Author: Laurie Kamens

Now Hear This, Comedy Unfolds in New York

Drag queens in cotton candy wigs and aerodynamic heels strutted in to its massive atrium for the third annual RuPaul’s Drag Con at the Javits Center in New York. Just two flights down, quite a different scene was unfolding. Lined up patiently on the cavernous subterranean level, men with glasses and bookish women carrying tote bags stood quietly, starring at their phones, waiting to listen to podcasts. The second annual Now Hear This Podcast Festival,...

Exploring the ‘Force’

The ‘Force’ is still strong nearly 40 years later. Star Wars has captivated the public’s imagination since the first (or IV’s) film debuted in 1977. Now, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters, the cultural phenomenon is once again sweeping the nation. Flying at warp speed off the screen, the franchise has taken on a life of it’s own inspiring multi-billion dollar merchandising deals and thousands of obsessive fans. Something in George Lucas’ films...

Wormburner Release Third Album

Last Friday evening at the Mercury Lounge in New York City Wormburner, a Brooklyn band by-way-of Hoboken, NJ, celebrated the launch of their third album, Pleasant Living in Planned Communitites. The new album, which is officially released today, is a barreling hurricane of rock anchored by the impish tones of lead singer Hank Henry. A cross between the chaotic beer-soaked party sound of The Hold Steady and an ambiguously Irish punk band, Wormburner have created...