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Deleted Scenes: Out Of Body

I had a vision today at the grocery store.

My wife and I stood waiting at the self-checkout while a woman finagled with one of the dead-eyed teens working at the Stop And Shop for when she should put her coupon in, and it was like you hear people who’ve…

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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Gathering After Ashes

My friends, it’s about that time where we meet once a week to talk local music. We are somewhat well into 2014, time is flying, and bands are gearing up to play some shows! I love the time of year where you can almost smell spring in the air;…

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Out Of Bounds: 2014 MLB Preview – Part II

For the second of our annual three-part Major League Baseball preview, we head to the Midwest to explore the American and National League Central. Popular sportsbook once again provides their estimated win totals for each ballclub, and I’ve included my projected wins as well.


Detroit Tigers: Detroit…

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Bar Time: Charlie Blood’s

So how would you describe Garfield to somebody who has never been to this little ‘burg before?

Sal Benanti: A blue-collar town. A changing town. In the last 20 years the school population has gone from 2,300 to 6,000. So we have a lot of new young families here.…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Tex-Mex, Blues, Broadway & Bruce

If Southern Hospitality are the new Allmans, then Tampa, Florida’s Damon Fowler is their Duane. On his third Blind Pig solo CD, Sounds Of Home, he covers Johnny Winter (“TV Mama,” not to be confused with the Big Joe Turner song of the same name), Elvis Costello (“Alison”) as…

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Kam On Film: ’300: ‘Rise Of An Empire,’ ‘Veronica Mars’ and What’s New In Theaters

300: Rise Of An Empire

Warner Brothers Pictures

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and pervasive violence

Higher Body-Count Sequel Trumps The Original

The bloody epic 300 (2007) chronicled the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. when a badly outnumbered band of 300 soldiers were sent on a suicide…

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Reality Check: My Friend… The Next Governor Of New York?

While being a professional colleague of mine for nearly 20 years, during which he has displayed nothing but an enviable commitment to ethics in all forms, Rob Astorino has managed to succeed at the impossible; competing in two vocations replete with soulless bottom-feeding degenerates; journalism and politics, while maintaining an

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Deleted Scenes: Miracles

At press time, it’s not really known what happened to the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared carrying 239 people en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing this past weekend, whether it was sabotage, some kind of pilot error, or what. One minute there was a plane and then there was…

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Shoreworld: Creeptones – Making Toms River A Little Creepier; Joe Michelini Heads To The Langosta Lounge

Creeptones – Toms River Just Got A Little Bit…Creepier

Toms River has been no sluggard when it comes to cranking out talented folks. The drowsy tiny Twilight Zone borough has remained a never-ending origin for gifted performers, writers, and even sports idols. Highly visible recording artists such as Rachel…

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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Zak Smith

Hello, all of my local music scene lovers. It’s once again that time to chat about live shows, recordings, artists, tours and, of course, everything in between. The weather is gradually getting warmer, and we will be back to outdoor concerts in no time. There is just something about…

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