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ROCKIN' OUT: Bittersweet tunes
The Verve was an English rock band formed in 1990. They released “Hymn,” one of the bestselling albums in UK chart history. In 1998 the band won two Brit Awards. One was Best British Group. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” was nominated for Best Rock Song at the Grammy Awards in 1999. I like this band and love listening to them when I work in the shop. I find their music to be calming and I like all the sound effects in th...
Apr 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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ROCKIN' OUT: ‘Joker & Thief’ recalls classics
Wolfmother is an Australian hard rock band from Sydney. They released their first album in 2005 and sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. They are often compares to classic rock and metal bands from the 1960s and ’70s, including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and AC/DC. I really like the start of the song “Joker and the Thief” and I really love heavy metal music. The instruments in this song keep such a great beat ...
Apr 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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ROCKIN' OUT: Loggins takes off on hit soundtrack
The “Top Gun” soundtrack is one of the most popular soundtracks of all time. It reached platinum nine times! Kenny Loggins performed two songs on the soundtrack: “Playing with the Boys” and “Danger Zone.” I’ve watched “Top Gun” a few times and loved it as a kid. I like that it is full of suspense. My favorite scenes from the movie are when the pilots are flying I think “Danger Zone” is great because it has a reall...
Apr 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rockin' Out: Upbeat S. African transplantation
Kongos is a South Africa-born American band. This band is unique because it is a family band. It is four brothers: Johnny, Daniel, Jesse and Dylan. They spent their childhood in London and South Africa. They live in Arizona now. I love the sound of the accordion in their music — it is really upbeat. It was cool to learn they were born in South Africa. I’d like to go there someday. Their music is full of energy and...
Apr 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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ROCKIN' OUT: Smash those squash
“Bullet with Butterfly Wings” is a song by the American alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins. It is the lead single from the band’s 1995 double album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.” The song won the 1997 Grammy award for the best hard rock performance. This song really pumps me up when the lead lyric “The world is a vampire” comes in followed by the guitar and drums. I bet they were frustrated with so...
Mar 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rockin' out: Smash Mouth's unique style made them a hit
This week’s featured group is Smash Mouth, an American rock band from San Jose, California. They started in 1994. Smash Mouth cut seven albums from 1997-2012. I like their music because they’re so unique and entertaining. Their style spans many different genres including rock and pop. My favorite songs are “All Star” and “Fallen Horses.” I always like listening to Smash Mouth on the radio. They also performed for ...
Mar 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: ‘Danish Girl’ delivers on disquieting story
“The Danish Girl” (2015) is a sensitive portrayal of the life of Danish painter Lili Elbe and is based on David Ebershoff’s book of the same name. The strengths of the film lie in remarkable acting and beautiful cinematography. This is neither an action film nor a cliff-hanger - it is two hours of disquietude. While the subjects of gender dysphoria, cross-dressing and gender reassignment are not new to modern cult...
Jan 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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STAGE and SCREEN: Deadly fight for voting rights
Suffrage” is a noun of Middle English origin that connotes the right to vote in political elections. Prior to the early 20th century the right to vote in political elections was largely held solely by men. While women had been attempting to gain the right to vote for many years, this most basic democratic right was denied in most countries, including Great Britain and the United States. Interestingly (according to...
Nov 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Pioneers, settlers in Internet Age
Intergenerational harmony, rather than intergenerational conflict, is the theme of the 2015 film “The Intern.” While tilling much of the same ground as the 2013 film “The Internship,” “The Intern” examines the interface between cross-generational values in a more mature fashion. This is not to suggest that the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson film was without merit. Au contraire; “The Internship” was an amusing and poigna...
Oct 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Steering a way through life
Learning to Drive” (2014) is a sensitive, kind examination of the lives of an abandoned middle-class American book critic and a like-age Indian Sikh taxi driver/driving instructor. Patricia Clarkson plays the jilted, yet celebrated New York book critic, Wendy. Clarkson was the perfect selection to play the timorous, emotionally and socially dependent spouse of Ted (Jake Weber), who has taken up with another woman....
Sep 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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