Interviews

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 …

Ralph Bakshi talks about his sketchbook, Lord of the Rings & working with Brad Pitt on Cool World

Ralph Bakshi is the man responsible for films like Fritz the Cat, Coonskin, American Pop, Heavy Traffic, The Lord of the Rings (’78), Wizards, and Cool World. Media Mikes had a chance to chat about drawing with Ralph as well as how he got the rights to make the animated Lord of the Rings movie …

Titus Paar talks creating an animatronic bear in “Fear of the Woods”

Titus Paar is the director of the new upcoming survival horror film “Fear of the Woods”s starring Vernon Wells (“Commando”, “The Road Warrior”). The film just released it’s trailer to the world and has been taking over the internet since doing so. Here is the official synopsis for the film is “Alaska 1993, A snowstorm …

George McGrath talks about his work on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and writing the movie Big Top Pee-Wee

George McGrath is known for voicing the characters Cowntess / Fish / Globey / Flower / Pterri in “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse”. He is also the writer of various episodes of the show including the theme song. George also wrote the film “Big Top Pee-Wee” and was a writer on the HBO series “Tracy Takes On”. Media …

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Music

SCORPIONS SHARE NEW SINGLE “ROCK BELIEVER”

Commenting on the advance release of the title track of their latest album, due out on February 25, Klaus Meine, both singer and author of the lyrics, says, “Over the years, we’ve heard people say lots of times that rock is dead.

GHOST AND VOLBEAT TO COMMEMORATE CO-HEADLINING TOUR WITH LIMITED EDITION DOUBLE A-SIDE 7” – ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE SHOWS

GHOST and VOLBEAT will be co-headlining across the US beginning January 25th, and to commemorate the monumental tour, the bands have teamed up with Blackened Recordings to release a limited edition Double A-Side 7” featuring each band’s contributions to The Metallica Blacklist charity album.

MUSHROOMHEAD Gifts Fans with Eerie, Cinematic Music Video for “A Requiem For Tomorrow”

Masked horror-metal masters MUSHROOMHEAD have returned with a holiday gift for fans in the form of an eerie, cinematic, and brutally blasphemous new music video for the A Wonderful Life favorite “A Requiem For Tomorrow”, featuring the haunting contributions of the Cleveland Chamber Choir.

Concert Review: Every Time I Die “Tid The Season” 2021

After a year hiatus due to Covid-19 Buffalo’s favorite sons Every Time I Die returned with their annual “Tid The Season” holiday bash. The sprawling Riverworks complex in Buffalo, NY once again played host to the two-day event which featured ice skating, curling, wrestling and bands such Circa Survive, Knocked Loose, Ice-T and of course Every Time I Die.

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.

Kansas City Concert Review – James Taylor/Jackson Browne

To sum it all up, it was a great night of great music – one I highly recommend you take in when they come to your town. 

SEVENDUST ANNOUNCE “BLOOD & STONE” DELUXE

With the recent completion of their US headline tour and the critical and fan success of their 13th album Blood & Stone, heavy metal legends Sevendust are announcing the release of the digital expanded edition of that album.

VOLBEAT’S EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM, “SERVANT OF THE MIND” OUT TODAY VIA REPUBLIC RECORDS

Today, multi-platinum Danish band Volbeat release their eighth studio album, Servant Of The Mind, which Revolver calls “excellent… the darkest and heaviest Volbeat offering yet,” via Republic Records.

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Film Reviews

Film Review: “The Harder They Fall”

The pluses to “The Harder They Fall” include a diabolical performance by Elba who commands the silver screen in every shot he is in.

Film Review: “Being the Ricardos

Overall, “Being the Ricardos” is a delightful drama, especially if you love fantastic, fast-paced dialogue with a focus on character development.

Film Review: “See for Me”

“See for Me” enjoys playing with the viewer’s sympathy, as much as it enjoys having Sophie play with horror clichés

Film Review “The Matrix Resurrections”

A truly audacious and fascinating piece of work that I think pays off greatly by the end, with wonderful action, truly gorgeous cinematography, and a surprising amount of heart to tie it all in.

Film Review “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Far and away the best MCU Spider-Man movie, as well as the most ambitious live-action Spider-Man film thus far

Film Review – “Spider-man: No Way Home”

 The MCU has had more gems than rocks over the years, with pretty much each hero (“Iron Man, Thor) hitting an occasional bump in the road.  Not Spider-man.  To me his series of films is head and shoulders the best of the stand-alone films.

Film Review – “West Side Story”

Faithful to the original film while also bringing the story to a new generation, ‘West Side Story” is a masterpiece of film making.

Film Review “House of Gucci”

Despite the film featuring an absolutely incredible cast and a lot of potential for meaty, hard-hitting drama – it mostly results to lightly entertaining, campy story-telling.

Film Review “Licorice Pizza”

Far and away one of, if not my absolute favorite film of the year so far.

Film Review: “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”

A great throwback to the 1980s, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” picks up decades after the events in “Ghostbusters II.”

Film Review “Eternals”

There is nothing saying “Eternals” that it is nothing short of epic. The film spans from 5,000 B.C. to Present Day and everything in between…it just doesn’t deliver throughout its already over long 157-minute running time

Film Review – “The Eternals” (SPOILER FREE)

 To sum it up, “The Eternals” – the third film in the Fourth Phase of the MCU –is another fine addition to the series that may itself be eternal.

Film Review: “The Rescue”

“The Rescue,” is a reminder that when we come together, miraculous things happen

Film Review: “South of Heaven”

If “South of Heaven” wants to be violently graphic and unpredictable, it should have at least attempted a little class and ingenuity instead of smashing viewer’s faces with a metaphorical hammer

Film Review “No Time To Die”

At 163 minutes, No Time to Die spares no expense when it comes to telling its story with various locations and a vast array of characters. While I greatly enjoyed the film, I do think it would have benefitted from a bit of a tighter edit at the end of the day.

Film Review: “Puppet Killer”

Not only does “Puppet Killer” know and understand its horror roots, but on a second level it understands it’s indie and leans heavily into the esthetics of a shoestring budget film

Film Review “Candyman (2021)”

With little scares, less gore than the original, I am perfectly content with the first three films.

Film Review “The Night House”

I was really hoping for some solid scares here but every time something was getting scary I feel like it was pulled back leaving me wanting more.

Film Review – “Stillwater”

Matt Damon delivers a performance worthy of being on his career highlight reel as a father trying to free his daughter from a French prison in the controversial drama, “Stillwater.

Film Review: “Jungle Cruise”

Full of fun, with another winning performance by Dwayne Johnson – I think if he met me he and I would be best pals immediately – “Jungle Cruise” is the latest Disney attraction to become a feature film and, I must say, it’s pretty darn entertaining.

Film Review: “Black Widow” SPOILER FREE!

Full of non-stop action and some self-depreciating humor, “Black Widow” is an origin story that attempts to inform viewers where Natasha (Johansson) came from and why she defected to the Avengers.

Film Review “F9: The Fast Saga”

“F9” is completely over-the-top, action packed and one hell of a blast to watch

Film Review: “A Quiet Place Part II”

Overall, “A Quiet Place Part II” already has a good shot at being on a lot of top ten lists again when 2021 is over.

Film Review: “Cruella”

Overall, “Cruella” is probably not for small children. Let them watch the 1961 animated version instead. Otherwise, “Cruella” is a wonderful, two-plus hour escape

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Giveaways

Enter for Free Tickets to See Advance Screening of “Nightmare Alley”

When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet.

Enter to Win Free Tickets to see “The Matrix Resurrections”

Miami – Monday, 12/20 @ AMC Sunset, 7:30PM Link: http://wbtickets.com/SbmRL67573 Orlando – Monday, 12/20 @ Regal Waterford Lakes, 7:30PM Link: http://wbtickets.com/vskKd86814 Tampa – Monday, 12/20 @ AMC Veterans, 7:30PM Link: http://wbtickets.com/cjDFG21602 THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS  in theaters and on HBO Max December 22nd!  From visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski comes “The Matrix Resurrections,” the long-awaited fourth film in the groundbreaking …

Free Advance Screening Tickets for “A Journal for Jordan”

Tickets are limited so act quickly and feel free to tell your friends!

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Art/Theatre

Theatre Review “Tootsie: The Comedy Musical”@ Dr. Phillips Center – Orlando, FL

The place was packed and the audiences were ready to enjoy some fun Broadway theater. Let’s just say that “Tootsie” did not disappoint its audience.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party Brings the Magic to Orlando September 3-5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDisney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party Brings the Magic to Fans Through Innovative Technology and Transformative PerformancesTickets for the September 3-5 Orlando show will go on sale on August 3, 2021Orlando, FL – June 25, 2021 – Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party is bringing the magic to guests through dynamic moments that take place on …

Theater Review: “Godspell” – Kansas City

The entire cast was brilliant but I’d like to give special mention to Eric Geil (Jesus), Patrick Lewallen (Judas) and Shon Ruffin (Shon), whose amazing voice reminded me of the great Nell Carter.

SUBLIME PARTNERS WITH Z2 COMICS FOR AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL CELEBRATING THEIR ICONIC LEGACY

Z2 COMICS continues to roll out news of some of their most ambitious projects yet, with today’s announcement of the RYAN CADY-written graphic novel chronicling the misadventures of one of the most defining bands of the last three decades, the Long Beach, reggae-punk institution, SUBLIME!

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 …

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