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The Wonder Years Put on a Spooktacular Show

The Wonder YearsThey’re back! The Wonder Years returned to the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey last Friday night for their Occasionally Annual Halloween Extravaganza, and brought along bands Have Mercy, Oso Oso, and Shortly.

This concert featured a costume contest with the grand prize being a 2019 season pass.

I was dressed in all red, complete with an absurd pepper hat and told people I was a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Among the ghouls and ghosts in the crowd, I thought my costume was clever, but alas, the winner was Quailman from the TV show Doug.

Considering he wore a cardboard box and tightie-whities, while others had very impressive makeup done, his victory was a sour robbery.

The fans weren’t the only people dressed up for Halloween, so were the bands!

Each band had a cover set and costumes of esteemed musicians.

Shortly began the show dressed as My Chemical Romance, in black formal wear and red neckties. They performed classics such as “Teenagers,” “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” and “Famous Last Words.”

The female lead singer’s voice complemented Gerard Way’s tenor very nicely, and the crowd erupted in applause following each song.

However, once Shortly played their original material, the trouble began: technical difficulties with microphones and pedal boards led to communal boredom among the concertgoers.

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Moviepass is Left for Dead

Moviepass DeadGrab a shovel and a big enough body bag for your red debit card, because it looks like Moviepass is knocking on death’s door.

Moviepass is the popular movie subscription service that used to let subscribers see one movie a day for only $10 a month.

After a year of such a great deal, the company announced last August that it would limit subscribers to three movies per month and would select the features moviegoers were allowed to see.

Now it looks subscribers may not see any movies on Moviepass’ dime in the near future.

Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (ticker: HMNY), the parent company of Moviepass, announced on Oct. 24 that they will spin off the dumpster fire disaster.

Essentially, HMNY, the company who has helped provide funds for Moviepass’ operations, has decided to cut them off.

When a company spins off one of their subsidiaries, it means that the subsidiary will be traded separately as its own stock.

When Moviepass is allowed to be traded on a market, the unfortunate shareholders of HMNY will also earn some small stake of the new stock.

For example, when Moviepass goes on its own, shareholders will hold a majority of say 90 percent in HMNY and the remaining ten percent will be designated to ownership in Moviepass.

If you want to see something spooky, check out HMNY’s stock price and financials.

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The Rise of Basement Concerts

Rise Basement ConcertsThe rise of basement shows have been sweeping the Jersey Shore and tristate area.

However, you don’t have to go out of your way to New Brunswick or Philadelphia to enjoy a show at one of these places, because there are basement concerts with great live bands in our own back yard

Long Branch, Ocean Township, and Asbury Park are known for their basement scene.

The reason why these venues are gaining recognition is a matter of money, promotion, and the return of something that is sometimes forgotten in the music world: an intimacy between band and audience.

In larger venues, the band is playing to the audience.

Contrarily, in a basement, they are playing with the audience. But if you ask any local or aspiring musician about playing or hosting basement gigs, they will tell you how it has  advantages and disadvantages.

Sara Wojciehowski, a music industry major, has played enough basement performances to identify the pros and cons of this informal environment that is gaining so much traction.

Wojciehowski said, “One advantage would definitely be experiencing that intimacy you can’t get at a formal venue, on a stage above the audience.”

“I like letting people get more involved and feeling like they’re included in that bubble with all our friends, fans, and family. The band [is] family” Sara said.

“But it has its disadvantages too. I’ve played a show in someone’s basement and for a few house parties, but I am not a fan of doing it too often” Wojciehowski pointed out.

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Roseanne is Barred From The Conners

Roseanne Barred ConnersAfter the cancellation of its second reboot, prompted by a racist Tweet sent by the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, the brand new and third reboot of Roseanne called The Conners premiered on ABC Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The infamous laugh of Roseanne Conner will never be heard again all because of one tweet.

Barr tweeted on May 29, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby= vj.”

The tweet was directed at then-President Barack Obama’s former White House advisor, Valerie Jarrett (“vj”).

Barr’s tweet was condemned by many because she compared Jarrett to an ape.

Later that day, Barr tweeted out an apology with, “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks.”

Barr’s tweet continued with, “I should have known better. Forgive me- my joke was in bad taste.”

Shortly after her apology, Barr went on a bizarre Twitter spree where she threw coworkers, ABC executives, and drugs under the bus.

Barr’s activity went so far that she blamed her Twitter spree on the sedative that she was taking.

The actress tweeted, “It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting.”

Barr further explained in the tweet, “I went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.”

After Barr sent out this tweet, the drug company of Sanofi, who creates and sells Ambien, fired back, tweeting, “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

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Blast Off! First Man Shoots for the Moon

First Man 1I remember the day when someone called to inform me that I got a summer internship.

There I was, in the beauty of Magill Commons Dining Hall with a roast beef sandwich and almost crying tears of joy after saying, “thank you so much!”

Contrarily, when astronaut Neil Armstrong, played by Ryan Gosling, got a phone call from NASA to be a part of the Gemini Eight space mission in an effort to go for the moon, he simply said, “yes,” hung up the phone, and carried on eating the mashed potatoes on his plate.

Well I guess my emotions are a little out of this world.

Armstrong was the First Man to land on the moon, through space flight Apollo 11 with pilot Buzz Aldrin in 1969.

It was an impossible task as the weight of the country, family, friends, and world laid on the back of Armstrong.

In the trailers, audiences expect to see a Hollywood space spectacle similar to recent films in the sci-fi genre such as The Martian, Interstellar, or Gravity, but director Damien Chazelle takes a realistic and stripped down approach to Armstrong’s triumph.

Instead of dramatizing the life of Armstrong, Chazelle chooses to show him as a somber family man who quietly put in astronomic efforts into anything he did for his family or work.

Gosling, who portrays Armstrong in the film, is practically emotionless.

In the beginning, we see the man he could be: a smile on his face, reading stories with his daughter, Karen, and playing in the yard.

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It Ain’t Easy Being a Fan of Yeezy

Fan Of YeezyOpinions, we all have them.

However, imagine your thoughts plastered on the next headline.

Better yet, imagine millions of people idolizing you for your artistic form only to stop listening because of that opinion.

Kanye West finds himself in this situation more often than not.

West is no stranger to fuming critics and paparazzi with a lack of understanding for personal space.

A recent appearance on SNL, on Sept. 29, has shaken up fans and viewers, even actor and comedian Pete Davidson went as far to say that he left the scene, “in order to keep his career.”

The rapper made an appearance on the late-night comedy show and performed a series of chart-toppers from his new album Ye, such as “Ghost Town” in collaboration with Kid Cudi and his hit single “I Love It” featuring Lil Pump.

At the end of the episode, West decided to make a spontaneous speech about his political views, which evoked a variety of reactions from the cast, most not being too agreeable.

West has made many daring statements lacking factuality, such as when he said slavery was a choice on May 4.

The artist’s political stance and patriotism for a president that some of his musical peers may not appreciate throws him into high water.

In spite of it all, West recently made an appearance at the White House to speak with President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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What’s Poppin’ With K-Pop?

Popping KPopIf you drove by Citi Field in Queens, New York last Friday, you probably haven’t seen so many tents since last year’s abysmal Fyre Fest.

About 300 fans camped out ahead of a concert for BTS that was held last Saturday night, so they could get the closest possible spot to their favorite band.

BTS, which stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan, or Bulletproof Boy Scouts, is a Korean pop boy band that consists of seven members.

Their latest album, Love Yourself: Tear, released last May, reached Number One on Billboard’s 200 Chart.

They’re currently on the North American leg of their international Love Yourself Tour, which started in Los Angeles on Sept. 4 and concluded last Saturday night at Citi Field.

Everywhere the band travels, thousands of adoring fans follow.

But how did BTS and K-pop become so popular in a country where Korean isn’t the dominant language?

It turns out, K-pop has been permeating the U.S. for a while.

The first K-pop convention, known as KCON, took place in October of 2012 at Atlanta, Georgia’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

KCON supports the world of Hallyu, which directly translates to the “Korean Wave.”

At KCON, Korean culture is demonstrated through music, panels for food, TV shows, makeup and other popular workshops.

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Dust Off the Cable Box: The Resurrection of Classic TV Shows

Cable Box Classic TV ShowsRemember those days of staying up late at night in elementary school past 10 to catch an old episode of Full House on Nick at Nite?

Yes, it was daring to see Danny Tanner on the screen at such a late hour, but it was so worth it; especially when he butted heads with Uncle Jesse.

We see Uncle Jesse in those steamy Greek  yogurt commercials, but now when you browse through Netflix, the character appears next to a reboot of the show we all loved: Fuller House.

Recently, many shows from decades ago have had reboots on TV and Netflix for the main reason of intellectual property.

Is there a serious case of writer’s block sweeping throughout the country?

Is there a panic spreading throughout Hollywood?

What could be the reasoning behind all of these TV rejuvenations?

Associate professor of communication, Chad Dell, Ph.D., shared his thoughts on the trend with, “I have mixed feelings. As someone who is a boomer and watched those shows, it’s interesting to see them but on the other hand, I’d much rather see new stories about new characters.”

Dell continued,“What they’re doing is taking characters with a track and sales record and trying to sell them to us again which I find disappointing.”

Variety reported that multiple shows from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s are making their returns.

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Lil Wayne’s Triumphant Transformation

default article imageThere’s no greater trademark in rap music than Lil Wayne’s lighter flick, and I’m happy to report that he’s back.

Wayne’s twelfth album, Tha Carter V, finally dropped on Sept. 28.

This was Weezy’s first album in five years, and it might be his most ambitious project yet in terms of emotional connection, musical experimentation, and featured collaborators, which include Snoop Dogg, Ashanti, Kendrick Lamar, and much more.

The album was supposed to be released in 2014, but tensions between Wayne and his surrogate father-figure and mentor, Birdman, caused the album to be pushed back several times.

What ensued was a lengthy battle of lawsuits and even violence between Birdman’s Cash Money Records and Wayne’s Young Money Records.

One incident involved a shooting at Wayne’s tour bus in 2015.

At one point, Wayne sued Birdman for a $51 million breach of contract lawsuit and threatened to take his Young Money signees with him, most notably Nicki Minaj and Drake. 

Wayne and Birdman settled the lawsuit back in July for “an undisclosed dollar amount.”

After all the disputes and lawsuits, we’ve finally made it to the Tha Carter V.

The first song, “I Love You Dwayne,” is a recorded phone call from his mother.

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Writer Odie Lindsey Visits Monmouth

Writer Odie LindseyWriter and military veteran Odie Lindsey read pieces from his most recent story collection, We Come to Our Senses, in front of a crowd of students, faculty, alumni and community members at Pollak Theatre as part of the school’s Visiting Writers Series last Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Lindsey is currently a professor of practice at the Center For Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University.

The stories and pieces of polemic prose Lindsey shared with those in attendance included a selection from We Come to Our Senses titled “Colleen,” in which he offers a unique and daring, yet fresh war story on a female war veteran back at home, rather than the typical war story trope of a male serviceman in battle.

Like a modern William Faulkner, who was unafraid of sticking his fingers in particular wounds in American culture, Lindsey’s message and presence in Pollak Theatre focused on an in-depth discussion of what qualifies a story as a “war story.”

Some of the concepts include intersectionality among individuals, along with a necessary insight into how people audit the truth in order to trick others and, more often than anyone, themselves.

In an informal Q&A in Rechnitz Hall, Lindsey gave advice to inspiring writers.

The author said, “just sit down and try for 3 to 4 hours. And if you only write one word, or not any words at all, you’re still involved in that process. Which you have to love.”

But besides “Colleen,” We Come to Our Senses is filled with unique kinds of war stories focusing on the soldiers, military veterans, and heroes of all genders, race, and cultures whose stories don’t get the value or attention they deserve for the priceless sacrifice they make.

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A Star Is Born Hits: All the Right Notes

A Star Is BornWe have all experienced that one concert.

It awakens your spirit and makes you want to run away and escape the pressures of societal norms.

It makes the night feel everlasting and the impending morning schedule nonexistent.

Now imagine the lead vocalist of this scenario.

In the case of A Star is Born, that soul-awakening entity is none other than Jackson, played by Bradley Cooper.

I know, it surprised me too.

A Star is Born follows the exhilerating rollercoaster of fame and love.

Jackson is a hard-headed guitarist wrapped up in the world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

On the other hand, Ally, played by Lady Gaga, is a determined waitress that spends her evenings belting out french ballads in a nightclub alongside spunky drag queens.

After a wild show, Jackson stumbles into his limousine and spots a bar.

Jackson’s interest is peaked immediately as he enters the eccentric scene, meeting a friend of Ally’s.

Shortly after, Ally steps onto the stage, clad in risqué garments, and drawn on eyebrows, performing the French ballad “La Vie en Rose.”

Jackson is instantly intrigued, and the moment they lock eyes, both know their lives will change forever.

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