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“Gravity” swept the Oscars this year with 7 wins, dominating the technical awards and earning Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, making him the first Latin recipient to earn an award in the category. “12 Years a Slave” was the other big winner with 3 Oscars, while it wasn’t the only movie to earn that many it managed to snag the crown jewel of the evening for with Best Picture, making it the first film by a black director to win. Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o proved to be one of this year’s darlings as well, captivating with her earnest heartfelt acceptance speech following her win for Best Supporting Actress. For her role  [ Read More ]

Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted by lonnie On December - 29 - 2013 0 Comment
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Unfortunately deemed as the year of the “selfie” and “twerk”, 2013 also marks a time when radio-friendly artists actually made “good” music. Infectious, yet not overly repetitive songs from Fall Out Boy, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Avicii restored my faith in commercial music. As these singers rose to stardom this year, some past favorites plummeted with lackluster releases, such as Lady Gaga’s “Applause”, Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” and Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor”. In every defeat, there’s a winner and thankfully new artists, such as Lorde, Haim, Jake Bugg and Sky Ferreira, made 2013 one of my favorite years for music. So congratulations to those on Shockya’s Top 10 Albums  [ Read More ]

Interview: Rob Zombie Talks The Lords of Salem Blu-ray and DVD

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 2 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview: Rob Zombie Talks The Lords of Salem Blu-ray and DVD

Establishing your own unique persona and not living in fear of how people will perceive not only was a mantra that guided not only the women accused of being witches in the 1690s during the Salem Witch Trials, but also daring horror writer-director, Rob Zombie. The filmmaker’s latest horror-thriller, ‘The Lords of Salem,’ which will be released tomorrow on Blu-ray and DVD, not only chronicles the accused witches’ continued drive for vengeance, but also the filmmaker’s continued pursuit of creating original, terrifying horror films. The director forgoed making the movie with a bigger studio and distributor, such as The Weinstein Company and MGM, who he worked with on his ‘Halloween’  [ Read More ]

Top 10 Albums Of 2013 (So Far)

Posted by lonnie On July - 19 - 2013 0 Comment
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Eclecticism seeps throughout my list of “Top 10 Albums Of 2013”. So far, this year has seen established artists drop new albums, which broadens their “own” music palette, but also expands the stifling ways of their overall genres and “newer” talents, who shock listeners with their bold debuts. 2013 has been far from a letdown musically, which only made compiling this list more difficult. Check out my “Top Ten” below. 1. Daughter “If You Leave” Daughter (also known as Elena Tonra) takes the NO.1 spot with her debut album, “If You Leave”, which dropped March 18th via 4AD. Yes, collectively the album is instrumentally, vocally and lyrically somber, but through  [ Read More ]

Interview: Imogen Poots Talks About Greetings From Tim Buckley

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 28 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview: Imogen Poots Talks About Greetings from Tim Buckley

People can at times simultaneously feel conflicting emotions of love and hate towards any person they have an intimate relationship with, particularly their parents. While it can be difficult to understand other people’s motivations, people learn to come to terms and understand the actions other people take as they mature. This is the intense motivating factor in director Daniel Algrant’s new drama, ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley,’ which is based on the true story of the title musician. In the film, Penn Badgley plays Tim Buckley’s son, Jeff, who doesn’t fully understand the respect his late father garnered until he truly looked into his father’s past. It isn’t until he meets  [ Read More ]

Interview: Angie Miller Talks About Competing on American Idol

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 15 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview: Angie Miller Talks About Competing on American Idol

‘American Idol’ has broken several records during its current 12th season. Not only has the hit FOX singing competition made headlines for the fighting between new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, but the sole remaining original judge, Randy Jackson, also recently announced that he won’t be returning for next year’s 13th season. The current season is also the first one in which all of one gender’s finalist were eliminated before any of the opposite gender’s finalist, making it the first season to have an all-female Top 5. Last Thursday night, Angie Miller was the eighth contestant to be eliminated from Season 12′s Top 10 finalists, after singing three songs-Jimmy  [ Read More ]

Interview: Canto Is A Rock N’ Roll Family

Posted by lonnie On April - 10 - 2013 0 Comment
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With the recent breakup of My Chemical Romance and the reuniting of the Jonas Brothers, the dynamic of sibling bands has been frequently on my music radar these days. Sometimes the family relationship can strain a band and other times, it aids in keeping an outfit intact. Whether the rivalries occur or not, the music industry has undeniably been affected by the in-sync ways of these blood bonded bands. Oasis, The Kinks, Bee Gees, ACDC, The National, Tegan and Sara, Beach Boys, Jackson 5, and The Black Crowes have family connections within them and despite some notable tension (cough, cough Oasis), I believe their nature has been a key factor  [ Read More ]

Interview: Devin Velez Talks About Competing on American Idol

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 5 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview: Devin Velez Talks About Competing on American Idol

As FOX’s powerhouse reality singing competition, ‘American Idol,’ has been making headlines in recent months for the antics of two of its new judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, the current 12th season of the show is getting back to its true intention: finding the next musical superstar. As the competition moved onto its top eight performers last week, singer Devin Velez was the third contestant to be voted out of the top 10. After singing a solo rendition of ‘The Tracks of My Tears’ by The Miracles last Wednesday, March 27, and receiving criticism from Minaj for his trio performance of ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),’  [ Read More ]

Interview: Paul Jolley Talks About Competing on American Idol

Posted by Karen Benardello On March - 28 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview: Paul Jolley Talks About Competing on American Idol

As FOX’s powerhouse reality singing competition, ‘American Idol,’ has been making headlines in recent months for the antics of two of its new judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, the current 12th season of the show is getting back to its true intention: finding the next musical superstar. As the competition moved onto its top nine performers last week, country singer Paul Jolley was the second contestant to be voted out of the top 10. After singing a rendition of The Beatles’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’ last Wednesday, March 20, and receiving mixed reviews from the judges, Jolley was voted off the following night, but he insists he has no regrets from  [ Read More ]

Owl

My adoration for music began with and continues to be rooted in artists who started their careers decades ago. These “older” talents are undeniably more seasoned than bands of the 2000s and do not over publicize themselves to garner fame. It’s simply about the music and not their latest Facebook, Twitter or Instagram updates. Music is not their quick path to celebrity status; it is their lifelong career. A prime example of a musician who made the commitment years ago is Chris Wyse. Named a full-time member of The Cult in 2006, Wyse has a resume many musicians dream to obtain. The singer, songwriter, bassist and producer has resounded through  [ Read More ]

Heaven & Earth

The critical choice between selecting a career rooted in fame or in expressive music has become more apparent in the music industry due to the a variety of outlets an artist can address his or her opinion. The widely heard remarks about Justin Bieber from the Grammy winning musician, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, further prove the rift between being a celebrity and being a genuine artist. Reiterating this comment purely for its undying entertainment value, Carney stated, “Grammys are for, like, music. Not for money … and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy, I guess.” Oddly enough, Carney can be placed in the same  [ Read More ]

Interview: Doreen Taylor Is As Humble As They Come

Posted by lonnie On January - 17 - 2013 0 Comment
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Humility goes a long way in this business, but sometimes modesty succumbs to arrogance once success is within reach. Case in point with Rihanna, whose ego has inflated majorly since her “Pon De Replay” days. It takes a considerable amount of strength to deter going down this typical cocky path and to take the route where gratefulness remains at the forefront. Country singer and classically trained artist, Doreen Taylor, would much prefer the latter path. With a degree in vocal performance and a master’s degree in opera, Taylor has already charted a career unlike her contemporaries within the music industry. Dropping three prior albums, which include “Unbreakable”, “Taylor Made Hits”  [ Read More ]

Interview: Jamie Johnston Talks Love Me

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 11 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview Jamie Johnston Talks Love Me

Creating a stimulating, suspenseful thriller that equally and expertly balances its time between its coming-of-age love story with exhilarating anticipation of its murder mystery can be a challenging task. The new film ‘Love Me,’ which was directed by Rick Bota and is set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, is the latest thriller to do just that. The movie chronicles the tribulations of discovering new teenage love, set against the backdrop of a town struggling to find the truth about a missing classmate. Actors Jamie Johnston and Lindsey Shaw, two of the main stars of the movie, quickly formed a close bond on set that authentically helped  [ Read More ]

Hollywood Undead Releases Music Video For New Single We Are

January 8th is a celebratory day for the innovative who remain uninhibited by the inviting and easy nature of taking the typical path. Where would the music world be if artists chose to be the next Nickelback? One Chad Kroeger (aka Mr. Lavigne) is enough for my likings. The predecessor of stepping out of the box is the birthday boy, David Bowie. The glam rock father crafted his own music styling and therefore, his own journey within the industry. Although of a much different decade and genre, Hollywood Undead similarly take the path less traveled. Hailing from Los Angeles, the outfit, which consists of Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene,  [ Read More ]

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Stars In Stereo is a band that is just now making a big imprint on the world of rock music. Lead singer and guitarist Bec Hollcraft was able to take time out of busy touring schedule to speak with ShockYa. This interview, recorded Oct. 18, took place during Stars In Stereo’s tour with Blue October. You can check out a preview of their self-titled EP by clicking here. You can also by their single, “The Broken,” on iTunes and learn more about the band by checking out their official site, Facebook page and Twitter page. The video to “The Broken” is below. How did the band get started? Hollcraft: Well,  [ Read More ]

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