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Blaqart Radio Retribution Episode 7 Chris of The Snips and Blaqart’s Favorite Albums of 2012

On this episode I list my favorite albums of 2012 and have random conversation with Chris of The Snips.

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My favorite albums of 2012:

The Quakes - Planet Obscure - January 2012 Buy
Foxy Shazam - The Church of Rock and Roll - January 24, 2012 Buy
Therapy? - A Brief Crack Of Light - February 14, 2012 Buy
Anti-Flag - The General Strike - March 20, 2012 Buy
The Shins - Port Of Morrow March 20, 2012 Buy
Imperial State Electric - Pop War - March 2012 Buy
MXPX - Plans within Plans - April 3, 2012 Buy
Matt Skiba and The Sekrets - Babylon - April 30th 2012 Buy
Rise To Remain - City Of Vultures - June 5 2012 Buy
Matt Toka - Matt Toka - June 08, 2012 Buy
The Shell Corporation - Time & Pressure EP - June 5, 2012 Buy
The Agonist - Prisoners - June 5, 2012 Buy
Whitechapel - Whitechapel - June 19, 2012 Buy
The Ghost Inside - Get What You Give - June 19, 2012 Buy
Gojira - L’Enfant Sauvage - June 26, 2012 Buy
Christian Martucci - Riding The Blinds - June 29, 2012 Buy
Calabrese - Dayglo Necros July 1, 2012 Buy
Reel Big Fish Candy Coated Fury - July 31, 2012 Buy
Upbeat Allstars - Wake Up - August 6 2012 Buy
In This Moment - Blood - August 14, 2012 Buy
The Snips - Highs Of Low - August 14, 2012 Buy
Billy Talent - Dead Silence - September 4, 2012 Buy
NOFX - Self-Entitled - September 11, 2012 Buy
The Casualties - Restistance - September 25th, 2012 Buy
The Insurgence - Elimi-Nation - October 2, 2012 Buy
Hostage Calm - Please Remain Calm - October 9, 2012 Buy
Doomed To Obscurity - Pipe Bomb - October 2012 Buy
River Jumpers - Chapters - October 12 2012 Buy
Fear - The Fear Record - Nov 6, 2012 Buy
Saint Alvia - Static Psalms - December, 2012 Buy

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Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical rings in 2013.


Rochester, N.Y., December 12, 2012 – One family faces the music as Geva Theatre Center’s 40th Anniversary Season continues with Next to Normal with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and directed by Scott Schwartz. This landmark musical begins performances on January 8 and runs in the Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage through February 10.


Diana seems to have it all:  a handsome, loving husband and two talented, teenage children. It is soon obvious, however, that life for Diana is far more difficult than it seems. She has been dealing with severe depression and delusions since tragedy struck her marriage nearly 16 years earlier. As she continues to seek countless treatments, medications and therapies to help her return to a normal life, her family begins finding their own desperate ways to deal with her illness and their own loss. Featuring an electrifying contemporary score of more than 30 songs, this groundbreaking, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is an emotional powerhouse.

Next to Normal began life in 1998 as a ten-minute workshop sketch called Feeling Electric.  By 2002, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey had expanded it to a full-length musical and, after a series of workshops over the ensuing five years; Next to Normal was ready for its Off-Broadway debut in 2008. It was subsequently rewritten and re-launched later that year at Arena Stage in Washington, DC where it received rave reviews.  The show transferred to Broadway’s Booth Theatre in March 2009 where it set box office records and played for over 750 performances.  Next to Normal was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards, garnering three, including Best Original Score and Best Orchestration. It won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and it is only the eighth musical to do so. In awarding the 2010 prize to Kitt and Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.”  According to Theatre Communications Group, Next to Normal is the most produced musical during the 2012-2013 regional theatre season.


Geva’s production of Next to Normal features Catherine Porter (Broadway’s Next to Normal, West End and Australian productions of Sunset Boulevard (the latter opposite Hugh Jackman), the international tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (opposite Michael Crawford)) as Diana; Broadway veteran Bob Gaynor (Broadway’s Leap of Faith, Catch Me If You Can, Sweet Charity, Boy George’s Taboo and Elton John’s Aida) as her husband, Dan; and Cary Tedder (Original Broadway casts of The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Memphis) as their son, Gabe. The ensemble cast includes Jordan Craig (Henry), Lyndsay Ricketson (Natalie), and Googie Uterhardt (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden).

Next to Normalis a co-production with the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre of Atlanta and is directed by Scott Schwartz, who returns to Geva where he directed the world premiere of ROOMS: A Rock Romance (2008-2009 Season). The musical director is Don Kot with choreography by Michael Jenkinson, and the design team includes Kevin Rigdon (scenic design), Sydney Roberts (costume design), Mike Baldassari (lighting design) and Clay Benning (sound design).


The 2012-2013 Mainstage Season is sponsored by Nocon & Associates, A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Next to Normal is produced with lead support from First Niagara, co-produced by Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP and Rockcastle Florist with additional support from WARM 101.3, City Newspaper and CW.


Next to Normal begins performances January 8 and runs in the Mainstage through February 10.


For further information, photographs or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Dawn Kellogg, Communications Manager, (585) 232 1366 x 3059



Previews:                January 8, 9 and 10 @ 7:30pm

                                January 11 @ 8pm

                                January 12 @ 2pm (Open Captioned Performance*)

Opening:                 Saturday, January 12 @ 8pm

Performances:       Sunday, January 13 @ 2pm and 7pm

Tuesday, January 15 @ 6pm

Wednesday, January 16 @ 7:30pm   

Thursday, January 17 @ 7:30pm

Friday, January 18 @ 8pm

Saturday, January 19 @ 4pm and 8:30pm

Sunday, January 20@ 2pm (Sunday Salon) and 7pm

Tuesday, January 22 @ 7:30pm

Wednesday, January 23 @ 7:30pm

Thursday, January 24 @ 7:30pm

Friday, January 25 @ 8pm

Saturday, January 26 @ 4pm and 8:30pm

Sunday, January 27 @ 2pm (Audio Described Performance) and 7pm

Tuesday, January 29 @ 7:30pm

Wednesday, January 30 @ 2pm and 7:30pm

Thursday, January 31 @ 7:30pm (Sign Interpreted Performance)

Friday, February 1 @ 8pm

Saturday, February 2 @ 4pm and 8:30pm

Sunday, February 3 @ 2pm (Sunday Salon)

Tuesday, February 5 @7:30pm

Wednesday, February 6 @ 7:30pm

Thursday, February 7@ 7:30pm

Friday, February 8 @ 8pm

Saturday, February 9 @ 4pm and 8:30pm

Sunday, February 10 @ 2pm and 7pm (closing performance)



TICKET PRICES:   Tickets start at $25.


RESERVATIONS:   (585) 232-GEVA (4382), Website:


LOCATION:             Geva Theatre Center , 75 Woodbury Blvd , Rochester , NY 14607

* Open captioning is being provided, in part, by TDF and TAP Plus which is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature




Founded in 1972, Geva Theatre Center is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to creating and producing professional theatre productions, programs and services of a national standard. As Rochester’s leading professional theatre, Geva Theatre Center is the most attended regional theatre in New York State, and one of the 25 most attended in the country, serving up to 160,000 patrons annually, including more than 16,000 students.


The 552-seat Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage is home to a wide variety of performances, from musicals to American and world classics. The 180-seat Ron & Donna Fielding Nextstage is home to Geva’s own series of contemporary drama, comedy and musical theatre; Geva Comedy Improv; Geva’s New Play Reading Series and the Hornet’s Nest - an innovative play-reading series facilitating community-wide discussion on controversial topics. In addition, the Nextstage hosts visiting companies of both local and international renown.


Geva Theatre Center offers a wide variety of educational, outreach and literary programs, nurturing audiences and artists alike. Since 1995, the organization has been under the artistic direction of Mark Cuddy.

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Blaqart Radio Retribution Episode 6 Burly Calling Special

An entire episode dedicated to the promotion of the Canadian festival Burly Calling VI in Burlington, Ontario.

Special guests include: Chris of The Snips, Ben of Saint Alvia, and Steve of The Lucky Ones provided by

Hear an unreleased Saint Alvia song

Podcast Album Art by Matt Darling

More info at


Burly Calling Schedule:

Thursday December 6 – Joe Dog’s – Spicolis / Chambers

Admission: $5 ar a toy
Doors at 8:00pm
JOE DOGS 531 Brant St.

11:30 – ???? – The Spicolis
10:20 – 11: 20 – The Snips
9:40 – 10:10 – Youthinasia
9: 00pm – 9:30 – Adelleda

11: 40 – ???? JEREMEY CHAMBERS
10 : 50 – 11: 25 – MAC-N-AWE w/ MCB
10: 00 – 10: 35 – SPESH K
Friday December 7 – Boston Manor – Grade

Boston Manor 4460 Fairview St.
Admission: $20 
Doors at 8pm

11: 40 – 12:40 – Grade
10 : 50 – 11:30 – Organ Thieves
10:10 – 10: 40 – This Is The Noise
9:30 – 10:00 – The Video Dead
Friday December 7 – The Dickens – Dodger

The Dickens 423 Elizabeth St.
Admission $10 or Burly Calling Wrist Band
Doors At 9pm

Lo-Fi – 1:00 – ????
Dodger – 12:00 – 12:50 
Killin Time – 11:00 – 11:50 
Stoneland – 10:10 – 10: 50 
Friday December 7 – The Queenshead – Wooden Sky

The Queenshead 400 Brant St.
Admission $10 or Burly Calling Wrist Band
doors at 9pm

12: 00 – ???? – The Wooden Sky
10:50 – 11: 50 – New Hands
10:00 – 10:40 – Monarch Project
Friday December 7 – Rude Native – Acoustic Stage

Rude Native 370 Brant St.
Admission $10 or Burly Calling Wrist Band
Doors at 9pm

1:10 am – ???? – Chuck Coles
12:40 – 1:05 – Katie Bulley
12:10 -12:35 -Bianca Bernardi
11:20 – 11:45 -Jon Goldie
10:45 – 11: 10 – Cormac Cleary
10:10 – 10:35 – Laura Mitic
Saturday December 8 – YMCA – Walk Off the Earth

Ron Edwards YMCA
500 Drury Lane
General Admission/ All Ages
Doors at 6pm

9:20 – 10:30 Walk Off The Earth
8:40 – 9:10 (the) Saint Alvia ( cartel )
8:00 – 8:30 : KIllin’ Time
7:25 – 7:50 : Hollowed Hearts
Saturday December 8 – Boston Manor – Monster Truck

Boston Manor 4460 Fairview St.
Admission: $20 
Doors at 8pm

11:00 – 12:00 – Monster Truck
10:00 – 10:50 – The Dirty Nil
9:10 – 9:50 – Teenage Kicks
Saturday December 8 – The Dickens – Silverstein

The Dickens 423 Elizabeth St.
Admission $10 or Burly Calling Wrist Band
Doors At 9pm

12:00 – ???? – Silverstein
11:10 – 11:40 – The Penske File
10:35 -11:00 – Aerith
10:00 -10:25- Careers In Science
9:30 – 9:50 – Castor Troys

Saturday December 8 – The Queenshead – The reason

The Queenshead 400 Brant St.
Admission $10 or Burly Calling Wrist Band
doors at 9pm

12:30 – ???? – The Reason
11:40 – 12:20 -(the) Saint Alvia ( cartel )
11:00 -11:30 – The Lucky Ones
10:20 – 10:50 – Bombing Neverland
9:40 – 10:10 – June & July

Saturday December 8 – Rude Native – Acoustic Stage

Rude Native 370 Brant St.
Admission $10 or Burly Calling Wrist Band
Doors at 9pm
1:10 am – ???? Johnny Lubera
12:40 – 1:05 – Aitch
12:10 -12:35 – Amberly B
11:20 – 11:45 – Ashley Sloggett
10:45 – 11: 10 – Trouble & Daughter
10:10 – 10:35 – Andrew Irving

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Blaqart Radio Retribution Episode 4 With Lee Ving Of Fear

Lee Ving of Fear Calls in and talks us through each track on the new album from Fear called The Fear Record, released via The End Records, a ground-breaking 2012 re-recording of the landmark debut 1982 album The Record. I also take a break from the album preview and interview to play songs from:

Doomed To Obscurity - One More War

The Casualties - Warriors On The Road

Smoking Popes - Rubella

The Quakes - Festa Do Estica E Puxa

Calabrese - The Dead Don’t Rise

No Trigger - Insider (Executive/Amputee)

NOFX - Cell Out

River Jumpers - Chapters

Sister Sin - In It For Life

Fear - No More Nothing

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Blaqart Radio Retribution Episode 3

Steven Blaqart plays select songs from 2012 and 2011, unsigned artists and signed artists:

Title Fight - Numb, But I Still Feel It

NOFX - Ronnie and Mags

Doomed To Obscurity - Pipe Bomb

Upbeat Allstars - Heartbreaker

Billy Talent - Viking Death March

The Insurgence - Elimi-Nation

The Casualties - Morality Police

The Shell Corporation - Not Me

MxPx - Stay On Your Feet

Crumb Catcher - Kid In The Well

River Jumpers - Substance & Integrity

Hostage Calm - Don’t Die On Me Now

Living With Lions - Honesty, Honesty

The Dead Milkmen - Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song

Face To Face - It’s Not All About You

The Limit Club - Life Of Crime

Dwarves - The Dwarves Are Still The Best Band Ever

Questions, complaints, and submissions should be sent to

This show is available for subscription through iTunes

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Muxworthy At Home


by Lisa Storm and Steven Blaqart

     The red eyes were staring at him. Again.

     Maxwell Muxworthy stared deep into the red pupils searching for a sign of robotic life. The green and red orbs stood silent, ominous on the edge of the bathroom counter slightly smooshed from being in his pocket as he pressed against Sandy’s slim form whilst they moved around the dance floor.

     Muxworthy’s body burned – hip, thigh, and chest – as he remembered their impromptu dance, how Sandy’s body had pressed into his skin. It had been too long since he had touched another human being. It was becoming a dangerous distraction.

     Or maybe it was the alcohol still eating at his brain.

     The red eyes wobbled on the grey granite then rolled to one side.

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Robert Vaughn Shines As The Witty And Sly Grandpa In Geva Theatre’s Production Of You Can’t Take It With You

Geva Theatre’s production of You Can’t Take It With You is charming and warm, funny and still relevant. You Can’t It With You, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Mark Cuddy, will delight and entertain theatregoers and leave them asking themselves, ‘can we take it with us?’

The Vanderhof family, headed by grandpa, played by Robert Vaughn (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), lives an eccentric life in NYC. All the family does is 

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Blaqart Radio Retribution 2

A short episode from a different computer, this episode showcases:

Doomed To Obscurity - One More War
Christian Martucci - I Don’t Mind The Faith
The Shell Corporation - Looking For A War
The Snips - Times
Calabrese - Red Slash
Upbeat Allstars - You Win
Reel Big Fish - P.S. I Hate You
Stellar Corpses - Dead Stars Drive-In
Mondo Generator - This Isn’t Love
No Trigger - Checkmate

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-Steven Blaqart-

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