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SensaMotion had no trouble entertaining the crowd with original songs during a recent gig as the house band for Sunday reggae nights at Baia Restaurant in Somers Point.

Lou Reichert made his living as a salesman, but throughout his life what made him happiest was the work he did on the side, presenting the arts to the general public.

We always got the easy parts, we clever teenagers. We knew that the Jester was Bob Dylan, and that "Jack Flash sat on a candlestick" referred to the Rolling Stones playing Candlestick Park. "Eight miles high and falling fast" was trivial. There were always a few kids who attached a deep theo…

Hank Williams Jr. kicks off his album "Old School, New Rules" by addressing ESPN's decision to drop his song as the opening theme for "Monday Night Football," a spot he held for more than 20 years.

Swedish DJ duo Rebecca & Fiona is out and about with "I Love You, Man," a light and airy dance album that feels gilded in gold. This album is more about filling the need for fun summer sounds and less about ground-breaking arrangements, because there are none.

The Black Eyed Peas' "The Beginning" is a nonstop party, but the effort is not without a few clanging missteps. Perhaps the purveyors of feel-good anthems are trying too hard to live up to that title, creating songs that sound as big as earlier hits, but lack the luster.

LOS ANGELES - Nicki Minaj never envisioned herself as hip-hop's reigning "it" girl. The question alone makes her giggle as she offers an answer nowhere near as cocky as her saucy rhymes.

We knew well before "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" that Kanye West is a tortured genius. He had made enough headlines and leaked enough music to make that clear. The main question left for his fifth album was, what's in it for us?

Some people were bothered when Ke$ha joked about brushing her teeth with Jack Daniels on her breakthrough song, the drunken party anthem "TiK ToK." But it wasn't that big of a deal.

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