A Monster Storm…An Aging Nuclear Plant… What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
The Fallout is coming. Will You Be Ready? https://youtu.be/dVSicGmoHJ0
New York, NY (April 25, 2017) – Acclaimed author Wil Mara returns with a thrilling new novel that will have you flipping pages and frantically checking Google Maps to see just how close you live to the nearest nuclear power plant! (Statistics show that more than a third of the American population lives within half a tank of gas from a live nuclear reactor…) Available Tuesday, April 25, Fallout (Tor/Macmillan Publishing) continues the novelist’s award winning streak of edge-of-your-seat disaster novels with a gripping page-turner that imagines a ruptured and rapidly leaking nuclear facility not in Russia or Japan, but smack dab in the middle of small town America. Forget your perfect storm- Mara captures lightning in the ultimate danger zone, creating a scientifically credible and entirely plausible nightmare scenario when calamitous weather triggers a full-on nuclear disaster in a bucolic Pennsylvania town, bringing unimaginable destruction that will impact generations to come.
When the twin catastrophic events collide, no amount of preparedness can protect tiny Silver Lake, PA- a town that happens to sit in the center of the strategic corridor between New York City and Washington, DC- from the fallout. It’s up to acting-mayor Sarah Redmond and her EMT husband to courageously battle the storm’s impact while saving their citizens from the aftereffects of a catastrophic radiation breach. Meanwhile, the chaos at the fatally damaged plant is being streamed live onto the internet by Marla Hollis, a local journalist who happened to be in the right place at the wrong time. Trapped at the plant, she’s determined to get the story out – and the ugly truth behind why it happened-at any cost. Their efforts galvanize the shell-shocked townspeople, who are overwhelmed by the horrific disaster. https://www.torforgeblog.com/tag/wil-mara For Wil Mara, a bestselling and multi-award winning author, researching Fallout brought the risk of a nuclear disaster occurring in the U.S. a little too close for comfort, even for him. “I always try for scientific accuracy when writing these disaster stories,” he says, “and when I was doing my homework for Fallout, I was stunned by how many near-catastrophic events are triggered by natural phenomenon.” In 2012 alone- the same year as the Fukushami nuclear disaster in Japan (triggered by a tsunami), five separate nuclear power plants in the U.S. lost power due to natural calamities such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding.
Read book excerpt here: http://www.criminalelement.com/stories/2017/04/fallout- new-excerpt
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wil Mara is a critically acclaimed, #1 best-selling author with a career that has spanned over 30 years. He began with nonfiction for school libraries, moved into children’s fiction by ghostwriting five of the popular ‘Boxcar Children Mysteries,’ then into adult fiction with his 2005 disaster thriller, Wave, which won the New Jersey Notable Book Award. His next disaster novel, The Gemini Virus, was released in October 2012 to rave reviews by critics and public alike. His most recent novel, the acclaimed Frame 232, the first of his John Hammond detective series, moves from the halls of government to the streets of Dallas, uncovering the truth about the Kennedy assassination. Most recently, he was honored by the New Jersey Center for the Book and the Library of Congress for his role in the advancement and support of the literary culture in the State of New Jersey. For more information, visit www.wilmara.com.
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New Single “Hold Me Down” Out Now- Video debuts April 7th!
Vocalist/songwriter Katrina Woolverton returns with a new EP, single, video and tour! The multi- talented powerhouse will be putting all her talents on full display live, opening for Midwest pop/rocker Jon McLaughlin during the April leg of his U.S. tour kicking off in New York City on April 14th.
On Friday, April 7th, Vevo will premiere the video for her sultry single “Hold Me Down”, directed by Nick Spanos. Preview here: http://bit.ly/2oIJHt3
The song is from her new EP Better Now (REDRED/SONY/ RED/BDG), a six-track offering showcasing the star’s gift for musical nuance, songwriting and vocal range. The EP also includes the reassuring title track “Better Now” (co-written with Grammy winner Amy Wadge who co-penned Ed Sheeran’s 2016 Grammy winning smash, “Thinking Out Loud”), “Open Hearted,” “Known Better,” “Lonely Heart,” and “Heart Beats.”
Recorded mostly in London, the EP was mixed and produced by renowned producer Mikal Blue, (One Republic, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, among others) with co-production by Jez Coad, Jules Wolfson and Katrina Woolverton. Mikal is a co-writer on the single “Hold Me Down,” and also engineered the EP with Jonathan Sagis.
Included in Better Now’s deft mix of contributors/songwriters alongside Blue and Wadge are Raja Kumari (Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy) and Jules Wolfson (co-founder of Nexus Music with more than 100 gold and platinum certifications).
On tour, Katrina will be acoustically spotlighting, with guitarist Andrew Doolittle, her new treasure trove of songs in multiple major U.S. cities on the trek, including stops in Boston (4/15), Atlanta (4/22), Philadelphia (4/28), and more (dates below). The upcoming tour and new EP mark another exciting turning point in Woolverton’s accomplished career. Since her 2011 debut with the critically acclaimed album In the Blink of an Eye, Katrina has released 4 chart topping singles, developed a social fan base of nearly a 1⁄2 million followers, and was the opener for the multi-platinum artist Meat Loaf on his “Mad Mad World Tour.”
Jon McLaughlin/Katrina Woolverton Dates:
Sat/Apr-29, Washington, DC, The Hamilton
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Fri/Apr-14, New York, NY, City Winery
Sat/Apr-15, Boston, David Friend Recital Hall Fri/Apr-21, Nashville, City Winery Sat/Apr-22, Atlanta, GA, City Winery Fri/Apr-28, Philadelphia, PA, World Café
by Colin Stutz
Jidenna, Daveed Diggs, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Michael B. Jordan, and the Roots perform during the All-Star Game as part of the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 19, 2017 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
‘Hamilton’ actor Daveed Diggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, actor Michael B. Jordan, Jidenna and Run D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels all played a part.
The Roots kicked off the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday (Feb. 19) with a star-studded basketball musical called The Evolution of Greatness.
With the help of Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, actor Michael B. Jordan, Jidenna, Run D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels and others, the Roots took over the Smoothie King Center to examine the history of the game.
“We live in a culture that has always been obsessed with one age-old question: who’s the best?” the Roots’ Black Thought said opening the number — which the band created — setting up an era-by-era look at basketball’s greatest players and the sport’s development over time.
The Roots perform during H.O.M.E. in DC with Martell Cognac at Union Market on Nov. 5, 2016 in Washington, DC.
The Roots to Deliver NBA-Themed Musical With Special Guests at All-Star Game
McDaniels spoke with Billboard about the performance, highlighting its educational value for a younger generation who may not know about the NBA’s rich history.
“[The Roots] wanted to do something that wasn’t just based on the entertainment value,” he said. “While you’re entertaining people, you should be able to educate, inspire, motivate and teach, which is the basis of hip-hop.”
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Written by: Adelle Platon
Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/Getty Images
The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will kick off with a blast from the past. Prior to the introductions of the All-Star East and West teams on Sunday, Feb. 19 in New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, The Roots will orchestrate an NBA-themed musical titled The Evolution of Greatness, which will feature contributions from DJ Jazzy Jeff, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of legendary hip-hop group Run-D.M.C., Jidenna, Hamilton star Daveed Diggs and actor Michael B. Jordan. The production is set to take viewers through each generation of the NBA, from the 1950s to the present.
Twenty-four hours before his rehearsal with the talented crew, the Queens-bred rap icon hopped on the phone with Billboard to discuss his involvement in the show, the connection between basketball and hip-hop, how Run-D.M.C. could have convinced Michael Jordan to team with Adidas over Nike, as well as his love for Chicago upstart Chance The Rapper. The NBA All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 19 on TNT.
The Roots perform during H.O.M.E. in DC with Martell Cognac at Union Market on Nov. 5, 2016 in Washington, DC.
The Roots to Deliver NBA-Themed Musical With Special Guests at All-Star Game
You are working on The Roots’ NBA-themed musical The Evolution of Greatness. How did that production come together?
I got a call from The Roots, and they wanted to do something that was gonna be educational. With sports or music — it could be anything nowadays, for some reason — the current generation has no idea of the people before them, and that applies especially to hip-hop. I guess for the last 20 years, it’s been happening with sports. Everyone’s so caught up on who’s on the radio, TV or court now, who’s on the TV now. They wanted to do something that wasn’t just based on the entertainment value. While you’re entertaining people, you should be able to educate, inspire, motivate and teach, which is the basis of hip-hop.
DJ Jazzy Jeff, Michael B. Jordan and others are also contributing to the show.
The coolest thing is that when [The Roots] said Michael B. Jordan, I was like the “great actor dude?” Tariq was like, “Yeah, he gon’ be rhyming. He gon’ be spitting.” I won’t put it past [Jordan], because he’s so good when he plays his roles. I’m really excited to see that.
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By Chad Childers
Slaves on Dope unleashed their latest studio album, Horse, back in October of this year and the disc has yielded one of the more interesting collaborations of 2016 as the band teamed with iconic Run-D.M.C. great Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels on the track “Script Writer.” We recently sat down with Slaves on Dope singer Jason Rockman and guitarist Kevin Jardine along with McDaniels to discuss the Horse album as well as their collaboration.
Though there is some past with drugs and the album is titled Horse, Rockman tells us that the disc is written more from a social commentary standpoint these days than personal experience. Plus, the band likes to have a little fun with the writing process. “There’s a lot of social commentary and a lot of play on words. The name Slaves on Dope is like a double entendre, so we’re kind of having a little bit of fun with it,” says the singer, who reveals he’s been sober for 24 years.
Jardine also discusses the muse behind the song “Health Food and Heroin,” and then all three get into discussing how the collaboration on “Script Writer” came to be. After meeting on Rockman’s interview show, the pair discussed a possible collaboration and it turns out the track that the singer sent McDaniels was a perfect fit. “I started writing and I just wrote so much,” says McDaniels, while Rockman adds, “It all fit with the theme cause it all deals with insomnia.” “I never sleep, so I loved this song,” says McDaniels. “I’m like, he’s talking about me.” Rockman says he was blown away by what the rap legend submitted, stating that his contribution showed that he truly listened and got what the song was about.
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by Stephen Sorokoff Dec. 20, 2016
Danny Aiello had his annual Christmas party at The Triad last night and BroadwayWorld was there.
There are some performance events around Christmas time that we are lucky are not known by the general public so it is easier to get in. They are those special celebrity parties that the “insiders” go to. Danny Aiello has been having that type of Christmas music show for the last three years and it’s a coup to get a ticket. This year he had to play two shows back to back at The Triad to satisfy his friends, and probably next year he’ll have to do a week to accommodate his fans. Danny Aiello & his band Joe Geary & the Guys had their 3rd Annual Christmas Party yesterday – a holiday celebration filled with music, memories & laughter – with a collection of songs from Danny’s five albums. With great reviews from both The New York Times & LA Times, Aiello delights fans with a unique flair to his holiday favorites: “His voice warm & amiable…a pure manifestation of the abundant life experience he brings to his art.” A NYC treasured holiday event that raises your spirits as only this Academy Award Nominee can.
Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff
There are some performance events around Christmas time that we’re lucky are not known by the general public. It makes it easier to get in for the devoted fans and friends. They are the special celebrity parties that the “insiders” go to. Danny Aiello has been having that type of Christmas music show for the last three years and it’s a coup to get a ticket. This year he had to play two shows back to back at The Triad to satisfy his friends, and probably next year he’ll have to do a week to accommodate his fans. Danny Aiello & his band Joe Geary & the Guys had their 3rd Annual Christmas Party yesterday – a holiday celebration filled with music, memories & laughter – with a collection of songs from Danny’s five albums. With great reviews from both The New York Times & LA Times, Aiello delights fans with a unique flair to his holiday favorites: “His voice warm & amiable…a pure manifestation of the abundant life experience he brings to his art.” A NYC treasured holiday event that raises your spirits as only this Academy Award Nominee can.
(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of Danny’s show go to BroadwayWorld.com)
New York; New York (December 1, 2016) – Tracey Miller & Associates (TMA), a leading entertainment strategic media and marketing firm, announces the appointment of Serena (Gallagher) Boyd as Senior VP for the company. Boyd will develop and engineer an expanded global strategy for TMA in this specially created role, utilizing marketing, digital, and social media strategies to drive new business growth for the firm and its diverse roster of clients.
As Founder, Tracey Miller guides TMA into its third decade, citing Boyd’s appointment as a noteworthy expansion of the firm’s commitment to broaden the reach of its clients and the TMA brand across all platforms.
“Serena is a longtime friend and colleague who shares our vision in embracing the ongoing changes in our industry as new opportunities to expand TMA’s business model,” stated Miller. “The social and experiential component to music and other entertainment forms has created fewer barriers to emerging artists and brands. Serena will help us diversify the access and exposure we provide, grow our branding and client base, enabling us to reach fan communities and media tastemakers integrating a variety of speciality and niche services that drive interest, create new content, and more efficiently engage the marketplace.”
Recognized as one of the most trusted and respected media relations executives in the music business, Boyd has guided the careers of star artists in multiple genres, developing pivotal media strategies for a wide range of award-winning performers, Grammy-winning superstars, Hall Of Fame inductees, trailblazing urban and hip hop artists and rock innovators.
Boyd returns to the States from England, where she was a media and marketing consultant for U.S. and UK based clients, often partnering with TMA on global campaigns. In addition, Boyd was an adjunct professor teaching on the Music Industry Studies programs at BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) and The Manchester College.
Prior to her move to England, Boyd helmed Universal Republic Records’ media arsenal as Senior Vice President of Publicity, overseeing campaigns for the top selling roster of gold and platinum artists, including Amy Winehouse, Mika, Colbie Caillat, 3 Doors Down, Owl City, and Damian Marley, as well as working with Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame artists such as Prince and The Who.
Prior to Boyd’s appointment at Universal Republic, she served in several capacities in the publicity department of the Universal Motown Record Group family of labels, helping to re-energize the historic label’s storied legacy. Joining Motown Records as Vice President of Publicity and Media
Relations in 1996, Boyd went on to guide the public relations campaign for such icons as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Boyz II Men, as well as Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu, and India.Arie. In 2003 Ms. Boyd was appointed Senior Vice President of Pop/Rock Publicity for the Universal Motown Records Group navigating the media campaigns for multi-platinum artists including 3 Doors Down, JoJo, Godsmack, and Michael McDonald, among others.
Prior to joining Universal Motown Records Group, Boyd founded her own publicity firm representing some of the most influential artists and executives in the hip hop and urban music landscape, including pioneering hip-hop moguls Russell Simmons and Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, as well as Notorious B.I.G., The Wu-Tang Clan, and the groundbreaking cable TV series, HBO’s Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam.
“It is exciting to return to America and have the opportunity to join the TMA team,” commented Boyd. “Tracey is one of the most insightful and innovative strategists I know. I have always admired her creative instincts and unconventional approach to campaigns. I look forward to supporting her as she continues to develop TMA as one of the premier entertainment marketing firms.”
In addition to her duties at TMA, Boyd has joined the Music Department at Rowan University as an Adjunct Professor – Music Business. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College, received her PGCE qualification from the University of Huddersfield (UK) and is a Fellow of The UK Higher Education Academy. Boyd is a member of The Recording Academy, British Recorded Music Industry (BPI), Americana Music Association (AMA), International Bluegrass Music Association, National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP), and Songwriters Hall of Fame
Tracey Miller & Associates is an all-purpose awareness-provider specializing in unique deliverables across the growing spectrum of PR and social media platforms. The TMA Roster is comprised of breaking new artists and established stars, including a diverse array of clients and brands in the music, film, publishing, charitable, health, lifestyle, live venue & event, and digital realms.
Spearheaded by founder, Tracey Miller, an entertainment veteran who blazed her own path in the music business working with such clients as Run DMC, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, India.Arie, 3 Doors Down, and Danny Aiello, to name a few, TMA is currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary.
Along with data-driven, intricately targeted media campaigns, comprehensive social media maintenance and other key strategic/cross-marketing services now being offered by TMA, Miller believes that artist development know-how will always be a cornerstone of TMA. “Tailoring a development strategy to the right media message requires the kind of attention to detail we pride ourselves on. From engaging music supervisors to soliciting sponsorship opportunities; from connecting with blogs and social media communities to aligning with label, third-party, and branding partners, we believe the story still matters, and the multiple ways we share our clients’ story with the world is the key to our success as a PR company.”
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by Colin Stutz
In his life, Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels was touched by an angel. Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” to be exact.
In his new memoir, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, McDaniels explains a period of his life when he was battling depression and how that hit ’90s ballad — which he first heard during a cab ride — helped stave off his suicidal thoughts.
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“I was probably at my suicidal worst in 1997 during a two-week-long tour in Japan. The only song I listened to then was a soft-pop ballad by Sarah McLachlan called ‘Angel,'” McDaniels writes in an excerpt first published by People. “I cannot overemphasize how important that song was to me in the midst of my depression. ‘Angel’ kept me serene even when every fiber of my person was screaming for me to lose it [and] made me believe that I could soldier through.”
McDaniels was sober at the time after struggling with alcohol addiction but found himself amidst an identity crisis when he lost his voice due to a thread condition and was dealing with inner-band conflicts.
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“Whatever my hesitations about suicide, I sometimes think I would have done the deed easily if it weren’t for that record,” McDaniels continues. “I thought long and hard about killing myself every day in Japan. I tricked myself into thinking that my family might be better off without me. I considered jumping out of a window. I thought about going to a hardware store to buy poison to ingest. I thought about putting a gun to my temple. Whenever I’d listen to ‘Angel,’ though, I always managed to make my way back from the brink.
“It would be too simple to say that song got rid of all my negative feelings. it couldn’t rid me of the wounds. ‘Angel’ was like a life preserver tossed to me during a storm. It didn’t pull me out of the water, but it did help me stay afloat until other help came along.”
McDaniels actually met McLachlan that year at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party and introduced himself to the Canadian singer-songwriter, praising her singing and thanking her for helping him battle those suicidal thoughts. Years later, McDaniels met McLachlan again and the two recorded an updated cover of Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle,” an important step in McDaniels’ recovery process. During that session, they discovered they had something in common as well, that they were both adopted — an issue McDaniels had struggled with for years. The song, “Just Like Me,” was released in 2006 as a tribute to foster children.
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Friday night’s (Oct. 21) Cutting Room pairing of Project/Object—The Music of Frank Zappa, featuring Ike Willis and Don Preston with San Diego electronic ensemble Swarmius was a dream bill—but only for two dreamers in the room.
That would be me and Joseplh Martin Waters, the professor of music composition and computer music at San Diego State University—and the acclaimed composer-performer who conceived Swarmius. For the Cutting Room gig Swarmius was made up of conductor/programmer Waters, saxophonists Todd Rewoldt and Michael Couper, pianist Geoffrey Burleson and guests Gene Pritsker (guitar) the artist Mark Kostabi, whose artwork graces the Cutting Room walls, and who also composes and plays piano.
The term “trans-classical” has been created to describe the music of Swarmius, and it does in fact serve up a singular multicultural, multi-genre musical mix-up, heavy on classical, jazz, rock and electronics and performed by the monster musicians the concept requires. His Cutting Room set focused on new material from the forthcoming album Swarmius III—Trans-Classical, and like preceding Swarmius recordings, is surprisingly accessible, with Joe’s conducting (without a baton) while programming from an Apple laptop onstage with his instrumentalists: You can actually follow the development of his complicated compositions easily just by watching the emotional drama and intensity in his hands and face as he conducts, said compositions including, at the Cutting Room, Trans-Classical‘s “instant gratification single” “EeOoEe,” which has just been released digitally ahead of the album.
That’s right, I still call him Joe, because he was just Joe Waters back at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin, Class of 1970, albeit a musical whiz kid even then, when his band was Spindlebean—a loose aggregate of musicians, and friends (and at least one stoner) who sang along to Joe’s Zappa-like lyrics and melodies. So it was extraordinary indeed to be sitting next to Joe at the Cutting Room, 46 years later, listening to longtime Zappa band veterans vocalist/guitarist Ike Willis and keyboardist Don Preston, now 84, play the music of Frank Zappa.
“The first Zappa album that really caught my attention was Uncle Meat,” said Joe afterward, referring to the 1969 double album. “This I listened to obsessively with my friends while we were experimenting with marijuana and psychedelics in high school, and it became a central playlist of our little community. But my all-time favorite was We’re Only in It for the Money . I found the album cover and the title shocking, and was incredulous that it could be lampooning the gods of popular music–the Beatles–jabbing and belittling their generation-defining album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which had already achieved iconic status.”
He continued: “The first time I heard We’re Only in It for the Money I was tripping on acid, and the ‘through-composed’ album structure, where one song seamlessly merged into the next, and where text and composition, social commentary, acoustic instruments and electronics all swirled around together and through each other, was a deep aesthetic revelation.”
Joe recalled attending his first Zappa concert sometime around the release of his classic 1969 Hot Rats album.
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