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Mike Henneberger – Climbing Up From Rock Bottom
Friday, July 03, 2020

Rock bottom. It’s a scary concept – feeling as though you’re at the lowest point possible in life.

Mike Henneberger knows this feeling all too well.

A music industry veteran who has played in multiple bands, and has contributed to a litany of publications and websites, he’s also an Army veteran, who like many of his peers, suffers from depressive disorder, and anxiety disorder.

Even with pop punk and emo constantly playing in his headphones, Henneberger has always believed in, and sought out, the kind of big movie love sold to us in John Cusack films.

All of these sides of himself are on full display in his first book, Rock Bottom at the Renaissance – An Emo Kid’s Journey Through Falling In and Out of Love In and With New York City.

Set in a hotel room Henneberger won a stay in back in 2011, the book is a telling of unrequited loves, loves lost, and extreme bouts of depression, and overconsumption, with some of his favorite songs serving as the accompaniment for each chapter.

I caught up with Henneberger to talk about the book, including why he waited until now to release it, the fears he had regarding some of the biggest revelations inside its pages, and the unexpected undercurrent of hope some readers have found in it.


After you completed Rock Bottom at the Renaissance, and read it over, what were your initial thoughts on what you were about to put out into the world?

The first time I re-read it was years before it came out. I probably finished writing it in early 2014. It was started in 2011. The weekend in the hotel room was 2011, and most of it got written in there.

I put it aside for a long time because I didn’t decide to go into that headspace that weekend in the hotel, it just happened, and there was no way anybody with even the little bit of sanity I had at that time in my life would consciously decide to go into that headspace, and that was the only way I could finish that book, by getting back into that dark headspace, and that scared me. I didn’t want to go back to that, so the book didn’t get finished for a while. It didn’t even look at again for probably a year, at least.

After I finished it I wasn’t in a much better place in my life – I was still a single guy in New York looking for that missing piece.

I didn’t really think I was putting (the book) out. I was too scared to put it out, to let people know who I was, because that was still who I was when I finished it. I was still dealing with that stuff. I was still dealing with my depression and anxiety. I mean, I still do today, but (I’d been) treating it in unhealthy ways, and I was afraid to let people know that.

Then I met my wife later in 2014. We started dating, and I was scared of what she would think of it, and I was scared of what her family would think of it, because her family is so great, and they’ve all always supported me and the things that I’ve done.

The reason it’s coming out now is because maybe in like 2015 I read it again, and for the first time I saw the person in the book as someone else. I had gotten healthier enough that I was disconnected enough from that person in the book.


So it almost felt more like you were reading a novel versus reading your own memoir.

Yeah, and I remember this so clearly – I used to live in Bushwick, and I was reading it on the rooftop of our apartment, and I remember it hitting me, because I was so disconnected from it I could view it as just a guy who has depression and anxiety reading this book about some other guy with depression and anxiety. It was the first time I’d looked at it that way, and I thought holy shit, this is really good. I’m taking it in, and I’m seeing this other person who’s dealt with this, and I think it’ll really help other people who deal with this.

It doesn’t matter what this does to me, there are people this could help, and that’s more important. Even if it helps two people, that’s one more than it might hurt, which is just me.

That’s not entirely true.

I hope it doesn’t hurt anybody that’s in the book. I don’t think it will.

Is there concern about people who are in the book picking it up and reading it?

The biggest fear for me was the prostitute chapter, because of my wife, and there’s a chapter in there about a girl named Megan, and my wife’s name is Megan, and it’s not about my wife.

(My wife) told me early in our relationship that she wasn’t concerned with pasts, and didn’t want to talk about it. That’s the whole thing with the book for her, she just didn’t want to know about it.

That was the biggest fear for me, that I’m gonna have to talk to my wife about a prostitute chapter, and I’m gonna have to tell my wife there’s a Megan chapter that’s not about her. Those were the biggest issues for me.

You never thought of changing the name?

I couldn’t because of the song.

Oh, that’s right, the song you have associated with it in the chapter title.

The girl’s name, she’s the only name I didn’t change of all the girls in there, but she did spell her name weirdly, she doesn’t spell it Megan.

But I think the girls in the book don’t come off bad, and the one that does, kinda, in the Alkaline Trio chapter …


The work relationship where she ended up dating someone else at the same time.

Yeah. I even excuse her behavior towards the end of the chapter and say I don’t hold it against her because when I was her age – because she was 24, and I was 28 or 29 – I did a lot of stupid things, and hurt people I cared about.

I did call my dad before it came out.

After the first podcast I did talking about the book, I called him, because my wife listened to the podcast, and that’s actually how she found out about the prostitute chapter.

That’s a fun conversation to have.

I don’t know what I was thinking. It didn’t click with me until she texted me on her way to work and was like, “Prostitute chapter, huh.” She was obviously not very happy about it, but that made me realize oh shit, some other people might listen to this and I need to get ahead of it, so I called my dad because I say some things about him in the book, about how he wasn’t around when I was a kid, but I also mention how now he and I have such a better relationship than we ever had.

You know, actually, my ex-girlfriend that I mentioned in the book emailed me a couple days ago, and we hadn’t talked in four or five years.

I hope it was a good email, and not a “how dare you” email.

It was surprisingly a really great email.

I was afraid to let her know about (the book) because I knew she would be curious and get it, or be supportive and get it, and I was afraid of hurting her feelings, because she was a great person to me, and a good friend. So I was really happy that she emailed me, because I was really worried about that.

She apologized that she didn’t realize how fucked up I was back then, which scared me because I didn’t even realize how fucked up I was back then, and she told me that when she looks back at our conversations she sees the signals that she missed. That really scared me because I wasn’t aware I was fucked up back then, and had no idea that I was giving off signals to anybody. I’m not super worried about it now, because I’ve been pretty healthy, but it’s a little scary to wonder who else I was giving off signals to, and who actually caught them.


With your ever-present desire for a movie-like NYC romance, and knowing what that did to you, do you wish you’d never seen those movies, or are you glad they became a part of who you are?

I’m putting it out there, I do believe that it happens. I met my wife, and she is exactly what I believed was out there. We have an awesome marriage. We’re coming up on five years, and we can’t get enough of hanging out with each other. That’s beautiful to me.

I still believe in it. I started to fear if I’m perpetuating that whole thing, but I think it’s also OK, because you should believe in that kind of stuff. I think if you don’t believe in it then it makes it harder to find, or maybe even impossible to find.

So Epilogue: The Darkness – “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.”

{laughs} Yeah. That’s another thing that scares me, though. It’s something that my wife and I talk about. She hasn’t read the whole book, but she knows it’s not a very hopeful book, and she and a couple other people have told me other books that are similar to it come around in the end, or are hopeful.

I think what people might expect from this book is to see a guy who goes through a hard time, and then comes out great. Some people even suggested I keep the book going to include that I’m in a much better place right now. I met my wife not long after that book, but it was long enough after … it was five years after I started the book.

It doesn’t happen fast. Life doesn’t get better in 300 pages, or in an hour and a half movie, or in a 30 minute TV show. Life doesn’t always work that way, and it didn’t for me. Every day of my life for a good five years in New York was life or death to me. These little things that seem so ridiculous now were, to me, life threatening to my messed up head.

So there’s no epilogue to that book, because the epilogue that’s positive didn’t come for years later, so going back and putting more hopeful things in it would just be a lie, and would give people a false hope that oh OK, that was shitty and scary, but it worked out.

It doesn’t work out fast enough most of the time, and I think it would mess you up even more to think like, “That guy’s life worked out right away, and mine’s not, so I’m even more fucked up.” No. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out, man.


I actually feel there’s an undercurrent of hope throughout the book with the whole dream of finding The Girl. You never give up on that.

Yeah. I keep telling people that I love that I get the opportunity to do these interviews, and do podcasts, because I learn new things about the book every time I talk about it with someone. That’s one of them.

People have told me they’ve seen these undertones of hope in it, and I ask them to explain it to me, and then it makes sense.

I didn’t see it that way, (but) when you say it, or when someone tells me that, I see it, that’s true.

I didn’t know I wrote undertones of hope in it. {laughs}

You just happened to be hopeful and not even know it.

Yeah, and that’s the point, right? That’s what kept me alive – being hopeful.

I’ve told a lot of people in my life, your life can only get better if you’re alive. Don’t kill yourself. I’m fortunate enough that I didn’t die in the multiple times in my life that I could have, and I eventually made it to a point where things got better.


To check out excerpts from Rock Bottom at the Renaissance, and to order a copy, go to abergerjoint.com/rockbottombook.

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NYC Scene Report – Koretsky, Dig Nitty, & Lorelei Rose Taylor
Wednesday, July 01, 2020

This week’s NYC Scene Report features Koretsky emerging from self-isolation with a new project, Dig Nitty’s numerous trips down “Lomita,” and Lorelei Rose Taylor moving on from a previous time in her life.

* NYC-based artist Olé Koretsky has been involved in a number of unique musical projects over the years, including, most recently, D.A.R.K., which was his trio with his life partner Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, and Andy Rourke of The Smiths.

After O’Riordan’s tragic passing, Koretsky spent a significant amount of time self-isolating. Now comfortable to return, he’ll be releasing an EP titled MMXX, under the name Koretsky, this summer.

“I felt it was time for me to shift focus and rejoin society,” he explains.

Check out the video for the single, “Call It A Day.” It features footage from the past six years of Koretsky’s life, including rehearsals before the last Cranberries tour, and b-roll from the D.A.R.K. EPK.


* Brooklyn-based band Dig Nitty will be releasing their full length debut, Reverse of Mastery, on July 24th via Exploding In Sound, and with the first single they’re taking everyone on a walk down “Lomita.”

“It's a song about visiting a hospital,” explains Dig Nitty’s Erin McGrath, “Lomita is the name of the street I would go on to get there. It’s a song about wishing you could bring the outside world to someone inside, and how weird it is to be able to just leave a hospital room and go back to the outside world. The second verse compares death to take off in an airplane, or spaceship.”

After listening to “Lomita,” Reverse of Mastery has been added to my list of anticipated albums. Give the song a spin. I think you’ll dig Dig Nitty.


* Back in the summer of ‘98 my dad and I spent a week attending games at various MLB ballparks throughout the midwest. While in Detroit, with the movie Grosse Pointe Blank was fresh in our minds, we drove through area made famous by the film. While on that drive we saw a house that was built as a replica of the palace of Versailles, and it had a mailbox that was also built as a replica of the palace of Versailles. It was unrestrained opulence to the nth degree.

None of that has anything to do with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Lorelei Rose Taylor’s debut EP, Versailles, out now via Uniquely Aligned, but when the heck else was I going to get a chance to tell that story in this column?

When it comes to Taylor’s Versailles, she explained the inspiration for the EP, saying, “Château de Versailles is home to one of the most electric eras of my life. For so long, everything was decadent – full of love and lust and excess … and then it wasn’t. The EP is about the party being over, and the gardens being overgrown. It’s about returning to Versailles with the only set of keys, and realizing the locks were changed. Sure, I could break in, but would it still feel like home?”

Give the title track a spin, and slow dance with Lorelei Rose Taylor on the remains, and memories, of her “Versailles.”


For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.

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Pop Shots – Getting Emotional
Monday, June 29, 2020

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from what Brendon Urie is Panic!-ing about, to Miley Cyrus’ big lifestyle change, to Justin Bieber having to get on the defensive, and since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie has asked the president to stop playing the band’s song “High Hopes” at rallies. For as much as I enjoy Panic! at the Disco, I think it’s time rock and pop radio stop playing “High Hopes,” as well.

* Ariana Grande sent food and coffee trucks to Kentucky voters waiting on line to vote on primary day. Ah yes, because there’s nothing that makes waiting on line better than also having to go to the bathroom!

* Miley Cyrus revealed she recently celebrated six months of sobriety. So apparently she could stop (and congrats to her for that!).


* Post Malone shared a photo of a new skull tattoo on the right side of his head. I know Post Malone loves covering his face with tattoos, but isn’t a skull on your skull kind of redundant?

* Lil Yachty crashed his red 2020 Ferrari 488 in his Atlanta hometown after spinning out of control on the freeway during a rainstorm. Thankfully, the rapper walked away from the accident relatively unscathed, but you’d figure a guy named Yachty would have more control on the water.

* The guitars of legendary artists have been a hot commodity on the auction block, with a custom guitar played by Prince in the ‘80s and ‘90s selling for $563,500, and the guitar Kurt Cobain played at Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance selling for $6 million. One has to imagine world air guitar champion Rob “The Marquis” Messel feels a little left out here.


* Carly Pearce has filed for divorce from Michael Ray after just 8 months of marriage. At least the two country singers now have something to write about for their next albums.

* Hurricane Chris was arrested on a murder charge in Louisiana. You gotta assume he’ll go with a 5150 defense, right?

* In more legal news, Maple Leif Garrett, aka Justin Bieber, has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2014, and in a string of tweets he posted photos and links showing where he was the night in question, adding that he’s planning on taking legal action against his accuser. When the year 2014 heard about this it said, “Nah, 2020. Don’t try to come and drag me down with you!”

* Matchbox Twenty announced the rescheduled dates for their U.S. summer tour, which will now take place next summer, kicking off in July of 2021. The coronavirus pandemic forced Rob Thomas and crew to push their tour dates around.


That’s all for this edition of Pop Shots, but come back next Monday for more shots on all things pop.

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Stacking The Deck with Bourbon House
Friday, June 26, 2020

Stacking The Deck is a feature exclusive to Adam’s World where I bring packs of 1991 Pro Set Superstars MusiCards to artists, and we discuss who they find in each pack.

Every once in a while you’ll hear a song and immediately think – who is this band and where have they been all my life???

This was the case for me the first time I heard Bourbon House’s latest single, “Too High to Care.”

The Wisconsin-based band – which consists of bassist Johnny Pries, singer Lacey Crowe, guitarist Jason Clark, and drummer Ryan Sargent (photo L to R) – describes their music as blues-infused psychedelic groove rock, and “Too High to Care” is the first of six singles they plan on rolling out this year.


I caught up with frontwoman Lacey Crow and guitarist Jason Clark via Zoom to open up some packs of MusiCards, and the artists we found sparked conversations about early inspirations, the unique impact Chris Cornell’s music had on the band, and what they feel can keep a band together for the long haul.



Led Zeppelin

Lacey: All of us are very, I guess kind of obsessed with Led Zeppelin.

Jason: When I started playing guitar the first song I wanted to learn was “Whole Lotta Love.”

Those songs, those riffs, were really what inspired me to learn guitar. I just wanted to learn how to play those songs, and I thought it would be cool if I could do that. I didn’t really think about writing songs, or being in a band, at the time.

I know our drummer, as well, if you asked him who’s his biggest inspiration …

Lacey: (He’d say) Bonham right away.

Led Zeppelin is really easy to be inspired by because they’ve done everything. They don’t really stick to genre, they’re just like, “Let’s just write an amazing song.” That’s kind of the only goal.

Were they an influence that you picked up on your own, or was it from someone else’s record collection you were going through? How did their music first come into your life?

Lacey: Oh God, I don’t even know.

Jason: I can’t really think of anybody that turned me on to Zeppelin. I grew up hearing their music since I was born, and that’s probably true for the rest of the band, as well. There’s something about those songs that resonates, and makes you want to be a rock star.

I’m a person with no musical ability whatsoever, and even I remember the first time I put on a Zeppelin album. I was like, “Holy sh*t! This is something else entirely!”

Lacey: Yeah. Every musician in the band was amazing at what they did, so I think that was part of it, for sure.



Jimi Hendrix

Jason, since you’re wearing a Hendrix shirt I know this is going to go somewhere interesting.

Jason: Hendrix was another one like Led Zeppelin. Obviously he did everything that he did before I was even born, and I just grew up hearing about him, and knowing about him. I had some friends who were guitar players way before I was a guitar player and they would go on and on about how great Hendrix was, and how they were trying to play like him. So when I started learning guitar I paid more attention to what he did.

Of course he started using the wah-wah (pedal), and slide guitar, and all the techniques that he sort of revolutionized, and I became really aware of how he turned the guitar into really the main instrument of rock n roll, whereas before it was just one of the rhythm instruments.

Lacey: Yeah, and he made it melodic.

Jason: Yeah, rock n roll became really all about the guitar, and it’s largely because of what Jimi did.

I noticed the first two cards were classic rock, and a few more are going to be. I feel like we’re in the first generations that could grow up on classic rock, because for the generations before us it wasn’t classic yet. Was there anything about the rock music, or even the pop music, when you were growing up that maybe drew you to classic rock instead?

Lacey: I don’t know if I’m necessarily drawn, specifically, to classic rock. I grew up listening to literally everything, every kind of music, it’s just the sound that resonates with us might sound like an old school ‘70s kind of classic rock thing.



Soundgarden

Lacey: Chris Cornell is like my biggest vocal inspiration. He was my biggest idol. I loved everything he did.

When he passed, how much did that affect you on a personal level?

Lacey: It was really hard.

It definitely affected me a lot. We did write a song for him on our last album, Wild Abandon. We didn’t heavily promote it, it felt (like it would be) kinda icky to do that, but we wanted to do something. If you want to listen to it, it’s “Take Us Away.” That’s about Chris Cornell.

Was that the first time an artist’s passing really affected you?

Lacey: Me, personally, yeah, that was the first time that I actually really felt it. How about you (Jason)?

Jason: That was definitely a tough one.

There have been a lot of shocking ones – Prince, and Michael Jackson, people die suddenly, and Tom Petty, and it’s like whoa, they weren’t old, what happened?

We’re young enough where these artists are older than us, and it seems like they’ve always been around. When you’re a musician, and you’re inspired by music, and you’re listening to music every single day, a lot of times these people come across as a parent, or a role model.

Lacey: Like a mentor.

Jason: I want to study what they did, I want to be like them, and then suddenly they’re gone. It feels weird.

That was definitely a tough one. We had just seen him, actually, less than a year earlier. We saw him when he was in Madison.

Lacey: Kind of a fun story for that, that same concert our drummer was there, as well, but we hadn’t met him yet. That was pretty cool.

So the band is connected through this concert!

Lacey: Yeah.

How long after that show did you meet

Jason: It was about a year later that we actually met.



The Who

Jason: The Who, another bombastic, English band, very much like Led Zeppelin. The album Who’s Next, when I was growing up I listened to every song on that a million times.

They’re one of those bands where you always think if you’re gonna be in a band you want it to be a band like that, where everybody is really an attention-getting person, every individual is famous in their own right, and really really good at what they do. It definitely made me think about if I was ever in a band I want to have the best singer I can find, I want to find the best drummer I can find. Guys like Keith Moon, and John Bonham, they’re not just everyday persons, they’re not just someone who’s keeping a beat, they’re a famous person who’s real attention-getting, and they keep everybody else performing at their best, as well.

When you have the best possible person at every position, how does ego not become a problem? A lot of times when someone’s the best, they want to be front and center.

Lacey: I don’t know. It just hasn’t been a problem with us. I think we’re not very egotistical people, in general. None of us are really like that. We’re all very supportive of each other, and we all just want everybody to be showcased as much as possible.

Jason: That’s definitely been the downfall of a lot of bands.

With The Who, and Led Zeppelin, it just so happens that everybody in the band was real easygoing, and the egos didn’t clash, and everybody felt like “Well, I get enough attention. You’re getting a lot of attention, but I’m cool with that.” That was kind of their attitude, and part of the reason those bands lasted so long.

Lacey: If you’re gonna be part of this band you gotta be a part of this family. We have to get along.

Jason: You gotta be chill. You don’t necessarily need to smoke a lot of weed, but if you don’t, you should act like you do.

Lacey: {laughs}

Jason: I think a lot of bands back in the ’60 and ‘70s did.

Lacey: Just so nice and chill.

Jason: All kind of a little bit baked all the time, and just really cool with each other and everyone else. It’s kind of the atmosphere we want.



B.B. King

Lacey: We’re both very influenced by old school, awesome blues-ness. That’s where you hear the blues in our songs.

Jason: Yeah, and when I really got into Led Zeppelin I started to explore the blues greats – Albert King, B.B. King, Robert Johnson – because they were such big influences on Jimmy Page, and he’s very open about all that. So I explored all his influences, and I had records from a lot of those blues greats from the ‘50s and ‘60s. I really loved it.



Madonna

I added Madonna to this because I wanted to make sure women were represented being that, obviously, you’re a female fronted band. Do you find it in any way strange that so many of your influences from classic rock don’t have women involved?

Lacey: I don’t think it’s strange. It’s been kind of a slow climb in rock music for like ever for women.

There does seem to be an odd “only one at a time,” or “only so many at a time,” type of deal when it comes to women in rock.

Lacey: It’s like – this is the woman rock singer right now. There’s no more allowed for right now.

Is there any way to get more women in at the same time?

Lacey: Yeah, just allow it to happen.


For more Bourbon House check out bourbonhouserocks.com, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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NYC Scene Report – Mima Good, Caveman, & Sam Himself
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

This week’s NYC Scene Report features Mima Good redefining “Cool,” Caveman getting a feeling, and Sam Himself looking inward for some self-care.

* Forget what the media wants to sell you, Brooklyn-based artist Mima Good has created her own definition of “Cool.”

“I’ve always had trouble fitting into one genre, one crowd, one look,” she explains, “When I wrote ‘Cool’ I was sarcastically attempting to simplify myself into a neat little indie bubble. It started out as a joke, but as I layered on new instruments I peeled back the onion to more sincere feelings about accessibility to community and image. When I wrote the second verse and the line, ‘Their sneakers look just like yours, but from a different place,’ I was thinking about how much capitalism controls coolness. At the time, everyone was wearing the same white sneakers. Some were hundreds of dollars, and some were $40 ripoffs, but everyone was attempting to belong to the same clean box.”

After listening to “Cool,” Mima Good is pretty cool in my book.


* Last month NYC indie rock veterans Caveman released their first new music since 2016, an EP titled New Sides. The latest single off the effort is the emotional “You Got A Feeling.”

Singer Matthew Iwanusa explained “You Got A Feeling” saying, “This song is kind of about the anxiety of feeling trapped in a situation. Sort of a cabin fever type thing.”

The video for the song was filmed in Brooklyn, but Iwanusa was able to get a friend who was staying in a cabin to contribute footage, as well. Iwanusa notes, “(It) seemed fitting for how the world is right now.”

Check out “You Got A Feeling,” and I get the feeling you’ll be feeling Caveman.


* Brooklyn-based alt-indie artist Sam Himself is looking inwards, hoping to treat himself “Like a Friend.”

The latest single off his new EP, Slow Drugs, Sam Himself explains the song, saying, “‘Like a Friend’ is about coming to terms with an ending and admitting to yourself that an era of your history is over, that you’ve exhausted some defining idea of who you are, or thought you were. If you’re truly trying to accept that and move on, you need a brief truce between the various warring factions inside you. Part of the song is an internal plea to be on your own side and cooperate with yourself in letting go.”

The video for “Like a Friend” was shot in his native Switzerland, and you can check it out right here.


For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.

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Pop Shots – Guess Who’s Back
Monday, June 22, 2020

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Gwen Stefani’s return to The Voice, to Kelly Clarkson’s return to the dating world, to Garth Brooks’ return to the stage, and since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* Gwen Stefani is headed back to The Voice for the show’s upcoming 19th season. Perhaps this is because after 18 seasons most folks can’t name a single winner, but the judges continue to stay famous.

* Rock the Vote launched its Democracy Summer campaign this past Thursday with a two-hour virtual concert co-headlined by Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas. Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas? I guess the vote was the only thing that rocked.

* Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband, Brandon Blackstock, after nearly seven years of marriage, and two children together. Apparently her life wouldn’t suck without him.


* Amy Grant shared photos on Instagram of her scar from a recent unexpected open-heart surgery to fix a condition she’s had since birth. With this news I’d like to welcome Amy Grant to the Cool Scars From Life Saving Surgeries Club. Of course, as the newest member, when we have our next gathering she’ll have to bring the beer.

* In more celebrity hospitalization news, Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba made a startling post on Twitter, telling the world he’d been in a major motorcycle accident. Describing his injuries as “severe but not life threatening,” he added that while he has every intention of making a full comeback, he has multiple surgeries and months of rehab ahead of him. Speaking as someone who’s gone through multiple surgeries, and rehabbed from them, I’m really not sure how well peeing into a plastic jug in front of a nurse is going to work as a song lyric, but I have faith in Carrabba's ability to turn this situation into something musical.

* Garth Brooks will be performing at a drive-in theater on June 27th, and the concert will air live at 300 drive-ins across the country. Tickets cost $100, so it might be time to find The B-52’s Chrysler that seats about 20, so you can divide that high price into something a bit more manageable.


* Nicki Minaj and 6ix9ine went on Instagram to talk about their new collaboration “Trollz,” and during their convo they took rappers to task for playing both sides of the fence when it comes to snitching. 6ix9ine does know a lot about fences, especially how to scale the ones that surround middle schools.

* Jack Johnson notched his 18th appearance in Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs Top 10, as Milky Chance’s “Don’t Let Me Down,” which features Johnson, has ascended into the chart’s upper echelon. Sooo I guess that’s what white people have been up to.

* Pusha T announced his wife, Virginia, gave birth to their first child together. I bet Pusha T actually telling the world about it made Drake – or Drake’s ghostwriters – throw a bunch of lyrics away.

* Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox are a couple. Immediately, a song comes to mind …


That’s all for this edition of Pop Shots, but come back next Monday for more shots on all things pop.

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