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Featured Artist: Maddi Gruber talks musical influences, Green Day and upcoming solo work

Courtesy of Maddi Gruber

Kelsey Ogle, Reporter

October 7, 2020

Maddi Gruber is a local punk rock musician who is both a solo artist and band frontwoman for The Viles. She cites Jack White as one of her biggest musical inspirations, and like White’s former band The White Stripes, The Viles are a two-piece band,made up of Gruber and drummer Justin Almazan. ...

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour goes virtual for 2020

The Banff Mountain Film Festival goes virtual in 2020. Photo courtesy of Adventure Outings.

Kelsey Ogle, Reporter

October 4, 2020

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, hosted by Chico State’s Adventure Outings and Chico Performances, is going virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event showcases films from the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival that is held every fall in Banff, Alberta, Canada. There are three individ...

The Neighbourhood’s new album introduces Chip Chrome, but we still don’t know who he is.

Graphic made by Hana Beaty

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

October 2, 2020

The indie-pop superstars have returned with a concept album that doesn’t do much to conceptualize anything on “Chip Chrome and the Mono-Tones”. With a massive fanbase and a sizable discography, it seems like The Neighbourhood has the social capital to take whatever artistic liberties they want, knowing...

Bush and Renz make impressive directing debut in ‘Antebellum’

Janelle Monáe stars in

Sophia Pearson, Reporter

October 1, 2020

Director team Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz emerge with their thrilling and timely horror film “Antebellum.” The film was finally released on Aug. 21 after it was originally supposed to be released in the spring, but was delayed due to COVID-19. The film starts off in a way that is oddly ...

No one is innocent in ‘The Devil All The Time’

Sophia Pearson, Reporter

September 25, 2020

“The Devil All The Time,” now available on Netflix, is a grim and violent tale that is the result of the sinister characters’ acts and the secrets they possess. The film is based on the 2011 novel written by Donald Ray Pollock.  The film takes place mainly in the 1950s and 1960s, in a small tow...

Armani Caesar’s “The Liz” is a concise expression of what Griselda does best

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 23, 2020

“The Liz” boils down the Griselda Records formula to its most essential traits while still pushing the label forward. The result is one of the freshest underground hip-hop records of the year. Armani Caesar has been in the rap game for over a decade. During the 2010s, the Buffalo rapper rele...

Butte County Art teachers participate in virtual art exhibit at the monca

The Monca entrance faces Chico High School on the opposite side of Esplanade

Sophia Pearson, Reporter

September 23, 2020

On Sept. 17, the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) hosted a virtual art exhibition. Featured artists are all teachers from Butte County who have contributed to the monca’s exhibit. When Penni Baxter, a retired Butte County art teacher, thought of the idea that would later become the “Th...

“We Are Who We Are” offers a thrilling and unique coming-of-age story

Jordan Kristine Seamón and Jack Dylan Grazer are among the cast of HBO's series

Sophia Pearson, Reporter

September 17, 2020

The first episode of HBO’s original series directed by Luca Guadagnino titled, “We Are Who We Are,” premiered on Sep. 14. Cast members include  Jack Dylan Grazer, Jordan Kristine Seamon, Kid Cudi and Chloë Sevigny. Once again, Guadagnino tells a story from an Italian landscape, much like hi...

The Killers’ new album “Imploding The Mirage” offers consistency in a world of uncertainty

The Killers' sixth album

Kelsey Ogle, Reporter

September 17, 2020

The Killers released their sixth studio album, “Imploding The Mirage,” on Aug. 21. It is the first album without lead guitarist Dave Keuning, who has been on hiatus from the band since August 2017. The album features several big-name guest musicians and vocalists, including Lindsey Buckingham of F...

The Netflix original that’s breaking the internet doesn’t have much to offer

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 15, 2020

“Cuties” (or its native French title, “Mignonnes”) is a film that does not quite live up to its infamous reputation as an exploitative coming-of-age flick, while at the same time does not do much to make a name for itself in the indie film collective consciousness. The film tells the story of 1...

Chico State students, faculty, staff work to keep local music scene vibrant amid pandemic

Performances at Laxson auditorium have been cancelled for the semester, but staff are still employed.

Kelsey Ogle

September 14, 2020

School of the Arts Productions and Chico Performances are each working on projects that will help music and arts thrive during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Paul Young, a music industry professor who runs SOTA Productions, said the faculty and students across the music and theater department are...

Dirty Projectors’ “Super João”: Longstreth and Co. continue their EP hotstreak

The cover art for Super João EP

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 10, 2020

On “Super João”, Dirty Projectors’ eclectic style of songwriting and composition goes bossa nova while continuing their stellar 5EPs project.  The indie rock band hailing from Brooklyn has had, to put it modestly, a prolific year. Starting with their EP “Windows Open” from March, the...

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