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On This Day: Nirvana’s “Nevermind” makes alternative rock history

On This Day: Nirvana’s “Nevermind” makes alternative rock history

Natalie Hanson

September 24, 2018


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If I tell you that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is 27 this year, does that make you feel ancient yet? That's right, it's been 27 years today since "Nevermind" made its entrance in 1991. The music industry has never been the same since. It's no exaggeration to say that this second album by Nirvana took the ...

Playlist: 15 greatest protest songs calling for change, peace

Playlist: 15 greatest protest songs calling for change, peace

Natalie Hanson

September 24, 2018


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A great protest song is a timeless one and stands the test of history to continue to say something about humanity even decades after being released. That's why many of these songs, calling for change or asking for peace, made this list. Take some time to listen and discover some of the most powerful so...

‘Maniac’ a weird ride that takes too long

‘Maniac’ a weird ride that takes too long

Ulises Duenas

September 24, 2018


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"Maniac" is a new show from Netflix that would have been better off as a two and a half hour movie. It has an interesting structure and setting, but lacks good pacing and relies too much on the mystery of its story.Owen (Jonah Hill) and Annie (Emma Stone) are two voluntary test subjects in a pharmaceutic...

‘Candide’ delivers opera full of laughs and heart

‘Candide’ delivers opera full of laughs and heart

Alex Coba

September 24, 2018


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The accessibility of comedy and the sophistication of opera came together seamlessly at the Department of Music and Theater's fall opera production of “Candide: An Absurd Musical Comedy”.Candide is one of those weird plays that you think,“this can’t possibly good.” Going int...

Podcast: Modern sitcoms look to the past, from ‘Friends’ to ‘New Girl’

Podcast: Modern sitcoms look to the past, from ‘Friends’ to ‘New Girl’

Natalie Hanson

September 23, 2018


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You know them, you love them or sometimes you hate them and we're talking about them. In this week's podcast, we tackle sitcoms in past and present entertainment, and how these types of shows have evolved. From "Roseanne," "Seinfeld" and "Friends," to "The Office," "Parks and Recreation" and "New Girl...

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

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

Natalie Hanson

September 23, 2018


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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 reach college students all over the nation with their unique musical style.Phantom and his Illharm...

‘Batman: Damned’ has a promising yet aimless start

‘Batman: Damned’ has a promising yet aimless start

Ulises Duenas

September 23, 2018


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DC's black label series has gotten a lot of buzz thanks to "Batman: Damned." This is a new mini-series of graphic novels that promises to show a darker side of the already gritty hero. The first part of three brandishes an impressive art style and sets up a murder mystery where Batman is the prime su...

Comedy competition brings big laughs at the El Rey

Comedy competition brings big laughs at the El Rey

Alex Coba

September 22, 2018


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It was a night of hysterical laughter and drum solos played on toasters. Chico's El Rey theater hosted the 2018 San Francisco Comedy Competition Thursday. This is a yearly competition where hundreds of comedians audition to for a chance to secure one of 32 spots. The late and great Robin Williams once...

Chico Unplugged rocks Madison Bear Garden with local talent

Chico Unplugged rocks Madison Bear Garden with local talent

Grant Schmieding

September 22, 2018


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The crowd, tightly packed, mostly stands—mingling as shoulders brush and bump. The stage is small, pushed into a corner, surrounded by bright, colorful lights. Beams of purple, blue and red dance across the venue, forming pools around moving shadows. School of the Arts (SOTA) employees in black...

Abstract show shakes Blackbird Cafe with loud energy

Abstract show shakes Blackbird Cafe with loud energy

Grant Schmieding

September 20, 2018


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The tiny venue barely had any spots in its parking lot Tuesday night. Musicians dressed in all black, unloaded rugged tour buses full of equipment while locals made their way to the back door of Blackbird Café, contemplating what they would see tonight. Chico has a thriving population of local ...

Jazz Jam entertains listeners, invites all musicians

Jazz Jam entertains listeners, invites all musicians

Alex Coba

September 18, 2018


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It was a night of jazz-filled goodness as Naked Lounge hosted the first anniversary of its 3rd Monday Jazz Jam. Locals enjoyed original music and popular covers as a variety of artists got to perform. The event was put on by the non-profit arts organization Uncle Dad’s Art Collective, which aims...

Artist of the Week: Chase Avalos works to refine sound, reach wider audience

Artist of the Week: Chase Avalos works to refine sound, reach wider audience

Grant Schmieding

September 18, 2018


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The venue screams close quarters. Purple, teal and pink lights shine across artistic renditions of famous musicians as Chase Avalos makes his way to the stage. Microphone feedback breaks the still air as he plugs in his guitar, breathes in the intimate crowd's energy and begins a song. At the first...

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