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You probably were expecting Bruce Springsteen's name here, or Frank Sinatra's, or any musician who paid their dues in the Garden State to make it big enough to cross the Hudson. New Jersey is filled with streets named after rock stars, and we tend to mythologize the hometown heroes who sing about surviving the state. I grew up around the interactive Bruce Springsteen museum known as Asbury Park, New Jersey. His tributes to my...
"Saying that the band must be banned from playing because our songs address themes of sexuality, homosexuality or support righteous democratic protests against social or political problems, is essentially saying that any artist addressing basic human rights through their work should be banned," -- excerpt from the Mashrou' Leila's Facebook post in wake of their ban in Jordan. Lebanese indie band Mashrou’ Leila didn’t hold back after Jordan’s Ministry of Tourism banned them from...

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