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E. Grizzly’s “Think!” – A digital gallery

E. Grizzly is one of my favorite underground rappers. Period. Hailing from Miami and currently residing in Philadelphia, Grizzly is a traveling MC who makes his home between the aforementioned cities and NYC – creating his version of the Bermuda Triangle, the E. Grizzly Cave. South Floridians will know him from cyphers, local hip-hop shows […]

2015 NFL Season Preview

While most don’t look forward to the end of summer, I differ from that point of view. “Why?” you may ask. One simple reason, football is back, baby! That wonderfully entertaining game, the sound clashing of polycarbonate helmets against each other in a symphonic orchestra, the mountaintop highs of winning and the valley depths of […]

TV Review: “Daredevil”

The Netflix Series, Daredevil, is exactly what Marvel needs to counter successful DC television shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham. I’m not about taking sides in the war between DC vs. Marvel, rollerblades over skateboards, Nintendo against Sega, but I do like an alternative once in a great while to the things that I […]

5 new records that you need to jump on now

Every other week I write micro blurb reviews of amazing new music. Below is the latest batch of music that you need to check out. Death Eyes – S/T Members of San Diego’s Death Crisis and Rats Eyes make up this side project called Death Eyes. This LP is at the top of my list […]

The 5 Worst Things About Boca Raton

I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Miami but when my then fiancée finished college we moved to her hometown of Boca Raton. Anything north of Ft. Lauderdale might as well be Disney World, Iraq or Canada as far as anyone from Miami is concerned. Miamians are not really that self-absorbed we’re just simply lazy when it […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Four

I’ve been feeling ambivalent lately towards this little vanity project of mine. While it is nice to reminisce and talk some shit about music without worrying about deadlines and “clicks,” it is also a time-consuming endeavor that does nothing to pay my bills. A therapist once told me that I didn’t “follow through” with my […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Three

Some years go by okay, some don’t. This one’s three-quarters of the way in and it’s already been too much to take. Young people shouldn’t die young regardless of the circumstances. This past week we lost artist Edward Crowell II to a motorcycle accident and Tuffgnarl.com friend Orlando Sanchez to a heart attack, according to […]

A Little Wu-Tang for James Foley

  In celebration of his life and work, the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers will have an event on Saturday, September 20 at the University Club from 4 to 6 p.m. If you’re in the area, swing on by and pay your respects. If not, here’s a little Wu-Tang Clan […]

An Interview with Dinst of The Black Tibetans

It is rare these days for one to come across a band that isn’t molded to meet some prepackaged market criteria for success, from costumed stadium pop to the modern incarnation of psychedelia, but there are some bands that punch through and grab you by the throat and need no explanation. The Black Tibetans is […]

‘The Flamethrowers’ by Rachel Kushner – 5 out of 5 Stars

Rachel Kushner wrote the best novel of 2013. The author of ‘Telex From Cuba’ (2008) now sees her sophomore effort, ‘The Flamethrowers,’ as a 2013 National Book Award Finalist; her second go-round as a finalist in as many efforts (if you’re keeping score).  While book awards are not always indicative of artistic merit, ‘The Flamethrowers’ […]