MICHAEL SACKLER-BERNER TURNS THE PAGE ON A FEW SHORT STORIES By Sandra Castillo

According to Michael Sackler-Berner, it’s all there on his latest album, Short Stories, which boasts an eclectic, introspective array of songs distilled in the crystalline waters of the imagination of the one who employed a “huge list of players” to deliver the goods. A coterie of musical heavyweights, who backed the singer on the album, […]

ELECTRIC MUD WILL NEVER MAKE DANGEROUS PROMISES THEY CAN’T KEEP By Sandra Castillo

It was on a June afternoon, at the 2019 Art Around Adams Street Festival in San Diego, when the crowd had grown considerably in size, as the band launched torpedoes on a tricked-out, stone-cold version of the Rolling Stones classic “Under My Thumb.” Unbridled, raucous, with a propensity-for-danger, the spitfire performance from the wild-eyed, tattooed […]

FUSING CHINESE & AMERICAN SOUNDS LI LIU BRINGS US HER NEW ALBUM “SERACHING” by Nick Christophers

When Li Liu decided to embark on a new chapter with her musical dream ending up in Texas was not what she expected. Li always loved music and was drawn to the arts. At first, she was a dancer for close to ten years until her desire to play music took root. She would begin […]

IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: THE CHERRY BLUESTORMS GROOVES ON, BABY! By Sandra Castillo

After listening to the latest gem on extended replay from L.A.-based band The Cherry Bluestorms, it gave this writer great satisfaction in knowing that truly relevant music has never waned. It just seems that-for what feels like an eternity-the deluge of nonsense ascribed for much of today’s recorded output is nothing more than Auto-tuned piffle, […]

MICHAEL SACKLER-BERNER IS ROCKING IT “A THOUSAND TIMES” By Sandra Castillo

As a purveyor of life and all the riches it has to offer, one of the best things about it is the opportunity it has afforded me to travel east and land at LaGuardia Airport once, sometimes twice, a year. My annual excursion to New York City, which commences this spring, allows me to refresh […]

FROM CHINA WITH LOVE: CELLIST MEIXU LU CREATING A BUZZ IN AMERICA by Nick Christophers

It is no surprise that cellist Meixu Lu has put her stamp on the East Coast of America with her amazing talent. The beautiful and graceful Ms. Lu has managed to not only adapt to American culture but to embrace it with much vigor. In her native China from a young age she learned to […]

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A ROCK AND ROLL LEGEND By Sandra Castillo

There’s a portentous scene in the 1973 crime drama, Electra Glide In Blue, which takes place at the finale between the driver of a VW van and his passenger (David “Hawk” Wolinski and Terry Kath, respectively) exchanging dialogue and a mutual uneasiness after having been pulled over by motorcycle officer John Wintergreen (superbly crafted by […]

Ben Rosenblum Coastal Trio Live: Jazz at Kitano -A Concert Review by Fred Stal

Jazz pianist Ben Rosenblum delivered an inspired, heartfelt performance at the famous Jazz at Kitano club on November 10, 2018.   The live performance was a record release party for his new album, River City, off of One Trick Dog records.  Rosenblum is young and very new to the jazz scene, yet already an award […]

LINA MORGANA -SUPER STAR BORN WHO LEFT THIS UNIVERSE TOO SOON By Sandra Castillo

January 11, 1989 – October 4, 2008               A SUPER STAR WAS BORN BUT LEFT THIS UNIVERSE WAY TOO SOON…THE SHORT SEASON AND TRAGIC DEATH OF LINA MORGANA             By Sandra Castillo The only thing more radiant than her looks was the angelic voice which […]

HAVANA JAM ’79-ONE WORLD UNDER A GROOVE By Sandra Castillo

(Photos courtesy Benno Friedman)                       HAVANA JAM ’79-ONE WORLD UNDER A GROOVE                                 By Sandra Castillo The year was 1979, and the relationship between America and Cuba was contentious, at best, […]

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