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Press Release: The Last Year Supports Neon Hitch On Fall tour

The Last Year

THE LAST YEAR SUPPORTS BRITISH POP SENSATION NEON HITCH ON FALL TOUR
(Baltimore, MD) – Talk about girl power! Two of the music industry’s fiercest female artists – Niki Barr and her band The Last Year and Neon Hitch – are heading out for a fall tour that will take them from New York to North Carolina for a series of dates that kick off at The Knitting Factory in New York on October 26 and ends with a grand finale concert at the iconic Webster Hall in New York City on November 18.

The Last Year, which was the brainchild of lead vocalist Barr and bassist Scott Ensign, is setting the industry on fire with its debut single “Sugar.” Under the direction of CO 5 Music, the smash hit is currently being spun at more than 14 radio stations, including WWDC 101, WLUM, KWSS, WWWX and many more, across the U.S. and is continuously being added to alternative and rock stations with each and every performance.

No strangers to the stage, Barr, Ensign and drummer BJ Kerwin have toured over 30 countries on three continents. In fact, they have performed 12 international tours for the Armed Forces Entertainment in five years performing for the Troops in the Middle East, Japan, UK, and many other countries throughout Europe and Southeast Asia.
“The support tour with Neon Hitch is the perfect opportunity to further promote the group’s self-titled, new CD, which they teamed up with Shanachie Entertainment to release, and their single “Sugar,” said Mike Marucci, of Marucci Artists Management.

Thanks to Barr’s energizing stage presence and coy airy vocals that she expertly transforms into melodic rock rhythms, she amasses a following wherever she goes. Complemented by Griffith’s “Edge-like” guitar playing, Kerwin’s diverse drumming style that ranges from thrashing beats to cool, simple tempos, and Ensign’s effortless transitions between beautifully-crafted synth melodies to driving bass lines, The Last Year flawlessly backs Barr up with its perfectly executed performances that only a group that has toured together for so long can do.
Show dates are scheduled to include:

October 24th Ram’s Head Live Baltimore, MD*

October 25th Hebe Music Burlington, NJ*

October 26th The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY

October 30th Wilmington, NC

October 31st Chapel Hill, NC

November 1st Charlotte, NC

November 18th Webster Hall NY, NY

*Denotes The Last Year shows without Neon Hitch.
About The Last Year
Hailing from Baltimore, The Last Year is an alternative rock band. The act stems from an idea of front-girl Niki Barr, on vocals, and Scott Ensign, playing bass and synth. The pair, complemented by drummer, BJ Kerwin, and guitarist, Scott Griffith, approach their music with a kaleidoscopic attitude, embracing diverse influences and refusing to give in to conventions. Having toured over 30 countries on three continents, The Last Year is no stranger to the stage. With their impressive light show, guided by Barr’s coy, airy vocals that she expertly transforms into powerful rock melodies, and Ensign’s layers of synth growls, the show is a spectacle and a must-see.

The Last Year recently teamed up with Shanachie Entertainment in order to release a brand-new EP of new material. Describing the new release as “limitless” with “everything from buzz saw synth to airy atmospheric ambience to 80s drum sequence loops”, the group says that their latest songs come from the dark place Barr is almost known for and showcase the band’s perfect blend of natural and synthetic sounds.

The Last Year’s EP has been warmly received by fans and critics alike, especially lead single “Sugar”, a tune that bridges the gap between the darkness of Joy Division and the infectious, radio-friendly indie rock hooks of bands like The Temper Trap; spicing it all up with female leading vocals that wouldn’t feel out of place on a Garbage record. “Sugar” is currently receiving spins on HFS 97.5 Baltimore’s Rock Alternative, Baltimore’s 98 Rock, 98.7 WTMD, Phoenix’s KWSS 93.9, and SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. The band has shared the stage with such bands as Ben Kenney, Paramore, Tove Lo, Phantogram, Somekindawonderful, Nicovega, and The Cult.

Monster Mania 2014 Recap

I attended the Monster Mania Convention in Hunt Valley last weekend. I met some great vendors and some great celebrities!

 

We arrived and got our tickets right away. The person I was with had a Dunkin Donuts Ravens cup..one of the owners of the convention remarked “Oh you have Ravens cups down here? We only get Eagles up where we live.” Sad face. Heh.

We make our way down to the vendors room. If you love horror movies, sci-fi, fantasy..you will LOVE this room.  And most likely go broke. One of the vendors we visited was JP Hobbies. They came all the way from New Jersey.

“This is my sixth Monster Mania show…The experience is like no other, it’s rewarding to interact with customers and even some of the actors. Dave and his staff really do a great job supporting the vendors by bringing in some of the best people in the business. There seems to be more and more people coming to every show”, said Jason Polito.

One of the new vendors I visited was Chroma Coma. Andrew Sheppard is from South Carolina..yes..South Carolina. Here’s a preview of his pastel work:

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You can check out my interview with him here

We walked away with some cool pastels

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On to the celebrities!

We go back upstairs to “The Walking Dead” room.

I immediately went to Emily Kinney, who plays Beth on the hit AMC drama. She was nice..ish. Maybe it was nerves? She wanted $70 for an autographed pic and a posed pic combined. Wasn’t happening. So I opted for the posed pic!

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Next I saw my boy, Scott Wilson!

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D’angelo Barksdale, everyone!

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Of course, everyone from Baltimore knows him from “The Wire.” We chatted about that for a few, then he brought up the Orioles. Seriously! They had just won Game 2 of the ALDS..he might be a fan! He took out his cell phone, and took a selfie with me. Seriously.

 

Here it is:

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I then went to the “Halloween 6” reunion part of the convention.

I met Mariah O’Brien, who played Beth in the film. Her favorite memories from filming was having to tell the producers to change her costume in a scene, because it was literally like a table on her. Her other favorite memory was them having to shovel snow, since they were filming in Utah!

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I also met Devin Gardner, who played Danny. His favorite scene was when he had to hold the knife up to his grandfathers chest. Yikes. Cool kid!

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The cool thing I noticed about this section of the convention, was that all the “Halloween 6” cast were always together and chatting. Reminiscing. They probably hadn’t seen each other in a very long time!

My last stop was to the beautiful Amanda Wyss. She played Tina in the original “A Nightmare On Elm Street.”

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I asked about her experience in the body bag in the film. It was..quite hot apparently. I also asked her about experience on the WB show, “Charmed.” She appeared in one episode, and was supposed to recur, but it never happened. It’s still one of her favorite shows apparently. She’s “just a dream!”

Seriously, if you’re a fan of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films and TV shows, you MUST go to Monster Mania next October in Hunt Valley. The three day event also includes Q&A’s and film screenings!

See you next October guys and ghouls!

Press Release: “Masse” Premieres At The Charles Theatre

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INDEPENDENT FEATURE MASSE PREMIERES AT CHARLES THEATRE
 
Bad Ferret Films announces the premiere of their indie feature Massé, Wednesday October 15
 
(September 22, 2014) Massé, an independent film project from Bad Ferret Films LLC (www.badferret.com) will hold its premiere at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The film stars Baltimore native and Hollywood veteran Johnny Alonso (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0022198/?ref_=tt_cl_t1) as Jack Pappas, model/actress Barb Myers as the mysterious Sara, and film and TV star Jonathon Ruckman (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1962531/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1) as Jack’s best friend Pete.  A complete list of cast/crew can be found on the Massé website (below).
 
The film is a highly stylized piece of contemporary noir that follows Jack Papas, a pool hustler with a shady past.  The production team worked closely with the local chapter of the American Poolplayers Association to choreograph live action pool shooting.
 
 “We are excited to be premiering in Baltimore, where so much of our principal cast is from,” said Jay Taylor, Director of Massé. “We were lucky to enjoy an incredible amount of support in Central PA while filming, and are thrilled to be bringing the film to an audience in Baltimore before it screens anywhere else,” adds Executive Producer Courtney Shumway.
An Afterparty will be held at the Depot Nightclub from 9:00pm – 12:00am immediately following the screening, with music provided by Baltimore DJ Sean J.  Tickets to both the Premiere and the Afterparty are available online on the Massé website (http://www.massefilm.com/screenings.html).
Admission is free for members of the press.  Cast and crew will be present for red carpet photographs in advance of the screening, and to answer questions.  Interviews with principal cast and members of the production team prior to the screening may also be arranged in advance.  An online screener is available to critics and bloggers who wish to review the film prior to the public premiere.  Contact info@badferret.com to reserve a press pass, request access to the online screener, or schedule an interview.  Additional photos and videos available upon request.
 
Bad Ferret Films is an independent production company based out of York, PA.  The company is a partnership between Writer/Director Jay Taylor and Executive Producer Courtney Shumway, and is dedicated to excellence in film production and cinematography.

 

 

Canton Orioles Rally

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I attended the Orioles rally Tuesday night in Canton. Talk about a sea of orange! First, I should point out that there aren’t many pics or videos because I forgot to charge my phone fully. Oops.

Anyway,  I arrived around 5:30pm, and there were a few hundred people there already. Food trucks lined the perimeter of the Target parking lot, along with a stage for the band Pasadena Family (who ROCKED by the way.)

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I then bumped into WJZ’s Chelsea Ingram. It’s okay, be jealous.

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Pasadena Family continued to rock, as crowds started to gather in front of the stage waiting for the Orioles. Jeremy Conn from 105.7 The Fan emceed the event.

By now the event had close 1,000 people in attendance..

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(pic from @BmoreAroundTown on Twitter)

Yup. That’s a lot of Orioles fans.

Here’s a video of Jeremy Conn introducing Quinton Berry, Wayne Kirby and Adam Jones: http://bit.ly/1qTX41B

A few tidbits:

 

* A drone (you read that right) flew over the area and took video of all the fans..flipping it off.
* Wayne Kirby was the first to come and meet the crowd
* On stage, Adam Jones remarked “Thanks for coming out..this is..insane.”
* Jonathan Schoop seemed pretty chill on stage. He motioned for fans to come over to the guard rails to take some pictures if they wanted.
* Kevin Gausman looked..petrified. In a good way. I don’t think he had any idea that many people would show up.
* Morgan Cox (yes THAT Morgan Cox) was a surprise guest hanging out with the Orioles. Birds of a feather.
* I heard from someone close to the players that they were grateful and surprised a ton of people showed up to support them. Of course we support them!

And finally..the Iron Man showed up.  Sort of.

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I want this costume. Who wants to buy it for me?

All in all, it was a pretty awesome Orioles rally. Props to everyone for making it happen in four days!

Let’s show the Orioles, and the world, how much we support our guys. I challenge every Orioles fan (if possible) to wear Orioles gear, or something orange today, Thursday and Friday.

We Won’t Stop.