All posts by Cretin

East Coast guy who's first words were "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" from the Beatles "She Loves You." Grew up listening to British Rock 'n Roll courtesy of some thoughtful and hip uncles and aunts. Loved the Alternative bands from the 80's and 90's, and still enjoy lots of new stuff.

Heirlooms: The Alarm: Strength

The Alarm: Strength, and Walk Forever By My Side

In our heirloom series we feature under-appreciated classics that are deserving of a bit more recognition and adulation. Today, I take a look at The Alarm’s 1985 classic Strength, with a deeper look into my favorite song from the album “Walk Forever By My Side,” including thoughts from the man who wrote it, Mike Peters.

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An Iron Maiden Virgin No More

Iron Maiden – Book of Souls Tour Tampa

As a twenty-year-old college DJ, I got my first taste of a hellacious British act that was the perfect fit for my late night heavy metal show. “Two Minutes to Midnight” was my first Iron Maiden go-to record, but there were plenty of other songs from the prolific UK quintet pouring through my headphones over the ensuing late nights cramped in my cozy booth.   In the decades that passed, I never saw the iconic band live, but on a dreary Sunday night in Tampa, that all changed.

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Carly Jo Jackson Interview

Interview with Orlando’s Carly Jo Jackson

Carly Jo Jackson is a vibrant young performer who stole the show at Florida Music Festival with an invigorating showcase that left the Orlando crowd thirsting for more. Jackson is a “local kid” who is on the cusp of great things.  She’s a free spirit just gushing with talent.

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Welcome To Rockville Bands

Bands That Shined at 2017’s Welcome To Rockville

The 2017 incarnation of Welcome To Rockville was another one for the ages. There was a bit of negative buzz about the lineup beforehand, but I suspect the great majority of fans who left Metropolitan Park on Sunday night, left the venue thoroughly satisfied.  Like me…

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Eddie Money Rocks Velvet Sessions

Eddie Money Velvet Sessions Show Review

In front of a packed house at Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions, classic rock legend Eddie Money put on a hell of a show Thursday Night.  Money’ seventy-five set was filled with fan favorites that left the appreciative crowd well-satiated.

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Three Welcome To Rockville Gems

Welcome To Rockville Bands on the Rise

Well, Day 1 at Welcome To Rockville is in the books, and as I get ready for another day in the sweltering fields of Metropolitan Park, I thought I’d squeeze in a quick post on three of the smaller acts from Day 1 who caught my attention.  There were some monstrous performances from bands you would expect, but these three acts are new on my radar, but three bands I will make sure to see again.

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FMF 2017: Florida Music Festival

FMF 2017 Featured great Music and Content

The Rarasfarm team invaded this year’s Florida Music Festival over the weekend and truly soaked in all that this unappreciated festival has to offer.  I’ve attended the artist showcases the last several years, and love discovering new music.  This year was no different as far as the music was concerned, but I also drank in the panel discussions and industry events – and I was just as impressed with those offerings.

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Eddie Money Interview

Shakin’ With the Money Man Before He Rocks Orlando’s Velvet Sessions

Eddie Money is a legendary performer who ruled rock music airwaves for long stretches of the 70’s and 80’s.  Despite some well known struggles with addiction, he’s stood the test of time and is doing better than ever.  Simply put, Eddie has got his act together. He’s happy, he feels great and he still has that iconic voice. Orlando rock fans are the beneficiaries, as he’s headed to The City Beautiful for this week’s Velvet Sessions.

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