All posts by Mike McKenna

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  • Business scorching after BAR re-opens

    Though some may have been unaware of the event, a fire on Thursday, Feb. 9 forced BAR, located at 254 Crown Street in New Haven, to close down for over a week while renovations were made to...

    • Posted March 8, 2006
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  • Album review: ‘will.i.am’ monkeys around with Mendes’ ‘timeless’ sound

    It is unlikely that most college students would recognize former Brasil '66 front man Sergio Mendes, a man who popularized Brazilian music in the U.S during the mid-60s covering Beatles' tracks with a unique bossa nova twist. However,...

    • Posted March 8, 2006
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  • Album Review: State Radio raises sociopolitical awareness with pop-rock reggae debut

    Anyone familiar with the work of Chadwick Stokes knows there is more to his music than catchy choruses and interesting hairstyles. The former Dispatch front man's new band, State Radio, is not exempt from this philosophy. State Radio,...

    • Posted February 22, 2006
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  • Moreno’s disc more tone deaf than Deftones

    Deftones front man Chino Moreno shows his experimental side on his new band's self-titled debut, "Team Sleep." What started as a series of four-track demo tape swaps with friend and Team Sleep guitarist Todd Wilkinson back in...

    • Posted February 8, 2006
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  • ‘Jarhead’ delivers direct hit

    “How did you end up here anyway, boy?” a vein-popping Marine drill sergeant yells in the ear of a kneeling Anthony “Swoff” Swofford. As Swoff, actor Jake Gyllenhaal coyly replies, “Sir, I got lost on my way...

    • Posted November 9, 2005
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  • Yellowcard set to rock QU Friday

    Keeping true to the band’s mantra of “sincerity first,” Sean Mackin of Yellowcard said, “We really appreciate our fans that have been with us all along; we wouldn’t be anything today without the fans’ support.” To show...

    • Posted November 9, 2005
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  • McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson showcases solo skills on debut

    Rusty Anderson had better be thankful for guest appearances and his connections in the music biz, because without them, his debut solo album "Undressing Underwater" might have stayed permanently submerged. Anderson, lead guitarist for Paul McCartney's band and...

    • Posted October 12, 2005
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  • Listeners should be fearful of Keane’s latest release ‘Hopes and Fears’

    Though the band formed over seven years ago, British pop-rockers, Keane, offered up their debut album, "Hopes and Fears," just last year. East Sussex, England, natives, Keane, started off as a cover band playing small shows...

    • Posted February 16, 2005
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  • Carrabba and New Amsterdams get emotional at QU

    The emo bands The New Amsterdams and Dashboard Confessional performed last Sunday in the Rec center in a concert sponsored by Quinnipiac University's Student Programming Board. Some might recognize New Ams' vocalist Matt Pryor as lead singer of...

    • Posted November 17, 2004
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  • ‘Huckabees’ is one director’s existential trip

    Director and co-writer David O. Russell has quite possibly made the best existential comedy to date. This is perhaps due to the fact that existential comedies are so rare, or because some might argue such a type...

    • Posted November 10, 2004
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  • Dispatch singer holds acoustic jam session at QU

    Pete Francis, former bassist and vocalist of the band Dispatch, played a short acoustic set at QU last Tuesday at an event that also featured prize giveaways and a brief clip from the band's new two-disc CD/DVD,...

    • Posted November 3, 2004
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  • Dashboard is Hamden-bound

    In recent years, Florida native Chris Carrabba, former front-man of such "emocore" acts as Further Seems Forever and The Vacant Andies, has reinvented the punk scene by incorporating the effect of riveting emotion and rhythmic melody. The product...

    • Posted October 13, 2004
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  • ‘Shaun’ offers humor, gore

    Zombies, by definition, are people who act or respond in mechanical or apathetic ways. George Romero invented the genre of "zombie horror" with the "Night of the Living Dead" series. In "Shaun of the Dead," writer/director...

    • Posted October 6, 2004
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  • MTV Video Music Awards 2004 Re-Cap

    The MTV network brought its annual Video Music Awards to Miami, Fla. last month, with music's best and brightest participating in a live telecast of the awards show on Aug. 29 from the American Airlines Arena. The...

    • Posted September 15, 2004
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