Children’s Book Review: ‘Jack B. Ninja’ Boldly and Nimbly Reimagines a Classic

In the world of the ninja, reaching the level of Jōnin signifies the most elite, wise, and stealthy of warriors. While we can't confirm that author Tim McCanna and illustrator Stephen Savage are experts in kaginawa or shuriken, the duo has collaborated on a new children's book which displays the finest of storytelling and visual skills. Written by Tim McCanna … Continue reading Children’s Book Review: ‘Jack B. Ninja’ Boldly and Nimbly Reimagines a Classic

Yes 50

INTERVIEW: Yes Brings 50th Anniversary Tour to Wellmont Theater on July 7

The late 1960s was a pivotal and provocative time for rock 'n' roll. Bob Dylan went electric. The Beatles were poised to break up. Psychedelic rock pushed counterculture boundaries. Musicians began to reconfigure the more traditional sounds of their instruments with the use of new technology. Rock 'n' roll borrowed from classical and jazz music. … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Yes Brings 50th Anniversary Tour to Wellmont Theater on July 7

Lithics

INTERVIEW: Post-Punk Quartet Lithics Hit Brooklyn with Stunning New Album ‘Mating Surfaces’

Normally, you'd be forgiven for missing an opening act on a midweek evening during a particularly packed month of live music. However, if you have tickets to one of the two highly anticipated -- and sold-out -- shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks this week, we strongly recommended that … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Post-Punk Quartet Lithics Hit Brooklyn with Stunning New Album ‘Mating Surfaces’

White Eagle Hall

INTERVIEW: White Eagle Hall Celebrates One-Year Anniversary as Jersey City’s Jewel of a New Music Venue

On a recent weeknight in April, Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard was punctuating the band's nearly two-and-one-half hour set with his signature leg kicks to the great delight of the packed house at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. Fans had jumped on the PATH train from Manhattan, caravaned up from Asbury Park, and … Continue reading INTERVIEW: White Eagle Hall Celebrates One-Year Anniversary as Jersey City’s Jewel of a New Music Venue

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INTERVIEW: Industrial Music Pioneers Ministry Bring ‘Amerikkkant’ Rage to Wellmont Theater

On November 9, 2016, Ministry founder and frontman Al Jourgensen woke up with a new project in mind. "We are making a fuckin’ album - right now," he said. That was the morning Donald Trump became President-elect of the United States. Jourgensen -- affectionately referred to by Ministry fans as "Uncle Al" -- was not … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Industrial Music Pioneers Ministry Bring ‘Amerikkkant’ Rage to Wellmont Theater

Now Spinning in Maplewood: Outsider Records Offers Vinyl…and a Super PAC Dream

Outside, the winter 2018 tradition of a bi-weekly nor'easter was taking shape on a recent weekday afternoon. The streets of Maplewood, New Jersey were nearly deserted, save for the occasional truck laying down salt in preparation for the heavy snow forecast. If you looked closely, though, you could see more than a few boot prints … Continue reading Now Spinning in Maplewood: Outsider Records Offers Vinyl…and a Super PAC Dream

Welcome to the Gowanus Upside Down: The Vanderbilt Republic Returns with ‘Obscura/Gowanus II’

Obscura / Gowanus II from The Vanderbilt Republic on Vimeo. When it comes to the Gowanus skyline, George Del Barrio and Ashton Worthington may very well be the urban topographical experts. For years, they've had an opportunity to zoom in on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the recycling plant on the Gowanus Canal, and the elevated Smith–9th … Continue reading Welcome to the Gowanus Upside Down: The Vanderbilt Republic Returns with ‘Obscura/Gowanus II’