The Orion

Chico Unplugged winner balances music and nursing

Padilla continues to play with ease. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Alex Coba

October 8, 2018

Music has always been a part of Lenon Padilla's life. Padilla was one of seven winners at the Chico School of the Arts Unplugged musician contest Thursday, which is judged at Madison Bear Garden. However, he is not a music major. Padilla is in the pre-nursing program at Chico State. Because of this,...

Winner of music competition showcased at Madison Bear Garden

Passionate artists put their souls on the table with  every performance. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Alex Coba

October 7, 2018

It was live music galore at Madison Bear Garden Thursday, as the popular Chico hotspot hosted the School of Arts Productions (SOTA): Chico Unplugged in the final Winners Showcase. Chico Unplugged is an event held every semester for three consecutive Thursdays. The previous two Thursdays were competition...

Playlist: 9 throwback tracks for your indie rock fix

The cover of Arcade Fire's album

Natalie Hanson

September 10, 2018

Why not break into September with the accompaniment of some throwback indie alternative tracks? Here are some of our picks, either as an introduction to some well-known artists of the genre or if you're looking for some old favorites. Joyride - The Killers This hit is full of funk and has enough energy for dancing or giving your night ...

KLEZ talks influences, inspiration and recent Swedish tour

Klez album art

Alejandra Solorio

October 11, 2017

Through tightly gripped hands, John Klezmer firmly grasps the handle of his guitar case. His untimely appearance with guitar in hand and belongings secured in a backpack almost carries the same amount of weight as the stories he's carried with him. From Chico to Sweden and back, this is the story of...

So Much Light’s album is anything but Yuck

Album artwork

Julia Maldonado

September 12, 2017

Elk Grove native So Much Light introduced the music scene with the 14-track album “Oh, Yuck” on Aug. 11. So Much Light’s Damien Verrett wrote and co-produced the whole album.The album features a collection of alternative and indie songs that can be relaxing or put you in the mood. Songs like...

Cammies: Indie/Experimental Showcase

Sisterhoods Photo credit: Trevor Ryan

Amanda Rhine

April 16, 2015

The word “experimental” has a tendency to raise a few eyebrows, and when it’s referring to a genre of music there is bound to be some skepticism when one doesn't know what to expect.Friday night, The Maltese Bar & Tap Room hosed the indie/experimental section of the 2015 Cammies, and any skepticism was replaced with pl...

Study Break: Hello Biplane ‘Line’ Album Review

Hello Biplane, an acoustic duo featuring Braden Young and Spencer Goertz-Giffen, perform at their midwest release show. Photo Credit: Pete Romano.

Michael Quiring

April 25, 2014

Hello Biplane, an acoustic duo made up of artists Spencer Goertz-Giffen and Braden Young, recently released their seventh album titled "Line."The band was formed in Lawrence, Kan., but is now part of the local music scene here in Chico. "Line" is a relatively short listen and plays all the way through ...

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