Interviews

Richard Hell & The Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian discusses his new solo album “Swing Your Lanterns”

Seminal punk guitarist Ivan Julian was an essential part of the 1970’s New York city punk scene as a founding member of the band Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

Dylan Nash and Maxx Morando from Liily discuss their new single “Applause” and appearing on Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party.

Media Mikes had the chance to speak with singer Dylan Nash and drummer Maxx Morando about the group’s formation, their songwriting process and what it was like being a part of Miley Cyrus’s New Year’s party.

William Mark McCullough and Alexis Nelson discuss what it was like shooting A SAVANNAH HAUNTING in a real haunted house

William Mark McCullough and Alexis Nelson discussing what it was like shooting the movie A SAVANNAH HAUNTING in a real haunted house! A SAVANNAH HAUNTING delivers a dread-filled supernatural drama about a mother grappling with her guilt stemming from the tragic drowning of her youngest daughter. When the family moves to Savannah to distance themselves …

Exclusive Interview for TERRIFIER 2 with Damien Leone and David Howard Thornton aka Art the Clown!

MediaMikes had a chance to chat with writer/director Damien Leone and star David Howard Thornton of the new movie “Terrifier 2”, which will be in theaters on October 6, 2022 from Cinedigm in partnership with Iconic Events.

Dream Theater Guitarist John Petrucci Discusses His Upcoming Solo Tour With Mike Portnoy and Dave Larue

John Petrucci is the guitarist for the Grammy Award winning Progressive-Metal band Dream Theater. In support of his most recent solo album “Terminal Velocity” Petrucci has announced a multi date tour which will feature bassist Dave Larue and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy.

Stan Bush reflects on success of “The Touch” in “Transformers: The Movie (1986)”

“Worldwide icon of melodic rock Stan Bush is best known for his song “The Touch,” made famous by Transformers: The Movie (1986). An anthem for Transformers fans around the world, “The Touch” was remixed in 2013 by High Moon Studios for their hit video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. It has also been featured on …

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”.

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Music

Richard Hell & The Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian discusses his new solo album “Swing Your Lanterns”

Seminal punk guitarist Ivan Julian was an essential part of the 1970’s New York city punk scene as a founding member of the band Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

Dylan Nash and Maxx Morando from Liily discuss their new single “Applause” and appearing on Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party.

Media Mikes had the chance to speak with singer Dylan Nash and drummer Maxx Morando about the group’s formation, their songwriting process and what it was like being a part of Miley Cyrus’s New Year’s party.

BAMBOOZLE Festival Announces 2023 Line Up

Bamboozle Festival is thrilled to announce performers to this year’s line up, who will be taking the stage May 5th, 6th, and 7th at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ. The weekend-long party marks the first Bamboozle Festival since 2012, and celebrates 20 years since its initial inception.

Album Review: Dokken “The Elektra Albums” 1983-1987

Together for the first time as a collection are the million selling first four albums from one of the 80’s biggest rock bands Dokken.

Fake Names Share Title Track From New Album ‘Expendables’

Post-punk dream team Fake Names debut their new single “Expendables,” the galloping title track from their upcoming record out on March 3rd via Epitaph Records.

Product Review: Steel Panther “1987” Effects Pedal

Behold, the Radness that is the 1987 Delay/Distortion Pedal! Steel Panthers latest and possibly greatest guitar effects pedal harness’s all the hairspray-soaked sounds of the Sunset Strip as the “1987” attacks with the grit of 100 chainsaws and the ability to repeat itself more than that super stoned dude you sat next to in Chemistry Class.

METALLICA: “SCREAMING SUICIDE” SECOND TRACK & VIDEO FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Metallica has unveiled a second glimpse into the intensity and expanse of its forthcoming 12th studio album, 72 Seasons, in the form of “Screaming Suicide.”

HEAVY METAL ICONS PANTERA ANNOUNCE 2023 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Pantera, one of the most successful and influential bands in heavy metal history, have announced their long awaited return to the stage. They will be touring North America this summer with Lamb of God as special guests.

ALTER BRIDGE Releases Music Video for New Single “Holiday”

The “Holiday” video marks the return of longtime video collaborator Dan Sturgess of Sturge Media – known for capturing the band’s iconic performance with the Parallax Orchestra on Alter Bridge: Live At The Royal Albert Hall.

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Film Reviews

Film Review: “Eo”

“Eo” will make you smile, cry and ponder what exactly is going on in this crazy world and you’ll be a better person after all of it

Film Review: “Women Talking”

For some viewers, “Women Talking” bookended a rough 2022 for women in America, and for some viewers, this film is your rallying cry in 2023

Film Review: “The Whale”

And the Oscar goes to…..  Brendan Fraser.  That is all.

Film Review: “The Fablemans”

With all Spielberg films, the production values are first rate.  And it’s so nice to once again see a Spielberg film accompanied by a beautiful musical score by the great John Williams.  Spielberg and Williams.  Takes me back to “Jaws.”

Film Review: Journey to Royal – A WWII Rescue Mission

Highly recommended for those interested in military history and in accounts of bravery in the face of overwhelming odds.

Film Review: “The Menu”

I may never eat pickled cucumber balls or slurp down some fancy oysters but they certainly do look good.  So does this film.

Film Review: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

On the positive side, the performances are strong and the visual effects are outstanding.  But great effects do not always a great movie make – I’m looking at you, “Avatar” – and the humanity that Mr. Boseman brought to the title character is greatly missed. 

Film Review: “Terrifier 2”

If you enjoyed Damien Leone’s original “Terrifier” – then you’re in luck! “Terrifier 2” is the type of sequel where it feels like the director knows exactly what worked and didn’t work within their original film, and decides to double down on all the best parts. While “Terrifier 2” certainly has its fair share of bad …

Film Review: Deadstream

“Deadstream” is a fun found footage film that will make you laugh and cheer at the follies of an attention seeking Zoomer douchebag who deserves every ounce of terribleness heading his way

Film Review: “The Munsters”

I think Rob Zombie is still an incredible talent, but it’s clear that “The Munsters” is his rock bottom as a director

Film Reeview: “Potato Dreams of America”

Hurley’s script is quite funny, especially in the first act, where Potato and Lena do their best to tolerate those who are intolerable among them

Film Review: “To the Moon”

While all three leads manage to thrash amongst the gloomy scenery, the audience attempts to piece together the final truth before “To the Moon” closes out

Film Review: “Beautiful Blue Eyes”

Still, this film gives Scheider’s fans an opportunity to see him on the big screen one more time.  His performance is strong, a testament to the man who once told me that his most important role is the one he is currently working on.  His final performance was no exception.

Film Review: Clerks III

“Clerks III” establishes the emotional stakes early on, laying visual and conversational groundwork for the film’s, and this trilogy’s, final act

Film Review: Glorious

“Glorious” isn’t a film that lingers with you, but instead has a beer and some fun with you while discussing pathological darkness and the cosmos

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.

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Giveaways

Enter to Win Digital Copy of “Violent Night”

To celebrate the digital release for VIOLENT NIGHT, Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to win a digital copy of the film. If you want a chance to win, please SUBSCRIBE to us on YouTube, click here and tell us what is your favorite Christmas movie in a comment below. This giveaway will remain open until January 24th at …

Enter to Win a 4K UHD Copy of “Halloween Ends”

    With Christmas approaching, the one thing on everyone’s mind is…..Halloween?   Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Universal Home Entertainment to give one reader the opportunity to find a 4D UHD copy of “Halloween Ends” in their stocking.   All you have to do is let us know in the …

Enter to Win Digital Copy of “Ticket to Paradise”

To celebrate the digital release for TICKET TO PARADISE, Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to win two (2) digital copies of the film. If you want a chance to win, please SUBSCRIBE to us on YouTube, click here and tell us what is your favorite romantic comedy in a comment below. This giveaway will remain open until December …

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Art/Theatre

Theater Review: “Pretty Woman: the Musical”

Pascal gives Edward a sense of decency that helps make the character likeable.  Ms. Davidson also works some magic in making Vivian a true heroine of the story. 

HAMILTON: Be in the Room Where it Happened

The wildly popular, award-winning musical Hamilton returns to the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Florida for an almost one-month run from October 26-November 20. Hamilton is the story of America in its infancy, told by America now. With a score that seamlessly blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton tells the story of the birth …

SIX: The Musical You’ll Lose Your Head Over

The 23-time award winning musical SIX brings its Euphoric Celebration of 21 st century girl power to the Dr. Phillips Center Broadway series in Orlando now through October 9 th . Re-writing “herstory,” the SIX wives of Henry VIII go from Tudor Queens to Pop Icons in this non-stop, 80-minute concert-style show that will keep …

Kansas City Theater Review: “Sister Act”

That aside, I highly recommend you catch “Sister Act” when it comes to your town.  It is, dare I say, a divine evening at the theater.

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.

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