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Interview: Keith Powers Talks Straight Outta Compton (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Keith Powers Talks Straight Outta Compton (Exclusive)

Relentlessly fighting to uphold your idealistic ideas about what it means to live a truly equal life, where everyone’s rights are equally supported, is a visionary concept that isn’t easily upheld. The gripping exploration into how far people are willing to go to endorse that concept is shown in director F. Gary Gray’s new drama, ‘Straight Outta Compton.’ The biopic, which opens in theaters on Friday, follows the determination of rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E and the other members of the persistent acclaimed hip-hop group, N.W.A. The group strove to protect their communities and family, including Dr. Dre’s younger brother, Tyree, who’s played by up-and-coming actor Keith Powers, against  [ Read More ]

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Jungle Rot has steadily collected fans by the thousands since their 1995 demo release Skin The Living. Since then, they’ve remained a staple in the American death metal community and they just unleashed their 9th album unto the world – Order Shall Prevail,  on June 30th. Recognized for their “knuckle-dragging” behemoth sounding performance, Jungle Rot have consistently churned out some of the most solid, heaviest American metal in the past two decades. Having played alongside some of the best, including tours with Goatwhore, Cattle Decapitation, Deicide, Entombed, and Six Feet Under, Jungle Rot is ready and willing to bring the pain to Mayhem this summer. We had a chance to sit down with Dave Matrise, lead singer and  [ Read More ]

Ajay Mathur 9 to 3 Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
Ajay Mathur 9 to 3 Album Review

Artist: Ajay Mathur Album: 9 to 3 Passionately revealing candid insight into your true soul can be a daunting task, but humorously and endearingly approaching life’s most complex emotions can help make the process more liberating. India-born singer-songwriter Ajay Mathur has deservingly has received acclaim throughout his career for doing just that, particularly on his recent albums, 2011′s ‘A Matter of Time’ and 2013′s ‘Come See Conquer;’ he has become known for not being afraid to divulge his true feelings on troubled relationships and feelings. The musician, who’s now based in Switzerland, has creatively related to audiences around the world with his latest album, ’9 to 3,’ as it uniquely  [ Read More ]

Interview: Jacob Underwood Talks O-Town Reunion (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview Jacob Underwood Talks O-Town Reunion (Exclusive)

Graciously recognizing and embracing your unique talents, as well as your ability to relatably connect those abilities with the people who admire those efforts, is a powerful and gratifying experience. But the process of truly understanding and associating with people with similar interests, and incorporating those ideals in enthralling professional and personal endeavors, can often be an even more noteworthy one. Singer-songwriter Jacob Underwood, who first gained attention in 2000 when he appeared on the popular ABC reality show, ‘Making the Band,’ and was later chosen to be a part of the series’ boy band, O-Town, has always infused the group’s songs with his own eclectic musical tastes. After the  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2015 Interview Colin Hanks and Sean Stuart Talk All Things Must Pass

Enthusiastically discovering and pursuing a thriving business venture you’re intensely passionate about isn’t a luxury everyone has the privilege to explore in their lives. But for those who have that powerful advantage, they naturally exude a powerful devotion to spread that eagerness to everyone who works, and interacts, with them. Such is the case with Russ Solomon, the founder of the renowned 20th century music store, Tower Records, who created such an engaging environment for his employees and customers, that people around the world were keen on taking part of the company’s movement and history. Actor Colin Hanks intriguingly captured the world’s attraction to Tower Records in his feature documentary  [ Read More ]

Interview: Blothar on GWAR’s Future, Oderus & A Possible Video Game

Posted by Melissa Molina On November - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
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GWAR has been hypnotizing their fans around the world with their costumes, story lines and most importantly their music for decades. The band has been able to successfully sustain their popularity, a fantastic feat for any musicians out there. Earlier this year they took a major hit when their fearless leader Oderus Urungus (David Murray Brockie) passed away, leaving a huge vacant spot in the lead singer department. It hit GWAR fans really hard, but rather than fade into obscurity, the band continued on. They quickly filled the void with not just one, but two new Scumdog singers – Blothar (Mike Bishop) and Vulvatron (Kim Dylla). In the blink of  [ Read More ]

Exclusive Interview with Rapper DaForce Dawg

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 19 - 2014 0 Comment
Exclusive Interview with Rapper DaForce Dawg

Exclusive Interview with rapper DaForce Dawg DaForce Dawg is an unconventional rapper, not only because he’s originally from Canada, not only because as an enfant prodige he took a guitar in his hands at the age of 5, the drums at 9 and by the time he was ten years old he had his own band. His being out of the ordinary can be spotted straight away in his sound and multi platform stages: his free-flowing style, over hitting hip-hop beats, magically blends with his strong social media presence. His talents as a producer has made him sought after by many independent artists, and despite he was approached by Warner  [ Read More ]

Interview: Emily Browning and Stuart Murdoch Talk God Help the Girl

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Emily Browning and Stuart Murdoch Talk God Help the Girl

Performers are often known for naturally exuding self-assurance and fearless when they promote themselves and their work to their audiences, as they’re always supposed to be confident in their ability to entertain. But when their frailties and vulnerabilities begin to take over and plague their courage to effortlessly present their heart-felt work, their creativity surely begins to suffer. The main characters of the new musical drama, ‘God Help the Girl,’ powerfully understand the difficulties many musicians face as they’re on the verge of their big break, as they’re plagued with self-doubt over whether they’re truly talented enough to succeed. The movie, which marks the feature film writing and directorial debuts  [ Read More ]

Interview: The Cast and Crew Talk About the Musical Drama Frank

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 1 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: The Cast and Crew Talk About the Musical Drama Frank

Taking whatever means necessary to achieve your life-long dreams is often an emotional struggle people are willing to take in order to realize their goals and desires. But not everyone truly has the talent they believe they have in order to succeed, which makes the seriousness at which they take themselves much more comical and intriguing. That’s certainly the case with the musical comedy-drama, ‘Frank,’ in which the main characters, who are in a band together, aren’t able to achieve their musical aspirations, as they’re not as talented as they believe. But award-winning Irish director, Lenny Abrahmson, who previously helmed such films as ‘Garage’ and ‘What Richard Did,’ effortlessly engaged  [ Read More ]

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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 ]

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