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Sound of cicadas cutting N.J. theater’s outdoor season short

Published by NJ.com For a regional theater, performing during a pandemic brings plenty of challenges: Actors in face masks. Smaller casts due to social distancing. Moving performances outdoors. But this summer there’s something else the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey expects to face as well: cicadas. Ina few weeks, billions of cicadas from Brood X …

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Hip-hop icon DMX, chart-topping rapper and movie star, dead at age 50

NEW YORK — Hip-hop icon DMX, the talented but troubled rap star whose hit-making careers in music and movies disappeared amid his drug addiction and constant legal woes, died Friday after suffering a heart attack in his Westchester County home a week ago, his family confirmed. He was 50. The platinum-selling rapper, known for his …

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Vic Mensa on Julius Jones and his new song: It’s ‘a gift to be able to be useful in a meaningful way to the lives of real people’

“I am human, you know, damaged. And I know everybody else is too,” said Vic Mensa. “And music is one of the most powerful communication tools that we have.” Like most other people, the last year was emotionally and creatively transformative for Mensa. Used to constant travel and performances, Mensa said the year forced him …

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Prince album ‘Welcome 2 America’ due in July — five years after death

Paris (AFP) – Five years after his death, treasures continue to emerge from Prince’s legendary vault, with a previously unreleased album “Welcome 2 America” set for release on July 30, label Legacy Recordings said Thursday. The album, which was recorded in 2010, is likely to rank among the artist’s most overtly political statements, with a …

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Lost punk record from Duff McKagan, Mother Love Bone drummer surfaces after nearly 40 years

SEATTLE — Seattle has its share of musical legends. Before the “next big thing” tags and arena lights, their stories usually began in a basement or garage somewhere. Too often, they got lost to time. Such was the case for short-lived Seattle punks The Living, a band consisting of a few local legends before their …

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