Maria’s Local Radar: Backyard Superheroes

Have you ever been to so many concerts in one month that you cannot even decide which one was the best experience? That is what I am dealing with right now. Granted, it’s an amazing problem to have, however, I have seen so much talent in such a short span …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Trombone Shorty Grows Up, Gives Back

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—The whole night rocked like a big wheel on a Georgia cotton field. “Honey, hush,” said one husband as The New Breed Brass Band kicked things into high gear from the jump. With three stages and eight bands setting off a frenzied spinning wheel of kaleidoscopic action, it …

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Power Up: ‘Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited,’ ‘Wolfenstein: The Old Blood,’ ‘Project CARS’ and More

This May, deep role-playing adventures from storied franchises lead the month’s console releases, packing intricate customization options, vast open worlds and a wealth of in-game content easily capable to keep players busy.

Other notable releases this month include a brand new title in the racing genre, boasting the most authentic …

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Kam on Film: ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ ‘1001 Grams’ and What’s New In Theaters

Pitch Perfect 2

Universal Pictures

Rated PG-13 for profanity and sexual innuendo

The Bellas Are Back For Another Madcap, A Cappella Misadventure

The Bellas are back and badder than before! In case you’re unfamiliar with the sassy, all-girl singing group, they’re students at Barden University, a fictional college located in …

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Reality Check: An Open Letter To Pete Townshend On The Occasion Of His 70th Birthday

Dearest Pete,

First off, happy 70th.

This must seem a surreal sentiment considering you will forever be known for having written that you hoped to die before you…well…you know. However, in a very distinct way you never really did get old, did you? I mean, of course, we’re all careening …

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In Memoriam: B.B. King (1925-2015)

“Now Father Time is catching up with me

Gone is my youth

I look in the mirror every day

And let it tell me the truth

I’m singing the blues

Mm, I just have to sing the blues

I’ve been around a long time

Yes, yes, I’ve really paid some …

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A Look At The Jersey Shore Festival: Culture Along The Coastline

In the most genuine and honorably way possible, do I believe that New Jersey is a rare place. We are surely rough around the edges—sometimes ridiculing each other on the terminology of specialty sandwiches (it’s a sub, not a hoagie). There may have been a few reality shows aired in …

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Shoreworld: The Catholic Girls – Kiss Me One More Time

Like many who know this next Shoreworld band, I got my first listen through The Aquarian’s own Chris Barry. It’s hard to fathom that it’s been some 10 years since Chris disappeared into the world beyond, but his rock and roll legacy lives on and his writing includes some …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Weird New Jersey, Weird Blues, Real Country & New Jazz

Only in weird New Jersey could an album as unsettling as Space/Time * Redemption (TUM) be recorded. Drum’n’Bass music is usually the province of British electronica, its jungle essence geared towards the jamband or dancefloor scene. Not this. This is more like a giant troll sleeping under a bridge with …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: John Mellencamp, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock, James McMurtry and More

Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock/Gramercy Theatre/April 15, 2015

In Sarstedt, West Germany, a nine-year-old Michael Schenker discovered a guitar that belonged to his older brother, Rudolf Schenker. Michael at age 11 jammed on stage with his brother’s band, The Scorpions. By age 15, he joined The Scorpions and at 17 …

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