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Popular radio hits get punk rock treatment

This month, the latest in the “Punk Goes” series was released and was well worth the wait. The compilation series features punk and indie-rock bands covering different songs from specific genres and/or time periods of music. The newest in the series, “Punk Goes Pop 2,”…

Rudd, Segel a perfect match in I Love You Man

We live in a golden age of comedy, my friends. Where we once saw Ben Stiller, we now see Paul Rudd. (Yes, I miss seeing Owen Wilson in blockbuster comedies, too, but we all have to make sacrifices). “I Love You, Man” is yet another…

“New In Town” charming, yet familiar romantic comedy

“New In Town,” directed by Jonas Elmer, is a standard, formulaic romantic comedy. Co-written by “Sweet Home Alabama” writer C. Jay Cox, “New In Town” is a must-see for chick-flick fans. It all starts when Lucy Hill (Renee Zellweger), a rising star in her company,…

Essential Albums: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

I think every American boy from age eight to 10 is obsessed with kung-fu. From “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to the Super Nintendo classic “Street Fighter,” martial arts seems to be the pinnacle of refined cool. So as I picked up “Yoshimi Battles the Pink…

“CLOUD 9” shocks with innuendo, vulgarity

Bradley Theatre has an affinity for leaving audiences feeling different as they walk out the Hartmann Center doors than they did as they walked in.  Some leave with lingering chuckles, some with teary eyes and in the case of “Cloud 9,” some audience members scraped…

Morrissey channels Smiths on new solo album

Since taking off on a solo career more than two decades ago, former Smiths’ singer Morrissey has adopted the gently mocking tone of his former band’s work wholesale and hurled it further into exuberance, complete with Brit wit song titles (here we get “It’s Not…

“Best Picture” winner charms with underdog story

Graphic torture scenes, sexual exploitation and gruesome murder seem to be the makings of a “Saw” movie, not a critical darling.  Yet somehow “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle makes every action, no matter how shocking or trivial, seem poignant and beautiful, while conquering the cliches…

Academy Awards embrace old-time style for new audience

The biggest night for movies is usually a dull and dry affair, full of actors stiffly walking down red carpets, filing into seats, giving simple thank-you speeches and clapping politely. For the 81st Academy Awards, someone decided this idea just had to go. Host Hugh Jackman…

Pop-punk pioneers reunite for new album, tour

After an extensive four-year hiatus, Blink 182 has finally returned. “To put it simply, we’re back,” the band wrote to fans on its Web site. “We mean really back. Picking up where we left off and then some.” Formed in 1992, pop-punk trio Blink 182’s…

Comedians take the stage for charity

Laughter filled Neumiller Lecture Hall on Monday night as stand-up comedians Mike Trainor and Steve Hofstetter took the stage for a charity event hosted by Sigma Phi Epsilon.   The show opened with Trainor, a comic from New York and contributing editor for Collegehumor.com.  …

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