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On This Day: ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ is the Elton John we know and love

On This Day: 
‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ is the Elton John we know and love

Natalie Hanson

October 6, 2018


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Editor's Note: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was released on Oct. 5, 1973, not Oct. 6. On Tuesday, Sir Elton John will begin his worldwide tour, "Farewell Yellow Brick Road." It seems only fitting, then, to look back on his album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," his best-selling album, in honor of the day it...

On This Day: The Police’s ‘Ghost in the Machine’ redefines reggae rock

On This Day: The Police’s ‘Ghost in the Machine’ redefines reggae rock

Natalie Hanson

October 2, 2018


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For a multi-platinum band like the Police, "Ghost in the Machine," released on Oct. 2 in 1981, represented a big moment for them and for '80s New Wave and reggae rock in general. A band with an undeniable reggae rock influence, The Police further developed their defining keyboard- and horn-heavy sound in...

Arts in Review Podcast: Fans of “Assassin’s Creed” series prepare for release of “Odyssey”

Arts in Review Podcast: Fans of “Assassin’s Creed” series prepare for release of “Odyssey”

Ulises Duenas, Grant Schmieding, Alex Coba, and Natalie Hanson

October 1, 2018


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This week, we are talking about the history of the "Assassin's Creed" video games and our personal perspectives on the franchise. In anticipation of the new game, now released, "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey." We sat down to discuss the game franchise's impact on video gaming overall. Combat and gameplay...

Standing ovations greet the North State Symphony at first fall performance

Standing ovations greet the North State Symphony at first fall performance

Alex Coba

October 1, 2018


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The concert "Masterworks 1: American Made" on Saturday was the latest symphony brought to the Laxson Auditorium by the North State Symphony (NSS) this semester. The show had a big emphasis on community. “Despite a world full of diverse languages and cultures, we all share the language of music,...

‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ surprises in a good way

‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ surprises in a good way

Ulises Duenas

October 1, 2018


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Director Eli Roth puts his horror background to good use by venturing into whatever dark pit Jack Black's career has been in and temporarily digs him out for "The House with a Clock in Its Walls".It's surprising to see the guy that directed "The Green Inferno" direct a family movie. Eli Roth has done a great job of making so...

‘South Park’ leaves fans wanting more

‘South Park’ leaves fans wanting more

Grant Schmieding

September 29, 2018


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Assault rifles, “Black Panther” and menstrual cycles—an interesting formula for "South Park’s" season-22 premiere episode, “Dead Kids.” Comedy Central aired the episode at 10 p.m. Thursday. Trey Parker and Matt Stone carry a well-earned reputation for unapologetically mocking t...

On This Day: “Songs in the Key of Life” a milestone for Stevie Wonder, soul music

On This Day: “Songs in the Key of Life” a milestone for Stevie Wonder, soul music

Natalie Hanson

September 28, 2018


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Stevie Wonder is probably best known for his album "Songs in the Key of Life," which was released on Sept. 28, 1976. Both a phenomenon of 1970s soul and a big moment for pop and concept albums in general, it is now often cited as one of the greatest albums in pop music history. By 1975, Wonder was...

‘The Big Bang Theory’ embraces nothingness

‘The Big Bang Theory’ embraces nothingness

Ulises Duenas

September 27, 2018


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Watching "The Big Bang Theory" is the visual equivalent of eating a rice cake. It's not good, but you don't feel sick either. This is a show that plays it so safe even soccer moms would find it excessively bland. Actually, I have it on good authority that soccer moms love this show to bits. I ...

On This Day – “Abbey Road” a defining finale for The Beatles’ legacy

On This Day – “Abbey Road” a defining finale for The Beatles’ legacy

Natalie Hanson

September 26, 2018


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We know the cover, and we still know some of the songs. Yet it seems incredible that the iconic "Abbey Road," by The Beatles, is 49 years old today. It may seem impossible now, but the album received mixed reviews upon its release in 1969. Now, it is considered perhaps the band's best album, for good...

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 ...

‘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...

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