Category Archives: Music

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.

Timeflies Return Home, Raise Money for Counseling Center

Check out this story from the Feb. 10, 2012 edition of The Sound & Town Report (now The Mamaroneck Review).

On Feb. 4, members of the Mamaroneck High School Student Council set up a concert in an effort to raise money for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center.

Booking a band featuring a local talent, the student council hired the up-and-coming electronic hip-hop group Timeflies to headline this big event.

Returning to Mamaroneck High School for the first time since 2007, Cal Shapiro, who graduated MHS in 2006, and his band mate Rob Resnick, came to perform their homecoming show.

“I don’t think we’ve ever done a concert like this. We’ve done high school and college shows, but the homecoming, coming back to your roots is an awesome feeling,” Shapiro said. 

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):

Q&A w/ Sevendust Frontman Lajon Witherspoon

Alternative metal band Sevendust is arguably the most consistent group in the hard rock game today. More than 20 years since their debut, the group has never stopped making music. Now, the group returns with their eleventh studio album, Kill The Flaw, the band’s third self-produced record in the past three years.

Sevendust’s new album Kill The Flaw is available now on iTunesAmazon, and Google Play. For even more on the new album, check out the “Making of Kill The Flaw” on YouTube, and don’t forget to catch Sevendust on tour.

Check out the full story at Salute Magazine

Levittown Opera Singer Kathryn Wieckhorst

 

Before graduating from Division Avenue High School, Levittown-native Kathryn Wieckhorst would never have guessed her vocal talent would someday land her center stage, performing in such world-renowned venues like Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Festival of the Aegean in Greece and Festival Junger Künstler in Bayreuth, Germany.

She first realized her love of music in fourth grade when she decided to try her hands at performing cello. “Funny enough, I wanted to play something I didn’t have to put my mouth on,” Wieckhorst said, jokingly.

Unlike many of her friends at the time, Wieckhorst wasn’t listening to any of the pop music hits. Instead, she would ride her bike over to the Levittown Public Library to rent CDs of classical composers.

This story originally appeared in the May 23, 2014 edition of the Levittown Tribune.

What To See At The 2015 Great South Bay Music Festival

Photo/WBAB.com

Photo/WBAB.com

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.

A Soulful Glimpse At ‘7 Summers’

Debuting at no. 1 on the iTunes Jazz charts, 7 Summers is the latest gem from jazz keyboardist Shaun Martin, who is best known for his Grammy Award winning work with gospel artist Kirk Franklin and the Brooklyn-based instrumental fusion ensemble Snarky Puppy.

Martin’s debut album, 7 Summers, is an incredibly unique and rhythmic composition that shows his stylistic range and gives listeners a glimpse into his musical process.

Growing up in Dallas, Texas, Martin began studying music at just 4-years-old, under the instruction of Carolyn Campbell—for whom he dedicated the last track of his my album “Closing Credits (A Requiem for Carolyn).” Today, he serves as the Minister of Music at Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas. 

A New ‘BadAzz’ Emerges

TD2CH_album_coverREVIEW: Touch Down 2 Cause Hell – Boosie BadAzz 

It’s hard to believe that the new album, Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, is only the sixth studio LP from the biggest “BadAzz” in the hip-hop game.

But you have to imagine it would be damn near impossible for anyone to get in some studio time when they’re facing the death penalty on murder charges… Not to mention that even though he was found “Not Guilty” in 2012, Boosie stayed in prison, where he would serve three years of an eight-year sentence for possession.

After being released from Louisiana State Penitentiary in 2014, Boosie hit the ground running, producing his first album since 2010, which just skyrocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts in the first week of sales.

Alabama Shakes’ New Album Is A Monster

2015AlabamaShakes_SoundAndColor_100215.galleryThe Alabama Shakes clearly did not succumb to the typical “sophomore slump,” after the overwhelmingly successful release of their second full-length studio album, Sound & Color, earlier this week.  According to reports from Billboard.com, music industry forecasters say the new album is expected to move more than 90,000 copies, which would place the roots-rock group at the top of the Billboard 200 charts for the first-time.

Following the success of their 2013 debut album, Boys & Girls, the Shakes went on to receive three Grammy nominations for best new artist, best rock performance for their song “Hold On,” and best recording package. In 2014, they were even asked to perform at the White House alongside Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones.

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