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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 ]

gravity oscars

“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 ]

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