Interviews

Tia Carrere talks Easter Sunday with Jo Koy, Wayne’s World and Lilo & Stitch

Tia Carrere played Cassandra Wong in the films Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2; Juno Skinner in True Lies; Nani Pelekai in the Lilo & Stitch films and TV series; In addition to acting, Carrere has won two Grammy Awards for her music. Her new film Easter Sunday with Jo Koy comes out August 5, …

Sicksense Vocalist Robby J. Discusses The Bands Debut LP “Kings Today”

Robby J is the Co-Lead vocalist for the band “Sicksense”. The band recently released their debut EP titled “Kings Today” which is a fresh and blazing mix of rock and metal stylings which harkens back to the sounds of the late 90’s Nu Metal movement.

Bowling For Soup’s Jaret Reddick Discusses The Bands New Studio Album “Pop Drunk Snot Bread”

Jaret Reddick is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Pop-Punk band Bowling For Soup.

Artist/Musician Chloe Trujillo Discusses Her New Solo Album “Mothers of a New Nation”

Chloe Trujillo is a visual artist, fashion designer and musician. Her latest solo release titled “Mothers of a New Nation” blends a variety of styles and influences some of which are pulled directly from her art works while others pay homage to her experiences as a young woman growing up around the world in places such as New York City, Paris, and Berlin.

Guitarist Gus G Discusses His New Solo Album “Quantum Leap”

Gus G is the guitarist for Greek power metal band Firewind. Gus has also played with Kamelot, Arch Enemy and Ozzy Osbourne. Gus’s latest release is an instrumental solo album titled “Quantum Leap”.

Singer Malia J Talks About Her Cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Her Upcoming Debut EP “Reflections”

Malia J is a singer, songwriter with nearly 2 million views on YouTube and an astounding 3 million streams on Spotify. Malia J’s works have appeared in series such as “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer” and most recently Marvel’s “Black Widow” starring Scarlett Johansson.

Drummer Tommy Clufetos Talks About His Debut Solo Project “Tommy’s RockTrip”

Tom Clufetos has been behind the drum kit for some of rocks biggest acts including Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent and Alice Cooper. Tommy’s newest project is a solo effort titled Tommy’s Rocktrip.

Staind Guitarist Mike Mushok Discusses New Live Album “Live: It’s Been Awhile”

The rock group Staind is back on May 7th with their first release in nine years titled “Live: It’s Been Awhile”

Sonny Vincent and Bobby Liebling Discuss Their New Band The Limit and The Album “Caveman Logic”

The Limit are a newly formed heavy rock band that is set to release their debut album “Caveman Logic” on April 9th. Consisting of Bobby Liebling (Pentagram), Jimmy Recca (ex-The Stooges), Sonny Vincent (Testors), Hugo Conim (Dawnrider) and Joao Pedro (Dawnrider) the bands five members combine their diverse talents to craft a unique sound which is equal parts punk and doom.

Singer/Actor Lizzy Borden discusses his role in the new film “Die Influencers Die”

Media Mikes had the chance recently to talk with Lizzy about his newest movie titled “Die Influencers Die” where he plays a dark and sinister character known only as Otherworld-Coyote.

Queensryche Vocalist Todd La Torre Talks About His New Solo Album “Rejoice In The Suffering”

Todd La Torre is the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Queensryche. On February 5th Todd released his debut solo album titled “Rejoice in the Suffering” via Rat Pack Records.

A Conversation with Author and Filmmaker Nicholas Meyer

Mr. Meyer recently took some time out of his schedule to talk about his career, past, present and future.

Clutch Frontman Neil Fallon Discusses “The Obelisk” and Virtual Shows.

Neil Fallon is the vocalist for the rock band Clutch. The group which has been churning out its own unique brand of riff heavy sludge rock since 1991 just release a very special, limited edition 16 LP set titled “The Obelisk” As part of wave three of 2020’s Record Store Day .

Ben Brainard talks about his sketch comedy series Welcome to the Table

Ben Brainard is a comedian with a natural ability to make any crowd laugh. Originally from Daytona Beach, and now living in Orlando, Ben has toured across the country. He’s also produced several shows for Army Reserve units. During quarantine, Ben found viral success producing “The Table,” a sketch comedy series about how the various …

Clive Barker talks about Hulu’s Books of Blood, Candyman and Hellraiser

Clive Barker is an English playwright, novelist, film director, and visual artist. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories, the Books of Blood, which established him as a leading horror writer. He has since written many novels and other works, and his fiction has been adapted into films, notably …

Musician J.D. King Discusses His New Album “Moon Gardens”

Musician J.D. King Discusses His New Album “Moon Gardens”

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Discusses His New Book “Wicked Words and Epic Tales”

Iced Earth founder, songwriter, guitarist and producer Jon Schaffer has announced the release of his first ever book, “Wicked Words and Epic Tales”.

Tommy Chong talks about new Cheech & Chong dispensary and video game “Bud Farm”

Iconic actor, best-selling author, Grammy Award-winning comedian, activist and America’s sweetheart of Cannabis Tommy Chong is legendary for his invaluable contribution to American counter-culture as part of the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong, and with a name synonymous with cannabis, has entered into dispensary license with Five Point Holdings Inc. and partnered with Cheech …

Ross Hull reflects on his role in “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” & his work as a Meteorologist

Ross Hull is known best for the role of Gary, aka the leader of the Midnight Society, from the TV series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. Ross is also currently a Meteorologist for Global News in Canada. Media Mikes had a chance to chat “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” with Ross and also …

Interview with Oscar/BAFTA nominated filmmaker Agnieszka Holland

Her latest film, “Mr. Jones,” tells the story of a Welsh journalist who broke the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s and is currently available via Video-on Demand.

Stacey Nelkin talks about Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Blade Runner and Yellowbeard

Stacey Nelkin is known best for her role of Ellie Grimbridge in “Halloween III: Season of the Witch”. She was also cast in “Blade Runner” as the the infamous “Sixth Replicant” but ended up being cut. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Stacey about Halloween III as well as her work with the …

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Music

Tia Carrere talks Easter Sunday with Jo Koy, Wayne’s World and Lilo & Stitch

Tia Carrere played Cassandra Wong in the films Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2; Juno Skinner in True Lies; Nani Pelekai in the Lilo & Stitch films and TV series; In addition to acting, Carrere has won two Grammy Awards for her music. Her new film Easter Sunday with Jo Koy comes out August 5, …

Watch LAMB OF GOD’s “Omens”

Watch and listen to “Omens,” the title track from LAMB OF GOD’s forthcoming 9th album. The new single from the GRAMMY-nominated metal colossus is available everywhere for download and streaming.

GHOST: “SPILLWAYS” VIDEO LIVE NOW FOR NEW ROCK RADIO SINGLE

From the pages of the gray lady to the silver screen… Ghost presents the phantasmagorical video for “Spillways,” rendering the irresistible earworm of IMPERA’s latest single

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING DREAM THEATER GUITARIST JOHN PETRUCCI ANNOUNCES FIRST HEADLINING SOLO TOUR WITH DAVE LARUE ON BASS AND MIKE PORTNOY

For over three decades, GRAMMY Award winning guitarist John Petrucci has been known for his work in the ground-breaking and influential prog-metal band Dream Theater. Now, John is adding another career milestone to his resume as he is embarking on his first headlining solo tour performing material from his recently released solo album.

CAVE IN: Cvlt Nation Premieres “The Hole” Video; Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III With AMENRA, CAVE IN, And MARISSA NADLER Available On Digital Services Today Through Neurot Recordings

As AMENRA, CAVE IN, and MARISSA NADLER continue to promote their work on the Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III LP, Cvlt Nation is hosting a premiere and feature on CAVE IN with a new video for their cover of “The Hole.”

Concert Review: Brian Wilson with Chicago – Kansas City

Wilson may have been the birthday boy, but he and Chicago certainly gave back a lot to the crowd that night.

Sicksense Vocalist Robby J. Discusses The Bands Debut LP “Kings Today”

Robby J is the Co-Lead vocalist for the band “Sicksense”. The band recently released their debut EP titled “Kings Today” which is a fresh and blazing mix of rock and metal stylings which harkens back to the sounds of the late 90’s Nu Metal movement.

Anthrax’s FRANK BELLO Announces Debut Solo EP with Rare Bird

Frank Bello and Rare Bird proudly present the famed Anthrax bassist’s debut solo EP, Then I’m Gone. Issued as a deluxe gatefold split 12”, the EP contains three songs alongside excerpts from his 2021 autobiography, read by the author and accompanied by additional new music.

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Film Reviews

Film Review: “When I Consume You”

“When I Consume You” is a puzzle, forcing audiences to put it together as the film goes along

Film Review: “The Day the Music Died – the Story of Don McLean’s AMERICAN PIE”

Not only does the film take an inside look at the composition of the song, but also gives a glance back, and a nod to, a simpler time in rock and roll. 

Film Review: “Bullet Train”

The film is beautifully photographed and the musical score helps set whatever mood is needed at any particular time.  This is definitely the“Train” to catch this weekend.   

Film Review: “Prey”

It’s not hard to find people who’ve watched and treasured the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, but now I feel a new generation is about to watch and treasure 2022’s “Prey.”

Film Review: “DC League of Super-Pets”

In the end, it’s a story about believing In yourself, and your friends.  Or, in this case, your Super-Friends. 

Film Review: NOPE

Jordan Peele is no longer Raffi Benitez to me.  Now when I hear his name I think about the cinema’s new master of suspense. 

Film Review: “THOR: Love and Thunder”

A powerful and emotional rollercoaster, “THOR: Love and Thunder” is a must see this summer!

Film Review: “Minions: the Rise of Gru”

A fun treat for the whole family, “Minions: the Rise of Gru” is another in a string of successful and well made animated films starring these Twinkie-looking oddities and their hook-nosed leader. 

Film Review: “Jerry and Marge Go Large”

This film is an early summer treat for viewers not into dinosaurs and super heroes. 

Film Review: ELVIS

Thanks to ELVIS, the King will NEVER leave the building! 

Film Review: “Jurassic World Dominion”

Overall, a fitting end to the franchise…..maybe ?

Film Review 3: Top Gun: Maverick”

Overall, if you have not seen “Top Gun: Maverick” yet, then why haven’t you?

Film Review: “Firestarter”

Overall, stay away from “Firestarter” or you may get burned.

Film Review: “Memory”

Overall, while Neeson has some good moments on the screen, “Memory” is a film that you may want to forget about after seeing.

Film Review: “The Innocents”

Overall, “The Innocents” is one of the best “superhero” films you can possibly see. Just be prepared to jump in your seat a couple of times and be ready to discuss it long afterwards.

Film Review 2: “Top Gun: Maverick”

The film is lovingly dedicated to the late Tony Scott, who directed “Top Gun.”  I’d like to think that he would give a thumbs up and a salute to “Top Gun: Maverick.” 

Film Review “The Bob’s Burgers Movie”

If you are looking for something alternative to see this summer, this film is a great option since it is fairly family friendly and packs some fun songs and non-stop jokes.

Film Review “Top Gun: Maverick”

“Top Gun: Maverick” also packs a punch of nostalgia and is surprising funny…I mean like belly laughing funny.

Film Review: “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” – REVIEW 2

In the end, “Doctor Strange and Multiverse of Madness” is the best entertainment you will find currently at any cinema.

Panic Fest Film Review: “Watcher”

While “Watcher” is a great thriller homage that taps deeply into paranoia, it never quite does anything unique that makes it stand out as an instant classic, even though it’s shot and feels like it should be one

Panic Fest Film Review: “The Chamber of Terror”

While “The Chamber of Terror” sounds like a bad haunted house attraction in a shopping mall, the film itself is a confidently directed horror comedy that gets more ridiculous and bloody as the film goes on

Film Review: “The Northman”

Eggers’s work is genuine homage to Viking culture and lore without losing itself in special effects-generated magic.

Panic Fest Film Review: “CRABS!”

“CRABS!” is intentionally terrible, and as long you understand that you might have a lot of fun with it

Panic Fest Film Review: “Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes”

“Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes,” is worthy of a gander, especially since you’ll know right away if you’re in tune with it’s funky vibes or turned off by its puzzling madness

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Giveaways

Win a Steelbook 4-K copy of “Heavy Metal”

Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to give one random reader a chance to win a Blu-ray copy of one of one of the most beloved animated films of the last century, “Heavy Metal.”

Win a Blu-Ray copy of “Spider-man: No Way Home.”

Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to give one random reader a chance to win a Blu-ray copy of one of last year’s biggest box office hits, “Spider-man: No Way Home.”

Win a Blu-Ray copy of “Marry Me.”

Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Universal Home Video to give one random reader the chance to win a Blu-ray copy of the new film “Marry Me,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson.

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Art/Theatre

Kansas City Theater Review: “Anastasia”

At the same time it was rewarding to see the play in the Swope Park surroundings where the scenery could compete with the images on stage.

Interview with “The Propaganda Poet,” Bear Wolf

  I can put together workshops and lessons and basically be a freelance teacher.    I want to get the message out that poetry is alive and well and thriving.   

Interview with Broadway Across America Midwest President Leslie Broecker

When I asked to speak with Leslie Broecker I was told we’d get along as she was a fellow “theater nerd.”  What an understatement. 

Theater Review: “aint too proud” – Kansas City

The Temptations remain  among the greatest and most popular musical groups of all time.  The story of how they achieved that acclaim, and the obstacles they did their best to overcome, is one that needs to be experienced. 

Theater Review: “Hairspray”

With one of the most energetic productions you could ever hope to see, “Hairspray” is a beat you just can’t stop

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