Actors & Actresses

James Eckhouse

October 2, 2015
James Eckhouse

On the evening of October 4, 1990, the FOX network aired the pilot episode of a show that would, over the course of its ten seasons and 296 episodes, expose viewers to a world of glitz and glamour while simultaneously redefining the concept of the modern serial drama. Beverly Hills, 90210 was the brainchild of acclaimed producers Aaron Spelling, Darren Star and Charles Rosin, and this week on Ten Minute Interviews, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic show’s debut.

It is impossible to compile a list of the best TV fathers of all time without mentioning Jim Walsh, the father of twins Brandon and Brenda. Portrayed by veteran actor James Eckhouse, Jim Walsh — along with his on-screen wife Cindy — served as a strong guiding force for his children, helping them adjust to their new life in California while also helping Brandon, Brenda and their circle of friends navigate the inevitable pitfalls of their adolescent years. Though a job promotion forced Jim and Cindy to move to Hong Kong at the end of season five, they would return to Beverly Hills for brief visits in later seasons. READ MORE

Internet Celebrities

Meagan Simmons

June 27, 2014

Roughly thirty miles northeast of Tampa, Florida, lies the town of Zephyrhills. With a population of just over 10,000, Zephyhills is a small, tight-knit community perhaps best known for being the home of Zephyrhills bottled water.

But these days, perhaps the most famous resident of Zephyhills is Meagan Simmons, who became an online sensation in 2010 after her photogenic mugshot — the result of a reckless driving arrest — became a popular internet meme and she was dubbed the “Attractive Convict.” While the former Hooters waitress only spent a mere eight hours in jail, her legacy remains strong years later.

Simmons has stated that the photo, along with her resulting notoriety, served as a wake up call, one that motivated her to change her life, become a medical assistant and focus on raising her four children. READ MORE

Musicians

A Victim of Good Times

April 29, 2014

Philadelphia-area band A Victim Of Good Times was formed in 2011 by vocalist/guitarist Matt Gaines and bassist Mike Lebovitz, who were later joined by lead guitarist Clay Thomas and drummer Dan Sagherian. Since that time, the group has been creating live show mirages of bumper Nash skateboards, knee scrapes and the backseat of your parents’ borrowed car throughout the Philadelphia area.

Drawing on ’90s indie-rock mainstays like Dinosaur Jr, Pixies, Modest Mouse and Sunny Day Real Estate, the band has just finished recording their first full length album,The Full Catastrophe, which is available for download here.

For upcoming show dates, check out their Facebook page or their website.

What are your respective musical backgrounds?

Matt: I grew up with The Doors, Public Enemy and punk rock. I started playing solo acoustic songs at open mic nights. I later started November Radio, then formed A Victim Of Good Times. READ MORE

Musicians

Sahara Hotnights

January 26, 2015
sahara hotnights

Swedish rock band Sahara Hotnights initially came together in the early ’90s because four young girls shared a common interest: alleviating the boredom of their small town lives. Consisting of Maria Andersson on lead vocals and guitar, along with Jennie Asplund (backing vocals, guitar), Johanna Asplund (backing vocals, bass) and Josephine Forsman (drums), the group blended elements of garage rock, power pop and punk and, after only a few short years of playing together, won a Battle of the Bands that earned them the opportunity to record their own demo album. Often described as a mix of Blondie, The Ramones and Nirvana, Sahara Hotnights released their debut EP, Suits Anyone Fine, in 1997 to critical acclaim and, after signing with Speech Records, released their first full-length album, C’Mon Let’s Pretend, in 1999, for which they garnered a pair of Swedish Grammy nominations. READ MORE

Musicians

Olivia Penalva

October 13, 2016
Olivia Penalva

At the age of 11, Canadian singer/songwriter Olivia got her start with a captivating appearance on Our Kids Have Talent, which paved the way to writing and recording her debut album two years later. Since that time, her song “Christmas for Two” cracked the Top 30 on Canadian radio, she was a finalist in the International Song Writing Competition, and on her 2014 song “Ferris Wheel,” she worked with acclaimed producer Brian West, who has previously collaborated with artists such as Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5.

Still only 16 years of age, Olivia recently released a new EP, Weightless, a collection of songs about self-love and the power of positivity that allow the rising star’s sultry, soulful vocal stylings to shine.

To learn more about Olivia, visit oliviamusiclive.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. READ MORE