The Orion

Silent disco provides a unique social experience

Silent disco at the El Rey Theatre

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

The El Rey Theater held a silent disco event this past Thursday night. With different music genres available, the night was a fun experience for regular and casual silent disco-goers. There were three music channels to choose from, playing music ranging from EDM, hip-hop to a more random genre chan...

DaBaby confines himself to usual style on KIRK


Mitchell Kret

October 10, 2019

North Carolina rapper DaBaby has had an extremely successful debut year. His debut album “Baby on Baby” featured singles “Suge” and “Babysitter” which both found success on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. He is clearly making waves in the rap game and becoming a favorite up...

‘Look Mom I Can Fly’ an introspective look at Travis Scott’s life and career

Travis Scott performimg at Madison Square Garden on November 27, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images.

Angel Ortega

August 31, 2019

From performing in front of just 15 people to selling out full-sized arenas, “Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly” documents Travis Scott’s musical career in his new Netflix original documentary. The documentary begins with an interviewer asking Scott, while they both ride a rollercoa...

Featured Artist: deM atlaS

deM atlaS relaxes before the 'Mi Vida Local Tour' show starts at the Senator Theater on Friday. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Ricardo Tovar

March 13, 2019

  Over the past year, Chico's Senator Theater has gathered notable entertainers from the likes of Insane Clown Posse, Poppy, Bhad Bhabie, and All Time Low have all come through Chico. Chico's notable rise in popularity for these big acts is astonishing and shows the appeal the college ...

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

Jeffrey McNeill, known as Thee Phantom, has blended hip-hop with classical music with his group since 1987. Image courtesy of Jeffrey McNeill.

Natalie Hanson

September 23, 2018

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...

Local artists light up Chico’s hip-hop scene

Apollo Snow entertains the crowd while onstage at the Chico Women's club on Friday Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

Ulises Duenas

September 4, 2018

Different kinds of concerts have different vibes, and there are no concerts quite like hip-hop concerts, for better or for worse. The Chico Women's Club hosted a concert on Friday featuring local artists that all have roots in the Chico area. Artists including Apollo Snow, Osho Brown, Efren Trevino...

Wildcats take on ‘Day N Night’ music festival

Huge crowd at postmates stage during last night of 'Day N Night' music festival. 
Courtesy of Day N Night's Facebook page

Sophia Robledo-Borowy

September 14, 2017

The ‘Day N Night Festival’ attracted Chico State students, despite the nonstop driving all day and night. Over 50 artists gathered in Anaheim, California for the three-day-long event Sept. 8 through 10. Headliners included Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar, along with other chart-t...

DJ and rapper Chico performance

DJ and rapper Chico performance

Niyat Teferi and Natasha Doron

February 7, 2017

With Chico State being known for its party scene, other neighboring colleges, such as Sacramento State and Cal State East Bay, have students flocking to the 530 on Labor Day and Halloween weekend to see what all the talk is about. Chico State student Sherman Stacey, also known as "DJ Malachi" is committed to ...

Despite fights, IAMSU! steals the show

Despite fights and a short set, IAMSU! rocked the crowd at The Senator Theatre. Photo credit: Tom Sundgren

December 13, 2015

The Senator Theatre was packed shoulder to shoulder on Dec. 5 thanks to IAMSU!. It didn't matter if a huge fight broke out, if people jumped up and moved their arms to the beat or if the performers were crowd-surfing— the audience was consistently energetic.Casey Veggies came out first and the crowd move...

Senior Spotlight: An Orionite’s farewell to Chico State

Nicole Santos says farewell to her last four years at Chico State. Photo courtesy of Annie Page

Nicole Santos

May 12, 2015

It feels like just yesterday I was moving into my dorm in Sutter Hall. Now I’m decorating my cap for the commencement ceremony on Saturday. This semester, I interviewed 18 diverse seniors for my column and wrote about their experiences at Chico State, postgraduation plans and passions. Now...

Chico has bad taste in hip-hop

Illustration by Miles Huffman

William Rein

May 8, 2015

For the last 10 years, I lived joyfully unexposed to mainstream radio garbage, guided to be blissfully ignorant by the hipster culture of my hometown. Yet before I came to Chico, I was far more aware of good hip-hop and rap. I was raised by Tech N9ne, and although you and I could debate for ho...

If it’s a good song, it should be 6 minutes

Illustration by Miles Huffman

William Rein

April 17, 2015

A really good song isn’t afraid to go the extra mile and push at least six minutes. While the three minute radio model is fine for club bangers, it’s really tragic for an objectively good song. I don’t think the human attention span has eroded enough to only accept tiny tracks for listening. ...

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