Tag legendary musicians

Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story is a Love Letter to Louisiana

Per Matt Jazz music can be rock and roll, but it can also include rhythm and blues, funk, gospel and soul. Jazz is all of this and more. As a style, it is all encompassing. Originating within the United States,… Continue Reading →

Music Unites All as Bill & Ted Face the Music

Per Matt Nothing screams the ’80s like a time-traveling phone booth. While it was a great decade for movies, little did we know a franchise would be based around a couple of slackers from San Dimas. Two years later, those… Continue Reading →

The Harder They Fall Aims to Revive the Western Genre

Per Matt Western movies tend to follow tried-but-true tropes. I’ve enjoyed watching them throughout the years, but their storylines are often predictable. The good guys are often officers upholding the law, chasing down criminals or even Native Americans. Dances with… Continue Reading →

Summer of Soul Pays Respect to Long-Forgotten Music Festival

Per Matt It is tragic whenever culturally significant events are forgotten. During the Summer of 1969, literally 100 miles away from the Woodstock Music and Art Fair (which was taking place around the same time) was the Harlem Cultural Festival…. Continue Reading →

The Beastie Boys Story Doesn’t End With Doc

Per Matt For me, the Beastie Boys will always harken back to the Sixth Grade, when my middle-school class was offered the possibility to visit Washington D.C. with the school’s upperclassmen. On our 700-plus-mile trip, a jam box appeared within… Continue Reading →

Sound of Metal Resonates With Critics

Per Matt I could go into full geek-out mode when discussing the sound effects, sound editing and sound design for Sound of Metal, the incredibly innovative movie starring Riz Ahmed as a drummer who loses his hearing and the after-effects… Continue Reading →

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Per Matt As Labor Day honors and recognizes the contributions of laborers in the United States, I thought it would be a pretty good time to shine the spotlight on the hard-working studio musicians of Detroit who became the backbone… Continue Reading →

30 Years Later, What Can We Expect From Bill & Ted?

Per Matt Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan were DEFINITELY products of the ’80s. The two time-traveling metalhead slackers were wonderous, in all of their simplicity. Spouting infectious catchphrases and traveling much like Doctor Who long before smartphones… Continue Reading →

Rocketman Lands as a Musical Fantasy Film

Per Matt For years, Elton John has been trying to bring his story of seeking an identity to the big screen, and with Rocketman, it was mission accomplished. So, is his life story worthy of any cinematic awards?

The Art of Beer

Per Matt Craft beer and animation were on tap at The Art of Beer, a one-day exhibit displayed at the Frist Center of Visual Arts.

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