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Chico has bad taste in hip-hop

Chico has bad taste in hip-hop

William Rein

May 8, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

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

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

William Rein

April 17, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

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. ...

Sounds like team spirit: Making Chico a music destination

Sounds like team spirit: Making Chico a music destination

Miles Inserra

April 15, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns, Opinion

Chico thrived and will thrive again as a music hub. The small city in the middle of cornfields and almond orchards has the power to attract Grammy Award-winning artists. Don’t believe me? Check out the picture of Nirvana in the ‘90s hanging on the wall of KCSC radio headquarters. The ban...

Death by musicals

Death by musicals

Allison Galbreath

March 28, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I know some people love musicals. They like enjoying theatrical performances and singing along with the music. Which is fine. It’s great. But for me? Musicals are terrifying. The spontaneous bursts of music that can be spouted from any number of characters at any given moment puts me on ...

Listen to something new

Listen to something new

Daisy Dardon

February 27, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I'm walking around campus in a girly dress, curled hair with some cute heels listening to some Avenged Sevenfold. Didn't expect that, huh? Usually people think that it's the emo-looking kids who listen to that type of music. Who would have thought that a girl in a dress could listen to m...

North State Symphony performance bids farewell to professor

David Kahn

May 11, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The North State Symphony presented a performance of "Harmonic Landscapes" Saturday, May 10.The North State Symphony, a combination of Chico and Redding symphonies, was established in 2001 and has been part of Chico State's College of Humanities and Fine Arts for 14 years. During that time, the North State Symphony has ...

Ivy league all-star follows passions to Yale.

Valerie Teegardin

May 6, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

After being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools, as well as several other New York State colleges, 17 year-old Kwasi Enin has decided to attend Yale University.According to The Huffington Post, Enin scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on his SAT and landed acceptance letters from Brown University, Columbia Unive...

School seeks singing competitors

School seeks singing competitors

David Kahn

April 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico State's School of the Arts Productions is accepting video submissions for a chance to compete on NBC's "The Voice."SOTA Productions will pick 10 submissions to audition on campus on Friday, May 2. Of those 10, five students will be chosen to travel to Los Angeles to audition for the producers of...

Outkast is back, but no one cares

Kristina Martinez

April 27, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

The crowd for Outkast's opening weekend performance at Coachella two weeks ago was dead.Spending hours standing, drinking, taking drugs and dancing in the hot desert is tiring, do not get me wrong, but when a group like Outkast comes together for a reunion concert they deserve all of the attention they ...

Wind ensemble blows audience away

Wind ensemble blows audience away

David Kahn

April 13, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

From classical compositions to more contemporary works, Chico State's Wind Ensemble, conducted by Royce Tevis and featuring guest clarinetist Ryan Heimlich, displayed a level of incredible musical ability. The Chico State School of the Arts department of music and theatre presented the Symphonic Winds “Band-ology” performance Saturday night in Har...

Music is taken for granted

Kevin Crittenden

April 13, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I own hundreds of dollars in stolen music.But I didn’t just download my collection— I stole it the old fashioned way.Starting in the fourth grade I developed a method of taking CDs from stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble without paying.Using a metal pin to pry apart the closed teet...

Folk icon to perform at Laxson Auditorium

Folk icon to perform at Laxson Auditorium

April 5, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico Performances welcomes world-renowned folk singer Arlo Guthrie at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at Laxson Auditorium.Like his father Woody, Guthrie has been involved with folk music from a young age and is well-known for his many songs protesting social injustice. Guthrie is best known for the song "Alice's Restauran...

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