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Poppy drags after AViVA pops at quirky Senator show

Musician and YouTuber Poppy performs her strange tunes to a small venue in the Senator Theatre. Photo credit: Rachael Bayuk

Rachael Bayuk

February 25, 2019

The human embodiment of confusion, Poppy, visited Chico's Senator theatre. Youtube sensation Poppy brought whimsy to metal in her late-night show.Poppy has a history of presenting the strange and unusual. Her stage presence does not disappoint in that regard. She floats on and off the stage like a fi...

Brazilian band brings ‘great energy’ to DownLo

Subcreature gets lost in their music. Photo credit: Megan Moran

Tom Sundgren

February 16, 2016

On Valentine's Day at the DownLo, tucked away underground, metal bands shredded the small stage for enthusiastic Chico fans. Head-banging, moshing, physical confrontations with bouncers and good times with friends all took place throughout the evening. Subcreature was the first band to take the stage....

Xtreme Xmas Give-back to benefit community youth

Photo credit: The DownLo

December 10, 2015

The Xtreme Xmas Give-back Benefit show will be accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys, cash, winter clothing, hygiene products and food pantry items.The bands that will be tperforming include Aberrance, Cataclysmic Assault, Eviscerator, Richie Betts (of Drakkmar) and more."I think it's a great thing...

Scale The Summit’s new album reaches new heights

The album cover for Scale The Summit's latest release,

Tom Sundgren

September 25, 2015

The style of music Scale The Summit plays has always been pretty complex. But the new album in particular is by far the most diverse in sound— the songs' structure and arrangement make it difficult to take in at times.Their last album, "The Migration," was a lot calmer. It also had shorter song...

Aberrance members on crashing their van, new music and tour smells

Members of the band, Aberrance, (from left) Ed Vance, Jake Hollingsworth, David Hordienko, and Nick Rahming hang out with their retired tour van on Tuesday. Photo credit: Alicia Brogden

Tom Sundgren

September 12, 2015

So tell us overall how was the band's summer? How many shows did you guys play in total roughly? Jake Hollingsworth: It was ridiculous. We had a tour plan that fell through last minute and managed to put together another one the morning that we left to play in Fresno. We ended up playing 10 shows across the west coast over two weeks in ...

In Flames brings destructive sound to Chico

Guitarist Niclas Engelin and bassist Peter Iwers rattle the crowd with intense riffs and crushing tone. Photo credit: Jake Hutchison

Tom Sundgren

March 3, 2015

Shadowy beings emerged from the onstage fog as heavy melodic guitar riffs flourished throughout the Senator Theatre's PA systems on Saturday as progressive metal act, In Flames, ignited the air with their incendiary sound. Devout fans of all ages head banged, moshed, crowd surfed, and sang along thr...

KCSC Radio Metal DJ Q-and-A

Michael Quiring

April 17, 2014

Koray Saglam, a senior international economics major, is one of many radio disc jockeys that work for the student-run KCSC radio station. He, along with Sarah West, hosts a metal radio show every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Orion got the opportunity to sit down with Saglam, whose radio name...

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