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Star Wars Finally Returns: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Finally Returns:  The Force Awakens

After three decades, and the purchase of Lucasfilms by Disney, the next Star Wars adventure, Episode 7, is being released. Star Wars:The Force Awakens is being heralded as a wonderful new sequel with all the adventure and power of the original three. This review says it delivers. Star Wars was and is an art form that imitates life as we are coming to know it in the 21st Century. Two more episodes, 8 and 9 are in the offing as well. May the Force be with us all!

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Best “Voice” Performance Ever: Jordan Smith’s Rockin’ (and Moving!) Queen Tribute

Written by on December 8, 2015 in Art and Music, Entertainment, Films & TV, Media & Arts with 186 Comments
Best “Voice” Performance Ever: Jordan Smith’s Rockin’ (and Moving!) Queen Tribute

We all know that music, really good music, has the power to move us emotionally. For me, Jordan Smith’s performance of Queen’s “Somebody To Love” on The Voice last night did just that – and more.

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CLN RADIO: The Shadow and Light of Hollywood Film

CLN RADIO: The Shadow and Light of Hollywood Film

Alexis speaks with film historian and new media pioneer Randall Libero about the multiple dimensions of Hollywood Film Watch the full interview on YouTube What do motion pictures (Hollywood Film) have to do with human consciousness? According to film historian and new media expert Randall Libero, a lot! When we watch a movie, whether romantic […]

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Michael Stipe Lashes Out at Candidates for Using R.E.M. Tune

Michael Stipe Lashes Out at Candidates for Using R.E.M. Tune

R.E.M. has a major beef with two outspoken GOP politicians using their music— namely Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. And the iconic band isn’t pulling any punches.

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3 Weeks After its Release, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Still A Bad Deal

3 Weeks After its Release, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Still A Bad Deal

3 weeks since its release, Windows 10 while having some good features, has been criticized for its privacy issues, software bugs & hardware incompatibility.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Campaigns for GMO Labeling at U.S. Capitol

Gwyneth Paltrow Campaigns for GMO Labeling at U.S. Capitol

Famous actress & healthy eater, Gwyneth Paltrow, takes a much-needed stance against GMO chemical violence by recently heading to the U.S. capitol to express her concerns about the DARK Act which could trample on the right of states to enact GMO food-labeling laws.

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Members of U2 Join Cover Band to Play U2 Songs

Written by on August 6, 2015 in Art and Music, Entertainment, Media & Arts with 0 Comments
Members of U2 Join Cover Band to Play U2 Songs

U2 have spent the past couple of months bringing special guests – an Elvis impersonator, a Canadian U2 cover band, Lady Gaga – onto the stage at their own shows. But on Wednesday night, they brought the act to a higher level when The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the New York-based U2 tribute band Unforgettable Fire at The Cutting Room, a club in New York that seats 450 people.

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Tom Morello & His New Label: ‘Making Music with a Purpose’

Tom Morello & His New Label: ‘Making Music with a Purpose’

[Tom] Morello is best known as the guitarist from Rage Against the Machine, but he’s also sold millions of albums with Audioslave and, more recently, he’s recorded on his own as the Nightwatchman and with underground rapper Boots Riley in Street Sweeper Social Club. On top of all that, in 2014 Morello spent much of the year as a member of Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, and later this year he’s playing in Ozzy Osbourne‘s backing band…During his recent Radio.com visit, the main thing on Morello’s mind is his brand-new record label, Firebrand Records.

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Time Is Art: New Documentary on Synchronicity & the Collective Dream

Time Is Art: New Documentary on Synchronicity & the Collective Dream

Compelling conversations with fellow seekers and mystics like Alex & Allyson Grey, Toko-Pa Turner, Richard Tarnas, Graham Hancock, Daniel Pinchbeck and biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, guide us through the underlying premise of the film: perhaps we can tap into a way of being that is not ruled by a finite sense of time, but rather by the ability to live in harmony with the true creative nature of our existence.

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“Freedom” Music Video by Pharrell Williams will Stir Your Soul

Written by on July 23, 2015 in Art and Music, Entertainment, Media & Arts with 0 Comments
“Freedom” Music Video by Pharrell Williams will Stir Your Soul

Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams just released a soul-stirring and thought-provoking piece of musical activism called “Freedom!” The video expands on his lyrics (see below), with nods to slavery, the environment, science, plus political, gender, and sexual freedoms.

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Some Cruel Truths About Rock n’ Roll: What Can We Learn from Them?

Some Cruel Truths About Rock n’ Roll: What Can We Learn from Them?

Last week, a story about The Runaways’ Jackie Fuchs, centered around her account of being raped by the late music entrepreneur Kim Fowley in a motel room full of people on New Year’s Eve in 1975, challenged the very idea that rock and roll is something worth loving. Fuchs’ account hit the music world like a bomb that obliterated all taste of cherry from our mouths, demanding the acknowledgment of certain painful facts from anyone who loves 1970s pop culture, that groundbreaking all-female band in particular, or the romantic notion that music celebrating and enacting sexual openness is a force for freedom and empowerment.

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How Drumming Changed The Way My Brain Processes Music

How Drumming Changed The Way My Brain Processes Music

By Omar Cherif Three weeks ago, I found through my Finnish bungalow-mate, Jarkko, that there is an Underworld concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I thought it would be a cool event and we agreed to go together. We had our raving days back in our early 20s and it has been while for the both […]

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Here’s Why Heavy Metal Music is Actually Good for You

Written by on July 5, 2015 in Art and Music, Entertainment, Media & Arts with 0 Comments
Here’s Why Heavy Metal Music is Actually Good for You

In contrast to the popularly held view that extreme music like heavy metal is responsible for causing feelings of anger, depression or isolation, it may in fact be capable of combating these very sorts of negative emotions, according to a new study published this week.

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Institutional Thinking – The Matrix, 1984 and the Allegory of the Cave

Institutional Thinking – The Matrix, 1984 and the Allegory of the Cave

Individuals can transmute from dull repetitive ‘thought’ into ascended golden thinking, but as our minds are freed, one at a time, we ultimately find that our broader society is embedded with a series of norms and structures – of Matrices and Caves – that perpetuate false imagery, preserving the status quo from the ‘threat’ of individual thinking.

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Neil Young Blasts Monsanto with New Anti-GMO Album “The Monsanto Years”

Written by on April 23, 2015 in Art and Music with 1 Comment
Neil Young Blasts Monsanto with New Anti-GMO Album “The Monsanto Years”

Legendary music icon Neil Young will be taking a stand against Monsanto in his latest album release, The Monsanto Years. In a move that highlights just how far awareness on the issue of Monsanto’s toxic creations has come, Young will be working with the Willie Nelson sons in highlighting Monsanto’s activities within the new album.

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