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Film

GRACE ROWE'S - THE SWEETENING

 

by Robert Speed


(L - R) Grace Rowe, Michael Jaworski 


Question, would you check out an alternative reality if you were a lonely woman?  Would it be the best or worst thing that could happen to you? 


Well, these are just some of the questions that the movie short, "The Sweetening,"  by director, writer, and actor Grace Rowe raises in this captivating short movie.


We start with a frustrated married mom of two who becomes a beta tester for a virtual reality program that facilitates romantic encounters.  At first the encounters seem safe but after awhile they become flirty and sexy. The next thing you know, what seems harmless develops into a wonderful alternative life. A life filled with a wonderful new partner who becomes the only one she truly wants in her life.  The woman soon finds what seemed to be ultimate joy has changed to a deep and personal despair with huge consequences


Rowe's short has garnered awards like: Winner Best Cinematography Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival 2016, Official Selection Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2016, and Official Selection Lady Filmmakers Beverly Hills 2016. 


Grace Rowe is an amazing talent and you should definitely keep an eye out for her work. According to her website, Rowe is developing a TV series that works around the themes in her short Sci-Fi movie. 


Also, stayed tuned for her next premiere short to be shown at selected Film Festivals, "Bag Of Worms". 


www.idylwildpictures.com


facebook.com/idylwildpictures.


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News From Australia 


BACHELOR GIRL RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE - 'SPEAK'      



It has been over 15 years since James and Tania have released an entire album. 

In mid 2017, James completed a four week trip to Stockholm to write and record with Tania. 

These sessions produced and outstanding album covering some moving musical ground.


This single,'Speak' deals with issues of unspoken anguish such as: sexual harassment, bullying, gender equality, and mental health.


Bachelor Girl's single encourages that a personal unburdening of a deeply hidden, unspoken pain will bring a healing process to both the individual and all of us in society.  


Check out their new video below (Copy link into your browser)


Distributed by Xelon Entertainment 

 

 

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/CXDDGEkt19Y
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Rock




 REMAIN, ONE OF THE BEST!


REMAIN, is a band from Denton,Texas. They take their name from its meaning; to persevere.

The band's new track Millennial Nation addresses real issues and challenges 
listeners to search for love of all man kind in their lyrics.

Described as being on a mission of truth and having powerful poetic rock that 
produces both lighthearted jams and anthem-like songs; this band is the real deal. 

REMAIN has also been picked up by Bongo Boy Records for their new track.

Welcome REMAIN. 

http://remainrocks.com

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Alternative - Pop

EAST HARBOR - MISS THE OLD YOU  

by Robert Speed

We would like to introduce an Alternative - Pop band based out of Vero Beach, Florida called, East Harbor. A group that has commercial success written all over them. 

East Harbor is a four pierce band that consists of Josh Dobson, Robby Staggs, David Gonzales and Cory Kouns. Last year, the band released their debut single, "Lucid"  (Feb 2019) and follow-up track "R.W.I.B." (April 2019) garnering praise, grabbing attention and building fans. The group closed out the year with the release of their buoyant single, "Highlight of My Week," which served as a taste of their forthcoming LP.

East Harbor is ready to play with the big boys as their sound is exhilarating - indie pop  that is pretty special.  

My favorite song to date is MISS THE OLD YOU.  A song that I think has hit potential galore with it's catchy chorus, spunky arrangement and great playing from the band. 

East Harbor spent about  2 years in the studio to experiment and craft their sound. It was time well spent. This is a fine sounding release with production and mixing credits courtesy of Adam "Fvces" Piccoli at  Plush Studio in Winter Springs, FL. 


Press: Danger Village PR 





 

 

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Melodic Metal

SMACKBOUND - 20/20


by Robert Speed


SMACKBOUND is a new metal band from Finland. The band was formed in 2015 by lead singer and actress Netta Laurenne. (You might have heard  her with Amorphis, Lordi, or Black Sun).  This vocalist is certainly ready and able to sing everything: as she is classically trained, has studied Pop/Jazz and Folk singing. Plus, she is also an actress. 


SMACKBOUND is special because they truly can mix Blues, Pop, Classical and still blow your face off with powerful Metal Rock. 


Guitarist Teemu Mantysaari (WINTERSUN)  was the first to join the line-up and soon followed Rolf Pilve (STRATOVARIUS, THE DARK ELEMENT) on the drums, Vili Itapelto (TRACEDAWN) on the keyboards and Tuomas Yli-Jaskari (TRACEDAWN) on bass.  


The album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios, produced by Tuomas Yli-Jaskari mixed by Jesse Vainio (SUNRISE AVENUE) and mastered  by Svante Forsback / Chartmakers.   


A couple of my favorites on this powerhouse CD is "Drive It Like You Stole It," and "Run".


Let me know what you think.  



Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. 


Release Date: June 12, 2020  



 

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SynthPop


DARK ROUGE PARK, DEEP MUSIC

The music of Dark Rouge Park combines a classic electronic SynthPop sound with thought-provoking lyrics and unique vocal styling. The lyrics focus on the reality and sadness in life while promoting survival and coping.

 Parallel World addresses topics you dont always hear discussed in other music, and they do so in such a deep, meaningful way, describes one fan after hearing the album. The music stays with you long after the songs are over.

Even though, Dark Rouge Park formed in 2012, the band members have been on stage for 20+ years individually.

Thomas Sathmari's first work, called Space Project was released in the early 90's, followed by the second album, called "Space Project II". 

Thomas was a member of another band, called "Car Wreckers", and in the 2000's he was the songwriter, producer and keyboardist a special group, called MOTIVA. 


This band plays classical Hungarian Folk songs, but the music is electronic/synthpop while the feeling and the overall voice follows the traditional Hungarian Folk.

Janos Karsky started his musician career as a Club DJ in various places, followed by a 2 year Radio DJ era. He started to work on the earlier song's of Dark Rouge Park alone as a solo musician. He wrote instrumental songs under name Dark Light Shadow. 

Edina Simon, the front person and the singer of the band has a very long musician and on-stage experience. She worked together with a lots of popular European and Hungarian bands as background vocalist, including a well known Eurodance group, called Groovehouse, and a Pink Floyd tribute band, called "Keep Floyding". 

Dark Rouge Park finally formed in 2012, when Thomas and Janos started to work together. Edina finally joined to the group in 2013 and they soon finished their first song, called Let Me Go.

Now, the group has a video playing on over 60 TV Stations in the U.S. called, "Cyber Date." The screenplay was written by Chris Cunningham who made Madonna's video, "Frozen." The band is also part of Bongo Boy Records out of New Jersey.


http://www.darkrougepark.net/videos/

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FEATURE

Bachelor Girl's Tania Doko 



Bachelor Girl was an Australian pop band, formed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1992 that consisted of singer/songwriter Tania Doko and writer/instrumentalist James Roche.

The band formed in 1992 when songwriter and record producer James Roche met vocalist Tania Doko. Roche was creating a demo tape of a song he wrote for an Australian girl group, Girlfriend, and when his original singer canceled, he recruited Doko. The duo began writing and recording and started and put together a demo CD and performed several Melbourne showcases looking for a record deal and found a deal with Gotham Records in 1997, after Sony rejected them.

In 1998 Bachelor Girl's debut single, "Buses and Trains," was not only an Australian smash but an International hit as well. The song-writing chemistry between Tania and James was explosive and their double platinum-selling debut, "Waiting For The Day" won them the 1998 ARIA for Best Producer. In 1999, with 4 ARIA Award nominations and the APRA Award for Song of The Year & PPCA most played song on Australian radio (Buses & Trains), Bachelor Girl rode high on the airwaves and the charts as their debut release spawned five smash hit singles including "Buses and Trains," "Treat Me Good" and the anthemic Australian classic "Permission To Shine".

Bachelor Girl's second album was called Dysfunctional (2002). A release which would include the featured hits "I'm Just a Girl" & "Drowning Not Waving".

The band split in 2003 after the release of their second album proved less successful. A third album was recorded, though not released (A track from that album is available on Tania Doko's EP "To Whom it May Concern").

In 2004 Tania was asked to participate in a judge/mentor role on Channel 7's "Popstars" the Australian Idol. Later in 2006 the artist's singing/acting talents landed her a role in "SERIOUSLY, the Pet Shop Boys Reinterpreted," a production that would take her to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her performances there garnered the artist rave reviews and endorsements from many people including the Pet Shop Boys themselves.

 

Constantly writing, recording, and performing Tania put together a new album and a new electro rock band called SHE SAID YES (SSY). Securing the support for the Darren Hayes national tour October 2007, SHE SAID YES released their critically acclaimed debut independent EP to coincide with the tour.

 

Tania produced an acoustic EP in 2008, which consisted of past hit Bachelor Girl releases and current SSY tunes unplugged. The acoustic installment was released to coincide with the highly successful 2008 national tour "Let's Get Together". A tour which included Tania, Jon Stevens, Ian Moss and Jack Jones aka Irwin Thomas.

 

The first part of 2009 found Tania and DJ Darren Glen collaborating and completing the track "Curious". Tania's powerful vocals can also be heard as she performs with The Veronicas on the single, "Don't Say Goodbye" (Featuring Tania Doko).

 

Currently, Tania is still busy working on music and new projects.  She is certainly one of my favorite vocalists.

 

http://www.myspace.com/taniadoko

 

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News

 

THE INDEPENDENT NETWORK - FEATURED ARTIST UK

 

by Robert Speed





RSP Spotlight is very proud to introduce a new section coming to our online magazine. It is a special section where we will feature an artist from the UK Independent Network and introduce them to you.  


We must also thank Raymond Rowe at the network for his special vision and for being a true lover of Independent Artists and their art. 


So, please be on the lookout for the featured artist of the month and be prepared to have your minds blown!



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RSP NEWS


RSP Spotlight pours out all our love and support to you during the battle of this (COVID-19) virus.   To the people of the US and the world we battle best from our knees and with true love for all humanity. We wanted to offer some words to uplift, which we were sent by one of our artists and friends Jimy Graham. Jimy often finds words of encouragement and places them on his social media pages. We wanted to share one of these such finds for our readers to gather strength and be uplifted. 


WORDS OF HOPE




Remember visit RSP Retail and listen to Poleshift and Mami. 



So, keep visiting our magazine we welcome you .

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Theatre

NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE -  PRESENTS THEATRE CONVERSATIONS

by Robert Speed
Richard Dreyfuss

North Coast Rep presents Theatre Conversations a wonderful idea to keep you theatre goers entertained; and connected to the wonderful North Coast Rep.  

The first conversation with feature Academy Award - winning actor Richard Dreyfuss and North Coast Rep's Artistic Director David Ellenstein.  The topics these  two will discuss will include: The Goodbye Girl, Othello and civics. 

NCR wants to stay in touch with you as they continue to live through these challenging times.  

Subscribe to their YouTube channel

E-mail them at conversations@northcoastrep.org


987 Lomas Santa Fe, Suite D,  Solana Beach, CA 92075.  

Box Office: 858-481-1055 or https://northcoastrep.org/

 

 

 

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News 


INGRID WESTBERG - MUSIC'S ROMANTIC  SENSIBILITY 



Ingrid Westberg is a recording artist that brings emotions, dynamic visuals, music and imagination to all her compositions of art. 


The artist's music seems to display a Romantic sensibility that can be described as a mixture of abstract emotion over calculated reason. States Ingrid, "I am drawn to things that are exotic and mysterious, like fairy dust and mystical realms".


Ingrid find's herself writing, singing, arranging and playing instruments sometimes in a poetic transient light; or a darker solemn atmosphere or mood.  " I admire the greatness of Erik Satie very much. I relate to the idea of conveying sadness within one expressive note, or borrowing a passage from one of my poems reflecting on distant memories. My awards are in visual arts, but my love letter is to music," says the artist. 


It is no wonder that Ingrid has a romantic flair in her work, as her mother was brought up in Paris, France, a place rich in romance and the arts. Due to the Nazi invasion, her mother moved the family to New York City where she met and fell in love with a painter from Sweden.  


As a result of such influences Ingrid's artistic depth covers many areas and forms of art. She has received a BFA in painting and drawing, and numerous awards in the visual arts. She also uses her passion for poetry as a constant companion to her written expressions throughout the years. This passion  appears on her new album entitled simply INGRID on Reverbnation. 


States Ingrid, " I have been writing  a script for my musical which comes from a fairy tale I wrote entitled, "BEAUTY AND THE BRUSHES".   My fairy tale musical begins with a girl dreaming of becoming an artist. Through her imagination, although living in the present, her thoughts take her to a past life where she lived with her mother and sister in the 18th century."  


Are you ready to hear more? Well, please keep an eye out for more on this interesting work here or visit the artist's Reverbnation page.  


Ingrid Westberg  is always searching for the hidden possibilities which do exist. She is truly the artistic seeker of the beautiful and sacred unknown. 


New single, "Echo of Love." 


Ingrid's New Music Video: Mystic Dancer


Visit: https://www.reverbnation.com/ingridwestberg


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NEWS

LYIA - ROCK AND BLUES VOCALIST

I think you will really enjoy listening to Lyia Meta a Rock and Blues Malaysian singer-songwriter; and visual artist of Creole Portuguese descent.  

Lyia is a strong and solid singer who I think is going to go far. As an independent  artist she is constantly working to get her music heard; as she navigates her way through the world of music. She is an artist who also listens not only to her inner self but to others as she negotiates the world of music. 

The artists paints what she does not write and writes what she cannot paint; as a creative process in her continuous search for creative fuel to express herself. Thus, Lyia's vehicles of expression are two fold music or art. 

Says Lyia, "Everyone has a purpose in life. A reason TO BE... a journey to complete. I realized when I embraced all the pain and adversity, I found freedom and happiness and a measure of peace that no one could take from me.
That freedom was music and art ".  

Lyia's artistic vehicle is one of caring for people, mixed with the sound and visuals of talent. 

Social Media: 

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/zacklyia/
https://www.youtube.com/user/lyiameta
  


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Dine In Dine Out



HOME MADE SUGAR COOKIES -- DELICIOUS IN AN HOUR OR LESS




Have you ever had a craving for cookies but did not want slice and bake or store bought? 

 

Well I have found a solution and I would like to share it with you.  I looked through several recipes, added my own touches and came up with a delicious and fast way to make sugar cookies.    

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

(I prefer the taste of real vanilla; however it is more expensive, imitation can be used too.)

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Sift flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.  Get out your little hand mixer and blend the sugar and vegetable oil in large mixing bowl until creamy, about 2 minutes.  Add the eggs and vanilla one at a time.  Add the sifted ingredients all at once. 


Grease your cookie sheet with butter or cooking spray. (I like the flavor of the butter myself.)    Using a teaspoon, form the dough (what's nice is you don't have to wait to chill this dough; you can start baking your cookies right away!)  into small balls by rolling in the palm of your hand.   Put about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in a small bowl and roll the balls in the sugar; a few at a time.  Then place on cookie sheet.  For fun, dip a fork into the sugar, then mark the cookie with the fork. 


Bake for about 10 cookies so they are just lightly golden brown.  Let them cool a few minutes, then place on a cooling rack.  Makes about 5 dozen cookies. 


These cookies also make a great gift too! 

Enjoy!


 

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