Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or have been in a coma since 1998, it’s been impossible to have missed the digital revolution in the music industry. Discovering and listening to new music is easier than ever before, but with this accessibility comes new challenges for the artists themselves. With the continued rise of […]

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On the surface, it looks like tomorrow night may be an English Patient kind of Oscar night. You know what I mean – a night in which the same film continually gets honored. A few years back, it felt like a Gravity night but the momentum stalled. Anyway, La La Land, with its 14 nominations, […]

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A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I’d expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we’ll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of […]

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<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/awHWColYQ90″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> To take a break from the interviews, the music sessions, and everything in-between, I feel compelled to share my favorite songs (in order at this particular time and stopping at seven) by my favorite rock and mostly alt-rock bands (I chose one per letter of the alphabet). Blame on […]

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A letter to a friend after seeing a show… Dear Steve, You’ve been gone now for twelve-and-a-half-years. Time has heeled some, but the mourning has never faded. When you lose someone so close, you’re never the same. Sure, life goes on but when a person dies, they take a huge piece of the person you […]

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Who wouldn’t want to be Fueled by Ramen? I’m, of course, referring to the record label and not the noodles. Speaking of the latter, it’s delicious but the sodium is a killer. Anyway, the label is front and center here. Eat that stuff at your own peril. Fueled by Ramen has a roster people would […]

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I feel it every time I have to watch a new music video debut on my phone versus my big screen. I feel it every time an iconic musician passes away. I feel it each time something newsworthy happens in the world of music. What do I feel? The need for MTV to return to […]

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Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life I keep coming back to it. It’s the all-star jam at the end of the 2004 Hall of Fame Induction Cermony. The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is being played and Tom Petty’s up there with Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, […]

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Photo/ Joe del Tufo My son watches a lot of television shows that make my head spin and my eyes roll. One show, however, always makes me smile in the morning as I sip my first of way-too-many morning coffees. It’s Peppa Pig, and it’s such a delight to watch that I actually hope each […]

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Chris Rock nailed his monologue at the 88th Annual Academy Awards. He fired off zinger after zinger about the whole “#oscarssowhite” movement, and nailed almost everyone. As the night went on, some jokes worked (…and “we’re black” after a commercial break) while some didn’t (the Girl Scout cookies bit was merely a knock-off of Ellen […]

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