Rain Man” Trindl. Since their debut in summer 2012, they have garnered a cult fan base who they endearingly refer to as their "Krew." They now total more than 650,000 friends on Facebook, and 200,000 followers on Twitter. More news: Nicky Romero, recently released with Krewella the new song "Legacy," on iTunes.

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double-bill of a pair of today’s hottest pop/punk acts – Plain White T’s and Parachute – with special guests Tommy & The High Pilots will headline Long Island’s newest major entertainment venue, The Space at Westbury, on Saturday, November 9. Doors open at 7 pm fo this 8 pm show; Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the show; get yours now via or Plain White T’s’ new Tommy & The High Pilots music, the single “The Giving Tree” is already a hit video – which follows another video hit for “Should've


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Gone To Bed” earlier this year. The EP of the same title has been a best-seller since its release earlier this year via iTunes and other download outlets. As they continue to plan their newest music, their previous albums and singles – including the band’s 2010 release, Wonders Of The Younger – continue to be radio and fan favorites. In some of the most quantifiable ways, The Plain White T’s count as a veteran outfit. After all,

the band formed in the late 90s, when co-founder Tom Higgenson was still in high school, and the T’s had several independent releases already to their credit even before “Hey There Delilah” became an international sensation and cultural touchstone in 2007. But as far as the Plain White T’s are concerned, they’re just entering their sense-of-wonder years. Higgenson recalled the process in making Wonders in pre-release interviews as that disc was coming out. Higgenson had the album title and concept come to him in a place not usually associated with tender innocence: Las Vegas. It was there, on a Valentines Day 2009 visit, that he was bowled over by a Cirque du Soleil show, O,

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and wondered if it would be possible to capture the same anything-can-happen spirit on record. “The entire show has pirate ships, clowns and carousel horses coming up and going back into the pool, and at one point there’s a piano that comes up out of the water, and it was really epic,” he says. “I just loved it, and it gave me that feeling of being a kid and seeing Goonies for the first time, or Indiana Jones — so adventurous and imaginative and different. I left there wanting to make an album that gave people that same feeling.” Parachute is from Charlottesville, Virginia and ranks as one of the top pop bands on the road this year. Overnight was released in August.

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Who: Echo Hill is a totally unapologetic band of modern rockers that ranks among the area's hottest new acts. Band members include guitarists Alex Laudani, lead vocalist Monique Teichert, bassist Dylan Coates, and drummer Keith Miller. This, their most recent four-song EP, was recorded at Rogue Studios in Hicksville, and was produced, mixed, and mastered by Brad Franklin with engineering by Pablo Papasidero. Sound quality here is major league all the way, as if they used traditional two-inch analog tape (perhaps?). The Artists & Their Sound: We never write this; we never want to come on too strong, but:

Wow. Great, intelligent songwriting, catchy hooks, a tight rhythm section, blazing guitars, and an incredible singer in Teichert who can sing anything from ballads to metal, and what do you get? A band that's justifiably earning national attention at this moment, and they've deserved it. It seems a sure bet that Echo Hill will soon be signed to a major label – they're that good. We're absolutely floored by this band and their completely original take on modern rock; they manage to be accessible and melodic while rocking the tiles off the floor. They also write original songs that are about something as opposed to the usual“crush/kill/maim” we hear from most area hard rockers. More, please, and soon! The Songs: “Namaste,” “Hey Love,” “Until All Ends,” “Out Of My Shoes.” To Learn More About The Artists: Log on to, or find them at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. This EP is available on their website, as well as as in download form on Rhapsody, Amazon, and iTunes.

This version of the album was recorded and mixed at Sabella Studios in Roslyn Heights. As usual, Armada comes out with guns blazing, not letting up from the first notes to the end of the last song. It's hard to ignore the title track, something of a signature song for the quartet and the type of song that could

Armada The Overthrow Independent

Who: The veteran Long Island-based hard rockers Armada have been finalists during the last several Long Island Music Festivals, and with good reason: They've established themselves as a hard-working, determined force in the area music scene. Band members include Jose Martinez, Dean Steiger, Jerry Rosado, and Jay Calandrino.

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The unique, undefinable, legendary B-52s are in the midst of a huge national tour – and they’ll return to The NYCB Theater at Westbury on Wednesday, November 13 at 8 pm. Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, and $39.50 plus applicable service charges, and are available now online at, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or at the NYCB Theatre box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For more information, visit Only The B-52s can lay claim to their one-of-akind sound. There's certainly no mistaking the signature call-and-response vocal play of singers Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, and Cindy Wilson. With more than 20 million albums sold and a nonstop touring schedule, this revolutionary rock band shows no signs of slowing down. Last year, the band celebrated its 35th anniversary; their current tour features new musicians in the band, but also the same non-stop upbeat bent that has


The Non-Stop Party Band Returns To Rock Westbury deservedly landed the group the designation of “The World’s Greatest Party Band.” It’s been an historic couple of years for these Athens, Georgia natives. In February 2011, 34 years after their debut, The B-52's returned to celebrate in their hometown, where it all began for the group. Now, this concert is available as the band's first-ever live DVD and Blu-ray, entitled With The Wild Crowd, which was released in March 2012 via Eagle Rock Entertainment (and has also been featured as part of a ratings-grabbing PBS network special event).

With The Wild Crowd! was recorded in The B52s' hometown at a show that commemorated the band's 34th anniversary of their first-ever live show on Valentine's Day 1977. Wig-wearing, boa-draped, glitter-covered fans came from near and far to celebrate this historic event as the band delivered a sizzling set that turned Athens' Classic Center into a cosmic dance hall. Filmed in high-definition with DTS Surround Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, this 90-minute set is packed with fan favorites such as "Love Shack," "Rock Lobster," "Roam," "Funplex," "Give Me Back My Man," "Private Idaho," and "Planet Claire" (all of which will no doubt be performed at the upcoming concert in Westbury as well). The B-52s were formed on an October night in 1976 following drinks at an Athens Chinese restaurant. Naming themselves after Southern slang for exaggerated bouffant hairdos, the band soon attracted an ardent following, becoming the talk of Athens. Before long, they began making trips

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he ever-present, steadfast pop/rock star Bill Popp – the longtime leader of Bill Popp & The Tapes – celebrated his 60th birthday on June 5 at a concert event at The R-Bar in New York City, the city where Popp and his band have plied their trade for decades. “To me, the best birthday gift I could ever get was seeing all those people rocking out to the band and having a great time,” said Popp. Long before Popp received notice in virtually every local publication you can think of (including the one you are holding in your hands), he was like any other kid from Queens who was bitten by the rock & roll bug. Born on June 5, 1953, he attended Saint Fidelis, where in the second grade he joined the choir and discovered he could sing. In 1964, Pop discovered The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and his life (and schooling) was never the same. Popp went from being a somewhat behaved choirboy to driving the nuns crazy with his antics.


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In June 1966, Popp received a drum set for his 13 th birthday – and shortly thereafter, defiantly grew his hair and wore Beatle boots to school, much to the dismay of his principal. In lieu of expulsion, Popp was transferred to the PS 194 Annex in November of that year. In his ninth year at the Annex, Popp convinced his English teacher to accept a poem for his homework. It was Popp's first bruth with writing, and it worked. In 1966, Popp's mother, Cecilia (who played

piano by ear in her youth), attempted to rekindle her passion for the instrument after receiving a piano for Christmas from Bill's father, George, and sister, Judy. Unfortunately, whenever Cecilia attempted to play, her arms and hands swelled with pain, which he attributed to drugs she was taking to battle cancer. The disease had plagued her since 1963, and it eventually took her life in August 1978. Cecilia's unplayed and somewhat out-of-tune piano laid silent, collecting dust until the spring of 1969. It was then when a friend taught Bill Popp to play The Beatles' “Hey Jude,” and his interest was sparked. He took a crack at writing a song for a rejected love, naively thinking it would woo her back. It didn't, but it inspired Popp to continue writing songs. When in the 10th grade, Popp was talked into joining a Led Zeppelin cover band. Not knowing

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anything but Beatles beats, he lasted just two rehearsals and was asked to leave. Feeling limited as a drummer, Popp turned his focus back to songwriting and piano – and a year later, the same two musicians who had dumped him as a drumme were now backing him on his songs. After graduating in 1972, Popp was forced to take a minimum wage job as a plumber's helper; today, he still makes his living as a plumber for New York City Parks And Recreation – but his passion for music has never flinched. Through the 1970s, Popp showcased as a solo act, played in cover bands, and had a short-lived original band called The Poppsickle. By 1981, he had formed the band he still performs with today called The Tapes, now better known as Bill Popp & The Tapes. Thirty-two years and counting, the band remains a fixture in the New York City music scene, and Popp is recognized as one of the area's most prolific songwriters, having won critical acclaim in tri-state and national publications. Today, with two singles and five albums under his belt (and a sixth album on the way), all released on his own label, 121st Street Records, Popp just keeps right on going. For more: The band will perform on November 11 at Manitoba’s and November 30 at Arlene’s Grocery, both in New York City.


Janis Siegel: Making A Transfer To ‘Night Songs’

n November 13 at The Blue Note in New York City, Janis Siegel will celebrate the release of NightSongs: A Late Night Interlude, her first solo album in seven years. Her band will include album collaborator and pianist John DiMartino, Martin Wind (bass), Ben

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Whittman (drums), Paul Meyers (guitar), and Dominick Farinacci (trumpet). Show times are 8 pm and 10:30 pm; for tickets, log on to Over the past four decades, the nine-time Grammy winner (and 17time nominee) has been an undeniable force in music; a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, solo artist, producer, and arranger. For NightSongs, she chose music by everyone from Jobim and Mercer to Jorge Drexler and one of her new favorites, Janelle Monae. Siegel calls “Marie” by Randy Newman the “ultimate drunken love song,” and “Midnight Sun” is “arguably, one of the top 10 greatest songs ever written.” The album also includes “Lover” (made famous by Peggy Lee), and “You’re Mine, You,” an R&B take on Chet Baker’s version. Her band on the album includes the musicians listed above, along with Christian McBride (bass), Joel Rosenblatt, (drums), Joel Frahm, (sax), Steve Khan, (guitar and arrangements), and Luisito Quintero (percussion). Born in Brooklyn, Siegel gained a reputation as a vocal arranger by

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writing charts for The Manhattan Transfer’s acclaimed albums Vocalese and Brasil, and her unmistakable voice sings lead on many of their hits. In 1993, she received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee School of Music, and in 1999, were among the first class of inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Guitar Legend Jeff Healey: A New Live Album

Eagle Records has released Live From NYC by The Jeff Healey Band in both CD and downloads. The album continues Eagle’s series of gems drawn from the vaults of the history-making group. Recorded at the long-lamented Bottom Line in New York City on December 13, 1988, this early show by Healey’s band follows the release of their debut album, See The Light. Several tracks from that album are included, along with classic covers such as ZZ Top’s “Blue Jean Blues” and Cream’s “White Room.” Healey had a unique style and presence that was clearly already well developed at this early stage in his career, which Live From NYC captures beautifully. Having lost his sight at the age of one, he crafted himself into a master guitarist, championing the lap pedal-steel style. Able to deftly traverse genre styles with ease, his soulful vocals and instrumental dexterity won the hearts of blues and blues-rock fans worldwide. An incredible talent gone too soon (he died in 2008), Healey is considered one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time. He also is remembered for appearing as a musician in the 1989 over-the-top action film “Road House” that starred Patrick Swayze, Sam Elliott, Kelly Lynch, Ben Gazzara, and Red West. Eagle Rock Entertainment has also re-issued The Jeff Healey Band’s Get Me Some and House On Fire, and has released Live At Grossman’s 1994 CD and Full Circle – The Live Anthology boxed set. Healey’s Jazz Wizards also recorded for Stony Plain Records.

The Harrow The Hottest Coldwave Who: The Harrow, a new coldwave/post-punk band featuring members from both Brooklyn and Huntington, is compried of Vanessa Irena (vocals, synthesizer), Frank Deserto (bass, synth, machines), Barrett Hiatt (synth, programming), and Greg Fasolino (guitar). Signed to Function Operate Records, their self-titled debut EP was released on October 15 in both digital and audio cassette (!) formats. The Artists & Their Sound: From the artists’ official bio: “The Brooklyn-based coldwave/ post-punk project was formed

music journalist whose prior guitar resume includes dream pop act Bell Hollow and The Naked And The Dead, and New Orleans native and Newtown Radio DJ Irena, the quartet created their five-song EP during summer 2013.” “The Harrow celebrated the EP’s release on October 16 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, supporing European coldwave duo Lebanon Hanover and fellow Brooklynites, Weeknight.” Our Take: The Harrow’s new EP is a riveting piece of work by a wholly self-contained, completly original group (Hayden

several years ago by the multifaceted Deserto, a DJ at Wierd Records, blogger at Systems of Romance, and former bassist for Revel Hotel, Dream Affair, The Funeral Crashers, and Mark Burgess’ 2010 touring edition of The Chameleons. “In early 2013, Deserto recruited his Revel Hotel bandmate Hiatt, a renowned Nine Inch Nails remixer who has performed with Automelodi and Eleven Pond. The band’s first recording, the moody “Violets,” appeared on Function Operate: Volume II, released on March 5 as the second installment in the label’s limited-edition cassette compilation series. “Adding Fasolino, a longtime

Payne appears on guitar on the track “Milk And Honey”). This excellent, challenging new release is just the tip of the iceberg for the band’s new label, Function Operate, which also planned fall releases by the acts Only Edges, Pretty Bleak, Transfigure, and Victoriana. To Learn More About The Artists: Log on to or Find the band’s label, Function Operate, at functionoperate or Contact the members of the band by writing to

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Comedy Reese Waters The Brokerage, Bellmore November 8 & 9; (516) 781-LAFF; Two nights of fun from one of comedy's most inventive standups. Film Screenwriter Disccussion Group Sky Room, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington Every other Monday at 7:30 pm; (631) 423-FILM; This free series offers networking, information, feedback, and readings by area screenwriters.

A Place At The Table Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington November 6 at 7:30 pm; (631) 423-FILM; A special event and reception; the film, featuring Jeff Bridges, is about the plight of hunger in America. Log on for more information. Health Community Yoga Wang Center, Stony Brook University Each Tuesday at 6 pm; Multi-level yoga classes (appropriate for beginners and more advanced students) designed to stretch and strengthen your body, increase your inner peace, and bring mind, body, and spirit into alignment. Hobbies Long Island Auto Replica Society Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, Centereach Third Thursday of every month at 7 pm; Jeff Bridges

(516) 884-2270; (631) 946-6335 Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in building scale models of automobiles. Call for more information. Theater Les Miserables CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale Through November 24; (631) 581-2700; CM Performing Arts: The legendary musical returns; expect CM's usual lavish production values.

Bunnicula CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale Through November 23; (631) 581-2700; CM Performing Arts: A funny, animalthemed family musical mystery. Irving Berlin's White Christmas John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport November 21 through January 5; (631) 261-2900; Engeman Theatre: A can't-miss for holiday revelers. Storm Warning Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst Through November 9; (631) 581-2700; (516) 775-4420; BroadHollow Theater Company: A comic drama by the prolific Norm Foster. Laughter On The 23rd Floor BayWay Arts Center, East Islip Through November 17; (631) 581-2700; BroadHollow Theatre Company: The famed


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aul Anthony's gang of wackos known as Long Island Comedy continues to tour the region in venues both large and small; November 9 sees LI Comedy return to Theatre Three in Port Jefferson with a lineup featuring top national standup Bill McCarty and other stars; November 23 at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead will feature “The Greek Goddess of Comedy,” Ellen Karis, along with Rob Falcone and more. Log on to to be part of the mirth … Sirius XM Radio ecently launched its newest 24/7-comedy channel, Just For Laughs Radio, which features more than 30 years Steve Azar & Richard Karn


Neil Simon comedy.

A Christmas Carol Theater Three, Port Jefferson November 16 through December 28; (631) 928-9100; Charles Dickens’ holiday classic returns for an extended run. Oleanna Arena Players Theater, Vanderbilt Museum Carriage House, Centerport Through November 24; (516) 775-4420; Arena Players: David Mamet's seething investigation of political correctness. I Do! I Do! November 6 & 13, Westbury Manor November 10, The Showplace at Bellmore Movies (516) 599-6870; Plaza Theatrical Productions: The legendary Broadway musical returns; log on to learn about show-and-lunch performances in Westbury, as well as a complete schedule. Fiddler On The Roof BroadHollow Theatre, Elmont Through November 10; (516) 775-4420; BroadHollow Theatre Company: Perhaps the richest score in the history of the musical theater.

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of stand-up comedy drawn from the comedy archives of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, including the work of established comedians, new faces, international superstars, and stand-up from comedians before they were stars. The archives include performances from Bill Burr, Greg Giraldo, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Kevin Hart, Mitch Hedberg, Aziz Ansari, and Russell Peters, among others … Morada Music recently released Politically Incoherent, the debut album by satirist and radio personality Rocky Mountain Mike. The comic (Mike Hardeman) is best known for his contributions to talk show

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host Stephanie Miller's nationally syndicated radio program; the album takes swipes at President Obama, Sarah Palin, House Speaker John Boehner, Rick Perry, Senator Mitch McConnell, The Tea Party, drones, and the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, among other tidbits … Nice and charitable: Singer/songwriter Steve Azar helped raise $170,000 with his second annual Delta Soul Celebrity Golf & Charity Event in Greenville, Mississippi. All proceeds from the golf and music extravaganza benefitted the singer's non-profit charity organization, The Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation, which supports arts programs throughout the Delta region; more than 21 states from coast to coast took part. Among the comedy legends to appear at the event or take part in the golf portion included Chris Rich (“The Rocky Mountain Mike

Reba Show,” “Murphy Brown”), comedian Gary Valentine (“King Of Queens,” “Chelsea Lately”), and a particularly special guest in sitcom legend and comic actor Richard Karn (“Home Improvement,” “Family Feud”) … One of the hot titles at present from Comedy Central's collection of standup DVDs is Kristen Schaal's Live At The Fillmore; you know her from the network's “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” … In our next exciting installment, we try to answer a question that's age-old: Why do many toilet papers tout that they’re “facial quality”? Shouldn’t they aspire to be anal quality? – Bob Smith


By Bob Smith

Tradition & Wit Win: David Sedaris Staller Center For The Arts Stony Brook University

uring a period when entertainment industry publications such as Pollstar have reported disappointing attendance at many recent major concerts in the region, we have a quiz for you: Guess which attraction managed to stuff more than 1,000 loyal fans into a completely sold-out show at this magnificent showplace for a performance that promised only a lone figure … reading? From a podium, no less? David Sedaris, who clearly and deservedly ranks alongside such classic American humorists such as Jean Shepherd, Harry Shearer, and James Thurber, made a tour stop on October 20 at Staller Center to promote his latest book, the New York Times best seller Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls. For those who don't know, the Binghamton-born Sidaris – his sister is the famed comic actress Amy Sedaris – is revered not only for his numerous best-selling books and original plays, but also for his appearances on such programs as NPR's “This American Life” and David Letterman's late night shows over the past two decades. Sedaris quite simply, is one of the funniest humor writers on the planet; his offbeat musings, usually delivered while standing


behind a woodend podium such as the one he used this night (sporting a generic “Stony Brook University” logo) have earned him legions of fans of all ages. This particular performance of about 95 minutes showed that the traditional art of great humor writing is still a skill that matters, as the fans in attendance ranged from young teens through Stony Brook students to grizzled seniors. The startingly disparate crowd sat in rapt attention as the author read from several of his classic essays as well as from Owl, which still ranks high on the sales lists. Many stories and anecdotes drew huge gales of laughter (colonosopies, anyone?), and his light delivery spoke volumes about his friendly yet wacky demeanor. Both before and after the readings, Sedaris signed autographs for fans at the theater’s entrance. Sedaris' readings included notes from his travels, family remembrances, and thoughts on odd people he has met, not unlike most humorists – but, refreshingly, there isn't any sort of underlying or pretentious “message” to his work; taken at face value, a funny story is its own reward. That's all there is to this brilliant, quirky literary giant – and that's more than enough.

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Skye High: Relocated Long island cult star Skye Palkowitz has returned to New York for a riveting, funny, and thoughtful one-woman show, Calling America: Don't Hang Up!! Skye portrays numerous

Calling America: Don’t Hang Up!!

characters and touches a number of current hot button topics. Those of us who have followed her are not surprised at this breakout performance. The first night is sold out, but tickets for the second night on Sunday, November 17 were available at press time. Calling America will hold forth for two nights at The United Solo Theater Festival at 410 West 42nd Street in New York City. It appears that the only way is up for Skye; check out her 10-minute promo for the play on YouTube. Katy Did: Katy Perry, the cover girl of our last issue, has a new CD, Prism, that looks to be the success story of 2013 (although Miley Cyrus and the soon to return Lady Gaga might have something to say about that). The first single, “Roar,” broke all sorts of sales records for iTunes and radio airplay, and everyone in the industry swears that there is not one weak track on the album, and that every one of them is a potential hit single. It sounds like hype, but Perry's career has moved in this direction since the first day this version of her career kicked in (a far cry from her Christian music early days). We've noted it before, and this holiday season will make it more obvious than ever: Women are the frontrunners in the world of pop music, a complete reversal from the days of the 50s, 60s, and 70s when males ruled the roost, and only a certain few females squeezed into the top ranks. Elton Film: The glam Tom Hardy (Bane in the most recent Batman film) will portray Elton John in a new movie, Rocketman, a biography of the legendary Yellow Brick Roadster. It will interesting to see how far

things delve into Elton's personal life and how much will be devoted to the music, performances, and development of his image. The film about Queen front man Freddie Mercury bit the dust as a result of differing opinions regarding how much personal life versus how much of the actual rock & roll spectacle; Queen band members wound up pulling the plug on the entire project. I would imagine that John will have complete control over what is in the film and what isn't. It's one more pop culture film to look forward to – and I'm also quite anxious to see Clint Eastwood's directing job on Jersey Boys, the film adaptation of the Broadway musical about Frankie Valli &The Four Seasons.

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YouTube, I Tube: YouTube has entered the music world by teaming up with its owner, Google, to launch a subscription music service, drawing on the heavy catalog of music that Google already has rights to. This particular project will have a running head start since so many people head to YouTube for a variety of reasons, so we don't have to go and find this, we're already there. They just have to hit you over the head with an in-house ad for this music channel when you show up looking for the “cat in a mask robs a bank” video clip. It's a smart move.

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Hard New s Can Be Good News: More Met al Notes H ard New s C an B e G ood

N ews : More Met al N otes

Movers, shakers, and metal masters: Lord Dying has announced a mess of new North American and Euro tour dates in support of their


the band's Glen Benton in a breathless press release. “It's the sound of Satan singing along to the new Deicide!” The band rocked New York City's Gramercy Theatre earlier this month … Relapse Records recently announced the signing of New York City's avant-garde, technical death metal quartet Pyrrhon (pronounced "peer-on"). Formed in 2008, the band – Dylan DiLella (guitar), Erik Malave (bass), Alex Cohen (drums), and Doug Moore (vocals) – have released one EP (Fever Kingdoms in 2010) and one LP (An Excellent Servant But A Terrible Master in 2011) via The Path Less Traveled Records and Selfmadegod Records respectively. Both records can be streamed via their official Bandcamp page.

new album, Summon The Faithless – but the band has yet to hit New York … Ageless metal legends Motorhead released Aftershock! on October 22, and the years haven't slowed down the trio whatsover. The new release is their 21st full-lenghth, a truly remarkable achievement … Veteran gimmick metallers GWAR have begin their “Madness At The Core Of Time” tour, which will bring the masked madmen to Lord Dying Irving Plaza on Relapse will release the band's December 27, supported by upcoming sophomore album, The Battlecross and Iron Reagan, Mother Of Virtues, in early 2014. featuring Municipcal Waste vocalist The new album was tracked and mixed by Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Mutilation Rites, Wetnurse) at Saint Vitus Bar and The Sound City, Brooklyn in May and June; the record was mastered by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts) at The Thousand Caves Studios in Brooklyn during August. More album details will be revealed shortly … It was a big break for dubstep group Destroid featuring Excision, Downlink and KJ Sawka, as it recently took part in Rob Zombie’s “Great American Nightmare” Halloween-themed music and horror residency at FEARPlex in Pomona, California from October 10 through November 2. Unlike other EDM acts, Destroid is a full-on live dubstep band executed in a way bass music has Lemmy never seen. Also appearing during Kilmister the spooky/rocking event were Of Dirtyphonics and Fei Fei. Motorhead Tony Foresta. GWAR's newest, Battle Maxiumus, is now out via Metal Blade ... Deicide will unleash their newest full-length, In The Minds Of Evil, on November 25 via Century Media. It marks the band's 11th studio effort and is the follow-up to 2011's To Hell With God. “"Do you hear that?” asked


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had access to." Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame on October 27.

Honoring The Pride Of Country

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Amanda Shires:

Violin Star Stuns Music World Amanda Shires is that rarest of musicians – a violinist with a decidedly accessible alt/country style – and her new album, Down Fell The Doves, has already been praised by the mainstream press upon its release. “The album’s 11 original songs feature Shires' sharpest writing to date, brought to life by a voice that melts, a fiddle that sears, and guitars – played for the most part by her husband, Jason Isbell – that scrape and howl,” stated a press release. At press time, Shires and Isbell were in the midst of an international tour, where she's performing many of the songs from the new album. Learn more at

Hollywood Bowl, London Jazz Festival, and The Montreal Jazz Festival – yet this new album was recorded in the intimacy of Rockwood Music Hall, one of the city's most popular new venues. She'll return there to perform on November 16.

More Music, More Milestones

Kenny Rogers:

Veteran country singer Kenny Rogers landed his 22nd Top 10 Country album with the Billboard debut of You Can’t Make Old Friends, which entered the chart at #9 via Warner Bros. Records. Kenny Rogers

Gretchen Parlato: Her New Live Album

In the 10 years since her arrival in New York City, Gretchen Parlato has emerged one of the most lauded jazz vocalists working in the genre. Parlato's new album and DVD set, Live In NYC, was recently released. "This album represents the beloved live performances we've shared over many years of playing together all over the world," said Parlato, "though, it's especially personal for me to have recorded in New York City, as 2013 marks 10 years of calling NYC my home after moving from Los Angeles." Parlato has performed in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall,

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The album reunites the multiple Grammy Award-winner with longtime friend and collaborator Dolly Parton for duet on the title track, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” and accompanying music video. Utilizing a trio of producers, including Kyle Lehning, Warren Hartman, and Dann Huff, You Can’t Make Old Friends is Rogers’ first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006. "I can honestly say this may be the best album I've ever recorded,” said Rogers. “I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I wanted to really stretch my boundaries and do something a little different. There are songs on this record that I would normally sing, and then there are songs I would normally never even listen to. In this business, you do albums to both grow artistically, and for the sheer love of music. We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I've ever

the seats of a bus on the way home when traveling in Brazil – that felt so familiar to me from the folk music community I grew up in,” said Rohe. “The joy, the inhibition that anyone can make music and not feel pressure to label themselves a pro, that felt really good. I dared to bring some of that into this performance as well.” More is at

On September 24, country artist Neal McCoy honored his longtime friend and mentor Charlie Pride by releasing a new album, Pride: A Neal McCoy Tribute To Charley Pride. & Charlie The two celebrated Pride street day at a Texas Rangers game (Pride is part owner of the team), and McCoy threw out the first pitch after singing the national anthem. “I thought it was time to do this,” said McCoy of the new album. “When I researched it and found that no one had done a Charley Pride tribute record, I was surprised. I wanted to open people’s eyes about him and what he has accomplished. And I thought the best way to do that was to Catey Shaw: just put his music out there, to let people hear what great country music From The Subway To Stardom A 21-year-old singer/songwriter, sounds like. Catey Shaw recently made her “For years, I have been singing his TV debut on an episode of “The songs in my shows, and it was strictly Queen Latifah Show,” performing out of honor,” continued McCoy. “I "Family" from Shaw’s debut EP, thought it was right – because of Clouds. The beautiful Shaw was everything he had done for me – that discovered while I should put a tribute segment of playing at the Charley Pride songs in my set. And 23rd/6th Avenue when I sing that Charley Pride “M” subway stop medley, people just love it. The in New York City. response is overwhelming.” She has been described as Jean Rohe: "Meiko with a Her World Hits The World ukelele" by no Brooklyn singer/songwriter Jean less a Rohe's latest collection of jazz-worldtastemaker than folk infusions, Jean Rohe & The End Perez Hilton, and Of The World Show, was released in is considered a late October through her own Laundry rising star in Line Music imprint. Liam Robinson pop/rock music. and Rohe co-produced the disc; Todd Shaw will Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Anaïs perform on November 6 at Mitchell, Andrew Bird) mixed and The Bitter End in New York City; edited. She's currently performing she recently played at such notable dates as Jean Rohe & The End Of Manhattan clubs as Ella Lounge, The World as well, backed by an Arlene’s Grocery, and Pete’s outstanding big band. Candy Store. Produced collaboratively with Rohe's long-time Jean artistic partner, Liam Rohe Robinson, the album is a multi-lingual travelogue, charting her journeys in New York, Latin America, and beyond. The album bears her signature aesthetic mark – rhythmic playfulness and unexpected arrangements. “I was inspired by teenagers singing and playing percussion on

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