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Ryo Miyauchi, Asst. Arts & Lifestyle Editor

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Meet the class of 2016: Clarice Mendoza

Meet the class of 2016: Clarice Mendoza

May 13, 2016

Biology senior Clarice Mendoza first picked up singing when she was a freshman as a stress reliever from studying science as a freshman. “I’m a...

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Senior farewell: Ryo Miyauchi

Senior farewell: Ryo Miyauchi

May 4, 2016

This took a while — six years to be exact. Despite all the stress, I had such a great time here. And I listened to so much music to get me through...

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Best album of 2016 goes to the 1975

Best album of 2016 goes to the 1975

May 4, 2016

Out of the many albums released so far in 2016, no album fascinates me more than The 1975’s “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet...

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The Purple One leaves to the afterlife

The Purple One leaves to the afterlife

April 27, 2016

Prince’s death didn’t fully get to me until I tuned into The Current. On the unfateful day, the Minnesota radio station ran marathon of songs by the...

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Pop music finally catches up with Tegan and Sara

April 20, 2016

One thing I’m disappointed about is that I won’t get to write in length about Tegan and Sara’s upcoming new album, “Love You to Death,” here...

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Themed learning communities connect freshmen

Themed learning communities connect freshmen

April 6, 2016

For incoming freshmen who may find it difficult to find a place at San Diego State even while living in on-campus dorms, there’s the option to live in...

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11:  Singer Hayley Williams of Paramore performs at the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Make room for Paramore in the roster of rock music greats

April 6, 2016

My favorite band of all time is Paramore, but I’ve had the toughest time admitting it. A person shouldn’t be ashamed to declare any band his or her...

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13:  Singer Carly Rae Jepsen attends Comedy Central's night of too many stars: America comes together for autism programs at The Beacon Theatre on October 13, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Ryo’s Reviews: Carly Rae Jepson impresses in Anaheim

March 9, 2016

All I could think about when I saw Carly Rae Jepsen perform at The Grove in Anaheim was the critics who shrugged off the pop singer’s latest album, “Emotion.” The...

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7 steps of midterm rage as told by Taylor Swift

7 steps of midterm rage as told by Taylor Swift

March 8, 2016

Midterm season's approaching, which means things are about to get very real very soon. As the due date for your midterm paper creeps closer, you just...

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Some thoughts from a music-lover stuck in the CD era

Some thoughts from a music-lover stuck in the CD era

March 2, 2016

The new MacBook has me scared for my future with music. The latest laptops from Apple have no slot to insert a CD. In fact, other companies have done...

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New biology professor inspires grad students with research

New biology professor inspires grad students with research

February 25, 2016

During his time off from the lab, professor Nicholas Shikuma grabs the board to surf at the beach. He picked up his favorite sport at a young age in Hawaii,...

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Ryo Reviews: Rihanna gets personal in ‘Anti’

February 10, 2016

Rihanna’s public persona has crested into an icy cool since her last release, “Unapologetic.” Though her arresting ballad “Stay” won the most...

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We can be ‘Heroes’ like David Bowie

January 20, 2016

Recently I started to ask this icebreaker to new friends: “What’s your favorite David Bowie album?” The conversation starter was supposed to be all...

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All about an Aztec: Angel Contreras

January 20, 2016

Name: Angel Contreras Major: Chicano studies Year: Junior Student organization affiliations: First-Year Leadership Initiative What inspired...

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Friendship goals as shown by Nicki Minaj and Beyonce

Friendship goals as shown by Nicki Minaj and Beyonce

October 14, 2015

Taylor Swift, congratulations on winning Video of the Year for “Bad Blood” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. I’m happy for you, but I got...

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Take Carly Rae seriously

Take Carly Rae seriously

September 30, 2015

The few times I’ve played Carly Rae Jepsen’s music in the presence of other people, they seemed to mention one thing that’s starting to irk me. “It’s...

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Alabama Shakes brings passionate blues to SDSU

Alabama Shakes brings passionate blues to SDSU

August 5, 2015

Alabama Shakes doesn’t hold back a thing to get its message across. The southern four-piece first captured national attention in 2012 with its debut...

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Ximena

Spanish singer-songwriter shows song diversity

April 27, 2015

Back in 2011, Mexican pop musician Ximena Sariñana got out of her comfort zone to try something new with her music. After the success of her all-Spanish...

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Music collective houses local talent

Music collective houses local talent

April 9, 2015

San Diego has a number of thriving music scenes defined by a solid musical identity whether it be hip-hop, do-it-yourself punk or big-room dance. But how...

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Aztec alumna stages Moxie return

Aztec alumna stages Moxie return

February 9, 2015

Things have yet to simmer down for actress Cashae Monya, also a recent graduate of the San Diego State Child and Family Development program. It’s still...

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Southern rap group Migos brings unique flow to San Diego

February 3, 2015

After years of dominating college party playlists and posing for magazine covers, Atlanta rap trio Migos hits the tour circuit. The group’s singles has...

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Wrex the Halls Preview

December 11, 2014

The annual 91X Wrex the Halls returns to Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 12. The San Diego station has brought an impressive lineup of alternative music...

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Electronic music students rock Smith Recital Hall

December 5, 2014

A modest crowd showed up on Nov. 22 at the Smith Recital Hall for the Electronic Music Marathon. The School of Music and Dance concert showcased a variety...

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Run The Jewels

November 18, 2014

Look no further than Porter’s Pub to host on-point live hip-hop performances. Last Tuesday, Nov. 11, the University of California, San Diego venue impressed...

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“Water by the Spoonful” feeds audiences another dark drama from the Experimental Theatre

November 4, 2014

San Diego State’s School of Theatre, Television and Film presented its second night of the Pulitzer-winning play “Water by the Spoonful” last Saturday,...

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College area cinema serves youth

October 23, 2014

Local cinema pumps inspiration into the community In the middle of a hip bar and coffee shop on El Cajon Boulevard sits Digital Gym Cinema. Geared with...

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Fans flock to Soda Bar for New York band

Fans flock to Soda Bar for New York band

October 16, 2014

Following the release of its well-praised album, “Lose,” indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars played its ambitious new material on Friday, Oct. 3, at...

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Weekend Picks: Parktoberfest and Lorde

Weekend Picks: Parktoberfest and Lorde

October 10, 2014

Ryo’s Picks Parktoberfest in South Park Oktoberfest is among us, and the South Park community is joining the fun. This Saturday, Oct. 11, the first...

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Canadian duo invades Cal Coast to open for Lorde

October 10, 2014

Kiwi pop rookie Lorde will take the stage this Saturday at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Theatre. Thanks to her smash single “Royal,” it’s a good bet...

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Cassette Store Day brings new music back back to old platforms

September 27, 2014

Add cassette tapes to the list of past music formats making a comeback. It’s not so surprising to find a cassette-only release of an album for an indie...

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Don’t hate on my music

September 25, 2014

This past summer, I watched local musicians play cover songs at an open mic. It was nothing special, unless you've never heard anyone sing Bob Marley’s...

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San Diego Music Thing panels good for media and musicians alike

September 19, 2014

Two-day music conference and festival San Diego Music Thing took residence at Town and Country Resort this past weekend, Sept. 12-13. At the relaxed vacation...

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Weekend picks for every budget

September 15, 2014

From films to frames and turn-up to standup, this weekend has something for you. Ryo’s Picks SDSU Fall Film Festival Check out what the talented...

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San Diego Music Thing

Weekend music convention returns to North Park

September 11, 2014

Heads up, music fans: the San Diego Music Thing returns for its seventh year this weekend on Sept. 12 and 13. Similar in concept to Austin’s South by...

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Indie album adapted to big screen

Indie album adapted to big screen

September 2, 2014

Opposite from tradition, the new musical film “God Help the Girl” started out as an album before it became a full-length feature. Writer and director...

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Five venues perfect for all-ages concerts

August 28, 2014

Being an underage music fan can be tough. Countless bands stop in San Diego, but they often play shows at venues where attendees have to be legal drinking...

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Those Darlins and Diarrhea Planet invaded Soda Bar

August 20, 2014

On Sunday, Aug. 10, Soda Bar welcomed two exciting rock bands from Nashville: Those Darlins and Diarrhea Planet. Both groups are currently touring behind...

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Che Cafe extends stay after August trial date set

August 6, 2014

Previously faced for eviction and termination of lease on July 13, the Che Cafe was recently granted an extended stay. This extension marks a positive...

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Four picks, four days, one fun weekend

August 4, 2014

Ryo’s Picks City Fest Sunday, Aug. 10., 12 p.m. Hillcrest’s annual street fair, CityFest, is returning Sunday Aug. 10 to celebrate its 30 year...

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Surf exhibit cruises to Balboa Park

Surf exhibit cruises to Balboa Park

July 21, 2014

In conjunction with the first official day of summer on June 21, the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park recently opened up the new exhibit “Surf...

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Che Cafe goes out with a hardcore bang

July 7, 2014

Supporters of the historic Che Cafe have been fighting against the venue’s closure since first notified in May by University of California, San Diego....

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Still-standing Che Cafe hosts Pity Sex

June 23, 2014

Released in a year full of stunning records, the debut album, “Feast of Love," by Pity Sex stands as an indie rock highlight from 2013. A full year has...

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Kevin Patrick

Weekend Picks: Events for the Summer

May 9, 2014

Alek’s picks Pete Tong The godfather of house makes his way back to San Diego. Pete Tong will play an intimate show this Saturday, May 10 at the...

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Danny Brown performed wild for the night

May 6, 2014

On Friday, May 2, Detroit rapper Danny Brown performed his wild, party-ready songs for a packed crowd at Porter’s Pub. Zelooperz, a rapper from Danny’s...

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Art event showcases printmaking

Art event showcases printmaking

May 5, 2014

Last week from April 28 to May 1, San Diego State University’s printmaking and lithography art students held a week-long art show in classroom 416 C....

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Weekend Picks: Dance and rapper

Weekend Picks: Dance and rapper

May 2, 2014

Ryo’s Picks SDSU University Dance Company celebrates 25 years This year, the University Dance Company at San Diego State celebrates 25 years as...

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Five best tracks from April

Five best tracks from April

May 1, 2014

April was a busy month, not just with schoolwork (at least for me) but also with a lot of new exciting music coming out. Like I said in March, the year...

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MoCA brings laborers to canvas

MoCA brings laborers to canvas

April 28, 2014

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown recently opened a couple new exhibitions for visitors to check out. The latest exhibition, “Eva Struble:...

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Weekend Picks: Life in Color and the Central Library

Weekend Picks: Life in Color and the Central Library

April 25, 2014

Ryo’s Picks ‘Intersecting Lines” Following past acclaimed art exhibitions, San Diego Public Library presents “Intersecting Lines: The Tenth...

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