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Fantasy Celebrates 30 Years in Business

Fantasy Celebrates 30 Years in Business

By Jeff Maisey Newport News pop culture shop Fantasy, whose tagline accurately describes “From the Unique to the Bizarre,” is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. In a time when internet sales have decimated retail, Fantasy continues to flourish. We recently caught up with owner Mitch Kirsner to learn more about his secret to success.

Introducing Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks

By Katie Cooper   Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks could be called the working man’s band.  Hailing from Columbus, OH, German balances a full time job, roles as dad, grandfather, and hockey coach with traveling musician hitting the road at least twice a month with his band the Blankety Blanks.  This self-described Blue Collar,

Under the Hypnotic Spell of Blaq Magie

By Jeff Maisey   Traprock Misfit, aka K’Bana Blaq, is known to many as the flamboyant male vocalist in The Fuzz Band, a Hampton-based R&B group known for its cross-over appeal, whether taking on soul, hip hop, rock, jazz or ‘80s synth-pop. K’Bana also has an emerging solo career and has released a fabulous, trippy

Hurray for the Riff Raff is One of Many Acts for Boogaloo

By Jim Morrison   “I don’t want Google Glass or anything, but I feel like so much of what I believe in is very modern,” Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynde Lee Segarra says. “When I hang out amongst musicians that are really trying to live like they’re in the past, politically I get very

Paul Shugrue’s Top Spins of the Week

The CD of the Week on Out of the Box is “Bound By the Blues” by Sonny Landreth. Hear Paul Shugrue’s review here:http://mediaplayer.whro.org/program/1000003 New this week: Florence + the Machine, Albert Hammond Jr., Amy Helm, Ben Lee, Clap Your hands Say Yeah, Daughn Gibson, Good Old War, Joss Stone, Melody Gardot, Rolling Stones (re-issue), Tom

Mindset Reset: Hardedge rock group reunites for 20th anniversary show

    By Jeff Maisey The year was 1995. Hard-edged rock groups such as Helmet and Biohazard were all the rage. In Hampton Roads, Mindset was right on-par with these bands. Mindset released a self-titled album and a follow-up titled A Bullet for Cinderella. Both were on German-based indie label Noise Records.  The band experienced

HARBORFEST: Soulful Edge to Sister Sparrow

  By Jim Morrison   Arleigh Kincheloe, the Sister Sparrow of Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, has been the frontwoman for the raucous soul/rock/funk group since its inception in 2008, but it was only with their new record, “The Weather Below,” that she became its leader. Kincheloe writes nearly all the group’s songs and

Guitarist John Ashton Talks Furs, Satellite Paradiso

By Jeff Maisey Though John Ashton has decided not to hit the road this go-round with the Psychedelic Furs, I thought he’d be a great interview reflecting on the Furs big time success in the 1980s with such hits as “Pretty in Pink” and “Love My Way.” Ashton, after all, was key to the Furs’