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Drug Control? It’s Not What You Think…

Drug Control? It's Not What You Think...

By Kieran Zimmer, Assistant Features Editor

January 9, 2017

To celebrate the release of new EP “Stabbed,” local straight-edge hardcore act Drug Control threw together a release show featuring fellow SoCal groups Momentum, United Nothing, Soul Power, and Frontside, at local venue the CHE Cafe. Despite the heavy and aggressive music, the crowd was smiles...

“4 Your Eyez Only” By J. Cole Review

“4 Your Eyez Only” By J. Cole Review

By Luke Oldham, Staff Writer

December 13, 2016

J. Cole’s highly anticipated fourth album, “4 Your Eyez Only,” was nothing short of what fans have come to expect from the lyrical and soulful genius. The North Carolina native has grown exponentially in popularity over the past couple of years and has become known as one of the most thoughtful...

“Me and Your Mama” Review

By Mary Ford, Arts Editor

November 14, 2016

The eclectic Childish Gambino released “Me and Your Mama,” the first single off his upcoming album “Awaken, My Love!” this past weekend. The single is a departure from the experimental hipster-rap prevalent on his last album, instead infused with a southern gospel-rock sound. And it sounds good....

A Thrilling and Chilling Wind Ensemble Concert

A Thrilling and Chilling Wind Ensemble Concert

By Mallika Seshadri, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 24, 2016

A Thrilling and Chilling Wind Ensemble Concert Black lights, glow in the dark effects and partial instruments being played are atypical for a band performance, but were incorporated into the fall concert on Oct. 19. The concert was held at the Liggett Theater and was divided into two separate performances....

Low Fidelity: American Football Review

Low Fidelity: American Football Review

By Kieran Zimmer, Assistant Features Editor

October 21, 2016

Math rock/emo/twinkly legends American Football have returned, after 17 years, for their second, self-titled album, which picks up exactly where the first left off. Still-present are the twinkly guitars, odd-metered rhythms, and confessional-while-poetic lyrics that garnered the band so many fans b...

Young the Giant Performs in San Diego

Young the Giant Performs in San Diego

By Mary Ford, Arts Editor; Humor Editor

October 20, 2016

The alternate rock band Young the Giant performed to sold out crowds at the San Diego House of Blues Tuesday, Oct.18 and Wednesday, Oct. 19. The band, on a tour for the release of their latest album "Home of the Strange," performed songs from the new album such as "Amerika" and "Something To Believe...

Album Review: The Bible 2

Album Review: The Bible 2

By Kieran Zimmer, Assistant Features Editor

September 8, 2016

For a band known for lyrics about murdering kittens, depression, and hatred of humankind, “The Bible 2” will certainly be regarded by longtime fans as a stab at “maturity” for AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad). Once again featuring producer John Congleton (who was responsible for the fuzzed-out,...

Journey Back Again

Journey Back Again

By Mary Ford, Arts Editor

August 31, 2016

Ten years ago, Journey seemed dead. Fans complained about a band unable to connect to their music and to their fans, about concerts lacking in energy. Band members talked about disbanding, about no more new music. But at the Sleep Train Amphitheater Tuesday night, the negative cloud seemed dissipated,...

The Lumineers’ New Album is HERE!

The Lumineers' New Album is HERE!

By Mary Ford, Features Editor

April 11, 2016

Talented neofolk band The Lumineers is best known for the annoyingly catchy and commercial song “Ho Hey.” It's that song that creates a collective groan in the car yet one not sufficient enough to commit to changing the channel. On their new sophomore album “Cleopatra,” the first since 2012,...

“To Pimp a Butterfly” Review

By Caroline Daniel, Online Editor

March 18, 2015

Kendrick Lamar has finally released the following to his extremely successful album "good kid, m.A.A.d city" with a week early release of "To Pimp A Butterfly." Lamar has become a household name among the rap community as  a sort of strange kid on the block with his throwbacks to 50's and 60's beats...