Jesse Macht, Suitcase Heart in Preview

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We all have a heart. Some of us have ours buried deep down between pain, suffering, emotional walls and frustrations about the meaning of all this chaos. Others less spiritual find a heart between, well, a spleen, stomach, and other organs. Alright, so we all have different degrees of compassion, love, and caring, but we have a heart of some kind. And when we traverse the world we carry these burdens from out heart as if a suitcase making its…


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Axis of Action, Web Series In Review

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I’m a fan of web series. Last year we reviewed, Vince Foster’s, award winning series, On Empty. This year, we take on Kyle Cowgill. For the last two and half years, Kyle’s  been making a high concept action comedy series about a couple who’s everyday problems transform into crazy adventures. Think “Walter Mitty” meets “Mission: Impossible.” Each episode is based around a common relationship problem. From things as simple as “stop watching sports all the time” to cheating; each problem is…


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Josh Vietti, Hip/Hop Violinist In Review

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There are two worlds in the greater lexicon of music. The first is a world where pop music is straightforward, formulaic, and fitting into top 40 radio conventions in an understandably dying industry. This is the world of Robin Thicke and Pharrell fans. The other is a world of mind-bending reinterpretations of what pop music is all about. You won’t hear Josh Vietti dominating radio charts. Yet in a very peculiar way, you will- and you have. And if all…


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Italy Offers Us Brent Steed’s Metal/Punk Mix

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I absolutely irrevocably and eternally love music. This is for a wide number of reasons, but one of the main ones is the idea of never knowing what is around the corner. Is your new favorite band ready to pop up tomorrow? Will I hear something I have never heard before just spring into a random online radio station? Brent Steed is a punk/metal band from the wonderfully classic country of Italy. I had no suspicion that our paths would…


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Rockwood Music Hall, Live Review: Cole Williams

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It was close to midnight, and Cole Williams appeared, like the midnight fairy, wearing a long purple and yellow shawl, which wove itself around her shoulders and flowed around her in a diaphanous way–no one could have chosen anything to read better against the deep red lighting of Rockwood Music Hall. Her fey scarf contrasted beautifully with the striking fishnet pattern of her tights, and the two together evoked images of Old New York and the Burlesque scene, of which…


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Street Artist of the Day: Accordionista, Melissa Elledge

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Wow. I have fallen into a rut in the last six months. I have stuck safely to my electronic favorites and been revisiting some indie rock staples that I hold dear. Every once in a while though, something new awakens my interest in non-conventional forms of music, and I fall down a bizarre rabbit hole of bluegrass or melodic Norwegian metal. Melissa Elledge may have just become the arbiter for a whole new adventure into the orifices of the accordion….


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Film Screening & Music Release of 30 NYC Buskers & New York State of Mind

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Take 30 NYC Buskers; add an award winning music producer, one iconic song and ten hours in a recording studio and magic is created, in the short documentary film and music of From Street to Studio. Award winning author, Heather Jacks and highly acclaimed performing artist/musician, Keaton Simons will be hosting an intimate evening of film and music in the East Village of New York City at the beautifully restored speakeasy, The William Barnacle Tavern: 80 St. Marks Place, New…


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Writer’s Indian Heritage Inspires Award-Winning Book, Wins Coveted ‘Book of the Year’ Award

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Judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, ‘The Noise Beneath the Apple’ by author Heather Jacks received the 2013 ‘Book of the Year’ award recently during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas.  SANFRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—After nearly four years in the making and a successful crowdfunding campaign to independently publish her first book, Heather Jacks has plenty to celebrate after taking home her first award in the performing arts and media category from…


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Foreword Reviews Announces Winners of the 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards

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“June 27, 2014—The Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards, judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, were announced this evening at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 60 categories. This year’s list of winners includes Garrison Keillor, Barry Lopez, Harvard Business Review, Georgia Museum of Art, B&H Publishing, Rizzoli…


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Rob Drabkin: Dramatically Implying that the Best Steps are the Little Ones

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There are a lot of successes wrapped into the work of Rob Drabkin- and this is most certainly work. To make something crystalline clear with a cathartic blend of accessible soft rock-pop takes a lot of time and patience and understanding of what a great hook should really sound like. Rob Drabkin captures many spirited ideas of eternal love and destiny in his second full length record, Little Steps. He toys with this idea of fated love in “Down to…


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