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Playlist: 11 songs from talented LGBTQ+ musicians

Kehlani is an open bisexual artist. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Refinery29)

Rayanne Painter

April 2, 2019

As a queer woman, I often relate more to music made by queer artists.I jam out to many songs made by folks outside of the LGBTQ+ community as well, but these songs and artists hold a special place in my heart. No matter what you identify as, I invite you to listen to these songs along with me and su...

Chico State musicians tackle Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

A violinist from New Music Symposium concentrates while playing the beginning of Terry Riley's

Rayanne Painter

March 3, 2019

Ever read “choose your own adventure” books as a child? Chico State’s New Music Symposium recreated just that, but with music and rhythm.Guest composer Terry Riley joined the audience at the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall on Thursday evening to watch the musicians recreate his masterpie...

Local musicians aid in Camp Fire relief effort

Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker of MaMuse displayed their artistic talents and songs with instruments like a cello and flute Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Rayanne Painter

January 23, 2019

Celebration has been bittersweet since flames took to the town of Paradise in November. But excitement still filled the air as dutiful fans waited eagerly for musicians Jonathan Richman and MaMuse during a Camp Fire benefit concert hosted by KZFR Radio at the Chico Women’s Center, Friday.Jonathan Richman, a...

Musicians crank up the volume at ‘Chico Unplugged’

Photo of Chico Unplugged winners (from left to right: Bradley Relt, Jared Kreuzberger, Thom Lacalle) Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Niyat Teferi and Caitlyn Young

September 27, 2017

On Thursday, Chico's popular Madison Bear Garden hosted the singer/songwriter competition, "Chico Unplugged." The School of the Arts Production (SOTA) first launched Chico Unplugged in 2012 as a way for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent to the community.During the show, 10 musical acts went...

Sociologist by day, bassist by night

Alexandra Kokkinakis is the bassist for The Vesuvians.

Julia Maldonado

September 19, 2017

One may not think initially that the study of human society and an aggressive music genre have much in common, but for Chico State sociology professor and alumna Alexandra Kokkinakis, it’s her life. Kokkinakis grew up listening to punk-rock music in L.A. as a skateboarding soundtrack. Onc...

Amy Winehouse documentary; what her family didn’t want you to see

Illustration by Nicole Jackson Photo credit: Nicole Jackson

Kristina Martinez

September 7, 2015

Before seeing her documentary, I already loved Amy Winehouse. It's not easy for anyone to watch her decline and the events that led up to her death. Winehouse's drug problem was made into a laughing matter by the media when she was alive. It wasn't until she passed away that people began to understand...

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