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Luke Sweeney’s Peace Meal Group serenades their ‘hometown’

Grey Loo’s set was filled with electrifying music and lighting to match.

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and the hum of large amps filled Tender Loving Coffee as dozens gathered to watch Luke Sweeney and more perform Friday night.  Red and green fluorescent lights spilled over the makeshift stage as Grey Loom opened the night with chilling vocals and deep bass. E...

Tame Impala returns with the ‘The Slow Rush’

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

“Has it really been that long?” frontman Kevin Parker asks, a question that seemed to echo the thoughts of fans everywhere who, although eager for Tame Impala’s return, were still enamored by the beloved “Currents,” Tame Impala’s 2015 album. Following up an album as big as “Currents...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is fun and redeeming

Sonic the Hedgehog

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Director Jeff Fowler’s feature directorial debut, “Sonic the Hedgehog,” takes the classic video game character into a fun, carefree movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It’s been an entire year since we got a first glimpse at the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, and we can ...

‘Have We Met?’ is dark, terrifying and somehow danceable

Destroyer's album cover

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Led by frontman Dan Bejar of “The New Pornographers,” Canadian band “Destroyer” turns nightmare fuel into dreamy sophisti-pop on their newest album, “Have We Met”. Drawing inspiration from “The Twilight Zone,” Edgar Allan Poe, and the soundtracks of Korean horror films, the album evokes...

‘Birds of Prey’ delivers empowerment with style

Danielle Kessler

February 12, 2020

As director Martin Scorsese would say, not all films of the superhero genre are considered cinema. However, that doesn’t mean the films can’t be considered important pieces of entertainment that expand viewers’ definitions of what it means to be powerful. Director Cathy Yan’s newest addi...

The late Mac Miller’s “Circles” brings an emotional final project to career

The late Mac Miller’s “Circles” brings an emotional final project to career

Elijah Ewing

February 5, 2020

Circles is an introspective album that features smooth bass lines and heartfelt verses that show Mac Miller's frustration transformed and turned into verses.  The album starts with the title track, “Circles”. Miller raps about how he can’t be changed and how he ends up going in circles. This th...

The Turning: Review

Finn Wolfhard, Mackenzie Davis and Brooklynn Prince star as Miles Fairchild, Kate Mandell and Flora Fairchild, respectively, in

Danielle Kessler

February 4, 2020

“The Turning” is horrifying, but not in the way a horror movie should be.  The film is set in 1994. It centers on a young teacher, Kate (Mackenzie Davis), who takes a job as a caretaker for two orphaned children, Flora (Brooklyn Prince) and Miles (Finn Wolfhard). Instead of brilliantly crafted p...

Afroman lights up Chico

Afroman holds his cup as her performs

Kirstin Joyce

January 28, 2020

Iconic rap artist Afroman was the headliner at Chico’s Tackle Box bar on Saturday. The sold-out show was already packed by 8 p.m., well before openers even took to the stage. The crowd was in good spirits as they waited for the live music to start, passing the time by heading to the dance floor. ...

‘1917’ brings viewers to the front lines

Still image from the film, 1917

Danielle Kessler

January 27, 2020

With beautiful cinematography, technical work and raw emotion, “1917" takes the war movie genre to a new level. The film takes place during WWI and focuses on two British soldiers, Corporal William Schofield (George MacKay) and Corporal Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), as they try to complete the...

Wolf Parade attempts to revive indie rock, again

Album cover of Wolf Parade's Thin Mind

Kati Morris

January 27, 2020

On their new album “Thin Mind,” Wolf Parade is as energetic as ever, bearing a comforting dose of nostalgia with a modern perspective.  Wolf Parade isn’t exactly an indie household name, but they have been releasing their brand of post-punk revival music since the early 2000s.  Their 200...

Is nostalgia, price of Disney Plus worth it?

Danielle Kessler

December 13, 2019

It’s been almost a month since Disney launched their newest platform, Disney+, a streaming service similar to Netflix and Hulu but with all of the company’s owned content. As it’s been out, I’ve tried to get a better sense of what this platform really is, and more importantly, if it is ...

‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ a good time but not worth the price tag

Ricardo Tovar

November 23, 2019

Game Freak’s latest installment in the mainline Pokémon franchise makes its debut on a console for the Nintendo Switch. Drawing inspiration from the United Kingdom, the ‘Galar’ region is a gorgeous new environment to explore. The ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go’ influence...

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