NYC electro-punk-rock duo Dirty Heretics dropped a new single "Hey Kevin" today. The track comes as a follow-up to the band's debut self-titled EP, released earlier this spring, and showcase to their quickly developing hybrid sound. Full of layered guitar riffs and soaring, powerful vocals, "Hey Kevin" provides an intense and emotional outcry against the suppression of one's own identity. It premiered on Live A Little Bit Louder.
The band shared, "While “Kevin” was inspired by a real person, he really represents working for The Man and loathing every minute of it. It’s perhaps our most punk message ever, don’t put up with anyone telling you how to wear your makeup, or put their words in your mouth. Own your freak, and don’t give a shit if anyone else feels uncomfortable with it."
The single comes as a follow-up to the band's debut release and self-titled EP, released in April. The band carefully curated four tracks for their first release, as a dynamic introduction to the duo's sound. "Our songs are always a hybrid of genres such as breakbeat and dark funk, electro and punk, industrial and thrash. We try to go for a sound that does not sound like anything else, and to make timeless songs." As with "Hey Kevin", the band recorded all tracks in their home studios. For the EP, they turned to Richard Salino of Studio G in Brooklyn for mixing and had it mastered by Ladytree Studios in Philadelphia, PA.
The band also released their debut music video in April, for the track "Black and Blue". It was directed and filmed by Alexo Wandael, and shot in Brooklyn. Starting in a slow and haunting pace, the track utilized sonic elements of industrial, funk, Turkish folk and breakbeat for a unique and ethereal sound before kicking into high tempo. Grabbing the listeners attention, both song and video have a strong message to relay. "The subject matter is dark, uncomfortable, and unfortunately very real, as it is based on a family friend, Sterling Spiers who passed away in 2015 from a heroin overdose. After seeing the heartbreak he and his family suffered at the hands of addiction, we knew we had to shine a light on the opioid epidemic, and do our part to further awareness of this issue."
The band's EP Dirty Heretics, and new single "Hey Kevin" are available everywhere today including Spotify and Apple Music.
When looking for an environment to live in, for many of us it’s important to know what kind of art is facilitated by the locale. And for art lovers of all sorts, it’s important to keep up with the events in many different communities. That’s why we’re going to showcase one of the most forgotten, but steadily rising, art communities in America - the New Jersey art scene! If you want to learn all about the local culture of New Jersey, you’re in luck!
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - the local art hub:
To start off this tour of the artistic melting pot that is New Jersey, let’s take a look at one of the most well-known local staples - the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Even though you may not expect this from New Jersey, it’s actually quite famous for NJPAC. After all, we’re talking about one of the biggest centers dedicated to performing arts in the entire country - so you definitely don't want to miss it. Also, it is the home venue of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra – so, lovers of quality music will find themselves right at home here. And NJPAC isn’t just there as a venue - it’s also got many arts education programs for young people who may become budding artists in time. And if you’re a young artist moving to New Jersey, take a look at www.vectormoversnj.com/!
The Crossroads Theatre - a staple of African American culture:
For our next highlight, let’s move away from big venues and focus on something that’s the backbone of every art community - the niches. And the New Jersey art scene has no shortage of those! For example, did you know that the city of New Brunswick hosts one of the most influential African American theatres in the country?
Since its founding back in 1978, the Crossroads Theatre has become a staple of African American culture. The theatre has put on many notable productions - for example, the famous Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage had its world premiere right here! And the theatre has been recognized as important by many public officials and artists. In fact, in 1999 it won the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional theatre!
The Jersey Shore Music Festival - summertime fun incoming!
Speaking of outstanding - no article on the New Jersey art scene is complete without mention of the Jersey Shore Music Festival. Really, this is one of the most unapologetically fun music festivals you can see anywhere in the United States. It typically starts in May, giving a kick-off to the summer season of festivals. It’s jam-packed with awesome performances by tons of artists - in fact, every year it sees over 300 artists coming to Jersey from the entire world!
And it’s not just music you can experience there either - there are also many other fun activities. You can participate in everything from skate shows to monster truck rides. There’s really no telling what kind of adventures you’ll have in Jersey Shore once the festival starts! It’s one of the reasons many people are moving to New Jersey. And if you’re one of them, contact professionals if you need some assistance for your move.
The New Jersey Folk Festival - a keeper of tradition:
Speaking of festivals, there’s a different one that should garner your attention, too. If you happen to be in NJ, check out the annual New Jersey Folk Festival. Right away, you should know that this is a very special event. It dates back to 1975, and it’s actually the product of a student exercise in leadership and management. But it has grown from its inception as the work of just two students. And it isn’t just about music, like the Providence Folk Festival!
Right now, it is an important cultural festival on the New Jersey art scene. It’s a folk festival that focuses on local culture. So, you can hear artists performing traditional music! And there are also workshops with traditional crafts. Besides all that, the festival organizes cooking using local recipes. Each year, you can also find a heritage area. Here, you’ll see exhibits that highlight a particular geographical or cultural theme. And the theme changes every year, so you’ll always find something new and interesting here.
Newark Museum - the biggest museum on the New Jersey art scene
It’s time to move on from theatre. After all, it’s important to mention that New Jersey is not just appreciative of performing arts. In fact, its museum collections are the envy of the regions! And it’s only natural to mention the most important local one - the famous Newark Museum! This fantastic place dates back to 1909. A local librarian founded it. Since back then, its purpose has been to raise interest in arts and sciences. And we can really say it has served that purpose well! The core of the original museum was actually a collection of Japanese exhibits, courtesy of a local pharmacist. But the museum isn’t just dedicated to art collections - as we’ve mentioned, it also appreciates the beauty of natural sciences. For example, its Dreyfuss Planetarium is very famous in the region!
Montclair Art Museum - the first of its kind:
Lastly, we’d be really remiss not giving a shout out to the Montclair Art Museum, for a number of reasons. First of all, this is one of the pioneers of the New Jersey art scene. How so, you ask? Well, Montclair is the first museum in New Jersey to be open to the public! As in, not just being a private collection. However, since its founding in 1914, its funds have been coming from private sources. This shows the growing love for art in the area. Also, the Montclair Art Museum focuses on American cultural tradition. On the one hand, it has one of the best collections and exhibits of Native American culture in the entire country. But on the other, it also has modern American art, from the 18th century onwards!
Gwendoline Christie is best known for portraying the First Order stormtrooper Captain Phasma in Star Wars The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as the warrior Brienne of Tarth in HBO's Game of Thrones.
In addition to these roles, Gwendoline also appeared in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 in the role of Commander Lyme, as well as The Darkest Minds as Lady Jane. She is slated to appear in The Personal History of David Copperfield in the role of Jane Murdstone.
On television, Gwendoline played the main role of Lexi in Wizards vs. Aliens, and Top of the Lake as Miranda Hilmarson.
Gwendoline also voiced the character of Captain Phasma in the video games Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Battlefront II, and in an episode of Star Wars Resistance.
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Check out The Tony Jones Show #201 - With music from:
The Callouts, The Components, Castle Black, Legendary Shack Shakers, Deadpan Sally, 1031, Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys, Tammy LaForest, The McGunks, The Devil Makes Three, The Dead South, Only On weekends
(Montclair, NJ) – Set for Friday, October 5th, the 8th annual College Radio Day will unite college stations from around the world to bring awareness to the work and value college stations bring to the broadcasting medium. Hundreds of stations worldwide have signed on to participate. This year the theme is When All Else Fails, College Radio Speaks, which highlights how students create unique programming and content on college radio that is important to them and not heard on any other medium.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have been named the official 2018 Ambassadors for College Radio Day, which is happening nationwide on Friday, October 5th, 2018.
For Joan Jett, the impact that college radio has had on her career has been hugely important: “College radio, when we were struggling, was one of the elements that really kept us afloat – being able to play gigs and people had heard of us because they were playing us on college radio stations. College radio was a big deal for us,” says Joan. This is echoed by Kenny Laguna, who says, “We’re definitely a product of college radio, and through the years we’ve managed to remain on college radio with the records we put out. It means a lot to us.”
After forming The Runaways, Jett has amassed an impressive string of gold and platinum albums while also breaking gender barriers in the music industry when people dismissed a girl with a guitar who was more Ramones than Joni Mitchell. Along with band member/producer/manager Kenny Laguna, they have soldiered on to great success in an ever-changing and unforgiving industry. For college radio, their toughness and journey are inspiring.
“Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have so much in common with college radio,” says CRD Vice President Anabella Poland. “They are honest, raw, gritty, unwavering to mainstream, and they put on a daily fight. College radio was there to support them from the very beginning, and we are delighted that they will be our ambassadors this year.” Jett and Laguna have recorded an exclusive interview to be played on participating stations nationwide during the day’s celebrations.
For more information about Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, please visit https://joanjett.com.
Farm Aid 2018 took place on Saturday, September 22rd @ The Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT featuring: Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young & Promise of the Real, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and more.
If you didn't make it out to the all-day concert, Farm Aid was streamed live via their YouTube channel and you can check it out below.
The Farm Aid 2018 Lineup:
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Neil Young & Promise of the Real
Willie Nelson & Family
New York has long been a center of culture in the eastern part of US. With its great cultural diversity, it has been the birthplace of many types of American Art. Hip Hop, disco, punk, new wave and many other first originated in New York. Historically, it has been home to many popular genres like jazz, hip-hop, and blues. Also, classical and art music is very well established in New York City. And naturally, if you love music, you want to know more about the best music schools in NYC. There are many of them that offer a wide variety of classes. Some, like The Juilliard, are very well known in the world.
As already covered, New York City is the birthplace of many popular genres. From Hip-Hop to New Wave, many very well established genres owe their thanks to New York. With is great cultural diversity, NYC is one of the best places in the world for getting inspired. And for creating unique mixes of different cultures. A great example of this is salsa music, born from a fusion of Cuban and Puerto Rican influences. And NYC was the perfect place for that mix to happen.
While there are great schools in other parts of the country, none of them offer the diversity and quality of classes like NYC schools do. The Juilliard School is the most well-known example of this. It is regarded as one of the best music schools in NYC and in the country.
If you are from outside the city and want to study music, you should consider moving to NYC. You will experience its cultural diversity first hand and will have a chance to learn in some of the best schools in the world. East coast, in general, is a great place for all music lovers. There are many music festivals on the east coast and New York in particular. And many opportunities for performing and advancing your skills.
Moving to a university campus:
Many universities in NYC have their campuses located in the heart of the city. It might seem like a scary thing at first. The city is huge and filled with people from all over the world. But once you get there you will be inspired and motivated to be the best artist you can be. Once you learn your surroundings you will start to enjoy everything that New York City has to offer. In order to prepare for the move, you should do research on a campus you are moving to. They come in all shapes and sizes. And most of them are located in the city itself. New York City is huge and you can easily get lost in it. So, you should hire professionals to handle your relocation. Don't move your piano on your own in NYC. Or any other valuables for that matter. They can easily get lost or stolen while you try to get your bearings in the crowded city.
Best music schools in New York City:
New York City is home to a wide variety of music schools. From classical music to alternative genres. Both private and public schools in NYC excel when it comes to performing arts. You will have the opportunity to learn from the best professors in the field. You will be inspired and motivated to be the best. If you are wondering which schools are the best music schools in NYC here is a list of some of the top ones.
The Juilliard School:
The Juilliard School was founded all the way back in 1905. It is one of the best institutions in the world when it comes to performing arts education. Located in Lincoln Center in NYC, it offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, dance, and drama. When it comes to music, they offer courses on classical music, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts. There are currently around 800 students from all over the world attending the Juilliard School. It is regarded as the best music schools in NYC.
It’s not an easy school to get in to. Its acceptance rate is only around 6%. It is reserved only for the best artists. But if you manage to get in you will learning in one of the best schools in the world. When it comes to performing, The Juilliard School has five of its own theatres: at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall.
Manhattan School of Music:
Manhattan School of Music also ranks as one of the best music schools in NYC. The school was founded in 1918 as a community music school. Today it is home to over 950 undergraduate and graduate students from all over the US and the world. Since 1969 the school has been located on the corner of 122nd and Broadway in Morningside Heights. It is just a short train ride away from the very center of Manhattan. Manhattan School of Music also offers a pre-college program. The program is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 18. Acceptance rate in this school is around 46%.
New York University:
NYU is the largest university in New York. Like many other universities, it offers music programs. It is ranked as the 5th best college for performing arts in America. There are around 25,000 full-time students attending this university. It’s a big institution that covers a wide variety of subjects. And music is one of them. Steinhardt School's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. The urban campus of New York University is in Manhattan. It is located around Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. NYU is among the top three landowners in New York City. More than 85% of freshmen live on campus. Living on campus is a great way to start your academic life. Your fellow students will be more than willing to help you during your move there. If you are new to the city. Or if you are not sure of things like if you should tip your movers or not. They will be there to help you with your relocation and adjustment. And in no time, you will feel like you’ve been living there your whole life.
WREAK's highly anticipated 2nd album "Perpetual Cycle Of Uncertainty" Organized chaos from one of the East Coast's most intense metal acts.
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Money is the root all of evil. That Statement is never truer than in RI Politics. You can call corporate donations “Pay to Play” or “Corporate Influence” or “Favor for a Favor” or any other term. But let’s call it what it is: Bribery. Pure and simple Bribery!
I am not talking about the $20, $50 or $100 donation you might make to you son’s former soccer coach running for town council. You don’t raise $1 Million to 7 Million dollars from $20 donations. $50 doesn’t buy the constant TV ads. What gets you the big money is the Pac contributions, the people who work for them, and the corporate lobbyists who write the laws our reps vote on. And those people want value in exchange for the big money they contribute, and if you believe otherwise then I have a really good video game company run by a former MLB pitcher to sell you.
And what does that money buy? It buys TV ads that call a sitting US Senator a “dufus”, or ads that list statistics of more than dubious nature (how can we be 12th in college preparedness and only in the low 20’s in math proficiency?), or perhaps the one that claims that his opponents’ donations are from organizations less holy that the PAC money he takes.
Because it really doesn’t matter if you take your money from Big Pharma, or the NRA, Wall Street, Insurance companies or if it is from the Teacher’s, the Firefighter’s, Construction Trade Unions, Environmental or affordable housing construction. They all donate in the hopes of getting a candidate who will give them something in return. Or the big individual contributors who plan on getting state jobs from the candidate elected. A bribe is a bribe and these are all definitions of bribes.
My friend Bob Healey ran for office for years not taking these bribes. The media often treated him as a joke. He certainly could have raised big money in the last cycle, where Bob Healey received 21% of the vote spending $35 to get it. If he ran this year I think he could have either won or have been very, very close. Bob was proving a point that people would vote for you without saturated TV airways, hundreds of mailings, and dozens of phone calls at all hours, that you can keep your dignity just run on the issues and still run for office. A lesson that is regretfully is still lost on most candidates today.
But what is worse the media that uses money raised as a yardstick for candidate’s viability. The prevalent view that unless you raise big money, unless you are bribed, that you should not run, and cannot win. And it is the media that dismisses a candidate that doesn’t raise the big money. On Lively Experiment last Friday it was suggested that the lack of money should keep people out of debates because it might take votes from the highly bribed candidates. Are our elections to be wholly bought and paid for? I find this despicable. Is it any wonder that we have such poorly functioning government? Is the media saying that someone cannot be an acceptable candidate because he didn’t take enough BRIBES?
Well Bob Healey didn’t think so. I had breakfast with him a couple weeks after the last election, I was amazed he did so well on $35 and I told him that if he ran again I would run for LT Governor. Sadly Bob passed away 3 Months later. I felt honor bound to run anyway.
Will I win? I don’t know. Put me in the debates and I might. But I won’t be taking any Bribes. Excuse me, big corporate donations. Like there is a difference.
2018 Moderate Party of Rhode Island Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Past Election Results...
U. S. Presidents (recent):
A senile movie actor who bases national policy decisions on the astrological predictions of his
wife’s fortune-teller. (Reagan)
A sexual predator with the world’s worst taste in female victims. (Clinton)
A born-again frat house drunk. (Bush -G. W.)
A polite two-term senator with no qualifications for office. (Obama)
A guy whose Mormon religion teaches God is a creature from another planet. (Romney)
An anti-gun liberal who campaigned in an army tank. (Dukakis)
The sexual predator’s wife who protected her husband and ran as a feminist. (Clinton -Hillary)
A rich paranoid tech guy whose campaign ads were half-hour infomercials. (Perot)
U. S. Presidents(historical):
A rich Southern guy who wrote a declaration and raped slave girls. (Jefferson)
A junkie who won a rigged election and screwed famous actresses. (Kennedy)
A socialist who ordered Japanese-American citizens thrown into prison camps. (Roosevelt-Franklin D.)
U. S. Presidents(current): Trump
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