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Joe Milliken
Jul 5 2019 - 4:46pm

The multi-talented Dante Tomaselli is a director, writer, producer and score-composer of all things horror, and with his latest CD release of electronica titled Out-of-Body Experience, he detaches your conscious mind from reality and sends it spiraling into an alternate state of scary-sensory ambiance. Fasten your seat belts!

Joe Milliken
Jun 9 2019 - 5:50pm

SHIRLEY, MASSACHUSETTS – Wishbone Ash was one of those classic rock bands that I had always heard about, yet other than their seminal album from the 70s, Argus, had always seemed to elude my full attention. Well, it’s a good thing that “dueling-guitar” bands that followed, such as Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden, did not make the same mistake that I did!

Joe Milliken
Jun 3 2019 - 8:05pm

To imagine my 20-year-old self seeing the Tubes perform at the dinner theater, The Canyon in Montclair, California, you would have witnessed an over-the-top spectacle of FANBOY enthusiasm! I would have been expecting the first note of every song and I would have been cheering so loudly the band would begin to rethink the wisdom of letting me in again. During WPOD I would have rushed to the foot of the stage and sang, more like shout out the chorus and screamed out the response to the call, “Where did you get it?” I might have been a right obnoxious Git.

Joe Milliken
Mar 19 2019 - 6:04pm

March 30, 2018, saw the continuation of Rhino Records’ revamp of The Cars’ classic catalog with the release of the expanded edition of Heartbeat City (in tandem with Shake It Up, previously reviewed on SRO). This wildly unique fifth album from the band proved The Cars to be at the forefront of technological experimentation, cutting edge visual representation (aka music videos), and eclectic synth pop sorcery – all addictive elements prevalent in the 1984 music scene.

Joe Milliken
Feb 11 2019 - 8:57pm

After recently conducting an interview with Mike Girard, long time front-man of the crazy-cool rock band The Fools, I learned that Mike had written a book chronicling the 40-plus year escapades of this odd yet very talented group from the coal-mining town of Ipswich, Massachusetts, the original home (believe it or not) of the fried clam!

“... a group with balls, The Fools!” ~ Charles Laquidara, WBCN radio personality

Joe Milliken
Jan 28 2019 - 11:52am

Author and former New York Times correspondent, Christopher Wren, recently released his second “Vermont themed” book title Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution (Simon & Schuster). The new release follows Walking to Vermont, which told the story of how upon his retirement from The Times, Wren packed up a backpack and walked from Times Square, all the way to his second home in Fairlee, Vermont. But I digress...

Joe Milliken
Oct 10 2018 - 5:14pm

Veteran guitarist, keyboardist, and song writer, Randy Klawon, has been around the block... a couple times over. A Mentor, Ohio, native who became a member of The Choir in 1968 - joining his brother Dan in the band that would eventually morph into national hit makers the Raspberries - Klawon has played it all: originals and covers, the British Invasion, progressive and punk rock and now? Original Cleveland power-pop!

Joe Milliken
Sep 15 2018 - 4:18pm

Although Chargin Falls-native musician, Chris Butler, is most known for his creating of the experimental new wave band The Waitresses, the Kent State University student (yes, he experienced the infamous Kent State shooting) was also actively involved in the highly influential 70s Kent/Akron/Cleveland music and art scene that practically invented the American new wave sound with such bands as Devo, Chrissie Hynde’s Jack Rabbit, the Bizarros, Pere Ubu, Pagans, and Butler’s own Waitresses, 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) and Tin Huey.

Joe Milliken
May 4 2018 - 10:01am

Rhino Records has done it again. Coinciding with The Cars’ 2018 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and paving the way for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of their debut album, Rhino has released expanded editions of Shake It Up (1981) and Heartbeat City (1984), The Cars’ fourth and fifth albums, respectively. Of course, you may recall that expanded editions of Candy-O and Panorama were released last summer, causing quite a stir in the “Fanorama,” and these March 30, 2018, offerings have generated their own buzz, as well.

Joe Milliken
Apr 2 2018 - 11:26pm

I have been an Iron Maiden fan since 1981. Through all the ups (Powerslave) and the downs (Virtual X), I have always anticipated the next Maiden album with high expectations.