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Bachman’s ‘Heavy Blues’: Grammy Possibility

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April 17, 2015
Bachman’s ‘Heavy Blues’: Grammy Possibility

First the good news — a solid recording by a totally unappreciated guitar player, who is not on Rolling Stone’s top list. The last song is a blues ballad called “We Need to Talk”, boring at times, does not fit in and fizzles out the album, being the bad news. That said, this album...
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13 Questions for ‘Harbinger Down’ Executive Producer and CEO of Dark Dunes Productions, Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki

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July 25, 2014
Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki

We were fortunate to have a sit down with Dark Dunes Productions CEO Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki and discuss his upcoming horror sci/fi thriller HARBINGER DOWN, and working relationship with the practical FX house Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. (Studio ADI) owned by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodriff Jr.  Alec and Tom have over 60 years...
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Here Come the Mummies-Live at the Legendary Knuckleheads: A Review

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October 20, 2013
Here Come the Mummies-Live at the Legendary Knuckleheads: A Review

       I love these guys. I love them even more after this show. Opening with a drum corp. and horn intro with lights is quite a treat.  Fan favorites such as “Attack of the Weiner Man”, “Rr Rr Rr”, “Bump”, “Booty”, “Pants”, “Tip Toe”, “V.I.P.”, “Carnal Carnival”, “Single Double Triple” “Wonders of...
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Oscar Winning FX Company Pushes Back Against Big Studios

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May 16, 2013
Oscar Winning FX Company Pushes Back Against Big Studios

By Will Sterling As the statue was being handed to the winners of the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, Rhythm and Hues, the company responsible for the VFX of Life of PI, was filing for bankruptcy. Much has been made of the plight of the digital FX powerhouses since then. For artists working in Animatronics...
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Here Come The Mummies — ‘Cryptic’: A Review

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May 14, 2013
Here Come The Mummies — ‘Cryptic’: A Review

Here Come The Mummies again with a new release entitled ‘Cryptic’. They may be coming to a venue near you. I am going to the show at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Ia. “You Know the Drill” has some nice funky guitars and of course punchy horns.”Chaperone” is an excellent song driven by...
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What You Can Actually Learn From Bravo’s ‘Start-Ups: Silicon Valley’

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December 17, 2012
Bravo - Start-Ups: Silicon Valley

By Barry Randall As someone who invests in technology companies, I’ve been privileged to meet with some pretty smart people who have actually changed the world. But I also have a rather well-honed sense for when intelligence has curdled into hubris and when pride has launched a marketing message into the upper hype-o-sphere. While the...
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Musical Stocking Stuffers — Obscure Classics — Single Song Recommendations

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November 27, 2012
Musical Stocking Stuffers — Obscure Classics — Single Song Recommendations

If you only hear one Duke Robillard song, make it the lilting “Pony Blues” — my favorite song by a great musician that should be bigger. The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” as heard on Sirius XM Radio’s Holly channel is another must have. “Grim Travelers” is an excellent song you probably never heard...
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Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) to Broadcast Juanes In-Concert Live from Austin City Limits

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November 14, 2012
Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) - Air Juanes - concert

By Demian Russian Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) will broadcast Grammy Award and seventeen-time Latin Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter Juanes live in-concert from Austin City Limits on Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 10:00 pm ET. Sirius XM Radio listeners across North America will hear Sirius XM Radio’s live broadcast as Juanes takes the stage at Austin City Limits, performing many of his popular...
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‘Psychedelic Pill’ — Neil Young is Nearly Perfect

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November 9, 2012
‘Psychedelic Pill’ — Neil Young is Nearly Perfect

By Kenneth E. Oquist ‘Psychedelic Pill’ by Neil Young and Crazy Horse is nearly perfect at 4 and 3/4 stars. The song “Driftin’ Back” at 27+ minutes is nearly an album in itself. The title track is in original and alternate versions. This song does indeed set the tone for all the songs. The...
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Van Morrison — ‘Born to Sing: No Plan B’: A Review

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November 2, 2012
Born to Sing: No Plan B - Van Morrison

If four years seem like a long time between releases for Van Morrison, that is because this is the longest break ever in Van’s long career. The title tune “Born to Sing” is a jazzy workout for Van’s sound these days. I would starve with my voice. I guess I should stick to the...
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Green Day’s ‘Uno!’ Kicks Off a Strong Holiday Season: A Review

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September 28, 2012
Green Day

  By Kenneth E. Oquist Yes! It is here. The latest of three new albums from Green Day — ‘Uno!’. Kicking off the Holiday Season with a strong four and a half star release is a major punk player. The already out “Oh, Love” and heard some “Kill the D.J.” get this going strong...
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Owl City’s ‘The Midsummer Station’: A Review

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September 25, 2012
Owl City - The Midsummer Station

By Kenneth E. Oquist The hit single off of Owl City’s new album The Midsummer Station is far more profound than the goofy “Call Me Maybe.” What do I know. Owl City shows how good he is with “Good Time” — taking Carly Rae Jepson to a new level. Maybe there are a few oh...
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Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) Launches Dave Matthews Band Radio

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August 29, 2012
Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) - Dave Mattthews Band Radio

By Demian Russian Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI), the only North American satellite radio service provider, will launch a new and exclusive channel dedicated solely to the music of the Dave Matthews Band. Sirius XM’s ‘Dave Matthews Band Radio’ will feature commercial-free music, live recordings and interviews from the band’s extensive archives. The channel will also feature special segments...
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