Interviews

Brick By Brick Guitarist Mike Valente Talks About the Bands New Album “Hive Mentality”

Mike Valente is the guitarist for the Upstate New York hardcore/metal band Brick By Brick. The band is set to release a new album titled “Hive Mentality” on February 22nd

Guitarist Steve Dadaian Discusses His New Album “Follow the Light”

Steve Dadaian is an Armenian-American fusion guitarist based in the Tri-State NY,NJ,PA area. Steve’s latest album “Follow the Light” is a theatrical, symphonic soundscape packed full of razor-sharp guitar work that will leave listeners slack-jawed. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Steve fresh off his appearance at this year’s Winter NAMM convention where …

Exploring the Plotaverse with Sascha Scheider

Impressed with what I read I contacted Ms. Scheider, who at age 26, was recently named to the 2019 Forbes magazine Consumer Technology 30 under 30 list.

Incite’s Richie Cavalera Discusses Their New Album “Built to Destroy”

Richie Cavalera is the vocalist for the heavy metal band Incite. The Phoenix, AZ based group is set to release their fifth full length studio album on January 25th titled “Built to Destroy”.

Talking “The Book of Mormon” with actor Teddy Trice

I would love to do Coalhouse Walker in “Ragtime.” It’s a role I’d have to age into a little bit but the musical score is one of my all-time favorites. Doing an “American Dream” story and building a legacy…I’d love to do that one.

The Crown Remnant Guitarist Will Ash Discusses “The Wicked King: Part II”

Will Ash is the lead guitarist for the Los Angeles based metal band The Crown Remnant. The five piece band which also includes vocalist Geordy Shallan, guitarist Jorge Lopez, bass guitarist Josue Lara and drummer Art Ramirez is set to release a brand new album on January 18th titled “The Wicked King: Part II”.

98° Jeff Timmons Talks About The Groups 2018 Holiday Tour

Jeff Timmons is a founding member of the pop group 98°. Together with Justin Jeffre and brother’s Nick and Drew Lachey the group has sold over 10 million albums worldwide since their debut release in 1997.

Bassist Sam Rivers Discusses His New Band SleepKillers and Their Self Titled Debut Album

Sam Rivers is best known as a founding member and bassist for the band Limp Bizkit. His new band Sleepkillers which includes Damien Starkey, Bobby Amaru and Adam Latiff is set to release its debut self titled album on January 25, 2019.

Actor – and Bronson Lookalike – Robert Kovacs talks about his new film “Death Kiss”

If you were walking down the street and passed by actor Robert Kovacs nobody would question if you did a double-take or two.  Ruggedly handsome, the Hungarian-born actor and stuntman bears more than a strong resemblance to one of the greatest icons of action cinema, Charles Bronson.

Stellar Circuits Vocalist Ben Beddick Discusses the Bands New Album “Ways That Haunt”

Ben Beddick is the vocalist for the North Carolina based rock group Stellar Circuits. The band is set to independently release their first full length album titled “Ways That Haunt” on November 9th.

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”.

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Music

CD Review: Weezer “The Teal Album”

If you were the guy or girl who couldn’t go with your friends to see Weezer when they were in town who in turn got stuck listening to all the stories about what you missed, you can now get somewhat caught up and at least hear the music.

Brick By Brick Guitarist Mike Valente Talks About the Bands New Album “Hive Mentality”

Mike Valente is the guitarist for the Upstate New York hardcore/metal band Brick By Brick. The band is set to release a new album titled “Hive Mentality” on February 22nd

Guitarist Steve Dadaian Discusses His New Album “Follow the Light”

Steve Dadaian is an Armenian-American fusion guitarist based in the Tri-State NY,NJ,PA area. Steve’s latest album “Follow the Light” is a theatrical, symphonic soundscape packed full of razor-sharp guitar work that will leave listeners slack-jawed. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Steve fresh off his appearance at this year’s Winter NAMM convention where …

New Found Glory Announces From The Screen To Your Stereo To Your Town Tour

New Found Glory fans are celebrating today after the band has announced The From The Screen To Your Stereo To Your Town Tour!! They will be joined by Real Friends, The Early November and Doll Skin for a stacked lineup that will be taking off across the United States beginning on May 30th.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival Expands To Two Days At Doheny State Beach April 6 & 7

Now in its sixth year, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito has announced its biggest event yet. After selling out its flagship date in Dana Point, CA for two years in a row, this year’s Southern California festival expands to two days on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at picturesque Doheny State Beach, with additional tour dates for early 2019 to be announced soon.

Weezer Releases “The Teal Album”, Co-Headlining Tour w/ The Pixies Kicks Off In March.

SURPRISE!WEEZER (THE TEAL ALBUM) IS HERE!THE COVERS ALBUM OUT NOWCO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH PIXIES KICKS OFF ON MAR 8 WITH SUPPORT FROM BASEMENTSPECIAL APPEARANCE BY TV ON THE RADIO AT MSG Throughout a sold out amphitheater tour in summer 2018, Weezer began working covers into their set, ranging from “Take On Me” by a-ha to “Happy Together” by …

Foo Fighters To Stream Super Saturday Night in Atlanta

Who didn’t see this one coming… It’s official: Foo Fighters’ DIRECTV Super Saturday Night February 2 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta with special guest Run The Jewels is 100% SOLD OUT.

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Film Reviews

Film Review – “Isn’t it Romantic”

The story moves quickly (the film is less than 90 minutes long) and makes a nice Valentines gift for that special someone. Unless,of course, they hate romantic comedies!

Film Review – “Destroyer”

Working from a script by her “AEonFlux” screenwriters (Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi), director Kusama, who also helmed the film “Girlfight,” keeps the story moving, giving the viewer just enough information that, no matter how hard they try, they are always a step or two behind.

Film Review: “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”

This sequel is non-stop eye candy accompanied by rapid-fire jokes that’ll put smiles on the faces of kids and adults alike

Film Review – “In Like Flynn”

Fletcher Christian. Peter Blood. Robin Hood. “Gentleman” Jim Corbett. All of
these men had great adventures on the big screen. But none of them were as
exciting as the early adventures of the actor who portrayed them, Errol Flynn. Some
of those adventures are on display in the new film, “In Like Flynn.”

Film Review – “Cold War”

Never mind the critical darling that is “Roma.” Instead, go see “Cold War.” Trust me, there’s nothing cold about it.

Film Review – “Stan & Ollie”

If you’re not familiar with the work of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, I urge you to seek it out, either through home video
or YouTube. If you are, and are a fan, I urge you to seek out “Stan & Ollie.”

Film Review – “Clyde Cooper”

People aren’t who the seem to be and, as the bodies begin to pile up, Cooper discovers a twist in the case that adds a new dimension to the film.

Film Review: “Glass”

“Glass” ends up being the weakest of the three films, but it’s still an entertaining finale.

Film Review – “On the Basis of Sex”

“On the Basis of Sex” is a decent film that’s enjoyable but not impactful.

Film Review – “The Upside”

Director Burger keeps the story flowing nicely, hitting all of the right emotional notes. A fine way to enter the new year!

Our Critics Pick the Best (and Worst) of 2018

Our quartet of movie critics highlight their favorite films of the year, did your picks make the cut?

Film Review- “If Beale Street Could Talk”

A film that makes you think, like the perfect diamond, is rare. “IfBeale Street Could Talk” is flawless.

Film Review: “Vice”

Like cockroaches and Keith Richards, Dick Cheney may never go away. But if there is one positive to his story, it’s that it gave us what, in my opinion, is the best film of 2018!

Film Review: “Green Book”

Farrelly’s creation, with its terrific music selection, costumes and lingo, puts us in a time machine that takes us back to an America that had yet to lose its so-called innocence to assassinations and the Vietnam War. “Green Book” reminds us that that innocence was tainted with bigotry and hatred.

Film Review: “Welcome to Marwen”

Moments that should move you emotionally fall short because of how tonally misshaped “Welcome to Marwen” is

Film Review: “Ben is Back”

“Ben is Back” predominantly tackles addiction like a daytime soap opera, with the gauche touch of those 80’s drug PSAs

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Giveaways

Win Passes to Kansas City Screening of “The Favourite”

The film will be shown on Wednesday, December 12 at the AMC Town Center Theatre in Leawood, Kansas and will start at 7:00 p.m.

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 …

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Art/Theatre

Blockbusters Disney’s Aladdin And Mean Girls Anchor 19/20 Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando Season At Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Current subscribers may renew their seats for the upcoming season beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2019 ORLANDO, Fla. (February 14, 2019) — Blockbuster Disney’s Aladdin and record-breaking new musical comedy Mean Girls will make their Orlando premieres as part of the 2019-2020 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando series at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The season also includes audience …

Exploring the Plotaverse with Sascha Scheider

Impressed with what I read I contacted Ms. Scheider, who at age 26, was recently named to the 2019 Forbes magazine Consumer Technology 30 under 30 list.

Stage Review – “The Sound of Music” – Kansas City

What can you say about a show that has received every possible honor – 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical (where it tied with Fiorello!. Another nominated show that year – Gypsy. Curiously, both Gypsy and The Sound of Music have enjoyed several revivals. The 1962 revival of Fiorello! ran 16 shows and has not seen the lights of Broadway since.) It is truly one of the greatest musicals ever conceived.

Talking “The Book of Mormon” with actor Teddy Trice

I would love to do Coalhouse Walker in “Ragtime.” It’s a role I’d have to age into a little bit but the musical score is one of my all-time favorites. Doing an “American Dream” story and building a legacy…I’d love to do that one.

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