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September 19, 2012

SHOW REVIEWS: Truth in Transit at Ollie's Point, Aug. 29, 2012
Following Graham Capobianco, of Patchogue, can be a challenge. He has always been a talented musician, but sadly the bands he works with never seem to pan out. As featured before in Perpetual Toxins (The Article That New Music Built), Capobianco was in Our Own Ghosts, where the other members of the band apparently kicked him out, regardless of the fact that he was the one that started that group -- but that is OK, as it is their loss...



September 12, 2012

NEWS: Local Songwriter Releases Pop Commentary About the Recession
John Hampson, originally from Stony Brook and now residing in St. James while teaching English in Wantagh, is best known as the writer and singer of the hit song "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" with his band ninedays, back in 2000. He has just penned and released a poignant new song, entitled "My Fat Wallet." The song speaks to those affected by this seemingly never-ending recession and delivers a message of hope amidst the despair...



September 2, 2012

NEWS: LI Musicians Band Together to Fight Cancer
On Sept. 12, 2012, at 7 p.m., at the Huntington Elks Club, 195 Main St. Huntington, join the Friends of Phil for a a benefit concert to support Long Island musician Phil Antonucci, who is currently battling cancer...



August 22, 2012

SHOW REVIEWS: MC Lars at Ollie's Point, Aug. 11, 2012
It's rare that Long Islanders get a chance to see a somewhat overlooked star without having to travel to New York City. Thanks to Club Loaded (www.clubloaded.com), MC Lars performed at Ollie's Point, in Amityville, on Aug. 11, 2012. Overall, the night was a treat...

July 6, 2011

SHOW REVIEWS: Econoline at Mr. Beery's, June 10, 2011
Mirroring his oft/goofy demeanor, Tom took to the mic and guitar wearing a Devin Townsend T-shirt adorned with Bender from Futurama, with a gnarly beard sprouting from his always grinning face. He spat out a welcoming comment before screaming out something a little less pleasing, with the sweat beginning to pour off his brow that never ceased until the set was over, while the grin slowly disappeared as the songs spewed out...

October 27, 2010

FEATURES: Angie Marie Skirts Out the Island
Everybody needs a little classic rock ‘n’ roll country once in a while, and Pittsburgh, PA, to Long Island transplant Angie Marie, along with her band the Outskirts, is not afraid to give in to that craving. With an infallible band at her side, this twangy crooner can enchant with her beautiful voice and sweet lyrics...

July 17, 2010

SHOW REVIEWS: Michael and Marisa Perform at Ivy League Day Camp on July 9, 2010
On Friday, July 9, 2010, Michael and Marisa (www.michaelandmarisa.com) took the stage at the Ivy League Day Camp in Smithtown (www.ivyleaguekids.com) through part of the Camplified tour (www.camplified.com). Although performing only a short set, they were well received by the campers, staff and parents...



April 9, 2010

NEWS: WILLiFEST Readies for September 2010 Debut
Willifest Inc. recently announced the launch of WILLiFEST, a Brooklyn-based arts festival established to provide a creative platform for today’s emerging artists, and issued a call for entries to producers of films, screenplays and music. Submissions can now be made through the festival’s website, willifest.com, and through partner portals withoutabox.com and sonicbids.com...

NEWS: Berkeley College Exhibits the Work of Celebrity Photographer Michelle Kole
Berkeley College is exhibiting an array of photos by celebrity photographer Michelle Kole at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. This exhibit will be on display through April 30, 2010. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held on Wednesday, April 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m...



March 2, 2010

NOT LOCAL CD REVIEWS: Sara Lynn - Don’t Call Me Angel
People should really take a lesson from Canada. They are a docile country with great people, beautiful scenery, a neutral government and wonderful musicians such as the sassy, sexy and talented Sara Lynn...

LOCAL CD REVIEWS: Vampire Weekend - Contra
The self-titled debut from New York indie rockers(?) Vampire Weekend was a hard act to follow. Critically acclaimed and successful, it made nearly every list of the best albums of 2008...



January 28, 2010

NEWS: Hudson Valley Artist Unveils Swarovski-Encrusted LEGO Sculptures
In time for Valentine’s Day, Figjam Art announces the premier of a playful, yet earnest, series of sculptures featuring the theme “What Love Is.” Designed by a native of Sydney, Australia now living in New York’s historic Hudson Valley, the sculptures combine Swarovski crystals with contemporary, limited edition LEGO pieces, as well as vintage bricks from the artist’s own collection...



January 27, 2010

NEWS: Lucky Gallery Presents Daily Porn
From Feb. 13 to March 6 Lucky Gallery will have an exhibit on display entitled Daily Porn, a pornographic bonanza of erotic books, collages, drawings, sculpture and performance by artists Greg Beyer, Will Kurtz, John Lennon, Morgan Miller, Mark Mulroney, Kevin Multh, Tara Sinn, Alix Sorrell and Iulia Toacaci...



January 26, 2010

FEATURES: If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen
Fresh Art Long Island is currently exhibiting an art show entitled “If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen” at Toast Coffeehouse in Port Jefferson. On Jan. 7 it held an opening reception for artists and spectators to come view the art, listen to a jazz band and enjoy the food that Toast has to offer...

NEWS: National TV Casting Long Island Family
From the producers of hit shows for Bravo, TLC, VH1, MTV, CMT, etc... Pink Sneakers Productions is casting a new reality series about a dynamic, tight-knit group of successful siblings. Are you an affluent family, full of personality, who live in the same city? Are your weekends filled with family functions, get-togethers and big social events?



January 25, 2010

NEWS: Patchogue Theatre to Host Haiti Relief Event Jan. 28
In response to the growing need for relief after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, members of the Patchogue Theatre Live in the Lobby family have mobilized to present a special concert to raise money in support of the humanitarian efforts of the American Red Cross. The concert will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m...



January 3, 2010

NEWS: Berkeley College Exhibits ‘In Love With the Circle’
Berkeley College is exhibiting artwork by artist Atanaska Tassart at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. This exhibit will be on display from Jan. 4 through Jan. 29. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m...



December 3, 2009

NEWS: Patchogue Theatre Presents Love in the Lobby Dec. 10
The volunteers for the Live in the Lobby concert series at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) dedicate a great deal of time and talent to present original music to a loyal and ever-growing audience...

CREATIVE: Stranded Hope - Dr. Z Will See You Now
Now here is the thing about me. I had ailments my whole damn life. You name any kind of specialist and I have gone to ’em, paid ’em and hell, if I’m lying then I’m dying, none of them ever put me right once. And when I say ailments, I mean AIL-MENTS...



November 27, 2009

NEWS: Berkeley College Exhibits Art of Larry Frank
Berkeley College is exhibiting “Divas,” the artwork of artist Larry Frank at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. This exhibit will be on display from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m...

NEWS: Lady GaGa Wearing ‘Latex’ for Queen Performance
What is Lady GaGa wearing for her December performance for the Queen of England? “I’m sure it’ll be some latex fashion venture,” she said at a signing for her new CD, The Fame Monster, in L.A. Monday night...



November 23, 2009

LOCAL CD REVIEWS: Lady GaGa - The Fame Monster
Lady GaGa’s latest release, The Fame Monster, is available in two different versions. The regular version includes only the eight new songs, while the deluxe edition contains the eight new songs in addition to all the music from her previous album The Fame...



November 19, 2009

CREATIVE: Stranded Hope - Born Into This Business
I was born long after the original infection. My father was Marshall Graham. He fought valiantly throughout my life on behalf of people everywhere. He would often tell me things like, “sleep surrounded by walls, never near the window” and “if I begin to turn, don’t hesitate...”



November 12, 2009

CREATIVE: Stranded Hope - A Real Family Man
There was a huge clump of dirt in my eye; I had fallen flat on my face getting out of the truck. “This has to be either good luck, or a terrible omen,” I thought to myself as I rubbed my blind eye with my dirty hand...

FEATURES: Off-Island Spotlight: Devo Get ‘Fresh’ With New Album, Tour, Documentary
Ignorance used to be bliss, yet somewhere along our evolution excursion we all went ape. A slice-of-life so tasteless it made one almost wish for another aimless balloon over Colorado: the evolution of swine flu parties. People hoping to build immunity to the pandemic are flocking together to get each other sick. Are we witnessing de-evolution at work?



November 11, 2009

LOCAL CD REVIEWS: Sufjan Stevens - The BQE
The BQE, named of course for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is the latest release from Sufjan Stevens, the super talented singer/songwriter who brought us the critically acclaimed Illinoise in 2005, as well as Michigan, Seven Swans and Run, Rabbit Run, which was also released recently...



November 7, 2009

NEWS: SAGE’s 14th Annual Awards and Gala
On Monday, Nov. 2, Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE), the nation’s most prominent organization advocating on behalf of older LGBT Americans, held its 14th Annual Awards and Gala at the Metropolitan Pavilion...



November 5, 2009

CREATIVE: Stranded Hope - Riding on the Z Train
The train blew its whistle loudly as it careened from dark night to dark tunnel. I sat in my stiff chair staring blankly into the faint blue pattern that seemed to kill itself on the back of the seat it was pressed into. I wondered to myself, “Who designs this shit? How much do they get paid? I could design that...”

NEWS: Local Artist Paints Outside the Box; Ships Peace Around the World
With labels that read “Fragile – Contains: Peace, Freedom or Justice,” visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody, anywhere in the world, for free...



November 1, 2009

NEWS: Berkeley College Celebrates the Art of Marilyn Henrion
Berkeley College is exhibiting “Reverberations: Keeping Time,” the work of artist Marilyn Henrion. Her paintings will be on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, New York, NY, from Nov. 2 through 30...



October 29, 2009

CREATIVE: Stranded Hope - Forward
In the coldest months of winter, steam rises from bodies in the Montana snow. The steam floats up and is carried over the small house sitting alone on the side of what used to be Interstate 90. There isn’t much variety in the landscape anymore. Most abandoned homes have been reduced to rubble or kindling...



October 28, 2009

LOCAL CD REVIEWS: Brand New - Daisy
There’s something to say about Brand New: They can retain their popularity and become one of those few Long Island bands that a good majority of natives are proud to be a fan of (another being, of course, Billy Joel). Daisy, the band’s fourth album since their inception in 2000, has a much more mature and very different sounding feel to it, although it lacks a certain memorable charm and uniqueness as their previous albums...



October 21, 2009

FEATURES: The Article That New Music Built
It’s worth experimenting, especially when it’s a couple of guys playing with each other… No, no, get your mind out of the gutter. When Graham Capobianco returned home to Patchogue from Massachusetts when his band broke up in February, he decided to start a new one. “I was very downtrodden and humbled… and I feel that defeat helped shape the culture that I’ve established in this band, [Our Own Ghosts (OOG),]” said Capobianco...



October 7, 2009

MISCELLANEOUS REVIEWS: Luzzo’s in Westbury
On Oct. 5, 2009, Luzzo’s Italian restaurant officially replaced what was once Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Westbury on Corporate Drive. We had the opportunity to attend a mock opening to taste and review the food, service, atmosphere, etc., a few days prior to the official opening. With that said, we shall give them the benefit of the doubt that they were still working out the kinks and logistics of a new restaurant with a brand new staff...



September 13, 2009

SHOW REVIEWS: The Hole at the Theater at Saint Clement’s
Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church is home to a wonderful small theater within its walls: stadium seating, a rustic brick façade and a nice sized stage. And after seeing The Hole, one might think that if the building wasn’t made of brick the whole place would burn to the ground into a sulfuric swirl of hellfire and damnation...


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