Interviews

Guitarist K.K. Downing Discusses His New Book “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest”

Ken “K.K.” Downing is a founding member of the heavy metal band Judas Priest. He was active with the group from its inception in 1969 to his departure from the group in April of 2011. Downing has recently released a book via Da Capo press title “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest”.

Positron’s Voyager VR Chair Takes Off with First Man

Audiences can celebrate the opening weekend of Damian Chazelle’s First Man with their own moon landing thanks to Positron’s Voyager VR chair.

“CGI just doesn’t cut it for me, man!” Blindspot’s Heidi Schnappauf Speaks About Stunt Work

Heidi Schnappauf talks about her action-packed job on NBC’s Blindspot where she stunt doubles for star Jaimie Alexander (“Jane Doe”)

Guitarist Phil Palmer Discusses Dire Straits Legacy Tour

Phil Palmer is a legendary session guitarist who has performed on countless albums for acts such as Robbie Williams and George Michael and Bob Dylan. Palmer has also had the distinction of being a member of both Eric Clapton’s band and 80’s hit makers Dire Straits. Palmer is currently on the road touring with Dire Straits Legacy (DSL) a group made up of former Dire Straits members wanting to pay tribute the bands amazing catalog.

A Light Divided Vocalist Jaycee Clark Talks About the Bands New Album “Choose Your Own Adventure”

Jaycee Clark is the vocalist for the Winston-Salem NC based rock band A Light Divided. The band is set to release a brand new album on October 5th titled “Choose Your Own Adventure”. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Jaycee recently about the band, their new album and their latest single/video “Fear of Heights”.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Red Carpet Interviews

Desiree Ahkavan’s new film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post hits theaters this week after both winning the Grand Jury prize for drama at Sundance Film Fest and screening at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. I got to speak with cast members John Gallagher Jr (10 Cloverfield Lane, Short Term 12) and Quinn Shephard about getting into their characters and the message viewers could take from Cameron’s story.

Nothing More Guitarist Mark Vollelunga Talks About the Bands Recent Single “Just Say When”.

Mark Vollelunga is the guitarist for the Texas based rock band Nothing More.

An Interview with Music Legend Peter Asher

Teamed up with schoolmate Gordon Waller, Mr. Asher, who already had success as a child actor, placed 10 songs in the US TOP 40, including the #1 hit “World Without Love.”  Other hits include “I Go to Pieces,” “True Love Ways” and “Lady Godiva.”  

“Cargo” Creators Discuss Their Australian Zombie Drama

The Australian-based zombie drama Cargo was released on cinemas down under this month and is currently streaming internationally on Netflix. It follows Andy (Martin Freeman, read his interview here) a father facing down a viral plague outbreak and journeying across the Australian wild to get his baby somewhere safe. Along the way he encounters both …

Motograter Vocalist James Anthony Legion Talks About the Bands New Video For the Song”Daggers”

The heavy metal band Motograter are currently out on the road in support of their most recent release “Desolation” which was released early in 2017

Sumo Cyco’s Skye “Sever” Sweetnam Talks About the Bands Current Tour and Plans For A New Album.

The Canadian hard rock group Sumo Cyco first burst onto the scene in 2011 with their debut release “Lost in Cyco City”. A short time later the band released their second full length “Opus Mar” and have been out on the road in support of that ever since.

Martin Freeman on Carrying Netflix’s CARGO

Martin Freeman (Black Panther, Ghost Stories) speaks about Netflix’s new zombie film, Cargo including some of his own thoughts on the supernatural: ” Once you hear something that goes bump or bang and you start making up your own narrative for it. And I’ve been rooted to the spot a few times on my stairs thinking ‘is that a ghost or is it a burglar?’ And fortunately it was neither.”

The Damned’s Pinch talks about the bands latest release “Evil Spirits”

The Damned, easily the greatest surviving British punk band, bar none – are back with their first new album in a decade titled “Evil Spirits”.

Interview with SUPERCON director Zak Knutson

Fans of Kevin Smith’s View Askew Universe may be quite familiar with Zak Knutson.  The co-writer and director of the new comedy “Supercon” worked for a decade for Smith, often producing and directing Smith’s independent video projects.  To honor his friend, he named Seth Rogen’s character “Zack” in “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.”

Dean Devlin talks about directing David Tennant in “Bad Samaritan”

Writing/Producer of “Stargate”, “Independence Day” and “Godzilla (1998)”.  Director of “Geostorm”

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Music

Ted Nugent Announces New Full-Length Album Titled “The Music Made Me Do It”

The effort is Nugent’s first studio album in four years. The album features Greg Smith (Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) on bass, Jason Hartless (Joe Lynn Turner, Mitch Ryder) on drums, and the Motor City Madman himself on lead guitar and vocals.

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Announces Additional ‘Suspiria’ North American Tour Dates

Influential Italian Prog Rock Masters to Live Score Soundtrack to Fantastical Film on Highly Anticipated Autumn Trek

Guitarist K.K. Downing Discusses His New Book “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest”

Ken “K.K.” Downing is a founding member of the heavy metal band Judas Priest. He was active with the group from its inception in 1969 to his departure from the group in April of 2011. Downing has recently released a book via Da Capo press title “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest”.

Concert Review: FOO FIGHTERS in Kansas City

   Foo Fighters  Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO  October 12, 2018   During an introduction a few years ago on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” the now-retired host said this about the Foo Fighters, “We can all sleep easy at night knowing that somewhere at any given time, the Foo Fighters are out there …

New GWAR Graphic Novel To Split Hell Wide Open- Pre-Orders Available Now!

You know their name, you know their music but do you know their story? Everyone’s favorite blood spewing alien band return to comics in an all new 96 page graphic novel.

Ace Frehley Releases New Music Video for “Rockin With the Boys”. New Solo Album Due 10/19

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member ACE FREHLEY has released the music video for “Rockin’ With The Boys.” Filmed live in Detroit Rock City, this is the first music video we’ve seen from The Spaceman since he released the video for “Fire and Water.”

Knocked Loose Debut New Video for “The Rain”

Critically heralded Kentucky hardcore band Knocked Loose has teamed up with ConsequenceOfSound.net to unveil a new video for their song “The Rain.” The track is featured on the band’s acclaimed, debut album, Laugh Tracks, which is available everywhere now from Pure Noise Records.

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Film Reviews

Film Review – “Halloween”

The script is solid, with some nice set-ups inter-spliced with some emotional family moments between Curtis’ Laurie Strode and her estranged daughter and granddaughter.  But you go to these films to see the boogeyman get his comeuppance.  So, what are you waiting for?    

Film Review: “Beautiful Boy”

Despite some heavy-handed technical choices, Beautiful Boy succeeds on the authenticity of Carell and Chalamet’s performances.

Film Review: “Blaze”

“Blaze” is a tragic story, yet if you subtract Dickey from the equation it feels stuck in neutral while cameos by a pair of stars, one a recent Oscar winner, feel contrived and over the top. Overall, it’s a story that could have used a lot tightening up and more cohesivity. Otherwise, Hawke’s effort falls short of his other tragic-musician tale in the form of 2015’s fantastic “Born to Be Blue.”

Film Review: “A Star is Born”

A familiar story with enough new twists and turns to keep it fresh, “A Star Is Born” is a triumph.

Film Review “Malevolence 3: Killer”

Very effective horror film with some great scares, gory kills and solid acting

Film Review: “Night School”

There are chuckles to be had, but not enough, mainly due to the fact that “Night School” is stretched thin by its runtime and lack of comedic imagination

Film Review: “Where Hands Touch”

Cornish delivers a performance that deftly captures a mother’s desperation and Eccleston shines as a father who makes a ghastly decision. Beyond that, the acting is mediocre at best and downright clumsy at worst. It often feels like an overly long, bad stage play, with uninspiring camera work in the beginning despite Asante’s good intentions.

Film Review: “Jane Fonda in Five Acts”

However, in the end, you end up with an amazing story of an amazing person.  At age 80, Jane Fonda is still going strong.  Here’s to act number six!       

Film Review: The Sisters Brothers

A beautiful and unique entry into the western genre that goes in unexpected directions and features a standout performance from John C Reilly.

Film Review: “The House with a Clock in its Walls”

The calendar says September, but “The House with a Clock in its Walls” brings Halloween early for those with a spooky bone in their body

Film Review -“Life Itself”

The ending comes across as a little too far-fetched but still pretty well thought out.  But be warned, make sure you bring your Kleenex with you, because “Life Itself” makes “Manchester by the Sea” look like the second coming of “Airplane!”                                                                           

Film Review “An American in Paris – The Musical”

Beautifully done and packs the magic that was brought from the stage performance.

Film Review: “Lizzie”

Though it slows down when it should be ramping up, Lizzie is a tense, simmering drama lead by the bond between Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. A novel take on Lizzie Borden’s infamous case.

Film Review: “The Predator”

I had a real fun time while watching “The Predator,” but as I think about it in hindsight, I’m finding it troublingly easy to nitpick it to death

Film Review: “The Little Stranger”

A carefully crafted but glacially slow paced period drama where the “big” bloody moments are few and far between. The talented cast languishes in beautiful atmosphere and effective sound design that amounts to a pile of supernatural McGuffins.

Film Review – “Puzzle”

Turtletaub has crafted an evenly-paced work of cinema with subdued colors throughout. The exceptions are often the puzzles themselves when color is emphasized. He also draws out an excellent performance from Macdonald, which could be the best she has delivered.

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Giveaways

Enter to Win Blu-ray Combo Pack of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”

This giveaway will remain open until October 19th

Win Tickets to Advance Screening in Boston for “First Man”

Universal Pictures upcoming release FIRST MAN which opens wide on October 12th.  We will be holding an advance screening of the film on Wednesday, October 9th and are giving away tickets! Click below to get tickets, first come first serve! Good luck and like always leave a comment here after you’ve seen the film! BOSTON …

Win Tickets to Advance Screening in Hartford for “First Man”

Universal Pictures upcoming release FIRST MAN which opens wide on October 12th.  We will be holding an advance screening of the film on Wednesday, October 9th and are giving away tickets! Click below to get tickets, first come first serve! Good luck and like always leave a comment here after you’ve seen the film! HARTFORD To …

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Art/Theatre

New GWAR Graphic Novel To Split Hell Wide Open- Pre-Orders Available Now!

You know their name, you know their music but do you know their story? Everyone’s favorite blood spewing alien band return to comics in an all new 96 page graphic novel.

Positron’s Voyager VR Chair Takes Off with First Man

Audiences can celebrate the opening weekend of Damian Chazelle’s First Man with their own moon landing thanks to Positron’s Voyager VR chair.

Theater Review: “Chicago” – Kansas City

There are a million reasons to see this show at Starlight.  First off, it’s one of the best outdoor venues in the country.  The shows are usually excellent or, if not, entertaining.  “Chicago” boasts an amazing cast and a top-notch orchestra.  Both Ms. Wright and Ms. Reda (who is from nearby Overland Park, Kansas) are strong dancers with great vocal chops.  My quibble above regarding technical difficulties comes from the fact that, for the first hour of the show, there was an obvious problem with Ms. Wright’s body microphone.  The fact that I could hear her in my seats stems from the fact that she can belt out a song.  Once the problem was fixed both actresses were at the top of their game.

Sean Yseult Teams with Boyd Gallery and Art for Arts Sake to Present New Photography Series “They All Axed For You”

The new photographs serve as both a love letter and birthday gift for the City of New Orleans on the anniversary of it’s Tricentennial. The inspiration for this show began with this love of Nola, and some very strong images Ms. Yseult saw in her dreams.

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