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Gorillaz’s ‘Song Machine’ is the perfect summer playlist—in the middle of October

Gorillaz's new album,
October 29, 2020

What started out as a low-commitment string of singles gradually evolved into a full-fledged album of groovy electropop on Gorillaz’s new album, “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez.” The...

Silent disco provides a unique social experience

Silent disco at the El Rey Theatre
February 19, 2020

The El Rey Theater held a silent disco event this past Thursday night. With different music genres available, the night was a fun experience for regular and casual silent disco-goers. There were three...

DaBaby confines himself to usual style on KIRK

DaBaby
October 10, 2019

North Carolina rapper DaBaby has had an extremely successful debut year. His debut album “Baby on Baby” featured singles “Suge” and “Babysitter” which both found success...

‘Look Mom I Can Fly’ an introspective look at Travis Scott’s life and career

Travis Scott performimg at Madison Square Garden on November 27, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images.
August 31, 2019

From performing in front of just 15 people to selling out full-sized arenas, “Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly” documents Travis Scott’s musical career in his new Netflix original documentary. The...

Featured Artist: deM atlaS

deM atlaS relaxes before the 'Mi Vida Local Tour' show starts at the Senator Theater on Friday. Photo credit: Brian Luong
March 13, 2019

  Over the past year, Chico's Senator Theater has gathered notable entertainers from the likes of Insane Clown Posse, Poppy, Bhad Bhabie, and All Time Low have all come through Chico. Chico's...

Thee Phantom blends hip-hop with classical music; entertains on college campuses

Jeffrey McNeill, known as Thee Phantom, has blended hip-hop with classical music with his group since 1987. Image courtesy of Jeffrey McNeill.
September 23, 2018

If hip-hop and classical music seem like an unlikely combination, Thee Phantom is here to change everyone's mind. Phantom and his group of musicians are releasing their third album on Oct. 9, and aim to...

Local artists light up Chico’s hip-hop scene

Apollo Snow entertains the crowd while onstage at the Chico Women's club on Friday Photo credit: Keelie Lewis
September 4, 2018

Different kinds of concerts have different vibes, and there are no concerts quite like hip-hop concerts, for better or for worse. The Chico Women's Club hosted a concert on Friday featuring local artists...

Wildcats take on ‘Day N Night’ music festival

Huge crowd at postmates stage during last night of 'Day N Night' music festival. 
Courtesy of Day N Night's Facebook page
September 14, 2017

The ‘Day N Night Festival’ attracted Chico State students, despite the nonstop driving all day and night. Over 50 artists gathered in Anaheim, California for the three-day-long event Sept. 8 through...

DJ and rapper Chico performance

DJ and rapper Chico performance
February 7, 2017

With Chico State being known for its party scene, other neighboring colleges, such as Sacramento State and Cal State East Bay, have students flocking to the 530 on Labor Day and Halloween weekend to see...

Despite fights, IAMSU! steals the show

Despite fights and a short set, IAMSU! rocked the crowd at The Senator Theatre. Photo credit: Tom Sundgren
December 13, 2015

The Senator Theatre was packed shoulder to shoulder on Dec. 5 thanks to IAMSU!. It didn't matter if a huge fight broke out, if people jumped up and moved their arms to the beat or if the performers were...

Senior Spotlight: An Orionite’s farewell to Chico State

Nicole Santos says farewell to her last four years at Chico State. Photo courtesy of Annie Page
May 12, 2015

It feels like just yesterday I was moving into my dorm in Sutter Hall. Now I’m decorating my cap for the commencement ceremony on Saturday. This semester, I interviewed 18 diverse seniors for...

Chico has bad taste in hip-hop

Illustration by Miles Huffman
May 8, 2015

For the last 10 years, I lived joyfully unexposed to mainstream radio garbage, guided to be blissfully ignorant by the hipster culture of my hometown. Yet before I came to Chico, I was far more...

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