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Movie reviews

MOVIE REVIEW: LATE NIGHT

MOVIE REVIEW: LATE NIGHT

| 9 August 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: LATE NIGHT Written by Mindy Kaling Directed by Nisha Ganatra Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 78% We’re at an exciting, pivotal point in history where equality and diversity and representation are more important than ever, and no-one is better experienced to provide an astute, real comic view than Mindy […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: DANGER CLOSE – The Battle Of Long Tan

MOVIE REVIEW: DANGER CLOSE – The Battle Of Long Tan

| 9 August 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: DANGER CLOSE – The Battle Of Long Tan Written by Stuart Beattie, James Nicholas, Karel Segers, Paul Sullivan & Jack Brislee Directed by Kriv Stenders Starring Travis Fimmel, Richard Roxburgh, Daniel Webber, Luke Bracey Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% The bloodiest battle of the Vietnam war for ANZAC troops seems an unlikely project […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LOCUSTS (Screening as part of Revelation Film Festival)

MOVIE REVIEW: LOCUSTS (Screening as part of Revelation Film Festival)

| 8 July 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: LOCUSTS (Screening as part of Revelation Film Festival) Directed by Heath Davis Starring Ben Guerens, Nathaniel Dean, Jessica McNamee Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 73% Hot on the heels of the excellent Book Week, Heath Davis’s latest film concerns itself less with the titular scavenging insects, and more with their feral human equivalents – […]

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Interviews

A Dirty Dozen with ERIK H from SPANKTHENUN – August 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ERIK H from SPANKTHENUN – August 2019

| 17 August 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “USA electro/industrial artist SPANKTHENUN proudly announces the release of their digital EP, Mind Control.  The EP features remixes by Leaether Strip and iVardensphere.   Also revealed is the new visualizer clip for the Leaether Strip remix of the song, “Rotting Meat.” SPANKTHENUN is an electro/industrial group focused on bringing big catchy beats, hooky synth lines and catchy lyrics […]

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Almost A Dirty Dozen with ANDREW SEGA from IRIS – August 2019

Almost A Dirty Dozen with ANDREW SEGA from IRIS – August 2019

| 17 August 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Influential synthrock band IRIS proudly announces their long-awaited return with their new release, Six.  IRIS’ album Six releases on Aug 23rd, 2019. On their 6th full-length album, the North American duo consisting of Reagan Jones (vocals), and Andrew Sega (keyboards, production) prove once more that they are able to slowly evolve, yet still rely on their […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ZACH PLISKA from VAZUM – August 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ZACH PLISKA from VAZUM – August 2019

| 17 August 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “August 6,  2019:  Detroit-based post-punk/dark rock act VAZUM is pleased to reveal the video of their cover of the classic Bauhaus track, “She’s In Parties.”  The track appears on their new release, VARIANT.  VAZUM is led by Zach Pliska who has previously played drums in a myriad of Detroit bands. Wanting to step to […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: JAILBIRDS – The Great Escape

MUSIC REVIEW: JAILBIRDS – The Great Escape

| 15 August 2019 | Reply

Label: Golden Robot Records Release Date: July 5, 2019 Rating: 86% Every once in a while I get a press release and music link from across the world, including the recent blast about an up-n-coming band Jailbirds and their recent release The Great Escape on Golden Robot Records.  This disc is full of rockers… just […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE PARLOTONES – China

MUSIC REVIEW: THE PARLOTONES – China

| 9 August 2019 | Reply

Label: OK!Good Records Release Date: June 28, 2019 Rating: 88% There are times when I am introduced to new music and there are times I am introduced to music from bands that are new to me.  The latter happened recently when I was forwarded an email regarding the newest release from The Parlotones.  The latest […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BLOODY HAMMERS – The Summoning

MUSIC REVIEW: BLOODY HAMMERS – The Summoning

| 8 August 2019 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: June 28, 2019 Rating: 85% Full disclosure – I have the entire Bloody Hammers catalog in my CD collection (yes, I still purchase CD’s).  That said, I was pleasantly surprised that the latest offering had taken the sound they have been associated with and twisted it with a mainstream rock […]

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Book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips

BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips

| 21 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips Penguin | Viking July 2019 Paperback, $29.99 AUD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Thriller / Speculative 80% Rocking Molly is exhausted, anxious, losing her grip on reality. Her husband is away and she is running between her children and her job, where things are unravelling. She’s a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli

BOOK REVIEW: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli

| 19 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli Llewellyn Publications April 2018 Paperback, $16.99 USD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Hauntings / Ghosts / Paranormal Investigations 60% Rocking IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATIONS OF THE VILLISCA AX MURDER HOUSE, MYRTLES PLANTATION & OTHER FRIGHTFUL SITES Experience the Heartland’s Most Memorable and Thrilling Paranormal Cases You […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

BOOK REVIEW: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

| 18 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews Orchard June 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Contemporary 90% Rocking An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope. Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that […]

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Live reviews

LIVE: THE BACON BROTHERS – August 18, 2019

LIVE: THE BACON BROTHERS – August 18, 2019

| 20 August 2019 | Reply

Venue: Lexington Village Theatre City: Lexington, MI Date: August 18, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) I love hanging out and shooting shows at more intimate venues, especially when lesser known artists roll through town.  I was able to catch The Bacon Brothers on their current Shakey Ground tour as it stopped for […]

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LIVE: THUNDERPUSSY – August 15, 2019

LIVE: THUNDERPUSSY – August 15, 2019

| 17 August 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Hi-Fi City: Indianapolis, IN Date: August 15, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com/) THUNDERPUSSY LINKS: OFFICIAL SITE FACEBOOK TWITTER TOUR DATES

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LIVE: GLADYS KNIGHT – August 11, 2019

LIVE: GLADYS KNIGHT – August 11, 2019

| 17 August 2019 | Reply

  Venue: The Aretha City: Detroit, MI Date: August 11, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Seems to be a run on big shows moving through Detroit lately and another that hit my schedule as a big one (and a bucket list legend for me personally) was a recent appearance from Ms. Gladys […]

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News

MOVIE REVIEW: LATE NIGHT

MOVIE REVIEW: LATE NIGHT

| 9 August 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: LATE NIGHT Written by Mindy Kaling Directed by Nisha Ganatra Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 78% We’re at an exciting, pivotal point in history where equality and diversity and representation are more important than ever, and no-one is better experienced to provide an astute, real comic view than Mindy […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: DANGER CLOSE – The Battle Of Long Tan

MOVIE REVIEW: DANGER CLOSE – The Battle Of Long Tan

| 9 August 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: DANGER CLOSE – The Battle Of Long Tan Written by Stuart Beattie, James Nicholas, Karel Segers, Paul Sullivan & Jack Brislee Directed by Kriv Stenders Starring Travis Fimmel, Richard Roxburgh, Daniel Webber, Luke Bracey Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% The bloodiest battle of the Vietnam war for ANZAC troops seems an unlikely project […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LOCUSTS (Screening as part of Revelation Film Festival)

MOVIE REVIEW: LOCUSTS (Screening as part of Revelation Film Festival)

| 8 July 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: LOCUSTS (Screening as part of Revelation Film Festival) Directed by Heath Davis Starring Ben Guerens, Nathaniel Dean, Jessica McNamee Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 73% Hot on the heels of the excellent Book Week, Heath Davis’s latest film concerns itself less with the titular scavenging insects, and more with their feral human equivalents – […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

BOOK REVIEW: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

| 17 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Exhalation by Ted Chiang Picador May 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Short Stories / Novellas 84% Rocking   From the award-winning science fiction writer (whose short story “The Story of Your Life” was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival), the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, […]

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LIVE: ANTHONY HAMILTON wsg LEDISI – August 10, 2019

LIVE: ANTHONY HAMILTON wsg LEDISI – August 10, 2019

| 15 August 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Aretha City: Detroit, MI Date: August 10, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There are cool shows that hit my radar that just scream for me to attend and check them out, photographically and sonically.  One such show is the recent stop for Anthony Hamilton and special guest Ledisi.  After a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs by Pat Crocker

BOOK REVIEW: The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs by Pat Crocker

| 14 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs by Pat Crocker Sterling Publishing Co Inc July 2018 Hardcover, $37.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Cooking, Food & Drink / Cookery by Ingredient 85% Rocking The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs is a book for anyone who has ever encountered an […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ROGER YOUNG from CINDER – August 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ROGER YOUNG from CINDER – August 2019

| 14 August 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “A true hard rock band.  Melodically aggressive vocals, intelligent song writing, and a musicianship skill matched only by the passion behind it. Originally named Jesus Gun, Cinder hails from the Southwest Florida region and the 1990’s rock club circuit it was formed in. Cinder released the album House Full of No Trust on […]

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A Dirty Dozen with WEDENSDAY WILHELM of THE 2019 MICHIGAN BURLESQUE FESTIVAL – August 2019

A Dirty Dozen with WEDENSDAY WILHELM of THE 2019 MICHIGAN BURLESQUE FESTIVAL – August 2019

| 14 August 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “The Michigan Burlesque Festival started in 2012 with the intent to bring some of the world’s most unique performers to Detroit in hopes of reuniting the traditional concepts of original burlesque theater, where dancers and vaudevillians shared a stage to provide well rounded and entertaining sexy comedic show. […]

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Perth’s GREAT GABLE announce Australian and New Zealand tour dates for November!

Perth’s GREAT GABLE announce Australian and New Zealand tour dates for November!

| 13 August 2019 | Reply

Perth’s GREAT GABLE announce Australian and New Zealand tour dates for November! Having emerged as one of Western Australia’s premier indie-rock bands over the last few years, Perth’s Great Gable have spent 2019 throwing down impressive live shows right throughout Australia. With the release of their single ‘Cool Mind Blue’ earlier this year, Great Gable […]

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