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Remembering Wright

Voice memorializes key player for seminal rock band Rock ‘n’ roll lost a vital member two weeks ago when founding Pink Floyd member Richard Wright passed away in his home in Great Britain. He was 65. Wright succumbed to cancer on Sept. 15, but specific…

A paper trail fit for a king

Until just a few weeks ago, I believed, much like yourselves, I would have T.I.’s much anticipated sixth studio album in my hands for the opening day of school, but it didn’t happen. “Paper Trail” was originally scheduled for an Aug. 12th release date, but…

Allen’s Spain vacation ultimately fit for a night at home

Let me start off by saying when you walk into a movie theater ten minutes after the film has begun and you are the only one there, your hopes become slightly dimmed about how exactly the film is going to be. “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” begins…

“Death” A Rebirth For Grizzled Metal Vets

After five long years, Metallica, one of the founding fathers of thrash metal, has finally released its much-anticipated album “Death Magnetic.” This new release marks its ninth studio album and the first album recorded since 2003’s “St. Anger.” Upon listening to the new material, one…

Saigon falls hard

Peoria Players overwhelmed by confusing visuals, toddler The recent production of “Miss Saigon” at the Peoria Players Theatre created an all-too-real depiction of Vietnam, as the experience makes any sane person want to claw their way out to freedom. Never before have I felt like…

Top of the Mop Tops

American English brings Beatlemania to Peoria I read the news today, oh boy, about a tribute band who made the grade. Even so, when covering such an iconic group as the Beatles, any musician has more to fear than a few Blue Meanies. Still, aging…

MTV flounders at latest music awards …but does anyone still care?

This past Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the MTV Video Music Awards, which are held in Los Angeles at the Paramount Pictures Theater.   This year’s theme centered on the idea of honoring the past while looking forward to the future. The stage was…

Up to “Snuff”

Getting inside Chuck Palahniuk’s sleazy masterpiece  The last thing to come to mind when you think of adult films is barbecue potato chips. But that’s exactly what Chuck Palahniuk uses to set the scene of his latest societal therapy session, “Snuff.”  Adult movie superstar Cassie…

Kings of weird-guy rock make the best of today

It’s nice to know every now and then, classic artists can to churn out more than greatest hits compilations and album re-issues. It’s even better when these seminal musicians create something that lives up to their iconic status. David Byrne and Brian Eno accomplished this…

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