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Music students perform in theater workshop

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer May 12, 2015

An entire semesters worth of creativity and dedication came to life on stage in Schroeder Hall on Saturday afternoon, when Sonoma State University Music 340 students presented a performance that they themselves wrote, directed, and acted in.



Unknown Mortal Orchestra: The new disco

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer May 5, 2015

New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra has always changed their sound through the course of each album. 



Album releases: A week in review

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer April 28, 2015

Blur, Metz, Raekwon

Damon Albarn, the voice of the cartoon band Gorillaz, returns with his original band Blur for its first album since the Banksy-adorned trip-hop flop, 2003’s “Think Tank.”


Old folks rejoice for ‘While We’re Young’

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer April 14, 2015

Time and time again, the “midlife crisis” movie has been made and well-received. Some that come to mind are 1999’s “American Beauty” and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait’s black comedy “God Bless America,” released in 2012. 



New Sufjan is stripped down

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer April 7, 2015

Musically speaking, Sufjan Stevens has been all over the place. His indie rock beginnings in a band named after his brother Marzuki led him to start a solo project performing folk songs about everything from Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” to his own neuroses in daily life.


The little cinema that could

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer April 7, 2015

If there are movie buffs or just fans of Academy Awards season on campus, chances are they’re going to want to see the films that have been nominated for such a prestigious award.


The mythos, publicity of Death Grips

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer March 31, 2015

Death Grips, a trio from Sacramento whose music is a well-fused combination of electronic, hip-hop and punk, have left the world confounded since their beginning.


Of Montreal undergoes musical transformation

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer March 10, 2015

It’s been eight years since Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes released what is widely considered to be his magnum opus, 2007’s “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?” 



Seawolves SPEAK! Representation of minorities in Hollywood

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer March 3, 2015

It seems like every year, there’s one film with a non-Anglicized cast that grabs the attention of awards committees. This year’s Academy Awards featured the film about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Montgomery, Alabama to Selma for the voting rights of African-Americans in 1965 Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.” 



Academy Awards provokes thought

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer February 24, 2015

Just as last year and the year before, the 87th Academy Awards were full of surprises, firsts for many nominees and celebration of pivotal past films and late members of show business. 



Seawolves SPEAK! Kanye West Controversy

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer February 17, 2015

Kanye West kept himself from speaking out toward Beck for his Best Album win at this year’s Grammy Awards last week, only to tell E! Entertainment that Beck should have given his award to Beyoncé for her self-titled album released in 2013.


Tillman’s melody of sarcasm, romance

Alex Sanchez, Staff Writer February 10, 2015

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Father John Misty, better known as Josh Tillman, released his appropriately titled record “I Love You, Honeybear.” The album is the second effort from Tillman following his departure from folk rock band Fleet Foxes in 2011, and it finally shows him honing his skills as a solo artist.

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