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Folk Rockers Little Wretches Release Spiritually-Fueled Full Length “Red Beets & Horseradish”

The international iTunes chart-topping band led by Robert Andrew Wagner issues their first album of new material since 2020’s “Undesirables And Anarchists.”

The heart of the songs lies not in the suffering of the characters but in the indomitable faith and humor that sustains them”— Robert A. Wagner, Little Wretches

With the release of 2020’s “Undesirables And Anarchists,” PA-based indie folk troupe Little Wretches re-emerged as one of the area’s premiere exports. The album was heard on over 115 AM/FM stations in the country, and it included the #1 international iTunes hit, “The Ballad of Johnny Blowtorch.” In 2021, a live acoustic album, “Live at the Mattress Factory: Songs from the Land of Pit Bulls & Poker Machines” was released, yielding another #1, “All Of My Friends.” Now, 150K Spotify streams and 61K Youtube views later, the band, led by Frontman and Songwriter, Robert Andrew Wagner, is releasing their first album of new material in 2 years.


According to Robert Wagner, “RED BEETS AND HORSERADISH’ (out on March 18th, 2022) is inspired by a relish or side-dish usually served around the holidays of Easter or Passover by various ethnicities of Eastern Europe. For the Serbs, for example, the red of the beets is symbolic of the blood of their people, and the horseradish the bitterness of their suffering. For others, the symbolism involves the blood of their savior and the bitterness of His suffering. People in the Jewish tradition also enjoy the dish, but there is no blood involved—the beets are merely for flavor—but the horseradish does represent the memory of bitter suffering in bondage. The songs on the album involve vignettes and portraits of people who’ve suffered—old people, sick people, crazy people, people who are alone—but the heart of the songs lies not in the suffering of the characters but in the indomitable faith and humor that sustains them.”

Watch the video for the first single, “Palms And Crosses” at


1. Rise
2. Lovingkindness
3. Palms and Crosses
4. Nothing Was Given to Me
5. Winter’s Grace
6. Tiger Pajamas
7. Heaven Was Open
8. It’s Raining
9. Old Hundredth
10. Old Lillian’s Story
11. Walked Along
12. Duquesne
13. It’s All between Me & God

Drums–Mike Madden
Bass–John Carson
Piano–H.K. Hilner, Hollis Greathouse
Guitars–Robert Andrew Wagner
Lead Vocals—Robert Andrew Wagner and Rosa Colucci
Background Vocals—Emma Golebie, Jack Erdie, Rosa Colucci, Robert Wagner


Produced by The Little Wretches
Recorded by Hollis Greathouse
Mastered by Tom Dimuzio

All songs by Robert Andrew Wagner except RISE by Jack Erdie (with additional traditional lyrics), WINTER’S GRACE by Annette Dietz and Robert Andrew Wagner, and OLD HUNDREDTH by Traditional, arranged by Robert Andrew Wagner.


Artwork by Melinda Pietrusza



Taylor Swift Strikes Gold on Spotify, 2023 Earnings Skyrocket to Over $100 Million

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In a dazzling triumph, Taylor Swift has clinched the title of 2023’s most-streamed artist on Spotify, and the numbers are nothing short of extraordinary. Swift’s musical juggernaut, the Eras tour, launched in March, is on track to rake in a staggering $4 billion. But that’s not all – her Eras concert film, released in October, has globally pocketed an additional $250 million.

The dynamo from Pennsylvania isn’t slowing down; she dropped the deluxe edition of her 2022 LP Midnights in May and unleashed a wave of re-recorded “Taylor’s Versions” across her discography. As the curtain falls on 2023, Swift’s relentless efforts are reaping rewards.


Clocking in an unprecedented 26.1 billion streams on Spotify this year, Swift leaves heavyweights like Drake, The Weeknd, Peso Pluma, and even the reigning streaming king, Bad Bunny, in her wake. Billboard projects a jaw-dropping $101 million from Spotify royalties alone by year-end, surging to a grand total of $131 million with publishing revenue.

Hold onto your seats – these colossal figures don’t even factor in the windfall from other streaming giants like Apple Music, YouTube Music, and Amazon Music. When combined, estimates suggest a mind-boggling 38.3 billion streams, translating to a whopping $200 million in earnings when accounting for both recorded royalties and publishing.


Are you as blown away as we are by Taylor Swift’s meteoric rise on Spotify in 2023? Join the conversation in the comments below, and stay tuned to Honk Magazine for all the latest updates!

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Beyonce’s Blockbuster ‘Renaissance’ Film Set to Dominate Global Box Office Charts


In a dazzling turn of events, Beyonce’s latest cinematic masterpiece, “Renaissance: A Film By Beyonce,” is poised to conquer the weekly box office, anticipating a staggering $22 to $24 million opening in the domestic market. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this impressive debut marks the most significant early December opening in two decades, rivaling even Tom Cruise’s iconic “The Last Samurai.”

Since its U.S. premiere last Friday, the film is unleashing its global charm, with projections soaring to a phenomenal $40 million worldwide. The glittering premiere in Los Angeles earlier this week attracted a constellation of stars, including Taylor Swift, Michelle Williams, Blake Lively,, and more.


Beyonce, who teased the film’s arrival after concluding her tour in October, weaves a captivating narrative through “Renaissance,” accentuating the journey of her World Tour from inception in Stockholm, Sweden, to the grand finale in Kansas City, Missouri. The movie delves into Beyoncé’s dedication, hard work, and creative prowess, aiming to carve out her legacy and master her craft. Garnering extraordinary acclaim, the Renaissance World Tour transformed into a sanctuary for freedom and shared joy, captivating over 2.7 million fans.

While “Renaissance: A Film By Beyonce” takes center stage, it’s not the sole blockbuster concert film of the year. Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour,” released in October, has already amassed a jaw-dropping $250 million, securing its place as the most successful concert film of all time. Stay tuned for more Beyonce updates on Honk Magazine and seize the chance to experience “Renaissance: A Film By Beyonce” in theaters now.

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