River Hooks teams with The Brazilian Gentleman to form Dear Hughes!

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December 4, 2020

Photographer - Ed Marshall Photography NYC

Dear Hughes is a three-piece band based in Harlem, NYC. Referencing

John Hughes, the band channels the playful sensitivity of his films and

much of the music associated with them. Dear Hughes delivers a level of

sweetness, sensitivity, and heartbreak that’s most often associated with

singer/songwriters into a world of upbeat pop/dance music. River Hooks

(vocals, guitar), Christian Alexander (vocals, keyboards), and Merc Yes

(production, keyboards) simply bring the spirit of classic 80’s synth-pop

songwriting into the current landscape of current EDM/pop music.

Their first single, due to be released on December 4th by Internet & Weed

Recordings, “Diamond Heart” will leave you wishing to fall in love for the

first time all over again. Full of hooks and synths, but absolutely dance floor

ready, “Diamond Heart” encompasses everything that this group wears on

its sleeve. Not unlike The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” or Rihanna’s “We

Found Love,” they channel that era in music in a way that the listener

doesn’t need a familiarity to appreciate. It’s introspective and equally

anthemic.

“Diamond Heart” fell into place one night in the studio and moments later,

River Hooks named the group. “We’re basically a love letter to John

Hughes” says Hooks as Alexander added, “and all of the sweet melodrama

that goes along with his movies.” The song feels like part club banger, part

heartbreak song, wrapped up in glossy innocent optimism. “It’s okay to cry

on the dance floor sometimes” adds Merc. Although this is a debut for the

group, all three have been active in other entities.

Stream “Diamond Heart” HERE!

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Chris Grosso is a writer, public speaker, mental health youth group facilitator, and author with Simon & Schuster. He also writes for Revolver Magazine, Fangoria, and has spoken at a bunch of fancy-schmancy festivals and conferences (as well as even more events that were significantly less than fancy-schmancy). Chris's podcast, The Indie Spiritualist, is hosted on Ram Dass's Be Here Now Network.

The Indie Spiritualist Presents: A Conversation With R.A. The Rugged Man

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October 16, 2020

Chris Grosso sits down with R.A. The Rugged Man to talk about his new album, mental health, the 2020 election, family tragedy, horror movies, touring in the age of Covid, and much more.

Click HERE for R.A.’s website!

Click HERE to buy or stream All My Heroes Are Dead!

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Chris Grosso is a writer, public speaker, mental health youth group facilitator, and author with Simon & Schuster. He also writes for Revolver Magazine, Fangoria, and has spoken at a bunch of fancy-schmancy festivals and conferences (as well as even more events that were significantly less than fancy-schmancy). Chris's podcast, The Indie Spiritualist, is hosted on Ram Dass's Be Here Now Network.

The Indie Spiritualist Presents: A Conversation With Michael Imperioli

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October 13, 2020

Chris Grosso sits down with Michael Imperioli to discuss Tibetan Buddhism, his band Zopa, theater, music gear, the end of The Sopranos, the 2020 election, and more.

Click HERE to check out Zopa! 

Click HERE to check out the Talking Sopranos Podcast!

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Chris Grosso is a writer, public speaker, mental health youth group facilitator, and author with Simon & Schuster. He also writes for Revolver Magazine, Fangoria, and has spoken at a bunch of fancy-schmancy festivals and conferences (as well as even more events that were significantly less than fancy-schmancy). Chris's podcast, The Indie Spiritualist, is hosted on Ram Dass's Be Here Now Network.

CBD, Plain Jane, and a Whole Lotta Gratitude

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August 16, 2020

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A little over a year ago I began to experience some gnarly backpain. As an avid runner, I chalked it up to an injury related to that. As an avid idiot, I continued running nevertheless.

Over the next three months, my back pain increased significantly resulting in my inability to run altogether. After a few x-rays, some bloodwork, and a CT scan—the results of which showed nothing out of the ordinary (which I’d later find is quite common when it comes to back injuries).

By this point, I was worn out, frustrated, and disheartened. Not only was I unable to run, but simple activities such as standing up and sitting down, getting in and out of cars, or grocery shopping became borderline unbearable at times because of the pain. Any semblance of quality of life was non-existent for me. I promise I’m not being dramatic in these sentiments. Anyone who has experienced serious to severe back issues can certainly vouch for that.

Eventually, my doctor ordered an MRI, the results showing that I had a herniated disc, severe spinal stenosis, disc bulges, and degenerative disc disease. (Yeah, it’s about as fun as it sounds.)  (more…)

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The Indie Spiritualist Presents: A Conversation With Dan Cortese

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June 20, 2020

Chris Grosso and Dan Cortese talk about life, love, parenthood, YO! MTV Raps, Seinfeld, spirituality, and much more. Recorded on 6/19/20.

Check out Dan’s incredible new book, “Step Off: My Journey from Mimbo to Manhood” HERE!

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