Monster Energy Aftershock 2017 Rocks California

Images by Johnnie Crow Words by Melissa Butterfly With mass shootings at recent music events in Paris and Las Vegas, it seems like our human spirit is in danger of being defeated. When something like this happens that’s just so horrific, perhaps the best way to overcome is by keeping… Continue reading

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November 7 in Pop Culture History

November 7 in Pop Culture History 1492 – The Ensisheim Meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck ground one afternoon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. 1665 – First edition of the London Gazette was printed. At the time it was called “The Oxford Gazette”. 1786 […]

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Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Foo Fighters Set To Headline Welcome To Rockville 2018

(TRR) – The Welcome To Rockville lineup is here, and its epic. Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, and Foo Fighters are set to headline the 2018 installment in Jacksonville, FL on April 27-29. Other featured acts include Godsmack, Stone Sour, Queens of The Stone Age, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, and Billy Idol. But Danny Wimmer Presents didn’t… Continue reading

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November 6 in Pop Culture History

November 6 in Pop Culture History 1572 – A supernova was observed in constellation known as Cassiopeia. Queen Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus, King of Aethiopia and mother of Princess Andromeda in Greek mythology. 1789 – Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States. He is […]

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THE LAST WORD on ‘Passengers’

passengersEvery negative, and most positive reviews I see, seem to be focusing in on the romance aspect of the movie, as though this is some, sprawling romantic epic, colliding with an incredible-looking stylized sci-fi film. It looks like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ but it feels like ‘Titanic’, or tries to kinda thing. As somebody who’s never thought ‘Titanic’ was any good to begin with, I didn’t see the romance like that at all.

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Phantom of the Opera Returns to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music

Spectacular Phantom of the Opera Returns to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music Interview with Swing and Dance Captain Adryan Moorefield There are some love stories that are timeless, and the spectacular current production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” is definitely one of them. The much-anticipated, triumphant return of this lavish and opulent […]

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Discusses Life, Legacy At 92Y In New York

(TRR) – Last night at 92y in New York City, legendary drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica sat down with host Mike Hogan for a career interview. The Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talked about wide variety of topics including his childhood, Metallica’s legacy, touring, Napster, the… Continue reading

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November 4 in Pop Culture History

November 4 in Pop Culture History 1667 (Earthquake) Shamakhi (now Azerbaijan) estimated 80,000 people killed. 1841 – First wagon train arrived in California. They left Independence, Missouri on May 1, 1841. 1846 – The first U.S. patent (#4,834) for an artificial leg was granted to Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith, New Hampshire. 1873 – A […]

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CANON OF FILM: ‘The Night of the Hunter’

the night of the hunterAlthough he acted in over 50 films during his illustrious acting career, Charles Laughton only got to direct one film in his lifetime, but he made it count, and it stands as strange unique essential film that’s part ‘Huckleberry Finn’, and the rest, this surrealistic nightmare with a tone that seems to directly influence modern horror/slasher film directors like Wes Craven, John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.

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Ill-Fated Cartoon Characters And Why They Were So Hated!

(PCM) Cartoons are a huge part of popular culture and just about everyone’s childhood while growing up. We all can list our favorites, depending upon one’s particular generation. Some cartoons have withstood the test of time and continue to air, with new episodes and reruns both, to this very day. Many of us shared love […]

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National Sandwich Day is November 3rd

November 3rd is National Sandwich Day! Not coincidentally, it is also the birthday of John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, who is credited with inventing everyone’s favorite one-handed meal when he had his meat brought to him between slices of bread so he wouldn’t have to stop gambling. To celebrate this genius contribution to gustatory […]

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November 3 in Pop Culture History

November 3 in Pop Culture History 1838 – The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce. 1863 – US patent for an antifouling paint for ships’ hulls was issued to J.G. Tarr and A.H. Wonson (# 40515) for a copper […]

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Daylight Saving Time and Timely Trivia

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2 AM, most of the United States will set their clocks back one hour for officially ending of Daylight Saving Time. We gain an hour of sleep! Residents of Arizona, Hawaii, U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will not participate in the festivities. About 75 countries participate […]

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The Delicious History Of Nachos

(PCM) Who doesn’t love a large plate of nachos covered with melting cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream? Nachos have become one of our go to snack foods and it an incredibly popular appetizer at many restaurants and sports bars. They are one of the number one picks for a stadium snack, especially during sporting […]

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Premiere Music Video For “Little Thing Gone Wild”

(TRR) – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have released the official music video for “Little Thing Gone Wild.” The clip was directed by Brian T. Lauzon and can be streamed below. The song is the first single from the band’s forthcoming studio album Wrong Creatures. The disc drops on January 12 and was produced by Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Nick… Continue reading

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November 2 in Pop Culture History

November 2 in Pop Culture History 1898 – Cheerleading was started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team with “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!” Princeton had published cheers for the audience to chant as early as 1877. In 1903 the […]

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Premiere Music Video For New Single “Spray Paint Love”

Frank Carter(TRR) Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have premiered the music video for their new single “Spray Paint Love.” The clip was directed by Ross Cairns and can be streamed below. It is the band’s first piece of new music since the release of their breakout sophomore LP Modern Ruin nearly a year ago. Frank… Continue reading

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U2 Release Two New Tracks From Upcoming ‘Songs of Experience’ LP

(TRR) – U2 have not only announced a massive arena trek for 2018, but they are also treating fans to two new tracks from their upcoming studio album Song of Experience. Stream “Get Out of Your Own Way” and “The Blackout” below. The band’s upcoming Songs of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s… Continue reading

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U2 Announce 2018 North American Tour, New Album Details

(TRR) – U2 have announced their 2018 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour. The arena trek, a sequel to their 2015 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE outing, kicks off on May 2 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK and wraps up on June 29 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. One month from today,… Continue reading

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National Author’s Day is November 1st

(PCM) They say that writing is a lonely profession, but not today! In 1949, the U.S. government designated November 1st as National Author’s Day, due in part to one Mrs. Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, a super fan who wanted to give thanks to American authors for their contributions. If your life is made better because […]

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November 1 in Pop Culture History

November 1 in Pop Culture History 1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican, Italy were first exhibited. He started the work in 1508. 1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastated the Dutch coast. 1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice was first presented. 1611 – […]

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The Big List of Knock Knock Jokes For National Knock-Knock Day!

October 31st is well known as Halloween, but did you know it is also National Knock-Knock Day? Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Robin Robin who? Robin you! Give me your wallet! Knock Knock Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Wanda Wanda who? Wanda come and hang out with me? Knock Knock Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Control Freak Cont… […]

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The History of Halloween

(PCM) Halloween is probably the longest-running holiday with a set day or time period. The earliest celebrations of the day that became November 1st was Samhain, a celebration of the harvest. The harvest was held with thought to the upcoming winter, which undoubtedly would bring death to many due to the coming cold season. So […]

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‘Brigsby Bear’ In-home Release Will Include Awesome Special Features

Dave McCary’s directorial debut Brigsby Bear is making its way to in-home release. The film has had been critically acclaimed by our very own Pete Towe, calling it a likely contender for “film of the year.” You can read his raving review here. The film stars Kyle Mooney (SNL) as James who has grown up with more »

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Is The Twinkie Defense Actually A Real Thing?

(PCM) Over the years criminals have gotten away with some very serious crimes by using some rather odd defenses. Many have claimed mental illness, while others have used some more far out excuses such as the “Twinkie Defense”. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is definitely a real thing! The “Twinkie Defense” first appeared in 1978 […]

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Devil’s Night, Mischief Night And Haunted Refrigerator Night?

(PCM) The night before Halloween (October 30) has long been referred to as either Devil’s Night or Mischief Night and has been referenced for many years as a night where the youth in various cities take it upon themselves to partake in an evening filled with mischievous or petty crime. Mostly their behavior focuses on […]

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October 30 in Pop Culture History

October 30 in Pop Culture History 1876 – Great Backeganj Cyclone, India (now Bangladesh) 1945 – Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the baseball color barrier. 1938 – Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds. 1947 – The […]

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Gilligan’s Island – Why Did They Stay So Long?

Gilligan’s Island premiered on September 26, 1964, lasting three seasons through September 4, 1967. Basically, it started with our seven castaways on a three hour boat tour around Hawaii. A freak storm shipwrecked them on a deserted island. In 98 episodes, they all got along pretty well, a shining example of how we could all […]

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Something’s Missing from the ‘Stranger Things’ Vol. 1 Blu-ray and It’s Not Will

On October 27 we will all get to binge watch Stranger Things season 2 aka Stranger Things Vol. 2 aka the sequel. It has easily become Netflix’s most popular series. So much so that just ten days before the second season is available for streaming, Netflix released a season one collector’s edition Blu-ray set exclusive more »

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October 29 in Pop Culture History

October 29 in Pop Culture History 1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for conspiring against James I of England. 1886 – The first ticker tape parade took place in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. 1888 – The Convention of […]

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Celebrate National Cat Day!

(PCM) Everyone knows that the internet is obsessed with cats!  We adore looking at their adorable fuzzy little faces and seriously, who doesn’t love watching funny cat videos?  Cats have completely dominated the internet from the countless Grumpy Cat memes, Lil Bub and Colonel Meow images and of course the delightful musical styling from Keyboard Cat! […]

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‘The Hands Resist Him By Bill Stoneham: Haunted Painting Or Urban Legend?

(PCM) Many individuals feel that the 1972 painting “The Hands Resist Him” by artist Bill Stoneham carries a curse. Many strange occurrences are rumored to have taken place by those who have viewed the painting and even more so for those who have actually had the painting in their possession. Some say that these occurrences could […]

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Make A Difference Day – The Fourth Saturday of October

This October 24th, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. In its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by the Gannett Company. In collaboration with Points of Light it is the largest national day of community service.Make […]

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October 28 in Pop Culture History

October 28 in Pop Culture History 1420 – Beijing became the officially designated the capital of the Ming dynasty on the same year that the Forbidden City, the seat of government, was completed. 1492 – Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba. 1636 – The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established the first college […]

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How Hurricanes Get Their Names And Why!

(PCM) Hurricanes have been a very dangerous and destructive weather phenomenon that have affected our planet for centuries. Most of them have been named by the World Meteorological Organization and the National Weather service to avoid confusion between storms and make the lines of communication a bit easier. By naming the storms meteorologists are able […]

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Premiere New Song “Backfire”

(TRR) – Back in 2013, we ranked the Top 50 Rock Albums of The Year. With stiff competition between the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Black Sabbath, The 1975, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Queens of The Stone Age, Alter Bridge, A Day To Remember, Stone Sour, Pearl Jam, John Mayer, and many… Continue reading

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George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” Goes for Dark Laughs with Faint Success

Suburbicon is an especially savage Coen Brothers yarn and one that would have been more of a success under a different director, even directed by the men themselves. That comment isn’t meant to slander Mr. Clooney’s abilities as a filmmaker, but there come a handful of scenes where it feels he’s too timid to truly embrace its misanthropic ideology.

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Story Of The Year Release First New Song In Seven Years

(TRR) – Story of The Year are back, and their new song is called “Bang! Bang!” The single is the band’s first in seven years and will be featured on their fifth studio album Wolves. The long awaited follow-up to 2010’s The Constant drops on December 8. [via Alternative Press] Continue reading

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Lars Ulrich To Appear In New York For Intimate Conversation

(TRR) – Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will be appearing at 92Y’s Buttenwieser Hall in New York City for a career interview on Sunday, November 5 at 7:30pm. At the special In Conversation event, the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will share details from his life and storied career from the tennis court… Continue reading

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October 26 in Pop Culture History

October 26 in Pop Culture History 1774 – The first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. 1775 – King George III of Great Britain went before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to stop the American Revolution. 1776 – Benjamin Franklin went to France to seek French support for […]

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‘The Shape of Water’ Gets New Release Date in One State

The upcoming and highly anticipated creature love story, The Shape of Water from Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) has received a new release date. The catch? The date change is only in one state. Fox Searchlight has announced that New Yorkers (and anyone who happens to be in New York at the time) will more »

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Royal Blood Premiere Official Video For ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’

(TRR) – British hard rock duo Royal Blood have premiered a brand new music video. The official clip for their new album’s title track “How Did We Get So Dark?” can be streamed below. Directed by The Sacred Egg (Royal Blood’s “Lights Out,” Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now”), the video is set in… Continue reading

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October 25 in Pop Culture History

October 25 in Pop Culture History 1938 – Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced swing music as “a degenerated musical system, turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people.” 1940 – Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was named the first African American general in the United States Army. 1962 – […]

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New Casting News For FOX’s Upcoming ‘9-1-1’ From Creator Ryan Murphy

Oliver Stark (“Into The Badlands”), Aisha Hinds (“Shots Fired,” “Underground”), Kenneth Choi (“The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”) and Rockmond Dunbar (“Prison Break,” “The Path”) have been cast in series regular roles in FOX’s provocative new drama, 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear. The series will premiere in 2018 more »

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Are Personal Horoscope Readings Accurate Or A Scam?

(PCM) There are many believers in the mystical arts such as astrology, tarot, palm readings, etc, however are they actually accurate or do we just blindly accept what we want to hear? While there is no doubt that the stars were aligned in a very specific way when each and every one of us was […]

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5 Best And Worst Theatre Experiences!

TheaterIf you usually visit the theatre it is almost a sure bet that you have had both a positive and negative experience. Personally, I don’t understand why anybody would pay for a cinema ticket only to talk all their way through a film when they could have gone to a bar to talk each other’s ear off for a couple of hours.

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‘Phantom Thread’ Trailer Displays Elegant Suspense

Focus Features has released an official trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film, Phantom Thread. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and Lesley Mansville as his sister Cyril. Below is the synopsis and trailer for the film. Synopsis: Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and Cyril more »

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Stunning Cinematic Treasures Offered at the 26th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival

Stunning Cinematic Treasures Offered at the 26th Annual Philadelphia Film FestivalIn keeping with the tradition of cultivating, showcasing, and nurturing films, from near and far, the 26th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival offers an array of memorable cinematic treasures. The much-anticipated event, which runs through October 29, has a staggering number of offerings: 92 features, 18 […]

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Foo Fighters Announce 2018 North American Tour

(TRR) – Foo Fighters have announced a North American tour in support of their new album Concrete and Gold. The trek is set to kick off on April 18 and will run through the summer. The run concludes on July 29 with a massive performance at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Tickets go on… Continue reading

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October 23 in Pop Culture History

October 23 in Pop Culture History 4004 BC is the date when the creation of the world began, according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher. 1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention opened in Worcester, Massachusetts. 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related […]

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October 21 in Pop Culture History

October 21 in Pop Culture History 1520 – Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan in South America. 1797 – In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution was launched. It was the third such vessel completed for the US Navy. 1854 – Florence Nightingale and a staff […]

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‘Samurai Jack: The Complete Fifth Season’ DVD Review

Adult Swim’s Samurai Jack may have ended but luckily for fans, they can still relive the series thanks to DVD releases. The boxset of the complete series and the complete fifth season have recently hit retailers. Today I’m going to review Samurai Jack: The Complete Fifth Season release. I have never watched Samurai Jack before more »

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See You Next Wednesday

(aMyth) “See you next Wednesday” was first heard in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was said to the astronaut, Frank Poole, by his wife and father, right before Hal killed everybody off. Frank was long gone by that referenced Wednesday. John Landis claims he originally had the movie idea as a fifteen year old, […]

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A “Babysitter” McG Tries With

Of all the “second tier” Netflix acquisitions this year, “The Babysitter” is arguably the best, thanks to its lean running time of 85 minutes, the chemistry between its two leads and some ghoulishly outlandish death scenes that could earn a deserved place in the pantheon of horror films. Beyond that, it’s not really something that hasn’t been done before and stronger.

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Dina and Scott’s Romance in ‘Dina’ – an Award-Winning Documentary

Director Dan Sickles’ Wild Ride With “Dina” His Award-Winning Documentary When director Dan Sickles was a boy he met a remarkable young woman named Dina, who despite a myriad of difficulties, would later transform his life, and the lives of other who crossed her path in his new award-winning documentary that proudly wears her name. […]

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