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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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Let's talk about the HARD Summer 2014 line-up

Let’s talk about the HARD Summer 2014 line-up

April 24, 2014

This week, popular electronic dance music festival HARD Summer announced their official line-up for this year's event on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3. Rather than...

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Get your fix at the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap

April 22, 2014

Finding new records should be more than a simple shopping trip. For those looking to hang out as you shop for your favorite music, a visit to Vinyl Junkies...

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Ken Cinema no longer a Landmark theater

April 21, 2014

San Diego’s beloved Ken Cinema movie theater may show its last screening very soon. Longtime operator Landmark Theatres decided to terminate its lease...

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New releases from the exciting Donky Pitch

New releases from the exciting Donky Pitch

April 18, 2014

As you scour through the internet for new dance music, you are bound to stumble upon an iconic  silhouette of a donkey kicking out its hind legs. That...

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Classixx spins smooth house music on Friday night

April 18, 2014

The high-energy brand of dance music heard at popular raves may not appeal to every dance music fan. For those looking for a smooth alternative, don’t...

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Celebrate Greenfest with music from local band

Celebrate Greenfest with music from local band

April 16, 2014

San Diego State students Michael Schenk and Alberto Sandoval met at a club meeting in 2012. After bonding over similar interests for music, the two friends...

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Schoolboy Q satisfied with impressive set

Schoolboy Q satisfied with impressive set

April 14, 2014

Last Saturday, Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q performed at WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park for his Oxymoron tour. The sold-out show in San Diego...

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Soda Bar

San Diego concert venues offer endless nights

April 10, 2014

House of Blues   Manchester Orchestra - 05/06   RiFF RaFF - 05/07   YG - 05/24 This March, YG dropped his major label...

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Check out the dynamic pop duo Tirzah and Micachu

April 8, 2014

The breakthrough 2013 single “I’m Not Dancing” by Tirzah makes you double-check if something is up with your speakers. The flute play like something...

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Five Best Tracks of March

March 28, 2014

This year just got started as March rolled out some of the most unforgettable music from 2014. Here are my five favorite songs released this month that...

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St. Vincent lives up to expectations

St. Vincent lives up to expectations

March 24, 2014

On March 19, rock musician Annie Clark, who records music with the name St. Vincent, returned to San Diego to perform at the House of Blues. Joined by...

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Holly Herndon Reimagines Digital Music

Holly Herndon Reimagines Digital Music

March 21, 2014

Holly Herndon thinks “laptop music” differently. While others stay busy debating the legitimacy of digital music, Herndon openly embraces the portable...

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Weekend Picks: Annie Mac and Divergent

Weekend Picks: Annie Mac and Divergent

March 21, 2014

Alek's Picks Annie Mac and friends Coming from the South by Southwest Music and Arts Festival, Annie Mac is finally bringing a full tour stateside....

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Speedy Ortiz

Catch a wild ride with opener Speedy Ortiz

March 20, 2014

Don’t ever forget that supporting acts are worth the admission too. Such is the case for indie band Speedy Ortiz, opening for Stephen Malkmus and the...

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Wes Anderson examines loyalty with humor in new film

Wes Anderson examines loyalty with humor in new film

March 14, 2014

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a Wes Anderson film. Meaning, the director’s quirks are well present. The film is set in the Republic of Zubrowka,...

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Weekend Picks: Go out for the night, help a cause

Weekend Picks: Go out for the night, help a cause

March 13, 2014

Alek’s Picks GTA Powerhouse duo GTA sets its sights on downtown San Diego’s nightclub, Bang Bang. The show is accompanied by rising duo What So Not,...

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Lydia Loveless

Poignant country artist has nothing to hide

March 13, 2014

Country musician Lydia Loveless hides nothing on record. In her songs, Loveless shares her midnight lust and vices openly with no regrets. Her honest storytelling...

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Art exhibition shoots our reality

Art exhibition shoots our reality

March 10, 2014

No matter how extravagant the idea, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude worked endlessly to make it a reality. Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego, La...

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Best Rap Songs of 2014, So Far

March 7, 2014

So far this semester, I wrote articles about mostly rock bands with a few electronic acts here and there. I love those bands, but I want to talk more about...

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Laugh and Rock Out Loud with Tacocat

Laugh and Rock Out Loud with Tacocat

March 6, 2014

Merriment and wit is the business for Seattle band Tacocat, and the cheery name is only the beginning. The band consists of drummer Lelah Maupin, guitarist...

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Weekend Picks: Block Party and Cherry Blossoms

Weekend Picks: Block Party and Cherry Blossoms

March 6, 2014

Alek’s Picks Gaslamp Block Party Come and check out “Celebrate San Diego at the Gaslamp Block Party” taking place in the nine historical blocks...

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Casbah spoils metal fans with stunning lineup

Casbah spoils metal fans with stunning lineup

March 5, 2014

The Casbah is prepared with a stunning lineup of metal bands for an upcoming show. On Sunday, March 9, the San Diego venue welcomes Russian Circles, KEN...

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Five Best Tracks of February

February 28, 2014

Hey there. I’m Ryo Miyauchi, senior staff writer for the entertainment section. When I’m not writing here about events in San Diego, I’m checking...

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Weekend Picks: G-Eazy and Bike Film Festival

Weekend Picks: G-Eazy and Bike Film Festival

February 28, 2014

Alek’s Picks Riggi & Piros East Coast duo Anthony Riggi and James Piros, Riggi & Piros are old enough to be students here at San Diego...

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'July' highlights soulful evening

‘July’ highlights soulful evening

February 27, 2014

Before her brief break on tour, folk musician Marissa Nadler performed with her band at Soda Bar on Sunday, Feb. 23, playing songs from her new album,...

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Heart-to-heart folk songs of Angel Olsen

Heart-to-heart folk songs of Angel Olsen

February 24, 2014

Folk musician Angel Olsen connects heart-to-heart through her music in a way only a few musical artists can match. Olsen's openness in her music caught...

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Weekend Picks: Dom Kennedy and Robert Irwin

Weekend Picks: Dom Kennedy and Robert Irwin

February 20, 2014

Alek’s Picks Bassjackers Come out this Saturday night as Bassmnt presents Bassjackers for their “Awakening Saturdays” series. The Dutch DJ/producers,...

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Lost in the dreamy folk of Marissa Nadler

February 17, 2014

The 14-year career of folk musician Marissa Nadler has been an impressive one. Nadler has released one intriguing record after another throughout her now...

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Participate in the BodyCartography Project on campus

Participate in the BodyCartography Project on campus

February 15, 2014

At its core, dancing is a body reaction as a response to its surroundings. Exploring this primal root to dancing and performance is the BodyCartography...

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Weekend Picks: Museums and films

Weekend Picks: Museums and films

February 13, 2014

Ryo’s Picks: San Diego Museum Month February is Museum Month and now through the end of the month, participating San Diego museums will have half-off...

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Diverse shorts featured at Student Film Festival

Diverse shorts featured at Student Film Festival

February 9, 2014

Last Friday night, the second evening of this spring semester’s San Diego State Student Film Festival played at the Don Powell Theatre. Dozens of short...

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Weekend Picks: Young the Giant and a Record Sale

Weekend Picks: Young the Giant and a Record Sale

February 7, 2014

Alek’s Picks: DVBBS Throughout the past couple of months, a craze has been sweeping the EDM atmosphere. At the forefront is Canadian duo, DVBBS...

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Exploring the electronic music of Oneohtrix Point Never

February 4, 2014

Electronic musician Daniel Lopatin likes to play with sounds. As Oneohtrix Point Never, Lopatin creates immersive arrangements that explore the infinite...

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Behind the creative jams of a quirky band

Behind the creative jams of a quirky band

February 3, 2014

New York indie rock band Hospitality is a three piece consisting of Amber Papini, Brian Betancourt and Nathan Michel. Following its fun and playful self-titled...

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Rapper Ab-Soul brings unique style at World Beat Center

February 2, 2014

In the past few years, the Los Angeles rap label Top Dawg Entertainment has been hitting it big in the rap scene, popularly mentioned alongside the current...

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Weekend Picks: A Space Show and New Art Exhibits

Weekend Picks: A Space Show and New Art Exhibits

February 1, 2014

Every week, the Entertainment staff writers recommend local events for the weekend. Here are some choices from staff writers Alek Sanchez and Ryo Miyauchi. Alek’s...

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Dance with Delorean at The Casbah

January 25, 2014

Nowadays, dance music is often produced through computer software programs, but Spanish band Delorean brings a live, organic feel to the genre. On Feb....

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Weekend Picks: Christmas movie and an R&B show

Weekend Picks: Christmas movie and an R&B show

December 13, 2013

Ryo’s Pick “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Reading The holiday season is here. If you have not started a Christmas movie marathon, a good place is...

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Five exciting concerts during winter break

Five exciting concerts during winter break

December 12, 2013

Live music doesn’t take a break for the holidays. Here are five great acts stopping in San Diego during the rest of winter. 1. Icona Pop It’s almost...

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Line up stunned fans at Che Cafe

December 10, 2013

Last Saturday, The Che Café Collective hosted memorable performances by three great bands: Upset, Swearin’ and Waxahatchee. The small, communal atmosphere...

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Weekend Picks: Concert, art and a music show

Weekend Picks: Concert, art and a music show

December 6, 2013

91X’s Wrex the Halls Radio station 91X is putting on its annual holiday festival “Wrex the Halls.” A staple of rock ‘n’ roll performances,...

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Luce Loft provided a perfect venue for avant-garde artist

Luce Loft provided a perfect venue for avant-garde artist

December 5, 2013

Luce Loft is an event space located in downtown San Diego that hosts wedding receptions and small parties. Last Saturday night, it was an intimate music...

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Weekend Picks: Concert and a music documentary

Weekend Picks: Concert and a music documentary

December 5, 2013

Alek’s Picks Jay-Z’s “Magna Carter” world tour On Dec. 7, the one and only Jay-Z is performing in San Diego. Coming off the release of his 15th...

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Katie Crutchfield brings intimate music to Che Cafe with side project

December 2, 2013

In January of 2012, musician Katie Crutchfield released her solo project Waxahatchee after disbanding her band P.S. Eliot. At the time, Waxahatchee’s...

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Screaming Females blows away the crowd

Screaming Females blows away the crowd

December 1, 2013

  Last Saturday, New Jersey punk rock band Screaming Females performed at the Soda Bar, supported by tour mate Upset and San Diego band Sledding...

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Weekend Picks: Indie Artist and a Closing Reception

Weekend Picks: Indie Artist and a Closing Reception

November 29, 2013

Ryo’s Picks:   Julianna Barwick at Luce Loft Experimental artist Julianna Barwick is recommended for those looking for a relaxed musical evening....

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Chvrches impresses at sold out show

Chvrches impresses at sold out show

November 26, 2013

In a time when the Internet is a huge place to experience new music, it’s refreshing to watch a talented band put on a great live show. Synth-pop trio...

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Weekend Picks: Movie Fest and Open House

Weekend Picks: Movie Fest and Open House

November 23, 2013

Alek’s Picks: Campus Movie Fest Campus MovieFest will be screening plenty of original storytelling this weekend. Provided with camcorders, laptops...

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Border band celebrates 10th anniversary

Border band celebrates 10th anniversary

November 22, 2013

Radios Silent calls itself a “border band,” proudly playing the music scenes of San Diego and Tijuana. The rock band began in 2003 and it its debut...

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Digital ideas in analog photo exhibition

Digital ideas in analog photo exhibition

November 21, 2013

Digital and analog photography may seem like separate art forms. However, talented photographers have created many unique photographs by applying digital...

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