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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Butchers Of Sky Valley

Locals, it’s about that time to talk local music. Of course, I have to start off by thanking all of you for recommending so many good bands to me lately; you are all on fire! So many acts are doing big things so far in 2014, like Owel opening…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Party ‘Til You Pass Out Twice

“Who’s the President, Mr. Greenblatt?”

“Do you know where you are, Mr. Greenblatt?”

“What’s your name,” Mr. Greenblatt?

“That’s a trick question,” I answered.

I looked up and tried to get up off my back but they wouldn’t let me. I was told I passed out during the first…

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Local Noise: Blue Halo Effect

Blue Halo Effect is a collaboration between two prominent New Jersey musicians, both of whom spent time in various Jersey bands as well as touring with national artists. They found they not only shared a musical vision, but actually lived in close proximity, leading to the formation of the…

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Queued Up: ‘Rush,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Haunter’ and More New Releases

SPEED RACERS — Director Ron Howard dives into the world of Formula One racing with Rush, specifically the 1976 rivalry between British playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and well-to-do German upstart Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). It’s a high-octane racing film that also gives a strong sense of the antagonistic…

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Reality Check: Theology Of Science

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.

—Charles Darwin


The “what should be” never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no “what should be,” there is only

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Between & Beyond: Coke

During the recent Super Bowl, Coca-Cola ran an ad in which the song “America The Beautiful” was sung in several different languages. The next day, a bunch of blogs reported on the fact that a heinous flood of response showed up on Twitter after the commercial aired. I guess one…

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Deleted Scenes: Amid Shenanigans

I’ll make this as brief as I can.

As I write, it’s just after two in the morning on a Sunday night, and I am in Portland, Oregon, traveling with a band who played tonight at the Hawthorne Theatre here. It was a good show. Afterwards, groupthink led to a…

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Shoreworld: Boyd USA; TechTestFour

Boyd USA – 7:am

I met Sal Boyd a few times and remember a seasoned demeanor and a knowledgeable musician who held his own when it came to talking music with jaded guys like me. So I was unquestionably acceptable when I was asked to attend a show at…

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Out Of Bounds: Miami, Indiana, And…

Wrapping up our two-part NBA midseason power rankings, we take a close look at the best teams in the Eastern Conference. While the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers have dominated from the get-go, other high-profile clubs like the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics have been underperforming.…

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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Paris Under Fire

I have been trying to focus on some brand spanking new groups that have been hitting the market hard and really need an extra push. It’s amazing to me just how many bands have been forming throughout the last couple of months. However, judging by their rabid fanbases and…

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