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NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” Draws on Past for new movies

Voice Essential Albums: “Grace”Among people who take television way more seriously than they should, there is only one hard and fast rule of discussion. “Saturday Night Live” used to be good, but now it’s awful. “Saturday Night Live” is America’s second biggest pop-culture punching bag,…

Voice Essential Albums: “Grace”

When rock music really started to come into it’s own in the late 1950s, it was regarded primarily as a pure untamed sexual force. Only a few years after Elvis was pelvic thrusting at his audience, the Beatles were driving fans to screaming incoherent wrecks.…

“leap Year“ formulaic but still fun

In real life, the dating scene oftentimes seems bleak. In Hollywood, however, love seems to be more ubiquitous than Ryan Seacrest is on television. Most leading men and women consistently have at least two, sometimes even more, potential lovers in the course of one film.…

Motion City soundtrack Return With Angry New Disc

Since 2002, Motion City Soundtrack has been releasing anthems of youthful rock to people all over the world. With the release of their fourth studio album, “My Dinosaur Life,” under their first major record deal with Columbia Records, Motion City Soundtrack is still holding true…

Voice picks top movies of the decade

Sure, this decade brought us the rise and fall of Lindsay Lohan, the legend of the Snuggie and VH1’s “Rock of Love Bus,” but the last 10 years have been great for film.  Except for maybe “White Chicks.”  2000  “Almost Famous”  Right from the moment…

Mayer’s “Battle Studies” sappy, nothing new

John Mayer is infamous for his love of women – namely beautiful, big-named celebrities.  For a period in time, he was better known as a playboy than a talented singer-songwriter. With “Battle Studies,” however, Mayer aims to gain his credibility back, through his seemingly infinite…

Peoria Heights restaurant offers good food, atmosphere falls short

Taste buds on strike from Peoria’s daily humdrum eats? Got a pocket-searing wad of money to burn? You just might find yourself at the door of Peoria Heights’ chic restaurant, Seven on Prospect.  This self-proclaimed cosmopolitan grill is lost somewhere in the bevy of boutiques…

“The Blind Side” inspirational, about more than just football

Imagine for just a moment what it would be like if your family was never around. Imagine going to school everyday where everyone stares at you like you’re a freak of nature. Imagine what it would be like to have nothing at all, not even…

Maroon 5 delivers at Civic Center

Maroon 5 has been one of the most astonishing pop success stories of the decade. On the strength of their first album, “Songs About Jane,” which debuted in 2002, the band was able to release five chart-topping singles. Songs including “This Love” and “Harder to…

Say Anything’s “Say Anything” says something

Say Anything has been a band of their own kind since they first formed in 2001. From singing humorously about a girl touching herself over the phone to love songs that make hearts melt, Say Anything is known for touching upon easy-to-relate situations. In their…

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