Category Archives: Rock

Still Kickin’ After All These Years

Alive N’ Kickin’ couldn’t be a more appropriate name for this classic rock cover band, which has continued to perform hit music for more than 40 years.

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Q&A With Lewis Del Mar

The allure of living in Rockaway has beckoned a great many musicians, from punk rock poet laureate Patti Smith to slacker rock artist Mac Demarco. Whether it’s because of the distance to the beach or the simple fact it’s just a short train ride into Manhattan, Rockaway Beach oozes musical talent.

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August West @ Thai Rock

Why not go a “little bit farther than you’ve gone before” on May 7, with the Grateful Dead cover band August West. Inspired by the character portrayed in Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia’s “Wharf Rat,” August West is more than just a five member cover band from Brooklyn.

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Q&A w/ Singer Songwriter Mike Benedetto

Singer-songwriter Mike Benedetto can now add “record producer” to his list of credits, with the release of The BEasy Band’s new Spring EP—the first of four to be released as part of the group’s forthcoming album, Seasoned.

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Making Shilelagh Law At Riis Park

Be sure to swing by the Rockaway Rugby Club in Riis Park, following the 41st annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this Saturday, for a performance by the “thirstiest” Irish band in the Tri-State area—Shilelagh Law. For nearly 17 years, these five lads have continued to perform to crowds which predominantly celebrate and embrace Irish- American music and culture.

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Review: ‘Float’ – Flogging Molly

Check out this story from the March 15, 2007 edition of The Viking News, SUNY Westchester Community College’s Campus Newspaper. It has been revised from its original format, because, well, my writing has improved quite a bit since then.

Flogging Molly is a Los Angeles based band that blends traditional Irish folk music with modern day punk-rock.

“We’re not a traditional band,” Flogging Molly’s Frontman David King said. “We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, and we put our own little twist on it.”

This couldn’t be more evident than on the Celtic-punk band’s fourth studio album, Float, perhaps one of the band’s softest, yet catchiest albums to date.

Weighing in with the Best of 2015

Although 2015 didn’t turn out exactly as director Robert Zemeckis predicted in his hit film Back to the Future Part II, it was still quite an exciting year.

So, we haven’t exactly figured out how to manufacture flying cars or self-adjusting clothing, but we did celebrate 50 years of the Grateful Dead; we witnessed “The Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis embark on his final U.K. Tour; we watched the Foo Fighters perform despite frontman Dave Grohl’s broken leg; we scoffed as presidential candidate Donald Trump fought with artists such as Neil Young, Method Man, and R.E.M.; and laughed at the many different parodies of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video.

But, like every year, 2015 had both its “ups” and its “downs.”

Following the Nov. 13 terrorist attack on a Paris nightclub, which claimed the lives of 89 victims attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert, people all over the world came together in a show of solidarity for the victims and their families.

This year, we also said goodbye to such incredible musicians as legendary Blues guitarist B.B. King, New Orleans R&B icon Allen Toussaint, former-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and Motörhead founder and frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

Now, as we prepare to bid adieu to 2015, let us reflect one more time on some of the best new music that this year had to offer.

Here are my picks for the Best albums of 2015 (by genre):

What To See At The 2015 Great South Bay Music Festival

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For the ninth edition of the annual Great South Bay Music Festival, promoters with J. Faith Presents decided to go all out – expanding the yearly music festival to a four-day family-friendly affair in the heart of Patchogue.

Since its inception back in 2007, festival producer James Faith has watched the popularity of the festival grow leaps and bounds, quickly becoming the largest celebration of music and arts on Long Island.

“I believe that this fest resonates with true music lovers,” Faith said in a statement. “Music lovers that can really appreciate all styles of music and are open to new sounds and musical experiences. I’ve gotten the best feedback from people who say: ‘I loved Carolina Chocolate Drops or Umphreys McGee or Martin Sexton. Thanks for turning me on to them.'”

Yonder Mountain’s New Album Is No ‘Black Sheep’

Since the progressive bluegrass band’s last studio recording—The Show, which hit no. 1 on Billboard’s bluegrass charts back in 2009—the Yonder Mountain String Band has focused most of its time and energy on tour, performing at different music festivals and concert halls across the country.

Now, six years later, the five-member string outfit returns with the release of their sixth studio album Black Sheep.

Blur ‘Whip’s Up Their Best Album Yet

71I-hyX91XL._SL1426_Following a more than decade-long hiatus, 90s-era British rock group Blur recently resurfaced with a new album, The Magic Whip, the band’s first studio recording since the release of Think Tank back in 2003.

The album was written over a five-day span in 2013, whilst the band was scheduled to perform at a music festival in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the concert was cancelled, but the extended layover resulted in 12 new tracks from the band, which has reunited on-and-off since 2007.

But, perhaps this seven-plus year break paid off.