OK, OK, hold the outrage! Yeah, I know. You’re all going, “But Jane, Maiden is too cool to be nerd metal. They’ve been around forever, they’ve influenced practically everybody in rock, and they’re as metal as fuck!” Look, I’m not arguing that Bruce Dickinson et al aren’t cool, and they are definitely influential, one of […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays: Iron Maiden"
In remembrance of all my brothers and sisters who never came home. Enjoy a blessed and joyful Memorial Day with your families and friends, but spare just a moment to remember the ones who died to keep our loved ones safe and free.Read more "In Memorium"
Check this out. A new six part, Kickstarter-funded SF webseries with Doctor Who’s Davros himself, Terry Molloy. The story itself appears to be nothing new, research-scientist-must-enter-his-wife’s-dreams-to-save-her, the catch is all in the presentation. To unlock each episode, a minimum number of independent viewers must watch the previous one. So far only the trailer is available […]Read more "Series One Teaser | kosmos"
I’d planned to hold off on these guys for a while, but 1) it’s been a totally crap week and I need to write about something that really makes me happy and 2) the Eurovision finals are this weekend, so it only seems appropriate to go ahead and feature these guys, as that was the […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays: Lordi"
I know. I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one, especially as I saw it two weeks ago now. What can I say, It’s been a weird May. Previews first: Fan4astic(sic) – Saw the long version this time and it did not make me any more enthusiastic about the movie than the […]Read more "At The Movies: Avengers – Age of Ultron"
Steve is celebrating the rebranding and relaunch of his fabulous pop music website with a blog party. Come along, bring a bottle, and find some new favorites. Oh and you have to show up with some tunes.Read more "Let’s Get The Party Started!"
I like these guys way more than they probably deserve. It’s the combination of old-school speed metal virtuosity, soaring melody, clean vocals, and really, really beautiful men (I’m looking at you, Herman Li) that just plain makes me happy whenever I listen to these London-based fantasy rockers (OK, mostly it’s the beautiful men, I’m married, […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays – DragonForce"
The Virginia Renaissance Faire (VARF) is a fabulous family-oriented festival, now in its 14th season. The “little faire that could” has grown from a small traveling show to a spring mainstay at Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania, where they now draw upwards of 20,000 patrons over their 5 week run. The first thing you will […]Read more "Event Review-Virginia Renaissance Faire 2015"
So this weekend brought both sad tidings and good news about new projects in the nerd pop world. First the sad: Grace Lee Whitney, best known for her role as Yeoman Janice Rand in the first season of Star Trek has passed away at age 85. Stories differ, but while she was most likely fired […]Read more "Notes from the ‘Net – Mixed Bag Edition"
So, I promised you Americans this week and with Florida’s Kamelot, I deliver (well, mostly, lead singer Tommy Karevik is a Swede). They combine extremely melodic tunes with super clean vocals (both from current lead Tommy and previous singer Roy Khan) and full orchestration for a symphonic style that’s distinctively their own. And they did […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays: Kamelot"