Maria’s Local Radar: Corrina, Corrina

My local friends, we meet again. Here’s to hoping some local music can make your week a little brighter. First and foremost, huge shout out to my local friends Sekond Skyn, who will be opening up for HELLYEAH at Starland Ballroom on March 1; huge gig for you guys! I …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Classical Gas & Other Delights

“Like Rain it sounded till it curved/And then I knew ‘twas wind/It walked as wet as any Wave/But swept as dry as sand/When it had pushed itself away/To some remotest Plain…”—Emily Dickinson [1830-1886]

Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu [1930-1996] was musically influenced by French composer Claude Debussy [1862-1918] but his “And …

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Queued Up: ‘Lucy,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ ‘Game Of Thrones’ and More!

LUCY (2014)

The buildup: After an unwilling drug mule (Scarlett Johansson) to a Taiwanese kingpin accidentally absorbs the powerful drugs sewn into her belly, she begins accessing parts of her brain other people cannot. Utilizing her burgeoning psychokinetic abilities, knowing her lifespan is now limited, and aware that the crime …

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Kam On Film: ‘Black Or White,’ ‘The Imitation Game’ and What’s New In Theaters

Black Or White

Relativity Media

Rated PG-13 for profanity, fighting, ethnic slurs, and mature themes involving drugs and alcohol

Grandparents Square-Off Over Biracial Child In Contentious Courtroom Drama

When Elliot Anderson’s (Kevin Costner) wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) perishes in a tragic car accident, he suddenly finds himself facing the prospect …

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Reality Check: Super Taint – Cheating New England Patriots Befoul Super Bowl Again

Author’s Note: As a friendly disclaimer, the below is the rantings of an always-disgruntled NY Jets fan, whose disdain for the New England Patriots is profound, but, mind you, one that has always maintained that Tom Brady, while being a whiny fop, is the finest quarterback of his generation. Just

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MEDIOxCORE: So Let’s Give It Up For The New Year…

Ah yes, it’s that time again. A brand new year, a brand new beginning. Some of us make half-assed resolutions at 11:53 on December 31st, already drunk, and then forget come morning. But some of us make our resolutions because we are in dire need of change. For some of …

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Shoreworld: Exploring The World Of Foxanne

According to both Native American and Druidic belief, the fox represents deep interactions of adaptability, cunning, observation, integration, diplomacy and swiftness of thought and action. New Jersey’s aptly named Foxanne is the explosive equivalent of that definitive description.

What I immediately noticed in the rudimentary performance of lead singer Chelsea …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: December 9 – December 13

HIM/ Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom/December 9, 2014

Several high school friends formed a heavy rock band called His Infernal Majesty in 1991 in Helsinki, Finland. The band abbreviated its name to HIM and sold over eight million records. 23 years later, HIM opened an eight-concert U.S. tour at Webster Hall’s …

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Maria’s Local Radar: Hold Your Own

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means: It’s time to chat local music. So, what shows have you seen lately that are worth mentioning? I saw some kick-butt bands, all from original, to cover, and even some national acts. I try to get out to at least one show …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Rubinoos, Frank, Barry & Bowie

Barry Ollman’s What’ll It Be debut (Blue Colorado) is filled with gratitude for life itself as this longtime Denver stalwart almost went down to a heart attack during its recording. These 10 originals are a thing of beauty: pristine, evocative but not cloyingly sentimental. “Imogene’s Lament” is a duet …

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