Thursday, July 30, 2015 Av 14, 5775

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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Straight outta Morrisville, Pa., comes rapper Asher Roth, who released "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" on April 20. If you don't immediately grasp the significance of that date (during Passover), then you're not the pothead poet's target audience. So much mainstream music -- not just hip-hop, but pop and country, too -- appeals to the lowest common denominator. People want...
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Anvil's chorus of acclaim extends to a movie about the rockers
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This is not your grandma's Robb Reiner. Well, in a way, maybe it is ... After all, Reiner's in his 50s, and the rock musician's been lifting heavy metal since Grandma was clanging chains against the steam radiator. Meet not Meathead, but Headbanger Robb Reiner, whose own version of all in the family focuses on his band of almost-blood bros,...
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Matthew Friedman -- ideally groomed to play the Piano Man, Billy Joel, on Broadway? Just ask the groom himself. "Billy invited me to perform at his wedding," says the uptown guy from Long Island -- just like Joel -- who keyed into the keyboards at the 2004 wedding of Joel and Katie Lee. "I played six hours straight -- I...
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Mirth is Modi's operandi. Israeli-born Modi Rosenfeld -- now known by his first name only -- is on a first-name basis with laughter. The comedian with a cantorial commitment -- serving as chazzan at New York's Community Synagogue -- is no fringe festival funny man. Mainlining mirth? See for yourself: He's on screen on top of his game in "Stand...
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David Brenner starts his 'Leave 'em Laughing' tour in a town he never really left behind
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In his newly staged world series of stand-up, David Brenner has opened with a home run. "What more can a Philly guy do than start my tour right here, right at home?" says the comedian/author whose own West Side story recalls his days as a gang member in West Philly and whose South Philly roots had him rooting for rock...
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