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Stars Rock Safety Harbor Kids 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser

On Sunday October 29th, Topa Mountain Winery hosted the 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser for local nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids (Shk) to support music education programs for orphans, foster and homeless children.

The event, sponsored by Ventura Land Rover Jaguar and Maserati of Bakersfield, was emceed by actor/comedian Hal Sparks and featured music by Chicago co-founder and drummer Danny Seraphine, Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer, Jeff Beck bassist, Phil Chen, singer Tony Grant of Az Yet and Shk Music Director and band leader, Edward Roth.

The evening began with a special performance by Italian actress/singer, Maria Elena Infantino whose infectious personality and song got people out of their seats to dance. Then, as the sun set creating an Ojai “pink moment”, American Idol top four finalist Jessica Meuse took to the stage to keep the crowd going for the All Star Band to follow.

Enter The All Star Band with Danny,
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Review: Antonioni's "Blowup" (1966) Starring Vanessa Redgrave And David Hemmings; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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“A Mod Murder Mystery”

By Raymond Benson

Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup (it’s spelled this way in the film credits, but on theatrical posters and advertising it was called Blow-Up) was a landmark, envelope-pushing film that caused quite a stir. For one thing, it was one of the nails in the coffin of the U.S. Production Code, paving the way for the elimination of cinematic censorship and the eventual creation of the movie ratings. Its depiction of nudity, sexual attitudes, and recreational drugs crossed the line for late 1966. Nevertheless, newspaper ads got away with simply proclaiming that the picture was “Recommended for Mature Audiences,” since this was prior to the ratings themselves.

Blowup also stands as a cultural landmark in that it captures that moment of time called “Swinging London.” Everything was “mod”—music, fashion, art... even groups of youths were called “mods.” Antonioni’s film could serve as
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Amara Karan And Nicole Kidman Board The Intouchables Remake

While it was a perfectly enjoyable film, it’s not like anyone was really asking for a remake of The Intouchables, the French movie that landed back in 2011 to mostly positive reviews. That hasn’t stopped The Weinstein Company from pressing on with their project though and after bringing on Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart to star, the studio is now looking to round out the cast.

Empire’s reporting today that Nicole Kidman and The Night Of breakout Amara Karan have boarded the remake, which has Neil Burger in the director’s chair and Jon Hartmere on scripting duties. For those who haven’t seen the original, it revolved around the true story of a paralyzed aristocrat and his caregiver, a young man who comes from the projects.

In this version, Cranston will take the former role while Hart will slip into the latter. As for the new additions,
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Chrissie Hynde Dismisses Kardashians and Madonna, Weighs in on Feminism: 'You Gotta Be So Careful with What You Say Now'

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Chrissie Hynde Dismisses Kardashians and Madonna, Weighs in on Feminism: 'You Gotta Be So Careful with What You Say Now'
Chrissie Hynde is a woman of many convictions - but she'll stand by them, whether popular, controversial or otherwise. Now 60, The Pretenders frontwoman has chronicled her sex-, drugs- and rock 'n' roll-filled career in a memoir, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, now available for sale in paperback. When the tell-all first hit shelves last year, the "Back on the Chain Gang" singer caught a considerable amount of flak for her comments on sexual assault: Of being raped in her 20s, Hyde wrote, "I take full responsibility"; then, seemingly victim-blaming remarks she made in an interview drew criticism from the anti-sexual violence organization Rape,
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Chrissie Hynde Dismisses Kardashians and Madonna, Weighs in on Feminism: 'You Gotta Be So Careful with What You Say Now'

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Chrissie Hynde Dismisses Kardashians and Madonna, Weighs in on Feminism: 'You Gotta Be So Careful with What You Say Now'
Chrissie Hynde is a woman of many convictions - but she'll stand by them, whether popular, controversial or otherwise. Now 60, The Pretenders frontwoman has chronicled her sex-, drugs- and rock 'n' roll-filled career in a memoir, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, now available for sale in paperback. When the tell-all first hit shelves last year, the "Back on the Chain Gang" singer caught a considerable amount of flak for her comments on sexual assault: Of being raped in her 20s, Hyde wrote, "I take full responsibility"; then, seemingly victim-blaming remarks she made in an interview drew criticism from the anti-sexual violence organization Rape,
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‘Loud Hailer’ By Jeff Beck Album Review: An Invigorating Album With A Political Stance

Seventy-two-year-old guitar legend Jeff Beck released his first album in six years titled Loud Hailer. Taking a bold step away from its largely instrumental predecessor Emotion & Commotion, the recent release features Beck’s invigorating collaborators — vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg of the London group Bones, who bring a youthful and energetic vibe to a classic record. ‘Loud Hailer’ by Jeff Beck […]

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George Martin R.I.P. (1926-2016): More Than Just the Fifth Beatle

On the evening of March 8, famed producer George Martin passed away at home, in his sleep, at age 90. (The announcement was first made on Ringo Starr's Twitter account.) He is, of course, primarily famous as the Beatles' producer, but I was heartened to see many friends in my Facebook feed chose to mark his passing by posting non-Beatles tracks he produced. Martin was a well-established, and well-rounded, producer before he started working with the Beatles. In his career the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee worked in quite a variety of contexts with any number of famous people, from comedy records with Peter Sellers to jazz records with Stan Getz, and practically everything in between.

The Beatles would undoubtedly have become famous without him -- and perhaps he without them -- but they wouldn't have sounded as good. Who else at that time would have made a Beatles record on
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George Martin, Beatles Producer, Passes Away at 90

George Martin, Beatles Producer, Passes Away at 90
George Martin, the man best known as "The Fifth Beatle", who is responsible for some of The Beatles biggest hits, passed away at the age of 90 yesterday. The beloved music producer's death was first revealed by The Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr's Twitter account, and later confirmed by several other outlets including CNN, who announced the producer died "peacefully in his home" in England. Here's what the producer's manager, Adam Sharp, had to say in a statement.

"In a career that spanned seven decades he was recognized globally as one of music's most creative talents and a gentleman to the end. The family ask that their privacy be respected at this time."

George Martin was born to a working-class family in 1926, and in his 20s, he began his career in music by producing a number of classical music productions, taking over Emi's Parlophone music label at the age of 29. He
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Interview: Richard Cotovsky on Abbie Hoffman Fest, Directing & Final Days of Mary-Arrchie

Chicago – In founding and being an artistic director of a theater company for over 30 years, Richard Cotovsky of Mary-Arrchie Co. has a few stories to tell. In Part Two of an interview with the “Godfather of Chicago Storefront Theater” Cotovsky talks about the annual Abbie Hoffman Died for our Sins Festival, and the various acts of producing memorable stage productions.

Rich Cotovsky is a lifelong Chicagoan, growing up and currently living in the Rogers Park neighborhood. He was a founding member of Mary-Arrchie Co. – an amalgamation of parent’s names from one of his early acting students – and has served as its Artistic Director since it began in 1986. His award-winning theatre company has served up gritty and memorable productions for 30 years, but their current show, “American Buffalo” – which features Cotovsky in a lead role – will be their final show. The building that houses the space the company has had since the late 1980s,
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Ed Catto: Comic Shop Entrepreneurship

I moderated a panel at New York Comic Con called The 7 Archetypes of Comic Shops. My All-Star panelists included several outstanding comic shop retailers. It was a fascinating time with lots of surprises – remind me to tell you about Marc (Aw, Yeah) Hammond’s Frank Gorshin story someday. We had a packed room and it evolved into a celebration of smart retailing and Geek Culture.

The new kid on the block was Jeff Beck, an ambitious retailer who just opened a comic shop called East Side Mags in Montclair, NJ. It’s a great store and you might remember I was impressed when I visited it during my marathon comic shop travels on Free Comic Book Day. I sat down with Jeff and here’s what he had to say:

Ed Catto: Jeff, your store looks great. Can you tell me how long you’ve been retailing, and the backstory
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Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys Strikes Gold With a New Solo Album

Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame went out on the road last year with guitarist Jeff Beck, of all people, and announced he was working on a new solo album. The album, No Pier Pressure is a confusing affair on several fronts, but Wilson’s genius shines through nonetheless. The album also features guest performances by Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, of She & Him, and former band member Blondie Chaplin. Al Jardine and Dave Marks also contribute. ...Read More
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Ed Catto: On the Road, On Free Comic Book Day

You’ve doubtlessly heard of Dante’s Inferno and his seven circles of hell. But did you know he had a couple of sequels, including Paradiso (i.e., Paradise)? I touch upon this I think that for so many geeks across the world, Free Comic Book Day is a uniquely shared day of celebration. This year, for this mini-paradise, I embarked on what was a sort of Circle of Free Comic Book Day: a seven store marathon Fcbd pilgrimage to learn how it’s changed and why it’s a bigger deal each and every year.

I live just outside of New York City in New Jersey, so I mapped out a plan of action to visit several stores for the 14th Annual Free Comic Book Day. Created by entrepreneur, retailer, visionary and all-around-great-guy, Joe Fields, this holiday has now grown to a worldwide event, distributing an estimated 5.3 million comics,
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'Jeff Golub: Train Keeps A Rolling' Pays Tribute to the Legendary Late Jazz Guitarist

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. Jeff Golub: Train Keeps A Rolling Tweetable Logline: A documentary about the life and legacy of rock, blues and jazz guitarist Jeff Golub. Elevator Pitch: During his illustrious career, Jeff Golub was Rod Stewart's front man, he played with Billy Squier and other legends and he recorded 11 solo albums, plus three more as the leader of Avenue Blue. Inspired by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Bb King, among others, Jeff began playing guitar when he was 12. Playing rock, blues, and jazz guitar, Jeff became a world renowned performer, playing in stadiums, concert halls, and clubs around the world. On January 1, 2015, Jeff passed away from a rare brain disorder,
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Sid Tepper, Elvis Presley Songwriter, Dead at 96

Sid Tepper, a songwriter who wrote 45 Elvis Presley tunes, died of natural causes on Friday. He was 96. Tepper’s publicist, Steve Elzer, told TheWrap that Tepper passed away while surrounded by his family at his home on Williams Island in Miami Beach, Florida. The King of Rock and Roll wasn’t the only iconic artist Tepper wrote for with writing partner Roy C. Bennett, either. Other major musicians who sang Tepper’s tunes include Frank Sinatra, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Louie Armstrong. Also Read: Richard Corliss, Time Magazine Film Critic, Dead at 71 A few of his hits include “Red Roses For A.
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The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer discuss ‘Blow-Up’

The Conversation is a new feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their third piece, they will discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up.

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Landon’s Take:

The cultural impact of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up would be very difficult to overemphasize. Upon release, Andrew Sarris referred to the film as “a mod masterpiece” and ‘Playboy’ critic Arthur Knight went so far as comparing the film to Hiroshima mon amour, Rome Open City, and Citizen Kane in its potential influence on filmmaking. The film was also a massive hit worldwide and the tenth highest grossing film in the United States in 1966 – a memento of a brief window in time in which an art film by an Italian auteur could also do boffo box office. And, having been denied a seal by the Production Code Administration, Blow Up
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Great Guitar Riffs at the BBC Now on FilmOn

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Great Guitar Riffs at the BBC Now on FilmOn
The BBC has celebrated the best of the guitar and what its sound has contributed to popular music in BBC Four’s special “Great Guitar Riffs at the BBC.” The television special features BBC performances from some of the world’s most legendary guitarists, like Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and more. Here’s more about the special: “Compilation of BBC performances featuring some of the best axe men and women in rock ‘n’ roll, from Hendrix to the Kinks, Cream to AC/DC, the Smiths to Rage Against the Machine and Radiohead to Foo Fighters. Whether it’s the Shadows playing FBI on Crackerjack, Jeff Beck with the Yardbirds, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream’s Sunshine [ Read More ]

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Kelly Clarkson's 'Heartbeat Song' is a 'Full Force' Anthem: Listen!

Kelly Clarkson's 'Heartbeat Song' is a 'Full Force' Anthem: Listen!
Kelly Clarkson is back in full force!

America's very first Idol released her latest single on Monday, and it's Clarkson at her very best. "Heartbeat Song" is a power-house love anthem that begs to be danced to – listen below.

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"It was like one of the first [songs] I actually chose to record," Clarkson told Ryan Seacrest on his Monday morning radio show. "My music definitely reflects how I'm feeling in my life. And so, I liked that it was still an anthem, and fun, and still had a little pop to it. But it was sweet … It's pretty much one of the most pop ones on the album. You know, full force for the fans. They love those anthems from me."

Yes, we do, and this one delivers. "Heartbeat Song," produced by Greg Kurstin, is the 32-year-old's first new pop single since "Catch My Breath," "Don't Rush" and
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"Jeff Beck: A Man For All Seasons" - February 10, 2015

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From Mvd Entertainment Group, Sneak Peek the music documentary "Jeff Beck: A Man For All Seasons", available February 10, 2015 on DVD:

"...at the end of 1964, guitarist Eric Clapton left the 'Yardbirds', a band still searching for their first hit. His replacement was a player of very different capabilities - a 'feedback' technical and sonic pioneer who helped propel the group from their former status as a blues covers act to become one of the most innovative and daring musical collectives working in the UK.

"This film traces Jeff Beck's music and career throughout the 1960's - his formative influences and early groups, his work with The Yardbirds, his brief, bizarre reinvention by producer Mickie Most as a solo pop star, and the first incarnation of the 'Jeff Beck Group', during which Beck played with vocalist Rod Stewart and second guitarist Ron Wood.

"Featuring a plethora of rare performance and studio footage,
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Stevie Wonder Surprises Jimmy Fallon for Host's 40th Birthday

Stevie Wonder Surprises Jimmy Fallon for Host's 40th Birthday
Jimmy Fallon turned 40 on Friday, and he celebrated the occasion in a suitable Tonight Show fashion with an all-star surprise bash.

After announcing that the Tonight Show gang had joined together on a surprise birthday gift for him, Fallon drew back a curtain to reveal a giant cake. Seth Rogen, in all his naked glory, popped out of the pastry, followed shortly afterward by James Franco, similarly nude except for a cop's hat and bowtie, declaring that Fallon was under arrest. But the real surprise was Stevie Wonder, who emerged
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Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel are on Brian Wilson's new album

Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel are on Brian Wilson's new album
Brian Wilson’s new album features the Beach Boys legend collaborating with such artists as Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Ray and Zooey Deschanel, as well as, possibly, Frank Ocean. After Wilson broke the news on his website yesterday, citing an upcoming story in Rolling Stone, not all of his fans responded to the news positively. And that hurt Wilson’s feelings and made him mad. Last night, he sent out a message— in total “Brianspeak” to the naysayers via Facebook: To my fans: it kind of bums me out to see some of the negativity here about the album I’ve been working so hard on. In my life in music, I’ve been told too many times not to fuck with the formula, but as an artist it’s my job to do that – and I think I’ve earned that right. I’m really proud of these new
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