Amy Steele

feminist. vegan. Simmons College B.A. Boston University M.S. in journalism. likes: indie film; documentaries, foreign films; art museums; tea; vegan cooking; literature; alternative music/goth/ Americana/ electro-pop/ folk.

Homepage: http://entertainmentrealm.com

book review: Under the Table

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Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich. William Morrow| April 16, 2019| 272 pages | $26.99| ISBN: 9780062415929

RATING: ***/5*

Sometimes you crave a light read, a brain palette cleanser. I read this one back in September when I needed just such a reading break. It’s an easy, unoffensive, cute, rather predictable read. I liked it enough to finish it but didn’t find it particularly memorable. Zoey Sullivan escapes her stagnant marriage by moving in with her single and carefree (naturally) sister in New York. She pursues her passion for cooking and works as a caterer. Of course she meets a millionaire named Tristan Malloy who has the perfect model house kitchen. He’s handsome and successful but rather reclusive and socially inept so Zoey decides to help him by giving him a makeover. She finds herself falling for Tristan of course and then must decide whether to choose the hot millionaire or her Midwesterner, possessive husband Derek. It’s a really difficult decision—“Sweet, sexy, chivalrous to a fault, Tristan. They had no real history. There had been no declarations of love, just a gradual buildup of attraction that inevitably exploded in passion.” In the process of falling in love with the millionaire, Zoey does discover herself and own independence and strength and that’s admirable. Under the Table is the perfect fantasy and will make a perfect beach read.

 

–review by Amy Steele

 

I received an ARC from William Morrow for review purposes.

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new music: Drab Majesty

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Drab Majesty, the noir synth-pop project of musician Deb Demure and vocalist Mona D, have a new single out from their upcoming album Modern Mirror, which will be released in July 2019. The dark, dreamy and very 80s New Wave “Ellipsis” is a modern interpretation of Ovid’s “Narcissus.”

Modern Mirror  track list:
1. A Dialogue
2. The Other Side
3. Ellipsis
4. Noise of the Void
5. Dolls in the Dark
6. Oxytocin
7. Long Division
8. Out of Sequence

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book review: The Little Girl on the Ice Floe

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The Little Girl on the Ice Floe by Adelaide Bon. Europa| March 2019| 224 pages | $17.00| ISBN: 978-1-60945-515-6

RATING: *****/5*

“She has everything a person needs to be happy. Her childhood is privileged, sheltered. She’s healthy, pretty, intelligent. She lives in Paris, goes skiing in winter and swimming in the summer, visits museums abroad. She comes from a good family in a nice neighborhood; she’s been well brought up,she knows how to behave in polite society. She’s white, with French roots going all the way back to Charlemagne and to Morvan I, king of Bretons.”

Two decades after being assaulted, a detective re-opens the case of “The Electrician” and DNA analysis identifies a man who police recognize as a serial offender. He’s charged with assaulting 72 minors between 1983 and 2003. French author Adelaide Bon goes to court and testifies in the case and confronts the man who brutalized her so many years ago. Translated from the French by Tina Kover, The Little Girl on the Ice Floe is a remarkable memoir about sexual assault and its aftermath. (I truly enjoyed reading Disoriental which Tina Kover also translated.) There’s a conscious connection between subject, author and final product and therefore, becomes somewhat metta at times. Told in third person with the occasional first person, it’s powerful, raw, thoughtful, angry and exhilarating. It’s a revelatory and stunning depiction of how a woman copes after sexual assault. The author candidly depicts her struggles. The rape affects her in a myriad of ways for decades—from overeating to alcohol abuse to isolating to self-esteem issues to sexual relationships. “She convinces herself that she is made up of two completely separate parts: the disgusting, treacherous body and the pure, bright, joyous mind.”

What do you do when you’re hurting so much, when your suffering becomes unbearable? She becomes an avid reader as books provide the perfect refuge. She goes to therapy. She tries pretty much everything: “She participates in four more family constellation weekends; she tries holotropic breathing, rebirth, primal screaming, kinesiology, floral extracts and St. John’s Wort. She consults an etiopath and makes an appointment with an astrologist. She reads countless books on personal development, Indian spirituality, and nonviolent communication; she studies Jung and Schopenhauer. She’s like one of those trick birthday candles that relight themselves endlessly until you drown them in a glass of water. She is the granddaughter of a legionnaire, and as long as there is a war on, she will return again and again to the front line.” 

This potent creative masterpiece is a must-read.

–review by Amy Steele

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new music: Star Crawler covers “Pet Sematary”

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Los Angeles rock band Starcrawler, fronted by singer nineteen-year-old Arrow de Wilde, released a cover of the Ramones’ 1989 single “Pet Sematary” for the new film based on Stephen King’s novel, currently in theaters. It’s a raw, energetic rock cover. “Pet Sematary” was recorded by Mark Rankin (Queens of the Stone Age, Adele, Bloc Party, Weezer) and mixed by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten).

Starcrawler is:

Henri Cash (guitar)
Austin Smith (drums)
Arrow de Wilde (vocals)
Tim Franco (bass)

Starcrawler will be on tour in May, supporting Beck and Cage the Elephant as well as The Distillers.

TOUR DATES:

5/11 – San Pedro, CA @ Brouwerij West #

5/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #

5/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s #

5/15 – Eugene, OR @ Sessions Music Hall #

5/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre ^

5/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro ^

5/24 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall ^

5/25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^

5/26 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^

5/28 – Boston, MA @ Royale ^

5/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ^

5/31 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^

6/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^

6/2 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^

6/4 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East ^

6/12 – 6/15 – Bergen, Norway @ Bergenfest

6/17 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pustervik

6/18 – Malmo, Sweden @ Plan B

6/19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Nochtwache

6/22 – Vitoria, Spain @ Azkena Rocks Festival

6/25 – Guildford, UK @ Boileroom

6/26 – London, UK @ The Dome

6/27 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 3

6/28 – Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club

6/30 – Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre

7/2 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Upstairs @ Paradiso

7/3 – Cologne, Germany @ MTC Club

7/4 – 7/7 – Belfort, France @ Les Eurockéennes Festival

7/11 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *

7/13 – George, WA @ The Gorge *

7/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater *

7/17 – Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheater *

7/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater *

7/20 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre *

7/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion *

7/23 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater *

# w/ Death Valley Girls

^ w/ The Distillers

* w/ Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon

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new music and tour dates: Cage the Elephant

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Set to release its fifth album Social Cues on April 19, 2019, Cage The Elephant and Beck will co-headline their “The Night Running Tour” in North America this summer. Spoon will open all dates with additional support from Starcrawler, Sunflower Bean and Wild Belle in select cities.

here’s the band’s new single, “Goodbye:”

The GRAMMY®-winning, Nashville-based band is: vocalist Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (rhythm guitar), Jared Champion (drums), bassist Daniel Tichenor, Nick Bockrath (lead guitar) and Matthan Minster (keyboards).

TOUR DATES:

May 4 – Atlanta, GA at Shaky Knees Music Festival

July 11 – Ridgefield, WA at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*^

July 13 – George, WA at The Gorge*^

July 16 – Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheater*^

July 17 – Irvine, CA at Five Point Amphitheater*^

July 19 – Las Vegas, NV at Park Theater*^

July 20 – Chula Vista,CA at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre*^

July 21 – Phoenix, AZ at Ak-Chin Pavilion*^

July 23 – Denver, CO at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater*^

July 26 – Austin, TX at Austin 360 Amphitheater*#

July 27 – Dallas, TX at The Dos Equis Pavilion*#

July 28 – Houston, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*#

July 30 – St. Louis, MO at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*#

July 31 – Chicago, IL at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*#

August 2 – Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center*#

August 3 – Detroit, MI at DTE Energy Music Theater*#

August 4 – Indianapolis, IN at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*#

August 11 – Toronto, ON at Budweiser Stage*&

August 12 – Saratoga Springs, NY at Saratoga Performing Arts Center*&

August 13 – Darien Center, NY at Darien Lake Amphitheater*&

August 15 – Mansfield, MA at Xfinity Center*&

August 16 – Gilford, NH at Bank of New Hampshire*&

August 17 – New York, NY at Forest Hill Stadium*

August 20 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center*&

August 21 – Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavilion*&

August 22 – Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion*&

August 24 – Raleigh, NC at Coastal Credit Union Music Park*&

August 25 – Charlotte, NC at PNC Music Pavilion*&

August 27 – Birmingham, AL at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*&

August 29 – Tampa, FL at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*&

August 30 – West Palm Beach, FL at Coral Sky Amphitheatre*&

* co-headlining with Beck, with special guest Spoon

^ with Starcrawler

# with Wild Belle

& with Sunflower Bean

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new music: Minke

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“Too Late” is from London singer/songwriter Minke’s debut EP The Tearoom. Actress/comedian/director Aisha Tyler directed the video which stars (very cute!) actor Jean-Luc Bilodeau from ABC Family’s Baby Daddy.

Minke said: “Songwriting is my therapy. It’s what I’ve done since I first picked up a guitar when I was eleven. It’s the only thing that makes me feel better, so it’s what I do. When people listen to the Tearoom, I hope they get whatever they need from it. It could be reassurance or someone to identify with. That’s what makes me happy. It’s all I can do.”

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The Black Keys Announce Fall Tour

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The Black Keys announced their thirty-one-date arena tour of North America. The “Let’s Rock” Tour will hit cities including Chicago, Boston, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. Special guests Modest Mouse will provide support on all dates.

Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums) formed The Black Keys in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The band has released eight studio albums: The Big Come Up (2002), Thickfreakness (2003), Rubber Factory (2004), Magic Potion (2006), Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011) and Turn Blue (2014).

Tour Dates
Sep 21 /// Las Vegas, NV /// Life Is Beautiful+
Sep 23 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
Sep 24 /// Kansas City, MO /// Sprint Center*
Sep 25 /// St. Louis, MO /// Enterprise Center*
Sep 27 /// Chicago, IL /// United Center*
Sep 28 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Target Center*
Sep 30 /// Cleveland, OH /// Quicken Loans Arena*
Oct 01 /// Nashville, TN /// Bridgestone Arena*
Oct 02 /// Columbus, OH /// Nationwide Arena*
Oct 04 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Fiserv Forum#
Oct 05 /// Detroit, MI /// Little Caesars Arena#
Oct 07 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// PPG Paints Arena#
Oct 08 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Van Andel Arena#
Oct 09 /// Toronto, ON /// Scotiabank Arena#
Oct 11 /// Boston, MA /// TD Garden#
Oct 12 /// Washington, DC /// The Anthem#
Oct 14 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Wells Fargo Arena#
Oct 15 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Barclays Center#
Nov 05 /// Sunrise, FL /// BB&T Center^
Nov 06 /// Orlando, FL /// Amway Center^
Nov 08 /// Raleigh, NC /// PNC Arena^
Nov 09 /// Atlanta, GA /// State Farm Arena^
Nov 12 /// Houston, TX /// Toyota Center^
Nov 13 /// Austin, TX /// Frank Erwin Center^
Nov 14 /// Fort Worth, TX /// Dickies Arena^
Nov 16 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Talking Stick Resort Arena^
Nov 17 /// San Diego, CA /// Pechanga Arena^
Nov 19 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Forum^
Nov 20 /// San Francisco, CA /// TBA^
Nov 22 /// Portland, OR /// Moda Center^
Nov 23 /// Tacoma, WA /// Tacoma Dome^
Nov 24 /// Vancouver, BC /// Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena^
+Festival Date
*w/ Modest Mouse and *repeat repeat
# w/ Modest Mouse and Jessy Wilson
^ w/ Modest Mouse and Shannon & the Clams

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