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Julianna Ress

Julianna Ress, Arts & Culture Editor

Julianna Ress is the Arts & Culture editor of The Daily Aztec. She is a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in television, film and new media, and her writing has appeared in The Ringer, E! News and local publications. She was awarded "Best Arts & Entertainment Story" at the 2018 California College Media Awards for her piece, "Revisiting my hometown through 'Lady Bird.'" Follow her on Twitter @juliannaress or email her at arts@thedailyaztec.com.

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JMS classes aren’t doing enough

May 9, 2019

Most of the graduating seniors on The Daily Aztec’s editorial board are students in JMS. We know the territory. We know what’s taught in these classes. There...

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Senior Farewell: Julianna Ress

Senior Farewell: Julianna Ress

May 8, 2019

When I started at San Diego State four years ago, I had no idea writing about pop culture could lead to so many opportunities. For that I have to thank...

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Your problematic favs: A playlist

Your problematic favs: A playlist

May 8, 2019

There’s a long history of popular songs containing themes of sexual assault and contributing to rape culture, which might go unnoticed by listeners. Robin...

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Black Women's Healing Circle fosters valuable community through discussion

Black Women’s Healing Circle fosters valuable community through discussion

April 10, 2019

For the past three years, the Black Women’s Healing Circle on campus has worked to create a space for female, trans and non-binary black students to...

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Rapper Noname performed at the Observatory in San Diego on March 16.

Noname concludes her ‘Room 25’ tour in San Diego

March 25, 2019

Chicago rapper Noname concluded her “Room 25” tour at the Observatory in San Diego on March 16, showcasing her ability to create a community with her...

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Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers performed at San Diego's Music Box on March 10.

Better Oblivion Community Center bridges generations of indie rock

March 18, 2019

Singer-songwriters Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers stopped by San Diego’s Music Box on March 10 as their newly-formed duo Better Oblivion Community...

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Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst performing in San Diego on March 10.

Ten great songs already released this year

March 13, 2019

In its third month, the music of 2019 is already a scattershot. New voices are finding their footing, old favorites are making admirable returns to form...

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Montage on College opened to students last semester.

[Photo] Montage on College apartments provide accommodating option for off-campus living

March 6, 2019

Montage on College opened to students last semester.

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Kelly Clarkson flexes legacy on 'Meaning of Life' tour

Kelly Clarkson flexes legacy on ‘Meaning of Life’ tour

January 30, 2019

Most noticeable when entering the Staples Center on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles as the crowd was filing in for Kelly Clarkson’s “Meaning of Life” tour,...

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Jazz-trained music junior pursues EDM

Jazz-trained music junior pursues EDM

January 23, 2019

With all styles of music more accessible than ever, it’s common to see artists expand their craft across genres, rather than limiting themselves to one...

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The 10 best songs of 2018

The 10 best songs of 2018

December 12, 2018

Perhaps it’s the turbulence and unrest in the world at large that made 2018 a particularly strange year in music. Releasing full-length, heavily promoted...

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Review: The 1975's third album captures a world online

Review: The 1975’s third album captures a world online

December 5, 2018

It’s been more than 20 years since the Gallagher brothers posed the question, “How many special people change?” on Oasis’s “Champagne Supernova,”...

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San Diego State's Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter house on Nov. 14.

[Photo] Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Alpha Phi sorority placed on interim suspension

November 14, 2018

San Diego State's Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter house on Nov. 14.

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Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen deliver necessary variations of self-empowerment

Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen deliver necessary variations of self-empowerment

November 14, 2018

Ariana Grande has her first U.S. no. 1 hit. Thinking back on her illustrious career, it’s hard to believe she hadn’t topped the Billboard Hot 100...

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Dream pop artist Clairo performed at San Diego's House of Blues Nov. 2.

Viral pop sensation Clairo searches for live voice

November 9, 2018

20-year-old pop progressivist Clairo stopped at San Diego’s House of Blues on Nov. 2, and a year and a half after becoming an online star, it was evident...

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Popular food/comedy podcast ‘Doughboys’ to record live episode in San Diego

November 7, 2018

Meals at chain restaurants are usually evaluated as cheap, bland and unhealthy in comparison to their single-location equivalents. Why order Taco Bell...

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Australian pop vocalist Troye Sivan took the

Troye Sivan, Kim Petras pay respect to 21st century pop on ‘Bloom’ tour

October 31, 2018

Australian pop artist and 2018 critical breakthrough Troye Sivan brought his intimate, inclusive “Bloom” tour to San Diego State’s CalCoast Credit...

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Rising pop vocalist Kim Petras to perform at SDSU with Troye Sivan

Rising pop vocalist Kim Petras to perform at SDSU with Troye Sivan

October 17, 2018

Troye Sivan is one of 2018’s biggest breakout pop stars with the release of his second album, “Bloom,” and for the tour in support of the record,...

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5 Seconds of Summer frontman Luke Hemmings opening the show.

5 Seconds of Summer meld 2018 pop with punk roots

October 11, 2018

Four-piece Australian pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer took their “Meet You There” tour to San Diego State’s CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre...

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DAYTRIP performs at The Merrow in San Diego September 2017.

DAYTRIP seeks earworm power pop

April 4, 2018

San Diego State alumnus Declan Halloran can and has been seen working with various acts around the San Diego music scene, but with his most recent project,...

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Recording technology and sound design junior Domonique Crumpton characterizes her music by the details.

Electronic musician DOMONIQXE finds importance in the details

April 4, 2018

When creating her music, recording technology and sound design junior Domonique Crumpton is constantly eager to learn from others, while also paving the...

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Floor three in Zura Hall serves as the Honors College hall.

Honors College learning community builds bonds through academics

March 7, 2018

Being accepted into San Diego State’s Weber Honors College is among the most prestigious recognitions a student can attain, but aside from the resume...

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The Problem(s) with ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

January 17, 2018

On Sunday, Jan. 7, the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony ended by awarding “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” the honor of Best Motion...

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Revisiting my hometown through ‘Lady Bird’

November 29, 2017

In April 2013, the Sacramento Kings were preparing to pack up and permanently relocate to Seattle, after a prolonged combination of embarrassing seasons,...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Taylor Swift confronts herself on “Reputation”

ALBUM REVIEW: Taylor Swift confronts herself on “Reputation”

November 20, 2017

“This ain’t for the best / My reputation’s never been worse so / You must like me for me,” Taylor Swift sings on “Delicate,” from her latest...

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Tegan and Sara reflect on 'The Con'

Tegan and Sara reflect on ‘The Con’

October 26, 2017

“I married in the sun,” Sara Quin sang the opening lyrics to her and her twin sister’s 2007 album “The Con” to a crowd who had grown up loving...

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Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff brings the energy at their North Park show on Sept. 27.

Bleachers uses past to connect with future

October 2, 2017

Bleachers opened its show at the Observatory North Park on Wednesday, Sept. 27 with the first song on its most recent record “Gone Now,” called “Dream...

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Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace sings to the rowdy North Park crowd.

Punk band Against Me! brings politics, electricity and inclusivity to North Park

September 21, 2017

The Observatory North Park was home to an inclusive night of rock and roll when Florida punk band Against Me! took the stage on Saturday, Sept. 16. This...

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Twin Peaks: The Return’s transcendent interpretation of time

September 20, 2017

“What year is this?” Special Agent Dale Cooper asks an alternate-reality Laura Palmer, who has no memory of Twin Peaks, Washington and only knows herself...

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Hi-Fi performs one of his sets at a SDSU silent disco event winter 2016.

Student composer finds unlikely muse

August 27, 2017

Recording technology and audio design senior Josh Jackson can often be found digging through dusty crates of vinyl records at thrift stores, later repurposing...

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My 'Change of Heart' on The 1975

My ‘Change of Heart’ on The 1975

May 3, 2017

As I watched The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy flail his lanky limbs around and sang along to my favorite tracks from last year’s “I Like It When You...

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Musical showcases body positivity

May 3, 2017

San Diego State’s School of Theater, Television and Film staged the 2000 musical comedy “The Full Monty” April 21through 30 and its abundant theatricality...

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Mitski resonates with Irenic crowd

April 26, 2017

Indie rock artist Mitski graced the stage at The Irenic on Wednesday, April 19 with her emotionally bare music resonating with the crowd of fans who look...

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Green Day calls for unity through music

April 13, 2017

On Saturday, April 8, Green Day took the stage at Valley View Casino Center, and made it clear that the night was about more than just music, it was a...

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Courtesy of The Women's Resource Center

SDSU students ready to ‘Take Back the Week’

April 5, 2017

Take Back the Week is returning to San Diego State to continue raising sexual violence awareness on April 10 - 15. Women’s Resource Center coordinator...

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DJ conveys feelings in the moment

April 5, 2017

Young musicians often spend their college years exploring different genres and styles, but recording technology and audio design sophomore Lydon Quill’s...

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YG politicizes Greenfest concert

March 8, 2017

In 2017, the lines of politicization have been blurred to the point of nonexistence and understandably so. When the president of the United States is...

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The do's and don'ts of apartment hunting

The do’s and don’ts of apartment hunting

March 1, 2017

Now that San Diego State students are finally getting comfortable in their spring semester routines, many are starting to think about living situations...

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Galentine's Day Centers around love

Galentine’s Day Centers around love

February 15, 2017

On Friday, Feb. 10, San Diego State’s Women’s Resource Center held its second annual Galentine’s Day to celebrate love and friendship among females...

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Sage the Gemini feels love for fans

February 1, 2017

Hip-hop artist Sage the Gemini took the stage at San Diego’s House of Blues on Friday, Jan. 27, the night reminiscent of an exhilarating college party...

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‘Nasty women’ uniting through art exhibits

‘Nasty women’ uniting through art exhibits

January 25, 2017

On Saturday, Jan. 21 the Nasty Women Art Exhibition opened in Helmuth Projects, San Diego in solidarity with the Nasty Women Exhibition in New York City...

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Jesus Contreras smiles with guitar.

Difficulty drives music student

January 18, 2017

Music performance sophomore Jesus Cervantes takes on two of the toughest instruments to master on a daily basis. Cervantes has been playing guitar since...

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A piece of paper strikes inspiration

A piece of paper strikes inspiration

December 14, 2016

On Thursday, Nov. 17 marketing freshman Hoyt Yeatman’s band, Paper, was asked to leave the stage during the Open Mic Night competition in the Lee and...

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Hip-hop offers needed ray of light

December 7, 2016

Let’s face it, it’s been a year of L’s. With an excruciating election, a number of heartbreaking celebrity deaths and the lamest summer movies in...

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Artist turns typical trash to treasure

November 21, 2016

When most people see empty milk cartons, they see trash. But, when painting and printmaking graduate student Moses Muturi sees empty milk cartons, he...

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Graphic Designer Shares Inspirations

November 16, 2016

San Diego State graphic design sophomore Douglas Quan has been drawing his whole life but is now ready to share his art and culture with the world. Although...

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FIDLAR, photo courtesy of Alice Baxley

Surf punks come to the Observatory

October 27, 2016

It’ll be a perfect night for punk-heads to rejoice Friday, Oct. 28, when FIDLAR, SWMRS and The Frights perform at The Observatory North Park. FIDLAR’s...

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Courtesy of Shervin Lainez

The Julie Ruin fires-up the crowd

October 19, 2016

The Julie Ruin took the stage at the Music Box San Diego Oct. 16 with a performance that combined front woman Kathleen Hanna’s pioneered riot grrrl punk...

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Courtesy of Apollo Grand

New record label signs students

October 12, 2016

San Diego State possesses a considerable number of talented musicians in its student body, many of whom do not have the resources to expose their music...

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KT Tunstall provides life advice

October 5, 2016

The House of Blues San Diego was a sanctuary of positive energy Sunday, Oct. 2, when KT Tunstall ignited the crowd through the enthusiastic themes of her...

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Tasty Tuesday: Parkhouse Eatery provides the contentment of home

Tasty Tuesday: Parkhouse Eatery provides the contentment of home

October 4, 2016

Whenever San Diego State students miss the contentment of home and their parents’ cooking, they need to look no further than Parkhouse Eatery. Located...

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Archaeologist shapes the future

Archaeologist shapes the future

September 28, 2016

Although Isaac Ullah is a new anthropology professor at San Diego State, he is a seasoned archaeologist using his experiences to drive his teaching. A...

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Chance resonates with a generation

September 21, 2016

It was the first show of the Magnificent Coloring World Tour and I sat in my seat at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater on Thursday, Sept. 15,...

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My ‘grab-bag of genres’ experience

September 14, 2016

As I shouted along to Kendrick Lamar lyrics in a sea of thousands of people at FYF Fest in Los Angeles, all I could think of was how I almost missed it...

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Band of Skulls returns to San Diego

September 14, 2016

English rock group Band of Skulls will be returning to San Diego Sept. 24 to perform at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. This time around its tour coincides...

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Director speaks about an upcoming documentary on local tragedy

Director speaks about an upcoming documentary on local tragedy

September 7, 2016

On Aug. 31 filmmaker Charlie Minn spoke in San Diego State’s Arts & Letters building about his upcoming documentary “77 Minutes.” The film...

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SDSU student has 'experience of a lifetime' at 2016 Summer Olympics

SDSU student has ‘experience of a lifetime’ at 2016 Summer Olympics

August 29, 2016

College is often considered a time for growth, learning to be responsible and figuring out what people want to do for the rest of their lives. But it can...

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Student band Going Postal puts live music ahead of online following

Student band Going Postal puts live music ahead of online following

April 25, 2016

With the rising popularity of social media over the past few years, many musicians have turned to the Internet to get their name out there. However,...

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Student rock band plays opening set at SXSW

Student rock band plays opening set at SXSW

April 20, 2016

When forming a band at San Diego State, most students hope to perform and receive recognition within the community. Public administration senior Michael...

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Psychology student's life story inspires others toward recovery

Psychology student’s life story inspires others toward recovery

April 13, 2016

Fifty-seven-year-old psychology junior Virginia Hoffman’s life experiences have led her to San Diego State, where she is now using her past to fuel her...

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SDSU resident advisors lead freshmen by example

SDSU resident advisors lead freshmen by example

April 6, 2016

Everyone comes into contact with resident advisors at San Diego State, but many students are unaware of what the job actually entails and how fulfilling...

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The Open Mic Champs impressed at Battle of the Bands despite its last-minute assembly.

Open mic regulars take home a win at Battle of the Bands

March 23, 2016

Student band The Open Mic Champs formed in order to compete in Aztec Rock: Battle of the Bands, but its victory proved their true potential as a group....

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Marketing junior gains a following with her Spanish-language music

Marketing junior gains a following with her Spanish-language music

March 14, 2016

Singer-songwriter and marketing junior Giuliana Flores has received praise for her performances in Mexico and is now making a name for herself at San Diego...

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Student band O.W.L. mixes differences to its strength

Student band O.W.L. mixes differences to its strength

March 7, 2016

While a lot of bands may feel hesitant to include members of various musical backgrounds, student band O.W.L. uses its differences as a strength and thrives...

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Music freshman catches major label buzz through Soundcloud

Music freshman catches major label buzz through Soundcloud

March 2, 2016

Music freshman Justin Adu-Acquah’s interest in music was sparked as a toddler, pretending to play the keys of an unplugged keyboard. Those days are...

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SDSU history of prime-time television course bridges generations of media

SDSU history of prime-time television course bridges generations of media

February 29, 2016

Professor Stuart Voytilla had his eye on teaching the history of prime-time television for some time. Now he’s making the class his own. History of...

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