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My first rave experience was full of love and success

My first rave experience was full of love and success

Kamille De Guzman,
Contributor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Excitement filled the air on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for the annual music festival and rave concert, Crush. Thousands of attendees filled the sold-out venue, waiting for artists, like Flosstradamus, Ghastly or Yultron, to get on stage. It was my firs...

Rave culture descends on the Bay Area

Rave culture descends on the Bay Area

Christian Martinez,
Contributor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

The Bay Area has become a powerhouse for electronic dance music (EDM). At every show, the energy and good vibes can be felt as soon as you walk into the venue no matter which DJ is behind the turntables because that’s a part of rave culture. Rave culture is something that is recognizable but sometimes mis...

The end of an era, say bye to compact discs

The end of an era, say bye to compact discs

Yasmine Castañeda,
Contributor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Best Buy to stop selling CDs this summer Growing up, there were many things that made my heart content but only a few that made my it whole. Music was the main contributor to my overall happiness. When I look back on my childhood, I’ll never forget the first concert I went to. I was four years old...

Ruby Ibarra, a female rapper from the Bay Area

Ruby Ibarra, a female rapper from the Bay Area

Priscila Chavez,
Contributor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Features

Bay area native makes a local stop on her Circa91 tour On Jan. 19, Ruby Ibarra took the stage in Oakland at The New Parish as her first hometown stop on her Crica91 tour. She was wearing a yellow long-sleeved shirt that fit loose on her petite 5 foot frame and a pair of black and white Nikes that r...

Kid ‘n Play headlines Oakland house party

Kid ‘n Play headlines Oakland house party

Shyra Gums,
Contributor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Features

On Jan. 27, two Oakland-based collectives, DopeOnly and Regulars Only, hosted a backyard house party that featured legendary hip-hop duo, Kid ‘n Play. Kid ‘n Play, a hip-hop duo from New York, rose to fame in the late 1980s and became best known for their “House Party” movie franchise, tha...

Justin Timberlake pays tribute to the late Prince

Justin Timberlake pays tribute to the late Prince

Yasmine Castañeda,
Contributor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

Football’s biggest night was hosted in Minneapolis this year as the New England Patriots faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles for Super Bowl LII. The Battle for the Lombardi Trophy rocked the television screens of over 103.4 million viewers across the country. The Philadelphia Eagles, who were once consi...

Grammy Awards dismiss hip-hop

Grammy Awards dismiss hip-hop

Marissa Marshall,
Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Features

On Jan. 28, Madison Square Garden in New York hosted the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. In the home of the New York Knicks, hip-hop artists took control of the major categories with an abundance of nominations. But once again, hip-hop was neglected when it came time to determine a winner for awards like ...

Silversun Pickups growing with time

Silversun Pickups growing with time

Christian Martinez,
Contributor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

There’s nothing quite like being in the crowd at a concert and seeing one of your favorite musicians take the stage for the first time. When the artist starts the first song, the excitement of the crowd is an experience unlike any other. It feels like that when I watch Silversun Pickups, an alternativ...

New wave hits Grammy Awards

New wave hits Grammy Awards

AIkaika Nichols,
Contributor

January 6, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Diverse “Album of the Year” category highlights show Now in its 60th year, the Grammys released its nominees last month. There are many expected picks and unsurprising category favorites. However, there is one unexpected surprise: this is the first time white artists or groups will not be nomin...

Kanye or Shakespeare: Who is more relevant?

Kanye or Shakespeare: Who is more relevant?

Liam Beyerle,
Contributor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Kanye Omari West is a larger than life global figure in pop culture. West has won 21 Grammys, released seven platinum solo albums and designed shoes for Louis Vuitton, Nike and Adidas. He made Taylor Swift famous and is the head of the GOOD Music record label. He also works on his YEEZY fashion line....

From the outside looking in: Oakland’s First Friday Review from a Southern California native

From the outside looking in: Oakland’s First Friday Review from a Southern California native

Britney Yarbrough,
Contributor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As a Southern California native, Oakland’s First Friday is one of my favorite Bay Area events. I’ve been living in the Bay Area going on five years now, and I do my best to take part in anything that originates in the Bay. Although, it’s not far from home the Bay feels like an entirely different...

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