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You'll Go Delusional Over Eliza & The Delusionals

DelusionalEliza & The Delusionals, an Australian-based indie-rock band, has been taking over the radio waves. Every song in their discography begs the question: how are they not the biggest band in the world yet?

Led by frontwoman Eliza Klatt, the band got its start in 2015 and is now gaining some serious momentum.

One of their latest singles, “Just Exist,” has become a pop­ular member of the Alt Nation Critical Cut on Sirius XM. The track also landed the top spot on the Alt 18 Countdown sev­eral weeks in a row.

It may be because the track is playing every time I turn on my car, or it may be because Klatt’s energy is instantly infectious, but I’m addicted to this song.

After reaching out to the band via Instagram, Klatt was kind enough to chat and comment on the meaning behind the single.

“The idea behind the lyrics of “Just Exist” was the balance of feeling depressed, but also feel­ing inspired by those sad feel­ings. Without those feelings, I would plainly just exist,” Klatt said.

“It was one that when we re­corded it in the studio, we really felt that it had something special about it compared to anything else we’ve recorded,” Klatt con­tinued.

The idea that pain is a neces­sary part of living is universally relatable. Even if the lyrics are a little melancholy, the guitar-heavy song calls for happily screaming along to the lyrics. It radiates with a golden quality that is guaranteed to make you hit the repeat button.

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Judy is a Bit Off Tune

Judy Off TuneWe all know her for her clicking heels in The Wizard of Oz and hitting incredible notes at Carnegie Hall, but Judy Garland’s life wasn’t a walk down the yellow brick road.

This is shown in Judy, where Garland, played by Renée Zellweger, is in a downward spiral near the end of her life. Garland is hooked on pills as she attempts to find income to put a roof over her head and gain custody of her children. In a last ditch effort, Garland plays shows in London to get cash.

While Zellweger does an incredible job as Garland, it doesn’t dive as deep as you’d like.

Without a doubt, a star is reborn in Zellweger. It’s been a while since she’s had a breakout role, but the actress looks, talks, and sings just like Garland. Zellweger impressively uses her own vocals as Garland and sounds great.

Zellweger captures the star, but the film is just short of. This isn’t a cradle-to-grave biopic; rather, a look into her life at that particular time.

It gives us insight on how Garland struggled through her custody battle, London concerts, and bad habits. There’s even some flashbacks of Garland’s dark upbringing on Hollywood sets.

The film makes clear that Garland was a victim of the Hollywood machine. She was an incredible talent who loved to perform, yet Hollywood ate her up and spat her out.

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Woodstock & Beyond: The Visionary Art of Mike Frankel

WoodstockThe period of a person’s life when they’re in college is often associated with exploring new kinds of music, sexuality, newly found freedom, and using substances for the first time (legal ones after you turn 21 of course). But teenagers and young adults today are nothing compared to the wild, young, and free spirits of the 1960’s.

If you were to go back to Monmouth University (or as it was called then, Monmouth College) 50 years ago today, instead of talking about the Jonas Brothers and Post Malone concerts, you would hear every student on campus talking about the concert of the year, Woodstock. In celebration of the 50 year anniversary, students, Long Branch residents, art enthusiasts, Woodstock fans, and the general public alike all gathered at the Pollock Gallery to celebrate the opening of the Woodstock and Beyond exhibit on campus on Sept. 27.

Woodstock and Beyond is an exposition in Pollak Gallery of photographs taken by Mike Frankel, at Woodstock, along with notable concerts in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The gallery was put together in celebration of both an incredibly talented photographer’s life work and the 50th anniversary of a historic event.

When you walk in, you’re greeted by gleaming photos on every wall. The photos displayed have been printed directly from the original versions taken on 35 mm transparencies onto metal sheets. I was confused at first as to why they were printed onto metal and not canvas, but once you see the photos in person the reason is literally and figuratively, clear. The quality and finish of the photos makes them look almost as if they’re a window pane with the subject of the photo standing behind it.

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Feeling Old Yet? Your Favorite Games Are Becoming Retro

Feeling OldRemember the days of coming home from school, crashing on the couch, and firing up the ole Xbox or PlayStation? Then maybe later, a couple friends would come by for a few levels of Super Money Ball?

Ah, those were the days. I can just see my broken Xbox mic, which was the result of a fit from dying for the hundredth time on Call of Duty 2. After that, no one heard me yelling.

Surprisingly enough, the systems we grew up on like the GameCube, Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox, and Xbox 360, are turning into modern vintage gaming.

Usually when we think of vintage gaming, the classics come to mind like the NES, SNES, or SEGA Genesis. All of these have gotten a mini console reproduction, where the companies remake a tiny version of the consoles and load them with a bunch of games. Even Sony gave the original PlayStation this treatment.

However, with the PS5 and Xbox Scarlet on the horizon, the system that might be collecting dust in our rooms are becoming or have become obsolete.

It’s hard to believe that our beloved consoles are an artifact of the past, considering how well the graphics hold up. Recently I’ve been playing Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pac Man World 2, and Frogger Beyond on the Xbox, and those games are still fun to play. Sure, the picture isn’t in 4K ultra HD, but the graphics are still impressive.

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Leonard Cohen The Goal

default article imageThe legendary songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen may have left us nearly three years ago, but it’s moments like this where it feels like he’s still with us.

Cohen’s first posthumous Song ‘The Goal’ was released on Sept. 20 in anticipation for a new album, Thanks for the Dance. The song is more like a spoken word poem than a song (although many would say that a lot of his songs are like that).

Listening to it, you can see Cohen sitting in a chair, looking out the window, thinking back on his life, and knowing what’s to come. Cohen sadly says, “I’m almost alive, I’m almost at home.”

Towards the end of his battle with cancer, Cohen didn’t feel alive and “can’t leave my house or answer the phone.”

The song is short at one minute and 13 seconds. The music was composed and arranged by Leonard’s son, Adam, who also produced his last album You Want It Darker. That album was dark and sad, yet beautiful in typical Cohen fashion.

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Hella Mega Expensive: What's a VIP Package Worth?

VIP PackageDo you have a Hella Mega amount of dough? Because next summer, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer will go on the Hella Mega World Tour together.

Fans have started purchasing their tickets and many noticed something strange about the VIP tickets. The admission only tickets range from $50 to $300 depending upon the venue size and seating location. It’s not cheap for a concert, but it’s to be expected with a show of three well known bands.

The four VIP ticket options cost $230, $279, $429, and $654, which arguably could be worth it to meet the members of one or all of the bands right? Well, you got to at least shake one of their hands at $654, right?

Think again, because in bold print on the bottom of the VIP package pages reads, “NO VIP PACKAGES INCLUDE A MEET & GREET. THERE IS NO ARTIST INVOLVEMENT WITH ANY OF THE PACKAGES.” Instead these packages include things like early venue access, a snack bar, pins, bandanas, water bottles, and commemorative laminates. As expected, fans flooded social media with their outrage fueled feedback. 

This flare up ignited a conversation that’s been going on since the dawn of priority tickets: what should a VIP ticket include and how much is it worth? 

First, let’s go over the basics. A VIP ticket to a concert gives you access to the show, along with perks like meeting the artist, taking a picture together, or merchandise. The price of VIP tickets are always more than those to just attend the show and the benefits included are determined by the artist, their management, and the venue.

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Girl's Night Out: Hollywood's Love for Female Ensemble Films

Hollywoods Female EnsembleWho run the world? Girls. And who does Hollywood want to run to the movies? Girls.

It’s clear that Hollywood wants to host a fun G.N.O.- not just here and there, but almost every other month. I noticed this while sitting through trailers at the cinema over the summer that every other movie featured a stellar cast of leading women. Then I thought these movies have become quite common in the past few years.

But where did this trend start? We can look back toward the classic female ensemble movies like 1980’s 9 to 5, 1996’s The First Wives Club, or 2004’s Mean Girls, but the success of Bridesmaids sent shockwaves through the theaters. The film that featured an incredible comedic cast of stars like Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCartney, and Rebel Wilson was an instant hit by earning over $288 million; almost nine times its budget.

The following year, a similar tune was hit with Pitch Perfect, which made over $115 million in the box office, almost seven times the movie budget. When Hollywood saw the success of these two films, it would lay out years to come of similar flicks.

In recent years, female ensemble movies have been churning out like shopping sprees. In 2017, we were graced with a third Pitch Perfect, Rough Night, Girls Trip, and Bad Moms Christmas, a sequel to 2016’s hit Bad Moms.

The following year, Hollywood released six female ensemble films, most notably with the stacked Ocean’s 8 and to appeal to AARP crowd, Book Club.

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Let's Hope It's Rambo's Last

Rambos LastIn 1982’s First Blood, John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, was a drifter Vietnam veteran mistreated by the law in his hometown. The sheriff’s cruelty toward Rambo triggered flashbacks to when he was a prisoner of war, which sent him on a bloody tirade.

Now 37 years later, he’s just an old dude sitting on his porch in Arizona waiting to kill some people. Unfortunately, this is the only arch Last Blood gives Rambo.

Rambo’s niece goes to Mexico to meet her father, but she’s abducted by traffickers. Surely enough, the action hero we’ve come to tolerate crosses the border to track down her abductors by any means necessary.

This fifth installment in the Rambo series is completely unnecessary with a stale plot, little action, and too short of a run time (but maybe that’s a good thing).

Just as the body count Rambo piles, the amount of revenge flicks like this are staggering and Last Blood is another forgetful edition. There’s really no difference to having Rambo in this movie; it could be anyone. The only link to Rambo is just a couple medals in the hallway (but who knows, they could’ve been for Stallone’s Razzie awards).

Despite the plot’s bare bones, there’s barely any action. Up until the last 15 minutes, it’s mostly just Rambo mumbling about something or tracking down people. I’m sure he was talking about something important like family or his nap time.

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The iHeart Radio Festival Gets a Lot of Love

Gets Lot LoveT-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosted tons of the world’s biggest artists on Sept. 20 and 21 for the ninth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival!

The first night’s lineup included acts such as The Backstreet Boys, Hootie & the Blowfish, Tim McGraw, Heart, and Steve Aoki. Many of the artists who performed the first night came back for the second such as Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper, Maren Morris, Def Leppard, Alicia Keys, and Green Day. 

The iHeartRadio Music Festival is known to bring artists of all genres together to perform in one venue for fans of all genres to enjoy. Artists that made the headlines were Miley Cyrus after she sang a mashup of her hits in addition to covering Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

Camila Cabello also made headlines when she debuted her new singles, “Shameless” and “Liar” as well as performing “Señorita” solo.

The Backstreet Boys made an emphasis on what they’re calling their “renaissance” with their recent success. The band performed some of their biggest hits like “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “I Want It That Way,” and “Larger than Life” in addition to their newest hit, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Halsey also performed and had her live debut of her newest single, “Graveyard.” Hootie & the Blowfish captured the audience with some of their biggest hits such as “Only Wanna Be with You” and a cover of Kool and the Gang’s “Get Down On It.”

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Sea.Hear.Now Rocks Asbury Again

Rocks Asbury AgainThe second annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival happened over the weekend in Asbury Park, and it’s safe to say, it’ll be back for another year.

The festival was sold out for months, and a whopping 35,000 concertgoers flocked to the three stages in front of and adjacent to Convention Hall.  With headliners of The Lumineers and Dave Matthews Band, and thirty other bands including the Dropkick Murphys, punk legends Bad Religion, reggae heavyweights Steel Pulse, funky bands like Ripe and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and much more, it was bound to be a fun weekend.

The festival was not solely about music, however.  There were also professional Jersey surfers showing their chops, surfboard shapers crafting from scratch, yoga sessions, and an art gallery.  The art gallery featured pieces from the festival’s musicians, and festival co-founder Danny Clinch.  The gallery also featured intimate performances from spontaneous performers, including Blind Melon and Lowlight.

Day one featured stellar performances from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, English rockers The Struts, and indie Rainbow Kitten Surprise.  Following that, Bad Religion took the stage, and your humble narrator lost control of his inner punk.  Their set-list featured their hits, news songs, and deeper cuts like “Anesthesia,” “The Dichotomy,” and “End of History.” 

To wrap up Day one, The Lumineers serenaded us with their inspiring brand of folky-alternative.  Being in Asbury Park, they had to pay homage to Bruce Springsteen, by covering “Thunder Road.”  All of us held our breath for the appearance of The Boss, but we were left hoping.

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Pitt Shines Bright In Ad Astra

Ad AstraHow far would you go to track down your dad? I had to pick my dad up from the mechanic’s when his 2001 Buick LeSabre died (multiple times).

But Neptune might be pushing it. In Ad Astra, Roy, played by Brad Pitt, travels from Earth to Neptune to find his dad after a power surge from his ship rocked earth. Also, there’s been some shady space business happening on his dad’s project up there that the government wants to know about.

While Astra’s story is typical for space flicks, it has some gorgeous visuals and an out of this world performance from Pitt.

Astra’s plot isn’t a meteor that rocks the genre. It features typical space tropes like loneliness, the vastiness, and the great unknown.

But what makes it particularly hard to watch is how dull everyone is. Everyone speaks in monotone because the government controls their emotions (if only we could do that with people who tweet a lot).

That’s a tough crater to jump over, but it’s worth it for the visuals. With an IMAX theater you can see the attention to detail in every star and ring of neptune. I occasionally had to check down at my feet to make sure I wasn’t floating.

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