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Million Dollar Quartet is a jam session to remember

Million Dollar Quartet is a jam session to remember

Erin Vierra

March 31, 2015


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Who wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall during an impromptu jam session featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley?That is exactly what happened during the Chico performance of Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony Award wining Broadway musical which was brought to life on the...

Lack of audience enthusiasm doesn’t dampen Chicoachella

Lack of audience enthusiasm doesn’t dampen Chicoachella

Greta Gordon

March 30, 2015


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On Saturday, Chico had its very own mini-music festival inspired by Coachella, aptly named Chicoachella. Hosted at the Delta Psi Delta fraternity house, the show began at noon and finished at about 8:30 p.m. At the beginning of Chicoachella, the audience mostly consisted of the fraternity members and their friends. But after the slow beginning, peo...

‘Downtown Rocks’ delivers solid music despite poor promotion

‘Downtown Rocks’ delivers solid music despite poor promotion

Amanda Rhine

March 29, 2015


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There’s something to be said for blindly attending an obscure music event at a bar with a checkered reputation. Even though LaSalles’ name is stained with a shooting that occurred in 2011 — and maybe the horrendous restrooms and sticky bar tops, also — it hasn’t kept th...

Brilliant acting fuels classic play about explosive relationship

Brilliant acting fuels classic play about explosive relationship

Lauren Smith

March 29, 2015


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Not enough drama in life? Never fear, as Matt Hammons directs a Blue Room Theatre production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” that will have you in tears, from both laughter and heartbreak. Set in the 1960s, Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” chroni...

Study Break: ‘The Gunman’ review

Study Break: ‘The Gunman’ review

Erin Vierra

March 24, 2015


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When it comes to action movies, expect a lot of cliches. The new Sean Penn movie, "The Gunman," is no exception. At first glance, the movie comes off as worth watching. Penn seems like a good fit as an aging professional killer who seeks to find redemption for his past. But the film's executio...

Moon Hooch shines at Lost

Moon Hooch shines at Lost

Lauren Smith

March 18, 2015


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Dance music is often identified as lacking musical integrity. But Brooklyn-based house group Moon Hooch simultaneously impressed the audience and got its feet moving at Lost on Main on Sunday. The energetic and enthralling trio has garnered much success over the years because of its unique contribution...

Sounds clash at BMU concert

Sounds clash at BMU concert

Trevor Whitney

March 15, 2015


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The real battle at AS Productions' Sound Clash event Friday night was between the sound engineer and the audience's ears. Technical difficulties and audio problems occurred the moment the first band, Bull Moose Party, strummed their first chord. They never stood a chance. What started as a weird mix in the ...

Study Break: ‘Chappie’

Study Break: ‘Chappie’

Erin Vierra

March 11, 2015


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What makes us human? Is it the temporary body that we are given, or is it what's on the inside, our soul, that makes us who we are?This, along with other questions, is at the heart of what "Chappie" is all about.It has been six years since Neill Blomkamp came out with his groundbreaking directorial debut with h...

Mac Sabbath takes Chico for a ride

Mac Sabbath takes Chico for a ride

Erin Vierra

March 10, 2015


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Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, so were the crowds at Lost on Main. They were about to enter the world of. ...Mac Sabbath.Who is Mac Sabbath, audiences may wonder?A trippy underground band that performs Black Sabbath songs but with a McDonalds twist. Oh and they dress up as characters from the family lo...

Reggae band Rebelution promotes “good vibes” at Chico concert

Reggae band Rebelution promotes “good vibes” at Chico concert

Greta Gordon

March 9, 2015


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Smoke filled the room and red, green, and yellow spotlights danced around the ceiling at the Senator Sunday night as Rebelution took the stage. The crowd went wild cheering."Tonight we're going to play a little of old stuff and a little new stuff," announced the lead singer Eric Rachmany to a cheering audience, "hope you ...

“Target Earth” misfires

“Target Earth” misfires

Trevor Whitney

March 8, 2015


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The words "live-action" and "graphic novel" aren't typically associated—perhaps for good reason. But Saturday's act, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth, combined them anyway, proving that "because you ain't seen nothing like it" is a good enough reason to like something that doesn't quite work. What...

The Mondegreens album release reels in support, with good reason

The Mondegreens album release reels in support, with good reason

Lauren Smith

March 8, 2015


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At Cafe Coda on Friday, local folk group The Mondegreens celebrated the release of their debut album, "Kid Tell Time," to an enthusiastic audience. Opening acts included fellow Chico musicians The Rugs as well as Alex and Tom from the Sacramento folk-rock band Walking Spanish. Although the crowd for the two openers was nothing compared to the tight, sweaty ...

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