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In Flames brings destructive sound to Chico

In Flames brings destructive sound to Chico

Tom Sundgren

March 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Q&As, Reviews

Shadowy beings emerged from the onstage fog as heavy melodic guitar riffs flourished throughout the Senator Theatre's PA systems on Saturday as progressive metal act, In Flames, ignited the air with their incendiary sound. Devout fans of all ages head banged, moshed, crowd surfed, and sang along thr...

Q&A: Ze Treasure Troll on decorative concrete, not living under bridges

Q&A: Ze Treasure Troll on decorative concrete, not living under bridges

Trevor Whitney

February 27, 2015


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Like most people, it has taken Chico State super-senior and concrete technology major Kirsten Springer, aka Ze Treasure Troll, some time to discover herself. Now that she has, her path to a successful future is practically set in stone. Of all the aliases available, why Ze Treasure Troll? And i...

Q&A: West By Swan on name origin, juggling family and touring

Q&A: West By Swan on name origin, juggling family and touring

Tom Sundgren

February 24, 2015


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West By Swan will be coming forth with its experimental rock music at Monstros Pizza on March 20. Bassist Greg Hopkins discusses background influences, the dynamic of the band, where they have been and what is in store for them. What are some of your guys' artist or band influences? Greg: Well, we're older. So you know, a lot of Fugazi. D.C. bands....

Q&A: Nyx, Ave Grave on touring, favorite Chico bands

Q&A: Nyx, Ave Grave on touring, favorite Chico bands

Lauren Smith

February 13, 2015


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After touring extensively up and down the West Coast, Chico native Ave Grave (Sean Galloway) and Oakland musician Nyx (Angelica Tavella) will return to The Maltese in downtown Chico on March 15. With how well these two mesh together in personality, one wouldn’t assume their musical styles differ as much as they do....

Q&A: Merry Standish to bring topical humor to Chico

Q&A: Merry Standish to bring topical humor to Chico

Greta Gordon

February 5, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews, Q&As

This Friday the married comedy duo Merry Standish will be performing in Chico at the Blue Room Theatre at 8 p.m. Aaron Standish and Liz Merry have been doing stand-up in Northern California since 1990. Where are you two from originally? Standish: I was born in Chico and raised in Red Bluff and...

Q&A: Ralphie May on touring, Chico memories

Q&A: Ralphie May on touring, Chico memories

Amanda Rhine

February 1, 2015


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Four-time platinum stand-up comedian Ralphie May is coming back to Chico. He talked to the Orion about his stand-up act, recalled first memories of Chico and even shared his favorite joke. The Orion: How’s the tour going so far? Ralphie May: So far so good. I cannot complain to be honest w...

Q&A: The Devil Makes Three on influences, recording

Q&A: The Devil Makes Three on influences, recording

Erin Vierra

January 22, 2015


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The Devil Makes Three is a local band from Santa Cruz and its music is a blend of bluegrass and folk, but the group has a sound that is all its own. The band's latest album, "I'm a Stranger Here," showcases its raw talent. Guitarist Pete Bernhard not only shares his inspirations but also the b...

Q&A: Cold Blue Mountain on playing in Chico, upcoming tour

Tom Sundgren

January 17, 2015


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Chico rockers Sesar Sanchez and Brandon Squyres of Cold Blue Mountain shared their views on bar shows and dished on their upcoming tour.What local venues do you usually play? Sesar Sanchez: Monstro's Pizza, 1078 Gallery, Cafe Coda. Brandon Squyres: There are other places to play that are 21 and over. But mos...

Day by Day: custodian, musician on fishing, fame

Day by Day: custodian, musician on fishing, fame

Ashiah Scharaga

December 17, 2014


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David Day has a kind, dimpled smile and eyes that light up when he talks about music, which he performs, for free, on the weekends. During the week, he works for Facilities Management and Services on the fourth floor of the Student Services Center. Day, who lives in Paradise, has worked for the unive...

Q&A: The Orange Street Artist on screen printing, mysterious personas

Q&A: The Orange Street Artist on screen printing, mysterious personas

Jake Hutchison

December 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia, Photo Galleries, Q&As

[metaslider id=39336]Photographs by John DomogmaIn the dimly lit Orange Street Gallery, the illusive Orange Street Artist, Brent Clark, has been working hard putting together his gallery and creating new works of art. It is here he is hoping to launch a new career alongside his position at The Printed I...

Q&A: Dancer Sofia Allmon gets on point for ‘The Nutcracker’

Q&A: Dancer Sofia Allmon gets on point for ‘The Nutcracker’

Kristen Moran

December 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews, Q&As

Snow Queen, Soldier Doll, Flower and a solo as a Spanish dancer thrown in for good measure. These parts, usually portrayed by different people, will all be performed by Core Butte Charter School junior Sofia Allmon in this year's Chico Community Ballet production of "The Nutcracker," staged through Dec....

Q&A: Lisa Valentine on morbid poets, iced crotches

Q&A: Lisa Valentine on morbid poets, iced crotches

Jeffrey Fox

December 3, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia, Q&As, Video

Local soul and R&B; singer Lisa Valentine grabbed a coffee and chatted with with The Orion about being raised by her mother and grandmother, the irony of her stage name and how she writes such soulful tunes Tuesday at Empire Coffee. How long have you been a singer-songwriter? I've been playing and writing songs since I was...

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