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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

"Blue Hawk Five" to Drop on April 29

blue hawkBlue Hawk Records’ fifth compilation album, Blue Hawk Five, will be released on Wednesday, April 29. After holding auditions, the artists and groups that will be featured on the record are: Lily Riche, Tatiana Walia, Tympanic Plexus, Brian Perrino, and Shoreline.  These artists come from outside the music department with majors such as math, English, and criminal justice within the University. One of the albums’ members is also a recent alumnus. Not only have some students produced the album, but they also put their musical talents on display. Blue Hawk Five promises to be the most exciting yet for Blue Hawk Records because it will feature song genres that will appeal to multiple personalities such as folk, soul, instrumental, indie, and more. 

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Dance Gavin Dance Gives Fans "Instant Gratification"

rgrPost-hardcore veterans Dance Gavin Dance released their sixth studio album, Instant Gratification, on Tuesday, April 14 via Rise Records. This album marks the second release featuring current clean vocalist Tilian Pearson and the fifth to include long-time unclean vocalist Jon Mess. 

Since the group’s inception in 2005, the band has dealt with a myriad of lineup changes that would have collapsed any other band. Fortunately, the two core members, lead guitarist Will Swan and drummer Matthew Mingus, have held the band together in the face of personnel conflicts. Each album maintains the group’s signature style that showcases Swan and Mingus’s intricate musicianship while drawing from a diverse pool of influences and experimenting with many different musical styles. 

The band rose to widespread popularity with their first studio album, Downtown Battle Mountain, in 2007. The record featured original clean vocalist Jonny Craig, whom has now gone on to record with multiple bands and artists. Following Craig’s departure, the group continued on with clean vocalist Kurt Travis. After Travis joined, screamer Jon Mess quit the band before the release of their 2008 self-titled album. Dance Gavin Dance recorded one more album with Travis, 2009’s Happiness, before inviting both Craig and Mess to rejoin for 2011’s Downtown Battle Mountain II

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Marvel Gets Dark In Netflix's "Daredevil"

daredevil posterMarvel Comics’ newest television series Daredevil premiered its first season in full on Friday, April 10, exclusively on Netflix. This series marks the third television tie-in to Marvel’s greater cinematic universe, and the first series produced solely for Netflix subscribers. 

Marvel first announced Dareveil as one of five new series for Netflix, with the other four airing at later dates. The next four will feature Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage in their own series with a penultimate miniseries called The Defenders once the four individual entries have finished. 

Many viewers perhaps best remember Daredevil as a character portrayed by Ben Affleck in a poorly-received film in 2003. Unlike that film, the Netflix series shows an exciting, dark, and action-packed adventure that only leaves anticipation for more. 

Daredevil could be best compared to Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman. Nolan wanted to give Batman a darker, more mature atmosphere to contrast with the more bizarre Batman films released in the 1990s. Marvel took the hint and gave the same treatment to their Daredevil series. 

While both franchises feature heroes with no superpowers, each has something that grants them extra abilities when fighting crime. Where Bruce Wayne has the money to finance Batman’s expensive gadgets, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is blind. Some may view that as a disadvantage to crime fighting, but Daredevil’s other enhanced senses allow him to sense the world in ways most people cannot. 

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The "Entourage" Boys are Back

entourage movie gets summer 2015 releaseThe boys are back and, from the look of it, better than ever in the new trailer released from Warner Bros. and HBO Entertainment’s Entourage. It has been less than four years since the final episode of HBO’s hit series aired on Sept. 11, 2011 and they are ready to take the big screen for their first feature film on June 12, 2015. 

The show was created by Doug Ellin and stars a perfect cast including Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven. Grenier plays  new-to-fame movie star Vinny Chase, who moves from Queens, NY, out to the West Coast and experiences an extravagant new life with his posse, (okay, his Entourage) of best friends Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and older brother Johnny Drama (Dillon). The series includes a concoction of fame, money, sex, drugs, parties, more sex, money, more parties and then a bunch of detours the boys come across along with their power-crazy agent, Ari Gold (Piven). 

In the early days (or what some would consider the golden days) of Entourage, the show took a look at the boys trying to fit into Hollywood and figure out a way to keep succeeding in the business. It shouldn’t be too hard when you have movie star good looks, talent and lucky doors opening for you left and right; however the boys always had to make the situation harder than it had to be. The series was based on the real life of movie star Mark Wahlberg and a few crazy events which he dealt with along the way in the beginning of his rise as Marky Mark. The show is known for cameos of a large range of stars including T.I, Bobby Flay, Tom Brady, Jessica Alba, Seth Green, Kanye West, Martin Scorsese, 50 Cent, Edward Burns, Sasha Grey, James Cameron and Mandy Moore, to name a few.

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Woods Theatre Gets Groovy

muller“Okay class, I’m going to have to end our session a little early tonight, I have to catch a gig at Count Basie Theatre.” If you have not heard a professor at Monmouth University say these words, chances are you haven’t had Professor Marc Muller.

I caught Professor Muller for an interview after he was done teaching a class, exiting the room as usual with a guitar case in his hand. This time, he actually had two, one slung around his shoulder.

“As early as I can remember,” he said, answering when he first began playing the six-string. “About four years old, I guess.” 

He took a seat on the green lounge chairs in the lobby of Woods Theatre, the building where he usually sets up shop for his classes, consisting of a Rock n’ Roll and American Culture lecture. Gently placing both of his cased instruments on the floor beside him, he scratched his shaggy grey hair and gave a look of excited apprehension, as most musicians do when approached for an interview. His relaxed look of khaki pants and Sanuk style shoes gives off a vibe that says, “Yeah, I’m a hippie, but I’m a hippie who knows his stuff. So sit down and listen.”

Muller, who attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, is currently an adjunct here at Monmouth. However, his main occupation is his Grateful Dead tribute band, Dead On Live, which he has created and brought to success since its beginning in 2010. “The Dead On Live thing is a full-time job,” he said. “Trying to promote it, run it, organize it and book it.”

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Audiences Fell in Love with "The Longest Ride"

longest rideIf you are a Nicholas Sparks fan, get excited for the newest novel-to-movie offering. The Longest Ride opened in theaters on Friday, April 10, and gives Sparks’ fans what they expect from his stories, and much more. The Longest Ride is a story of love, young and old, new and lasting, through cleverly-articulated parallel accounts of two pairs of lovers in different time periods, while they both learn that “Love requires sacrifice….always.”

The story opens with Luke Collins, the number one ranked bull rider from a small North Carolina town, getting thrown from his ride, and resulting in a major injury that sidelines him for a year. As he mounts his comeback, he meets Sophia Danko, a native New Jersey college student finishing her last semester at Wake Forrest with plans to pursue an art career in New York City as soon as she graduates. Luke, played by newcomer Scott Eastwood, and Sophia, played by Britt Robertson in her second starring role, have an instant connection but plan to say goodbye at the end of their first date to pursue their very different dreams. 

On the way home, they find Ira Levinson, played spectacularly by Alan Alda, in his car after it crashes through a guardrail in the pouring rain. They bring Ira and his beloved box of letters to the hospital where Sophia sees through Ira’s curmudgeonly exterior and they begin an unexpected and unusual friendship. Sophia visits the healing Ira daily and reads to him his love letters to his beloved Ruth as he can no longer see well enough to read them himself. 

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All Time Low prepares to rock the MAC with new album, "Future Hearts"

future heartsIt’s been two years since their last visit and almost everyone has been waiting for it to happen again. Baltimore-based band All Time Low is coming to Monmouth once more on their spring “Future Hearts Tour” featuring accompanying bands Tonight Alive, State Champs, and Issues on Friday, April 17. The album, which matches the name of the tour, was just released on Tuesday, April 7, following two singles, “Something’s Gotta Give” and “Kids in the Dark.” This is All Time Low’s sixth album, and while some think it’s a great new chapter in the journey that is All Time Low’s career, others beg to differ. 

Amanda Salerno, a junior psychology student, is not too thrilled with how the record came out. “I was listening to it with my friend the other day and I didn’t like how you could guess the song names from the songs themselves because they say it in every chorus.” The album’s single, “Something’s Gotta Give,” does what Salerno suggests, with the lyrics stating, “I’m dying to live/Something’s gotta give.”

This is a change in lyrics from All Time Low’s old music. Salerno said she hopes that they play their old songs rather than their newer ones. “I suppose they’ll play ‘Kids in the Dark’ and their new songs, but I really am excited to see ‘Remembering Sunday’ and ‘Vegas.’” Both aforementioned tracks are off of All Time Low’s sophomore album from 2007, So Wrong, It’s Right.

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“The Walking Dead” Survives Another Season

the walking dead season 5 rick lincoln daryl reedus 935Sunday, March 29, saw the end of the fifth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, culminating with an explosive season finale that left viewers on a cliffhanger until October, when new episodes will air.

The season finale wrapped up several plots that have been building over the course of the season; namely, whether Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group will be able to stay in Alexandria, a safe haven where life continues as normal even in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. The last moments also reunited Rick with former friend and ally Morgan Jones (Lennie James), who was last seen searching for Rick at the end of the first episode of the season. While many viewers believed that the season would end with Rick being exiled from Alexandria, it seems that this will not be the case, and it appears that he may even be given more authority in the city. 

Several minor plot points were wrapped up as well, such as answering the mystery of the people who had been leaving ‘W’s carved onto the foreheads of zombies and corpses across the countryside—this was revealed to be the handiwork of the Wolves, a mysterious group that has yet to be explained much. The Wolves, while much speculated about, had very little screen time in the season, although it is hinted that they will return at some point in the sixth season. 

Unlike most season finales of the show, there were no major character deaths—although this past season has seen the demise of characters Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), Tyreese (Chad Coleman), and Noah (Tyler James Williams). There were several scenes, however, that put major characters in danger, such as when Glenn Rhee (Steven Yuen) was attacked by an enemy inside Alexandria, and when misguided priest Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) attempted first to kill himself, and then attacked ally Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green).

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Robert Durst Gets Jinxed

the jinx the life and deaths of robert durst stillHBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst’s ratings  have skyrocketed the past few weeks as star Robert Durst jinxed himself into getting arrested in New Orleans, LA on first-degree murder charges days before the season finale aired.

The Jinx is a series created by director Andrew Jarecki that was inspired by the life of the mysterious Durst who beat three murder charges. Jarecki originally took interest in Durst back in 1982 when the case of his wife, Kathy Durst, dominated news stations and airways all over the country with her unsolved disappearance. Apparently Kathy was last seen arguing with her husband before heading home, never to be heard from again. 

Following the 1982 case,  the 2000 execution-style killing of Durst’s good friend Susan Berman put ‘the Jinx’ right back in the news headlines in California. Then, only a few months later in 2001, the death and dismemberment of Durst’s apparently good friend Morris Black came about and was the only case that had Durst see a trial. 

After all these murders seemed to link Durst as a common theme, Jarecki became interested in Durst and wanted to make a movie that he could sit and watch and possibly draw emotion from. Jarecki went on in 2010 to direct a Durst-inspired film called All Good Things starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. The movie did its job and triggered something in Durst, who, soon after the film’s release, called up Jarecki with profound admiration of the picture and decided to work with him on a new project, an HBO miniseries titled The Jinx

Durst would ultimately sit down with Jarecki for over 20 hours throughout a multi-year period, having never before cooperated with journalistic media. The series investigates deeper into the unsolved 1982 disappearance of his wife Kathy, the 2000 execution-style killing of Susan Berman, as well as the 2001 death and dismemberment of Morris Black, who was neighbors with Durst in Galveston, TX, although no one in the town had ever seen the two together. 

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New Series ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Triumphs on SPIKE

fallon rock mashableThe mic is off, but the battle is on in the all-new series Lip Sync Battle, which debuted on SPIKE on Thursday, April 2nd. Grab that bowl of popcorn, a close friend, and get ready to laugh until you cry because Lip Sync Battle is a show you don’t want to miss! The lip sync battle skit from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is already a huge sensation, but now SPIKE is taking it to the next level. 

This all-new series is hosted by LL Cool J, with commentary by supermodel co-host, Chrissy Teigen. Each episode will feature two celebrities like you have never seen them before: lip syncing their hearts out in hysterical performances. There will be two rounds each episode. The first is pure lip sync while in the second round, the celebrities are free to take their performances above and beyond. The audience determines the winners of each round by the volume of their applause. 

The first episode starred Jimmy Fallon, the king of lip sync, who went up against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Johnson started the battle by perfectly lip-syncing Taylor Swift’s hit “Shake It Off.”  Picture a 6’5” wrestler lip-syncing a Taylor Swift song; it was everything you could ever imagine. Johnson definitely brought it the first round. 

Fallon was up next. His song choice was Harry Belafonte’s  “Jump in the Line.” Not only did he perfectly match the lyrics, but also brought the hip-shaking and the rumba along with him. Fallon was even able to start a conga line with the audience.

In round two, Fallon took the mic first. His second song choice was “Like a Prayer” by Madonna. As if his first performance wasn’t enough, Fallon definitely took it up a notch during his second lip sync. Not only did he wear a church robe to fit the role, but he brought out an entire choir to lip sync with him. That’s dedication. 

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Justin Bieber Gets Roasted

bieber roast ewAdmit it: at one point in your life you had a little crush on Justin Bieber. Whether it was his long luscious hair, his cute voice, or how smooth he looked with girls in music videos, he always seemed to be your type. 

Whether your crush for Bieber was real, or still is, there is no way you could miss out on The Roast of Justin Bieber, which aired on Monday March 30 on Comedy Central. From jokes about his pet monkey being left in Germany to his relationship with actress and singer Selena Gomez, the jokes kept getting better and better. 

The ones who mustered up the courage, and jokes, to get on stage to humiliate Bieber were Kevin Hart, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Pete Davidson, Martha Stewart, Jeff Ross, Shaquille O’Neal, Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, Chris D’elia, and surprise guest Ron Burgundy.

Hart was the host of the night. It was recently announced that he would be receiving the Comedic Genius Award at the MTV Movie Awards this April. Knowing that he was the recipient of this award made it crucial that he lived up to the expectations for this roast, and he delivered; his jokes were hilarious. He joked about people wanting Ebola rather than ‘Bieber fever,’ and how Justin is Canadian but really American because no Canadian has ever been as disrespectful as he has. I would say Hart was one the funniest of the night.

There was a lot of talk about Martha Stewart being the greatest thing to happen to The Roast of Justin Bieber; for some reason, I just was not feeling it. It felt like all of her jokes were written for her, and  that she was reading them for the first time while she was on stage. A lot of the other participants of the roast mocked on how Stewart had been to jail, but her best joke was when she gave Bieber tips on what to do once he made his way to the cellar. For a 73-year-old woman, I guess Stewart did the best she could.

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