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Imagine Dragons Put On An Inspired Performance In New Jersey

Lead singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons glanced out into the crowd while a single spotlight covered his body after the second song of their set, “It’s Time” from the 2011 EP of the same name. The band, who are from Las Vegas, NV were particularly emotional due to the October 1st mass shooting that claimed the lives of 58 music lovers. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in a medium that’s been inclusive and a safe haven to millions. Reynolds looked out into the Prudential Cen
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"Jigsaw" Offers A Pinch of Nostalgia For Hardcore Fans, But Not Much Else

2004’s Saw brought about the next horror boogeyman. John Kramer (Tobin Bell) became the tactical and wielding hand of retribution. The familiar score from Charlie Clouser rang through seven iterations of twists, turns, and misdirects. While giving horror fans some of the goriest scenarios in a long time. The Saw franchise is a demented version of Clue. As the series went on, it lost a little steam seemly ending with 2010’s Saw 3D. Apparently, the past is not going to stay dead. Enter Jigsaw, ou
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WWE RAW: Sierra, Hotel, India, Echo, Lima, Delta

The Shield Is Back: Let’s address the elephant in the room first. Yes, The Shield have returned. Roman Reigns even got some cheers – look at that! You see those shirts? Definitely are going to sell out. The teases up to this point were great and the payoff was one of the hottest openings on Raw in a long time. The match at TLC is a little murky – why is Braun Strowman just thrown into a match?  The Miz and The Bar could have been enough. This is the guy who was just challenging Brock Lesnar for
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'Liability": Lorde's Love and Hate Relationship With Fame

Have you ever written a video treatment in your head? You know the sensation, or at least I think you do. A song plays and when you hear it you realize it is so vividly appealing that you instantly project the artist living it in a world and/or scenario you just made up?  While listening to “Liability,” one of the many emotional songs off Lorde’s recently released second album, Melodrama, I did just that. So picture this: The video for “Liability” would open in the same taxi cab with Lorde loo
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Review: Superman #32

How far will Superman go to protect the ones he loves most? Would he kill for it? Would he forego his own moral code? The second part of “Breaking Point” tackles this very notion as D.C.’s “terminator,” Deathstroke is on a job to take out Lois Lane..or is he? Superman #32 is more of a psychological cat and mouse game. Within the action, there are some beautifully done internal monologues that writer James Bonny utilizes coming from Superman, Deathstroke, and Lois. Here’s a story about principle
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Demi Lovato's Continuing Evolution Takes A Triumphant Step With 'Tell Me You Love Me'

Demi Lovato‘s 2015 single became a proclamation ranging from music lovers to sports teams. There was a new hunger in Lovato’s music as the world was getting a glimpse of where the singer could go when she foregoes all previous limits.  “Sorry Not Sorry,” the first song from Lovato’s latest album, Tell Me You Love Me sets the tone from the album. A fiery, R&B-laden anthem, if you want to make a statement with the first track of your album, this is the way you do it. Take a look at the covers of
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PVRIS Comes Face To Face With Their Demons On "All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell"

The title from PVRIS‘ sophomore album is a play on the last two lines from an Emily Dickinson poem named Life. Within those two lines, therein lies a painful duality. The original line from the poem is “parting is all we know of heaven/ And all we need of hell” (7-8). Whether it be a physical or an emotional death, we tend to think of one person being released finding their heaven and those who are left behind to venture into their own personal catacombs of hell. All We Know Of Heaven, All We N
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American Horror Story: Cult : 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' Seems Like An All Too Familiar Story Line

You ever have a traumatic experience happen to you so bad that it feels like everything in the world is working against you? In previous seasons of American Horror Story, there was a build towards a bigger world with a fixed number of characters telling a story. The shows tried to cram a lot of material into a finite amount of time. With Cult, it seems like Ally (Sarah Paulson) has a Truman Show-like quality to her world. The environment and events get triggered based on how her fear reacts to
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"Minutes To Midnight", Linkin Park, and Their Push For Something New

The lead single from Linkin Park‘s 2007 album Minutes To Midnight, ushered it’s era with the first single, “What I’ve Done.” Immediately, you noticed that there was something different about it..that the band itself had became the personification of a butterfly trying to shed it’s “rap-rock” skin. The song begins with a mechanical drum loop, piano keys, and a huge turntable scratch that shoots you into the guitar driven song structure that is more pronounced through the entire album. It wasn’t q
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WWE Monday Night RAW: How About That Promo?

“Let’s Shoot, Cowboy”: Let’s get right into it and talk about the interaction between Roman Reigns and John Cena. Unfortunately, WWE elected to kill off Talking Smack where The Miz cut memorable promos at the expense of Daniel Bryan. WWE needs more segments like this – passionate and blur the lines between work and shoot. John Cena brought out the best promo from Roman Reigns in years. Both men sounded like a conduit for fan frustrations in their own way. Reigns = “John Cena is a part-timer tha
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"Look What You've Made Me Do" Sees Taylor Swift Embracing Her Regina George Role

“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now.” Pop has been in a peculiar position of reinvention this past year. Just take a look at the “EDM bubble that burst” while it was at it’s peak. You either carved out a loyal fan base with your uniqueness or integrated into a hybrid of pop or hip-hop. Artists like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez were able to shed their Disney pasts for a more sensual, R&B/Hip-hop version of themselves. This transition has been a little harder for an artis
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WWE Raw: Rumbling, Bumbling, Stumbing Into Summerslam

Sayanara To Brock?: Given recent events concerning a potential UFC super fight between Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar, are we looking at the end of the Beast in the WWE? From Paul Heyman’s opening promo, it sounds like it. Heyman sure painted Lesnar as the under dog going into the fatal-four way. The cherry on top, being that both Heyman and Lesnar will be leaving the WWE if Lesnar loses? The three way fight between Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe – it seemed like we got the Summerslam
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Warped Tour's Camden Stop Adds A Mix Of Classic & Upcoming Bands

Metal bands…and Warped Tour? Yes, this year’s iteration was a bit different lineup wise. Gone were the mainstays like Sleeping With Sirens or Every Time I Die. Welcomed were acts such as GWAR, Hatebreed, and The Acadia Strain just to name a few. There was a different feel towards Warped Tour this year – not so much in the trademark iffy Camden weather that gave away to thunderstorms at the end of the night. There was a healthy mix of old and new fans, although a little lesser than last year. Wh
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Preacher Season 2 Premiere Part 2, 'Mumbai Sky Tower,' Raises the Stakes

Read M.J. Rawls’ review of Part 1 of the Preacher Season 2 Premiere here. “Mumbai Sky Tower” starts in the very bombastic, action-driven fashion that “On The Road” did. This time, it sets up the overall arc of how the episode takes shape: Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and Genesis. Much to Jesse’s dismay, the voice of Genesis does not work to sway the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish). Jesse, who has used Genesis in an almost flippant fashion in the past, learns of a horrible caveat to it. The trio al
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Preacher Season 2 Premiere Part 1 Takes the Show on the Road

A lot of people, including myself, were wondering when Preacher was going to go on the road trip portion of the show. The first season felt like an introduction to the world full of gore, some laughs and grit. It was in a style where both fans of the comic and newcomers could both enjoy it, but now we are getting into a little bit more of the heart of the story. God is missing, and it’s up to our trio to find him. The episode starts with Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (
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Halsey's 'Hopeless Fountain Kingdom' Gives A Creative Spin On A Enduring Tale

Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous and storied tragedies within the works of William Shakespeake. It’s the famous story of two people from warring families who love each other so much that they could not exist without the other. Over time, there have been adaptations of this, most notability, the 1996 modernized version of the tale from Baz Luhrmann. Sometimes we create our own universes or make updated revisions to a story in order to get out the disorientation of our own minds and liv
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WWE RAW: The Road To GBOF, Makeups to Breakups and You Can't Teach That

We are coming off a rather rocky version of Raw. The Brock Lesnar/Samoa Joe confrontation was done well, but the show was rather lukewarm. This weeks episode of Raw did have some good m​moments where they developed feuds for the Great Balls of Fire PPV in July (I still can’t believe I’m calling it that) including a good swerve at the end. However, there were still some head scratches. Roman Reigns Announcement | Match vs. Samoa Joe: What do you do when your universal champion is not on Raw ever
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WWE RAW: The Road To GBOF, Makeups to Breakups and You Can't Teach That

We are coming off a rather rocky version of Raw. The Brock Lesnar/Samoa Joe confrontation was done well, but the show was rather lukewarm. This weeks episode of Raw did have some good m​moments where they developed feuds for the Great Balls of Fire PPV in July (I still can’t believe I’m calling it that) including a good swerve at the end. However, there were still some head scratches. Roman Reigns Announcement | Match vs. Samoa Joe: What do you do when your universal champion is not on Raw ever
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Lorde's 'Melodrama" is a Musical Playwright's Depiction On The Honest Feelings of Love Lost

mel·o·dra·ma:  (noun) 1. a sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions. 2. (historical) a play interspersed with songs and orchestral music accompanying the action. Heartbreak can be both a source for great pain and inspiration — a double-edged sword when it comes to creating art. How do you draw inspiration while your heart and head are trying to get back on the same page? In what methods do you try to combat those arrows to
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