‘Neighborhoods’ reveals Blink-182’s mature side

By Cristina Galvan After eight years Blink-182’s much anticipated comback album, “Neighborhoods,” misses the marks. In 2009 the band reunited after a four year breakup. This is their sixth album and their first album since reuniting, so fans were eager to listen to their new music. Unlike their previous albums that had a humorous tone and comedy filled lyrics, this album is more mellow and leans more toward the serious side. Over…

October 10, 2011
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Wilco returns with new album

By Maria Gonzalez After being on hiatus for two years, Wilco delivers a sonically fresh sound with their pure alternative folk-rock album, “The Whole Love.” The album is the first production under the Wilco record label dBpm. The opening song of the album, “Art of Almost,” plays poly-rhythms with odd textures that are accompanied with lyrics that encompass this wide spectrum of sounds. The first song is a different sound for…

October 6, 2011
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Memoirs to a ‘Riot Girl’

By Chris Valles Former Elan Alice Bag’s first book “Violence Girl” reveals violent experiences and real life-struggles. Subtitled East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage: A Chicana Punk Story, “Violence Girl” serves as a memoir about Alice’s experiences growing up in East L.A. and coming of age in the 1970’s Hollywood punk scene. The book also details her short-lived career as vocalist for The Bags, a pioneering punk band whose influence…

October 6, 2011
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Poor script kills ‘Killer’

By Thy Lam Regardless of its big names such as Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen, “Killer Elite” disappoints with a poorly written script. Based on a true story, “Killer Elite” is a cat and mouse game between Danny (played by Jason Statham), a former special agent of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service (SAS), and a leader of a secret military society, Spike (played by Clive Owen). While…

September 28, 2011
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‘Brown and Out’ spotlights Latino community

By Vivian Ramirez CASA 0101 was greeted with much success during its opening weekend of the Brown and Out Play Festival, representing the Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Festival was a series of short plays authored by six people. All 10 plays vary from humorous to serious and touch base with nearly every emotion in between. Brown & Out tells the stories of a wide spectrum of Latinos…

September 28, 2011
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Big dishes fill small ‘Cocina’

By Amanda Mayberry Big portions and big flavor are what separates Mama’s Cocina on Mednik Avenue from other Mexican restaurants. They give students that are on a budget more for their money. Students could easily get there by train, car, or even walking, though the latter might take a little longer. The walk is about 15 to 20 minutes. The area is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the Gold Line’s Civic…

September 28, 2011
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‘Straw Dogs’ does not disappoint

By Erik Luna If audience reaction accounts for anything, the new thriller, “Straw Dogs”, does not disappoint its suspense-crazed viewers. The movie utilizes many effective techniques to progress its intriguing storyline, such as foreshadowing and suspense. The suspense created by the main character’s unease is very noticeable and sets the mood for the movie. James Marsden plays the lead, David Sumner, who is married to a famous actress named Amy, played…

September 23, 2011
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‘Curves’ empowers women

  By Maria Gonzalez Twenty years in the making, Josefina Lopez’s “Real Women Have Curves” has stood the test of time, portraying women’s issues, particularly those of Latinas. A gala event was held Friday for the opening of the new CASA 0101 theater, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the play. “The Boyle Heights community was always neglected, and I always wanted to come back and do a cultural revival,”…

September 14, 2011
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‘Contagion’ spreads dull plot

By Erik Luna The new action-thriller, “Contagion,” delivers a poor storyline in the midst of a pending biological attack and leaves its audience in a state of confusion. Despite having a star-studded cast the movie fails in many different ways to maintain the audience’s attention. Having so many characters in the movie made it difficult to focus on a main topic throughout the movie. The topic of the movie was…

September 14, 2011
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‘Gold Rush’ reflects Moratorium

By Lourdes Espinoza An artistic look back at a day in history of Chicanos during the Vietnam War is captured through an exhibit titled “After The Gold Rush: Reflections and Postscripts on the National Chicano Moratorium of August 29th, 1970.” An opening reception will be held this Saturday, the 17, at the Small Gallery inside the Vincent Price Art Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. After The Gold Rush focuses…

September 14, 2011
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