AWOLNATION’S “Sail” had a boomerang effect on radio. It was released in early 2011, killed it on alt-rock charts months later, hit the mainstream Billboard charts by year’s end, dropped off of the countdown some five months later, and stormed right back a year later en route to going six-times platinum. Not every song has ..

Shaggy is the Real “Mr. Worldwide”

Talk to reggae icon Shaggy for three minutes or less, and you’ll realize three things: A) he never stopped making music despite terrestrial radio in the states cutting his airplay B) his charity work will always come first, and C) he doesn’t care about “A.” You’ll also learn right off the bat he’s the chillest ..

“Come” and Go with KONGOS; Soak in the Sun With Freedom Fry

Growing up an avid World Wrestling Federation (WWF then, WWE now) fan, I always loved the various entrance music each grappler would enter the ring to. Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ theme had sort of a Miami Vice thing going on- after all keyboards were king in the 1980s. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat’s music was even ..

The Amazin’ Mets of AJR; March Into “5” for Fighting

Do you remember those old commercials where off-beat salesmen ramble on about their item that does it all or simply “slices and dices?” No? Well, watch this and you’re welcome. Moving on, NYC-bred band of brothers AJR dropped their debut full-length album Living Room today, and completely did it themselves (DIY indeed). They wrote it, ..

Sweet DREAMERS Are Made of These

I’m not about to go all Inception on you, but dreams, as we all know, can float all over the place. One minute, you might be dreaming about sand on the beach, and the next you could be at a bar doing jello shots with a zebra and Tom Hanks. Just last night, I had ..

Save Your Soul with The Jack Moves; Wild Adriatic Debut “Strange” New Music

“She want neo-soul, this hip-hop is old She don’t want no rock’n’roll” – The Roots, “The Seed 2.0.” The Jack Moves are a soul-pop group out of New Jersey that are too cool for school. I say that since, after all, I filmed their A-Sides session within a classroom at the Music Conservatory of Westchester ..

“Then Came…” The Lone Bellow

The “sophomore jinx” thing is very real. Arthur 2: On the Rocks immediately comes to mind for some unexplainable reason, but I’ll deal with that on my own time and perhaps with my therapist. The reason I bring this up is successful and hyped musicians often fail to deliver creatively and commercially on their follow-up ..

WhiplashOscar Favorite J.K. Simmons is So Very Far From Fletcher

Growing up a fat kid in Yonkers, NY (that’d be the title of my autobiography by the way), my number one way to escape the middle school jerks and the growing waistline was going to the movies. I would see two each weekend (it didn’t matter which ones – usually one good, one painfully awful), ..

Hey Look! It’s Another Guy Predicting the Oscars!

It’s so transparent that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has a race/diversity issue that I’m not going to even go there. It’s been well documented and spot-on that voters for the 87th Annual Academy Awards dropped the ball. No David Oyelowo. No Ava DuVernay. No Chadwick Boseman. That list goes on. Having ..

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Today… Greg “The Hammer” Valentine’s Day That Is

The following is taken from the soon-to-be published (hopefully anyway) humor book Ho Ho Hoax! written by Jon Chattman and Rich Tarantino. It all started in mid-1800s Great Britain and it hasn’t let up since: the flowers, the bottomless chocolates, and the diamonds (or cubic zirconia depending on your budget.) It’s a “holiday” for cheesy ..