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Crystal or Parkside — which diner is better?

February 4, 2004 John Kell 0

If you’re from New Jersey, chances are you have a diner. Anyone that heralds from this amazing state can give an answer to the famous question, “What’s your diner?” While in South Jersey, I live closest to the Starview Diner but prefer the Philly Diner.

College and high school students gather in diners across the state to catch up with friends, hang out over a cheap cup of coffee or to nurse a hangover. […]

Moore’s films get more ‘Coverage’ than her music

February 4, 2004 John Kell 0

In Mandy Moore’s newest album, “Coverage,” she leaves all the writing to the more capable hands of musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Carly Simon, Debbie Harry, Elton John and Carole King.

Mandy Moore has had medial success since her debut with “Candy” and has not been able to find her niche in the world of music. […]

In pursuit of life, ‘Liberty’ and hot guys

February 4, 2004 Hara Hawthorne 0

Mandy Moore stars in “Chasing Liberty” as 18-year-old Anna Foster, the daughter of the president of the United States.

The uber-sexy president, played by Mark Harmon, has Anna under surveillance 24/7 by his secret agents, including Morales (Annabelle Sciorra) and Weiss (Jeremy Piven). […]

Stories from the city — one new, one old

November 11, 2003 Dan Pieraccini 0

New York is home to rock legends and experimental upstarts. New York band Coheed and Cambria, new on the scene, has released a saga-CD while city flame The Strokes – last year’s headliner – just put out is sophomore release.

Coheed and Cambria

“In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3”

What’s a Coheed? Who’s Cambria? Coheed and Cambria (CO & CA) is a band whose musical complexities are surpassed only by the ambiguity of its message. […]

Wainwright’s new path

October 14, 2003 Diana Ling 0

Life after Sept. 11 was a period of self-realization for singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. “I’d hit that age where I was either gonna go down one path and self-destruct or go down the other path and survive,” the 30-year-old explained. “I had to really look at my life and figure out what sustains me. […]

So fresh — Outkast’s new release strikes gold twice

October 14, 2003 Catherine E. Galioto 0

Outkast just don’t make the same album twice. Instead, the genre-pushing hip hop act released two different albums at the same time.

The much-anticipated double album, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” gives the duo of Big Boi (Anton Patton) and Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) the forum to stand on their own respective feet, making this release a pseudo-solo album for members of a band that is still together. […]

First class drama comes to McCarter Theater

October 7, 2003 Dan Brady 0

“Anna in the Tropics,” a new play by Nilo Cruz that recently won the Pulitzer Prize, opened at the new Berlind Theater in Princeton.

Cruz’s play tells the story of a Cuban-American cigar factory in the early 20th century. Family, love, literature and betrayal collide in this beautifully lyric explosion of passion and sensitivity. […]

When it all comes together

October 7, 2003 Dan Brady 0

As an English major, it’s fair to say I read a lot of books. Most have been in the literary canon for as long as there has been a literary canon, but that’s not to say there’s no room for improvement. That’s where contemporary writers come in and attempt to fill that space. […]

A turning point for The Boss

September 23, 2003 Matthew K. Fair 0

We’re all from New Jersey here, and Bruce Springsteen is our native son. We grew up with his pure bred rock anthems, from the punch out of

“Born to Run” to the swells of his most recent release, “The Rising.” Springsteen is part of our heritage. But his 1982 release “Nebraska” signaled a departure from the typical brassy, energetic rock we’ve come to expect from the Boss. […]

Cage ignites ‘Matchstick’

September 23, 2003 Kate Bernyk 0

There is something attractive about movies that are about “good” guys who do “bad” things. Brad Pitt won us over as a psycho-second personality in “Fight Club,” George Clooney stole our hearts and a lot of money in “Ocean’s Eleven” and the drug-dealing coke-addict portrayed by Johnny Depp in “Blow” made us wonder why he had to go to jail. […]

Take a walk on the wild side

September 16, 2003 Dan Brady 0

Welcome to the edge of the envelope. This is where new ideas are being pushed forward and explored. This is where the future of art and music is being born. This is where most musicians and artists are made or broken. This is where you’ll find everything that you’ve been waiting for, but never expected. […]

Yellowcard — punk with soul

September 16, 2003 Casie Wexler 0

We are in a stage of music where pop-punk bands are as abundant as hair bands were in the late ’80s and early ’90s. A tattooed pretty boy with zero gauges in his ears and a broken heart set to a catchy three-chord medley lurks around every corner. Thankfully, there are some exceptions that outshine the Skid Rows and Warrants of our time. […]

You’ve got a one-hit wonder!

September 16, 2003 Casie Wexler 0

Summer was seemingly normal. There was the standard part-time job, days at the shore and at least one family function.

But there was one glaring exception to the mundane swelter. Over the airwaves a provocative, booty shaking anthem implanted its dance hall beat and ridiculous lyrics into my mind for the whole summer – “Cameltoe. […]

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