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Morgan Heritage - Strictly Roots Album Review

Morgan Heritage – “Strictly Roots”

Record Label: CTBC Music Group
Genre: Reggae
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Back with their tenth studio album, “Strictly Roots,” Morgan Heritage return as the “Royal Family of Reggae.” As the title suggests, the band plays a Roots Reggae, and if the veteran band made up of siblings, have any say are back with a vengeance. While not all just Roots in terms of music but also as a family. Stronger than ever, “Strictly Roots,” is one of Morgan Heritage best records to date!
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Morgan Heritage/Jemere Morgan @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - photos by Matt Kremkau (1)

Morgan Heritage @ Highline Ballroom, NYC

Date: April 9th 2015
Opening Act: Jemere Morgan

Dubbed the “Royal Family of Reggae,” Morgan Heritage are back touring in support of their newest record out this April in “Strictly Roots.” The first and only time I saw Morgan Heritage was on the Warped Tour in 2001 and have been a fan ever since. I remember for that show, they got what was a mostly punk and wanna be scream-o bands to get up and groove out to the unexpected, a reggae band on a mostly punk rock festival. With a vibrant and exciting stage show that the band has been known for, we were all in for a treat at the Highline Ballroom.
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Stereophonics @ Terminal 5, NYC

Opener: The Wind + The Wave
Terminal 5, New York City
Sept 21, 2013

For the first time in 5 years, Stereophonics were back in the US on tour. In support of their newly released record “Graffiti on the Train,” Kelly Jones and company didn’t disappoint as they played nearly 2 hours, through 8 albums.

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Not Fade Away (Blu-ray +Digital Copy +UltraViolet)

Starring: James Gandolfini, John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill
Directed & Written By: David Chase
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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The debut feature film from “The Sopranos” creator, David Chase, which appears to be somewhat autobiographical on Chase’s life in NJ growing up in the early 1960’s. Fresh off the “British Invasion,” teenagers all over the world were trying to create a band to be the next big thing like Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. The story follows a group of teenagers in a cover band, as they set out to perform original songs and get recognized. A passion project for David Chase,with a great soundtrack provided by Steven Van Zandt of E-Street Band fame, and brings about some nice nostalgia for that era.
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Mad Caddies @ O2 Islington, London, UK - Matt Kremkau (15)

Mad Caddies @ O2 Islington, London, UK

Date: November 25th 2012
Opening Bands: The Filaments, Electric River, Nick Long
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Dating myself and well the band too, but I haven’t seen the Mad caddies since they opened up the 1997 Warped Tour in Asbury Park, NJ. They were new to the scene and it was really a welcomed sight as well. Flash forward several years, releases and many many tours, the band is still going strong, albeit, maybe not as full time as when Ska/ Punk was at its boon.
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Chuck: The Complete Fifth Season- DVD Edition

Starring: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster, Vik Sahay
Created By: Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak
Studio: Warner Bros

Chuck’s 5th & Final Season brought the series to a close with 13 fun, exciting and emotional episodes, now on DVD & Blu Ray, featuring an extended version of the series finale. Starring Zachary Levi as the title character Chuck alongside a great cast, which brings together a perfect blend of comedy, action, pop culture references, and drama. Chuck was always the little show that could with a passionate fan base, NBC & Warner Bros allowed it to go out on its own terms and for that I’m forever grateful.

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Pennywise– “All or Nothing”

Record Label: Epitaph
Genre: Punk

After Jim Lindberg left Pennywise to be a “Punk Rock” Dad in 2009 and be closer to his children, the state of Pennywise was left up in the air. In early 2010 Zoli Teglas, formerly of the California Hardcore punk band Ignite, joined the band and has been touring with Pennywise since. Teglas’ introduction into the group, also reinvigorated them as they went into the studio to deliver one of their best albums to date, in “All or Nothing.”

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) / Blu Ray

Starring: Tom Cruise,Jeremy Renner,Simon Pegg,Paula Patton,Michael Nyqvist, Josh Holloway
Directed By: Brad Bird
Studio: Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise is back with another Mission:Impossible film and have to admit, it’s the best one yet! Secret Super Spy Ethan Hunt and his elite team are going underground to try & clear their name after a botched mission at the Kremlin with Hunt and his team are implicated in international terrorism. At the same time uncovering a nuclear threat, the team must clear their names and stop this threat. Brad Bird makes his directorial live action debut and it’s one that is sure to please!

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Petition: Please Help New York Red Bulls Star Luke Rodgers Try & Secure Work Visa

Normally, we wouldn’t cover sports related stories here but since I’m an avid Red Bulls fan here in New York, I couldn’t help but get behind this story. Luke Rodgers has played one season with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer in the USA, and before he even arrived he had some Visa issues. Rodgers went on to have a great first year with MLS and was nominated for the Newcomer of the Year Award with the league. Now, with the Visa issuance being delayed yet again and an appeal hearing coming down sometime next week, it’s an important time for Rodgers. Here is how you can help.

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An Idiot Abroad- Season 1 DVD

Starring: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Studio: BBC Home Video

From the hilarious creators of The Office and Extras, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, comes a funny travel series featuring their friend and unlikely travel host, Karl Pilkington. The curmudgeon who doesn’t want to travel is set across the world to visit the Seven Wonders of the World, much to his chagrin. Karl Pilkington is hysterical in this, even though he may not feel like he is or trying to be, but An Idiot Abroad and it’s sequel are must-see viewing.

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Hangover II- Blu Ray Edition

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor, Paul Giamatti
Written By: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Studio: Warner Bros

The wolfpack is back! The follow up sequel to the smash hit, The Hangover takes the gang on another wild adventure overseas to Bangkok, Thailand. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis star as best friends who travel overseas for their friend Stu’s (Helms) wedding and ultimately his bachelor party. The film continues in the same formula as the first film, but with a different, exotic locale makes it still feel fresh, and funny. As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season

Starring: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Ryan McPartlin
Created By: Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak
Studio: Warner Bros/NBC
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Chuck’s Season 4 brings in an action packed 24 episodes full of adventure and comedy! Starring Zachary Levi as the affable Chuck, now a full fledged spy, is now on a mission to track down his estranged mother from his childhood and reuniting the Bartowski household. Along for the ride as always are Chuck’s spy buddies Col. John Casey and Sarah, Chuck’s smoking hot girlfriend and former handler Sarah, and best friend Morgan. The series again features some great pop culture guest stars and is still considered one of the best shows on TV.

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