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On July 22nd,  I attended the last show of Iron Maiden's Book of Souls World Tour at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. The tour began in February 2016, and had it's first US dates then. June marked the second time the most iconic metal act toured the US in support of their 2015 release "The Book of Souls".   I was fortunate enough to catch them twice on this last portion of their tour. The first time I saw them at New Jersey’s Prudential Center back in...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Montclair State University’s student operated radio station, 90.3 WMSC FM, is a 2017 Marconi Award nominee for “Noncommercial Station of the...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Linkin Park Vocalist, Chester Bennington, Found Dead, Age 41 By: Trevor Cardone The frontman of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, had sadly passed away on July 20th 2017. According to a report from TMZ, he was found in his residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles, it was said that he hanged himself. I’m sure I speak for many who are my age when I say that losing Chester was like losing a childhood hero. Linkin Park was a doorway...

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Chris Annunziata of The Metal Teddy Bear Experience had a special call-in from Nature G of the Mongolian Folk metal band, Tengger Cavalry. The vocalist talked about their upcoming record, “Die On My Ride”, and what made it stand out when compared to their previous albums. He also talked about the decision to go pop with the song, “Ashley” and the vocal training he had at New York University. He also mentioned the influence Slipknot had on their original sound....

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Thursday, 01 June 2017

At Starland Ballroom with Chris Annunziata of The Metal Teddy Bear Experience   MTB: Welcome back to The Metal Teddy Bear Experience, this is your host Chris and I am with Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth. How are you doing?   Mikael: Pretty good, how are you?   MTB: I’m doing pretty well. I actually got to see you guys yesterday at the Philadelphia show. You guys killed it. It was a stacked tour- Gojira, Devin, obviously Opeth, Eagles of Death...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Written by: Julia Siegel An enlightening documentary, a hilarious conversation, and two great characters made an afternoon at the Wellmont Theater a must-be place during the final weekend of the Montclair Film Festival. The excited, sold-out crowd broke into a thunderous round of applause when the still extremely popular Bill Nye walked into the theater. He brought his new documentary, Bill Nye: Science Guy, to screen and took part in a conversation with Stephen Colbert following the film. As a...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Written by: Julia Siegel Quadruple threat director, actor, screenwriter, and song writer Zoe Lister-Jones closed out the Montclair Film Festival with her hilarious new film, Band Aid. The film was a great choice to close out the festival, as it balances comedy, drama, and music perfectly. Lister-Jones, who also produced the film, participated in a post-screening Q&A film festival executive director Tom Hall. The film brings together her passions of music and filmmaking, much like what Patti Cake$ director Geremy...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Written by: Julia Siegel New Jersey has some weird folklore, but no story may be crazier than the events that occurred from Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of War of the Worlds on October 30, 1938. The radio industry was forever impacted by the chaos that ensued when Welles announced that Martians were invading New Jersey. Brave New Jersey gives a comedic take on the true events that occurred in a small New Jersey town on that night and discusses the...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017

One of the staples of the Montclair Film Festival is the In Conversation Series, which teams up late night comedian and festival Advisory Board member Stephen Colbert with celebrities to discuss their lives in the entertainment industry. This year, Colbert sat down with actor/writer/director John Turturro and discussed everything from Turturro’s life growing up in Queens, New York to working with famous directors Woody Allen, Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers, Robert De Niro, and Michael Bay. No matter what the topic was, Turturro managed to...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ. - May 4, 2017 - 90.3 WMSC-FM Ninth Annual Alumni Takeover Week starts Thursday May 4th, 2017. Tom Kaminski from WCBS 880, MSU class of ‘84, and one of the hosts of the ‘Back To The Future’ show, is organizing the week-long live programming event with his co-host Gene Sower, Class of ‘80 and Anthony Mennutti, Class of...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017

Photo and Story by: Julia Siegel Film festivals typically show thought-provoking films, so it was no surprise that director Oren Moverman’s latest feature, The Dinner, made the lineup. Based on the Dutch book by Herman Koch, The Dinner uses a choppy, non-linear narrative to show how far four neurotic parents would go to protect their teenage children after they commit a horrific crime. The story unfolds through a series of flashbacks to formative times in the characters’ lives to show...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017

Tom Hall, Executive Director of Montclair Film joined Lise Raven, Associate Professor of film here at Montclair State to talk about the upcoming Montclair Film Festival. Engineer: Corey Sullivan Producer: Mike Stringham Executive Producer: Anabella...

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Monday, 01 May 2017