Queued Up: Holiday Gift Guide Part II

BLOCKBUSTER BONANZA

Terminator: Genisys, the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise, seems like overkill, but at least the densely plotted story allows us to contemplate the complexities of time travel, the nature of free will, having memories from a future you’ve never known, and how a T800 unit can …

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Shoreworld: J.T. Makoviecki – Lost Kids

Joe Makoviecki is a singer-songwriter from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. He is one of the founding members of the indie folk band Thomas Wesley Stern and has been playing with them since 2010. All the while, while releasing four albums in the last five years with Thomas Wesley …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: My Morning Jacket, !!!, Hot Tuna and More

!!!/Bowery Ballroom/November 18, 2015

Vocalist Nic Offer formed !!! (pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”) as a dance punk band in 1996 in Sacramento, California. The band’s name was inspired by the subtitles of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which the clicking sounds of the Bushmens’ Khoisan language …

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Maria’s Local Radar: Purple Pam & The Flesh Eaters

Locals, we meet again. Closing out the year, isn’t it crazy? It seems like just yesterday we were at New Year’s Eve parties dancing our butts off. Although, it is hard to get in the holiday spirit with this December heat wave we have been having, but I am not …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Newark ’66

I remember it like it was yesterday. We were standing outside our apartment building on Grumman Avenue in the Weequahic section of Newark with our bikes getting ready for another all-day bike trip through Hillside and Irvington. The canteens were filled with tap water. The little transistor radio was dangling …

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Kam on Film: ‘Concussion,’ ‘The Revenant’ and What’s New In Theaters

Concussion

Sony Pictures

Rated PG-13 for profanity, mature themes and disturbing images

Will Smith Delivers Oscar-Quality Performance As Fearless Brain Researcher Who Fought The NFL

In 2002, Will Smith landed his first Academy Award nomination for Ali, a riveting biopic about Muhammad Ali directed by Michael Mann. Although a …

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Reality Check: In Defense Of Ebenezer Scrooge

A Christmas Plea For Leniency For A Misunderstood Freethinking Capitalist

 

Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.

– Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

 

’Tis the season for forgiveness and empathy; which works both ways, bub. Caring for the less fortunate, …

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Shoreworld: Asbury Music Awards; Carriage House TV

The 23rd Asbury Music Awards – The Stone Pony – Thursday, Dec. 17

The Asbury Music Awards have been a staple in the New Jersey music scene for over two decades. During that time, many local musicians have gone on to bigger things outside of the area. Performers such as …

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Maria’s Local Radar: Brian Fallon – Live! – Dec. 4 At Crossroads

Every year there are certain shows we look forward to attending that we plan months in advance and save the date on our calendars. This year for me, it’s Taking Back Sunday’s annual holiday shows, The Starting Line holiday party, and naturally, Brian Fallon at Crossroads in Garwood. For the …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Dir En Grey, Public Image Ltd., tobyMac and More

Dir En Grey/Gramercy Theatre/November 11, 2015

Dir En Grey formed as a metal band in Japan in 1997. The name was composed of words from several languages so that it has no specific meaning other than the band’s name itself. Originally a visual kei band, Dir En Grey has opted …

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