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Leo Sawikin Explores the Depths of Growth and Change in “Till You’re Somebody Else”

Former frontman of indie band The Chordaes Leo Sawikin has dedicated his solo projects to discovering the beauty in the existential and ontological. His latest single “Till You’re Somebody Else” revels in themes of rejuvenation, rebirth, and the consistency of growth we all undergo. The dreamy rhythm composed of gentle drums and light guitar strums […]

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The Great Gatsby: The Great American Novel Becomes The Great American Musical

Review of The Great Gatsby on Broadway  Since its publication in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has earned insurmountable accolades, cementing itself as a classic that many usually come across in their high school English classes.  But Gatsby is more than a frivolous novel worshipped by academics. The story at its core features some of

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Tiphanie Doucet Wrestles With Musical Identity and Individuality With “My Own Way”

Interview with Tiphanie Doucet With careful strums of her harp and crisp vocals imbued with thoughtful reflection, international artist Tiphanie Doucet sets artistic boundaries while breaking musical barriers with her new single “My Own Way.” After sifting through multiple directions her music could take, mainly proposed by industry executives, Doucet forged her own narrative, conflating

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Jodi Heights Sends Out a Call to Wandering Souls With “Lone Wolf”

Interview with Jodi Heights Being in tune with the darker sides of ourselves isn’t always something to be afraid of. Classically trained artist Jodi Heights believes embracing our habits entwined with everything revolving around the nighttime is a tool for reflection and growth. Her upcoming album Nocturne, featuring her latest single “Lone Wolf” is a

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Jack Manley Reveals the Heart-wrenching Course of His Healing Journey in “Save Your Own”

Building yourself back up from a broken place is a crucial and universal part of being human. Though we experience our lowest points in a myriad of ways, determined by an array of circumstances, a unification occurs in understanding that we can materialize a positive future through expression, connection, and creation. Art is often an

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Pop Culture Press's Feature Music interview with Maxie Mandel

Singer-Songwriter Maxie Mandel Makes a Magnetic Impression With “Someone You’d Love”

Emulating the crisp and captivating vocals of her inspirations Sara Bareilles and Carole King, with lyrical parallels to Taylor Swift’s Invisible and Lewis Capaldi’s “Bruises,” 19-year-old Maxie Mandel captures listener’s hearts in a single melody. Her vivid lyrics detailing an all-too-relatable high school unrequited love compounded with empowering instrumentals instill in her listeners the courage

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Pop Culture Press review of Quiet on the Set Docuseries

Quiet On Set Reveals the Horrors Faced by the Child Stars of Nickelodeon

Review of the docuseries Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV Between March 17 and 18, Investigation Discovery aired a disturbing but necessary four-part docuseries interviewing crew members, actors, and parents associated with an empire of children’s entertainment: Nickelodeon. Beginning in 1979, Nickelodeon was launched as the first-ever children’s television network, parented by Paramount

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The ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Teaches Us ‘It Is Always Better to Choose Kindness’

At a time when our lives can be filled with chaos and confusion, the musical Mean Girls focuses on important themes for our community; primarily to treat others the way that you want to be treated and always strive for kindness. This is one of many of reasons that we should support the Lower Moreland High School Drama

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Griefcat Talks New Album and The Idiosyncratic Joy of Musical Comedy

After meeting at a DC-based variety show in 2015, Annie Nardolilli and Louisa Hall quickly realized they had a lot in common despite their drastically differing backgrounds. With the two working in high-stress level jobs, Louisa as a tech employee and Annie a now-former sheriff’s deputy, an amalgamation of frustration, mistreatment, and most importantly a

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Disney’s North American Tour of the Musical ‘Frozen’ is Sure to Melt Hearts in Philadelphia

Some aspects of our lives appear to be fated, and this is certainly the case with actress Lauren Nicole Chapman and her role as Anna in Frozen, who she adores and is thrilled to be sharing with audiences around the nation. Her relationship with Frozen began at a workshop in 2017 with the Broadway company for a

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Whimsy Indie Band Söūp on Their Electic Style and Upcoming Show

So many newborn bands have an excruciating time crafting and articulating their aesthetic, especially in an industry that typically encourages conformity. Whimsical indie-rock band Söūp understands the elusiveness and versatility of genre in a way that not all can grasp. Their emphasis on utilizing imagery of the sea and the cosmos, melding the two with

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Brian K & The Parkway Stress the Necessity of Connection in Their New Single “Straight Through”

Hailing from opposite sides of the East Coast, Brian K. Pagels and Stephen Russ of the coastal heartland rock band Brian K & The Parkway, are stark advocates of the importance of friendship and connection, whether it be near or far apart. The lyric video for their latest single “Straight Through” featuring the vocals of

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Gabe Rivera’s “The Mist” is The Perfect Song for Those Without a Valentine

Chocolates, teddy bears, and sharing a meal with a special someone isn’t the reality for everyone’s Valentine’s Day, and Gabe Rivera’s new single “The Mist” encapsulates the feeling of alienation and loneliness that can come with the holiday. The song, released on February 9 balances a brutal lament with ghostly rhythms that evoke a lingering

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Jack Powers of Jack Flowers and The Petal Tones Talks Upcoming Shows, a Debut Album, and The Source of True Originality

New Jersey’s Indie scene has been full of surprises lately, but nothing like Jack Flowers and The Petal Tones. The imaginative band is the brainchild of musician Jack Powers and is currently touring around the Northern Region with an upcoming show on Friday, February 9 at Prototype 237 in Paterson, New Jersey, and The Mill

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Hazbin Hotel Excites, Surprises, and Sings its Way Into the Hearts of Fans in Just One Short Season

Review of Amazon Prime Video’s Hazbin Hotel  4 years ago, animator and cartoonist Vivienne Medrano (Vivziepop) premiered the pilot of Hazbin Hotel, a widely anticipated project that to date has almost 100 million views on Youtube. The pilot was praised for its unique premise, intricately stylistic animation, and characters that fans immediately flocked to. Now, the

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Pop Culture Press Movie Review: Miller's Girl

Miller’s Girl Clashes Dedicated Performances with a Rushed, Reluctant Story

Review of Miller’s Girl  Most of us know what it’s like to be “18 and entirely unremarkable.” The solution to this predicament being an emotionally-driven attempt to seduce a teacher poisoned by mediocrity however, is probably not as familiar to many.  The student-teacher relationship has been portrayed, fetishized, and critiqued countless times and Jade Halley Bartlett’s

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Back to June Plays Their First Live Gig at The Stone Pony to Astounding Success

At The Stone Pony’s January 14th Sunday Showcase, Manchester local band Back to June performed their first live gig with impeccable energy that would have you believe they’ve been around for quite some time. Formed by a passionate group of students from both Ocean County College and Manchester Township High School, Back to June as

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Indie Rock Musician Gabe Rivera Announces Tour Dates Across New Jersey

New Jersey native Gabe Rivera has been deadset on taking his indie rock career from his bedroom to various stages throughout the state. After working on an array of projects that include new music, Rivera is inundating himself with a new era of creativity. From January to February, Rivera is hitting some iconic spots with

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Jeremy Fury’s Songs for Hanukkah Ignites a Spark in Listeners 

Interview with Jeremy Fury of Jeremy & The Harlequins The holidays being at the end of the year are a time for relaxation and preparing for what’s ahead in the coming year, but it can also be a great time for reflection. With fervent unrest in the world, it can be difficult to look back

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Sugar, Butter, Big Screen! Waitress The Musical’s Pro-Shot Hits Theaters Just in Time for a Holiday Treat

It only takes a taste when it’s something special, or in the case of the Tony award nominated Broadway musical Waitress, it only took a listen of its original cast album for fans to be hooked and wanting to see the show up on stage.   The musical, based on the 2007 film of the

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The Newly Invented Central Bucks High School West Harlequin Club Presents a Fresh Take on A Christmas Carol While Promoting Inclusivity

With an eye on community, inclusion, and making life-long friendships, The Central Bucks High School West Harlequin Club is clearly focused on reinforcing the holiday spirit at every turn this year and supporting such notable local charities in the process, including Code Blue, Tabor Children’s Home, and the Ann Silverman Health Clinic. The club’s upcoming production

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Matt Rodin as Jamie and Ali Louis Bourzgui as Paul in the North American Tour of Company

Invite the Production of ‘Company’ Into Your Heart This Holiday Season in Philadelphia

When Stephen Sondheim agreed to revive his iconic musical Company, he and the A-list team he assembled undertook the production with great heart. The winner of five 2022 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, the show’s Philadelphia premiere, starring Britney Coleman as Bobbie, is generating great excitement. The thought-provoking production, part of the 2023-2024 North

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Rehya Stevens Marries Old and New Holiday Joy with the Deluxe Edition of Santa’s Takin’ Over The Town

2021 may not have been the most cheerful year, but that didn’t stop singer/songwriter and holiday fanatic Rehya Stevens from delivering some well-needed holiday spirit. Her Christmas album ‘Tis The Season released in 2021 featuring 11 carol-worthy songs is now being reintroduced into the Christmas canon along with 10 all-new festive tunes off of her new album Santa’s Takin’

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Young DJ Dylan Feszko Reflects on His Journey Into Musical Entertainment

Through the halls of Neshaminy High School, as students shuffled to their next classes, there was always one student who called attention wherever he went. With headphones covering his ears, head bobbing, and shoes skidding on the shiny linoleum, Dylan Feszko carried his passion with him dancing down the hallways and getting lost in the

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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Worst or Best Film in The YA/SCI-FI Series

Review of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes    When The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins published The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a prequel to the 3 insanely popular Hunger Games books, fans were reignited with new material to interact with dissect. While some series are known for having an unnecessary amount

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Five Nights at Freddy’s Leaves Fans Elated but Casual Horror Viewers Disappointed

Review of Blumhouse Productions’s Five Nights at Freddy’s   Indie game developer Scott Cawthon was in a cyclical rut. He couldn’t seem to create a connection with audiences through his games which mostly took inspiration from religious allegories and Biblical stories. He decided to shift gears after scathing criticism towards his game Chipper & Sons

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