Emery; The Question

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , Reviews

The influences of Queen and the rage of punk are undeniable, yet Emery has emerged with a distinctive raw, edgy footprint of its own. The 12-song CD, The Question, is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut The Weak’s End, and is masterfully produced by Aaron Sprinkle (mixed by Randy Staub). Songs like “Left With Alibis” and “Lying Eyes” dynamically shift from introspective riddles of thought to demonic primal rage, while the lead track, “So Cold I Could See My Breath,” highlights strong melody lines presented through harmonic vocals. And […]

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Harri Stojka; A Tribute To Swing

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , Reviews

If you’re a fan of guitar and classic swing music, then the new CD by Harri Stojka is just what your looking for. Though a few of the songs seem a little redundant, “A Tribute To Swing” highlights Harri’s effortless mastery of the instrument, and exuberant love for it, in a winning combination. This is not a piece of work recorded; but rather a moment of artistic inspiration captured. His play is fast and furious, yet light and nimble: a cascade of complicated melodies over the backdrop of simple rhythmic […]

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Judy and Barbra Live, Almost

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: On Stage , Reviews

Judy and Barbra Live is the show for you if you enjoy the songs of Streisand and Garland, with a little humor on the side. The critics are raving about Tommy Femia (six time winner of the MAC Award, and the Backstage Bistro award): “Fabulous,” The NY Times, “A Pricelessly Sung Judy Garland,” Village Voice, and “Truly Amazing,” Time Out New York.  Tommy in another word, is brilliant! Together with Steven Brinberg, who has also won the MAC and Backstage Bistro awards is“Absolutely Brilliant,” Time Out New York, “Amazing,” NY Daily […]

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Paula Shocron

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , Reviews

In her debut solo performance held at the Notorious Café, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Paula Shocron sat at the piano with confidence in the air and a bottle of water at her feet – which she sipped from frequently. Her playing — like life — was unpredictable. The style was at first without structure, like raw feelings being displayed through her instrument. Whether it was representing the mind of a rebellious youth, or the gritty, furious moods of a city on the edge, it seemed to be spontaneous energy that flowed […]

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Breakfast on Pluto

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Film , Reviews

Breakfast on Pluto is based on the McCabe novel The Butcher Boy. It’s the story of Patrick Brady; a young man who is astutely aware at an early age that he is different. Yet he never seems to carry that as a burden. Abandoned as a baby in his small Irish hometown, he is left on the steps of a priests’ living quarters and then placed into a foster home. From an early age he fancies wearing dresses and make up as casually as if he were putting on socks. This […]

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