Maria’s Local Radar: Jaguar Shark

Hello, my friends. It’s about that time to chat my favorite thing, music. Each and every week I am allowed to express my views and opinions on some local talent that I feel should be in the spotlight. Some of you may wonder, “What is the importance of local music?” …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Ethnomusicology

Larkin Poe was a Civil War wagon driver/historian whose prose didn’t have as dark a side as his cousin, Edgar Allan Poe [1809-1849]. His great great great great granddaughters Rebecca and Megan Lovell have named their band after him. Their Kin debut (RH Music) was co-produced by Chris Seefried (Lana …

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Kam On Film: ‘St. Vincent,’ ‘Plot For Peace’ and What’s New In Theaters

St. Vincent

The Weinstein Company

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, smoking, mature themes and substance abuse

Misanthrope Rises To Role Model In Bittersweet Character Portrait

Almost nothing is right in Vincent MacKenna’s (Bill Murray) life. The aging, Vietnam War vet is still suffering from PTSD. Plus, he’s fighting a losing …

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Queued Up: ‘Live Die Repeat,’ ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ ‘Toy Story Of Terror’ and More New Releases

LIVE DIE REPEAT (2014)

The buildup: A charismatic solder (Tom Cruise) used for recruiting purposes is unwillingly sent to Europe to fight against an alien invasion. When he starts re-experiencing the same day again every time he dies, he must team up with a fierce hero (Emily Blunt) to solve …

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Between & Beyond: Women

In the last episode, I brought up the idea of the Other, and this week reminded me that probably the one group most often subject to objectification in our culture is women. It’s a strange case as the ramifications are normalized on both sides of the issue. As in, sometimes …

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Reality Check: Final Observations – One Week Out

A Caffeinated Political Notebook

If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.

– Mark Twain

Ah, Samuel Clemens; a man for all seasons. But this is his season, isn’t it? Autumn. This is when America hums. Football. Elections. Halloween. Beer tastes better. Women feel warmer. Sweaters. Wood …

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Shoreworld: Exploring Wide-Open Space With New Jersey’s Own Deal Casino

Out on a recent birthday celebration over at The Wonder Bar, I had the distinct pleasure of conversing with Christine Feola. Feola is the hottest up-and-coming go-to girl when it comes to locating and promoting fresh events and unconventionally great bands. One of the acts that Christine suggested I come …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: September 24 – September 30

Unlocking The Truth/The Studio At Webster Hall/September 24, 2014

Brooklyn-based vocalist/guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, began jamming as children in the Brickhouse family’s basement in 2007, imitating the heavy metal sounds they heard in Japanese anime and wrestling videos. Sensing the need to add more sound, …

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Maria’s Local Radar: Mass Punishment

Locals, we meet again. Wednesday is upon us in full force and it’s time for another addition of my Local Radar, where I spotlight the hottest local music each and every week. I bring you some of my favorite bands, whether it’s pop, country, rock, metal and more, and …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazz

Trilogy (Stretch Records/Concord Jazz), by Chick Corea, is a milestone recording in the piano legend’s 50-year career chronicling a world tour in trio format with master musicians (and leaders in their own right) bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. Considering it was recorded in Washington DC, California, Spain, …

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