Mara Robinson is a music photographer based in the rock 'n' roll capital of the world. Her work has been featured in Paste Magazine, I Rock Cleveland, the Cleveland Free Press, the Space Rock Gallery and more. She plays in bands and is available for hire/assignment/travel.
I fear, along with many of you, that the Fox presentation of Rocky Horror will be horrible. Maybe as horrible as their attempt at Grease. But I just can’t wait to see Reeve Carney as Riff Raff. His part in this gives me hope.
I first saw Reeve Carney live in 2004 at the Cleveland House Of Blues. As usual, he was joined by his brother Zane on guitar, and his sister Paris came out for the occasional backing vocal.
They were so young, so talented. I was instantly intrigued. I wasn’t yet a concert photographer, but you can bet I won’t miss another opportunity to capture these artists.
I bought Live at Molly Malone’s as soon as it was released, and it stayed on heavy rotation the minute it arrived. A welcome addition, it swam among my record collection and saw me through many a busy workday.
Among his acting credits, Reeve plays the charismatic, immortal Dorian Gray in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful; Peter Parker/Spider-Man for three years in Broadway’s Turn Off the Dark; and Taylor Swift’s irresistible bad boy Romeo in her I Knew You Were Trouble video.
With Thursday October 20th rapidly approaching, we’ll soon find out how Fox’s cast pulls off this beloved cult classic. Will audiences finally accept a woman as everybody’s favorite sweet transvestite? Can Adam Lambert top Meatloaf? I’m looking forward to seeing what Ivy Levan brings. Surely Ben Vereen won’t muck it up. And finally we’ll find out whether all the makeup and hair extensions in the world can make Reeve Carney even the slightest bit unappealing. Will it all be enough to save this production from bastardization? Watch for yourself and let us know what you think.
By the time I received my education in the ways of Dodgy — thanks to a like-minded (and incredibly handsome) graphic artist I created healthcare materials with in 2005 — the band had already called it quits. After being sufficiently chastised for never having heard of them, I promptly was sent home with a copy of Ace A’s + Killer B’s.
Hooked from track one, I relished its pop goodness all the way home. That night I purchased 32 tracks of live BBC sessions from So Far On Three Wheels, including performances from Leeds, Glastonbury and more.
Every single track has lived on my iPod ever since, and whenever a song pops up on shuffle, it always makes my day.
So when Dodgy reunited a couple years ago, I was thrilled — anticipating how the new stuff would sound.
A rather boring Live album in 2013 left me wondering whether the band would be able to recapture my heart like they had done so easily before.
Then this morning I got a notification that Dodgy just dropped a new single: You Give Drugs A Bad Name. It’s track one from the What Are We Fighting For album due September 2. Nervously, I opened Spotify to give it a listen. What I heard has me very excited to hear the rest of the album.
If you’re a fan of ’90s Britpop, Dodgy or otherwise, and like a psychedelic edge or Wizard Of Oz-inspired lyrics, check it out here.
Two years after author Marcel Proust died, among his belongings they found a questionnaire titled Marcel Proust Himself, which was later used for interviews by Bernard Pivot and Vanity Fair. We loved it, and are happy to rejuvenate it here at Blown Speakers.
Before coming back to Cleveland on tour in support of his latest Diane Coffee album, Everybody’s A Good Dog, Shaun Fleming took the time to answer it for us, and we happily present it along with the photos by rock photographer Mara Robinson.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
SF: Honestly, THIS is. I have the love of a beautiful woman, I’m playing my music to people who WANT to listen, and I’m able to make a living off that music.
What is your most marked characteristic?
SF: I’d like to think my persistent positivity.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
SF: The release of my first record.
What is your greatest fear?
SF: The deterioration of my mind
Which living person do you most admire?
SF: My little brother Dan.
Who are your heroes in real life?
SF: David Wilcox, John C Reilly, Sam Cooke, Sufjan Stevens, Donovan, Paul McCartney, Steve Martin, Marc Cohn.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
SF: I can get lost in the task at hand… Lose sight of the bigger picture.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
SF: The inability to walk in others shoes.
What is your favorite journey?
SF: I love the trip all the way down the PCH.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
SF: I’d like to think I’m a man of virtue, I think they all have value.
Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
SF: Sick. But more like “siiiiiiiick.”
What is your greatest regret?
At the moment I can’t think of any. I love who I am and where I’m at.
What is your current state of mind?
Calm and ready to shut down for the evening.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
We would all be living closer.
What is your most treasured possession?
Maybe my ring? I never take it off.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
That’s too dark a question for me right now.
Where would you like to live?
Northern California. Maybe somewhere in the redwoods.
What is your favorite occupation?
Other than music? I’ve always loved the idea of cranberry farming.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?