Students drop mic

November 15, 2017

By Melody Ortiz Student performers expressed themselves during the “Drop the Mic” event held by the Writers Society on Thursday night in the S-2 recital hall. East Los Angeles College students, along with others from the Los Angeles area, had an opportunity to share their own poetry and music. Students read from prepared papers, off of their phones, and from memory. Some were new to sharing and some were used…

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Student talents showcased in S2

October 25, 2017

By Steven Adamo Some of East Los Angeles College’s finest vocalists and pianists were on display at the Fall Student Recital, presented by the Music Department on Wednesday. A cell phone ring didn’t disrupt Daniel Lopez’ piano performance of “Danza de la moza donosa” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. Lopez gestured softly as he began, which quickly stormed into a fury of uneasiness as odd-sounding chords were sprinkled throughout each…

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P!nk defies genre labels with new album

October 18, 2017

By Anastasia Landeros After years of lifting the spirits of her listeners with strong messages of empowerment, P!nk reflects on life, love and motherhood on her seventh studio album “Beautiful Trauma.” The album showcases her beautiful vocals, wonderfully expressive songwriting skills and a knack for matching hopeful rhythms with sobering lyrics. “Barbies” opens reminiscent of a classic folk song, with smooth vocals lamenting over not being a kid anymore to…

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‘Gemini’ lingers in nostalgia

By Anastasia Landeros A reflective Macklemore attempts to find his new groove without Ryan Lewis on “Gemini,” his first solo album in 12 years. But Macklemore isn’t entirely alone. All but one song features a cameo from another recording artist. The reflective “Ten Million” is the only true solo track on the album and offers listeners a dreamy, slightly electronic look into the rappers struggles as an artist, a constant…

September 28, 2017
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Harry Styles Album Debut Review

By Rebekah de la Pena Since the worldwide debut of boy-band One Direction, Harry Styles has been at the front and center of it all, stealing millions of girls’ hearts. Debuting his self-titled solo project, “Harry Styles”, listeners hear a very different side of this very talented 23-year-old. “Meet Me in the Hallway” starts the album off with slow and simple guitar chords. The album continues with soft sounds and singing,…

May 16, 2017
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The Killers release holiday album for charity

November 23, 2016

By Lesley Pastor Alternative rock band, The Killers, released a new holiday album this past Friday where all proceeds will benefit Bono’s (RED) charity. The holiday album is titled Don’t Waste Your Wishes and features special guests such as Elton John, Jimmy Kimmel, and Ned Humphrey Hansen. The album opens up with their first track titled “A Great Big Sled” featuring Toni Halliday, lead singer of the rock band the…

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PeruJazz receives standing ovation, plays encore

October 12, 2016

By Brooke Gemina  PeruJazz received a standing ovation and demands for an encore after its performance Friday night in the S2 Recital Hall. The band dove right into performing after Robert Dawson, who is the Music Department Chair, introduced them. “I had to write a letter to Lima, (Peru),” Dawson said. PeruJazz is an underwritten band, meaning that the Peruvian government subsidizes their income. Dawson wrote a letter to Lima outlining…

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Pink Floyd takes listeners on last trip with ‘The Endless River’

By Russell J. Zazueta After 20 years on hiatus, psychedelic rock innovators Pink Floyd released their final LP, “The Endless River,” last week, demonstrating their music wizardry to the world once again. In 1993, during the writing sessions of the “Division Bell,” written with then-alive founding keyboardist Rick Wright, Pink Floyd cut 20 hours of tapes for a disc of ambient music to be included with the album. It was…

November 19, 2014
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First Friday Jazz delights with rhythms

By Sergio Berrueta The Billy Childs Quartet lit up the chilly November air with an innovative jazz sound at the First Friday Jazz Concert on Nov. 7 at the S2 Recital Hall. Childs stepped out to the stage with his band introducing them individually before going into the first tune of the night, “Mount Olympus,” a song originally written by Childs. The entire concert was filled with original works rather…

November 19, 2014
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New sound shows growth of Taylor Swift

By Ayana Arroyo Hanging up her hat and cowboy boots Taylor Swift decided to steer away from country music with her newest album “1989.” Swift tried something new and it does not disappoint. With most of her songs, being up beat and playful, Swift doesn’t seem at all a newcomer to pop music. “1989” has a total of 13 songs, on the standard version and 19 on the deluxe version…

October 29, 2014
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