33 1/3-House of Dreams By Sandra Castillo

The songs were lauded and celebrated by millions of people and quickly became commercially successful, chart-topping sensations calibrated to perfection in the hands of those commandeering the controls at Gold Star Recording Studios. Once situated at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Vine in Hollywood, California, before it was vacated in 1984 and later […]

INSIDE THE BRILLIANT, ECCENTRIC, FANTASTICAL WORLD OF DAVID ROUSH AND ECCE SHNAK By Sandra Castillo

What do you get when you combine Art Rock/Chamber Punk, current world events and the cerebral, complex mindset of a man who seemingly resists the urge to remain complacent in a universe sidelined by political strife, social injustice and the bigger issues facing humanity at large? The result of this equation is NYC-based Ecce Shnak, […]

ROCKETMAN TRAVELING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT By Sandra Castillo

He is one of the most prolific, successful and venerated artists of all time, with a treasure of smash hits, millions of albums sold and mega-wealth obtained beyond one’s wildest imagination to his credit, but Elton John nearly paid the ultimate price for fame and fortune, when he attempted to take his own life just […]

MATTERS OF THE HEART AND SOUL WITH ROMY VAGER AND RVG By Sandra Castillo

There’s something inherently mystifying, albeit humbling about a person who would characterize one’s self with an observation which is clearly an understatement and one that sits in stark contrast to the veracity of who and what that individual is all about. Case in point-when that certain someone just so happens to be one of music’s […]

THEATRE COMPANY ON A MISSION TO EXPAND THEIR NEW PROJECT by Nick Christophers

It is always nice to see indie artists working to spread their wings until that long-anticipated call from Broadway comes to raise their bar. In many studios and small underground theatres in Manhattan, which are plenty, creative minds are at work at feverish rates. One such theatre company is the Floor Five Theatre Company which […]

IRVING PENN: BEYOND BEAUTY By Sandra Castillo

    The image is cast in contrasting lights and shadows, its stunning reflection an amalgamation of taffeta and a touch of flesh for fantasy. The human mannequin, holding the arresting pose, composes herself as live architecture supported by lines of contortion and angles, which seem nearly impossible to have achieved without some sort of […]

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 […]

ROCK AND ROLL RENEGADE…STEVEN VAN ZANDT TAKES CENTER STAGE By Sandra Castillo

Steven Van Zandt certainly runs off something other than an innate lust for Rock and Roll. For the one who holds the dubious titles of musician, songwriter, producer, actor, radio show host and activist is also rocking the scene at the speed-of-sound as the front man in Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, a […]

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 […]

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