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CJO performs ‘West Side Story’

Ricky Cruces, Staff Writer

October 15, 2008

Filed under Music

In America today, jazz is a dying art form.  Even though it's being taught at most universities around the country, the only way one can really know the popularity of a genre is by record sales. Considering the overall slump in CD and iTunes sales due to music pirating and the assortment of the Miley Cyrus's and Jonas Brothers out there clogging up the radio, little room is left for jazz. When one also takes into account th...

Conservatory presents original faculty composition

Conservatory presents original faculty composition

September 30, 2008

The newly named Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State University Long Beach began their musical calendar with a very strong program featuring works from Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Schmidt, Richard St...

A toast to life and rock ‘n’ roll

A toast to life and rock ‘n’ roll

September 21, 2008

Forget about playing Rock Band or Guitar Hero on a Friday night. Instead, go out and experience first hand the true meaning of rock 'n' roll.Smell the beer, indulge in the sound, taste the passion, get out o...

Something old, something new

Daniel Macri and Daniel Macri

September 7, 2008

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For better or worse, there is a sense of change in Weezer's 2008 third self-titled album, "Weezer." It's still produced by Rick Rubin and features the same members from the previous album.      Front-man and guitarist Rivers Cuomo shockingly relents and allows rhythm guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Scott Shriner and drummer Patrick Wilson to each write and sing a song. This is a first on a Weezer album an...

Spectacular hard rock from the loony enemy

Jonathan Oyama

September 1, 2008

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The Enemy UK is another awesome disco punk band from England, and they might be one of the most promising bands to date. In their album "We'll Live and Die In These Towns," The Enemy UK has the political edge of the punk band Bloc Party, but with string ensembles, choirs, horns and dreamy keyboards that take their punk songs to another level. Musically, they are one of the most exciting bands in the punk rock scene.Their fi...

Lukewarm feelings abound for The Fratellis’ sophomore album

Lukewarm feelings abound for The Fratellis’ sophomore album

Jonathan Oyama

August 27, 2008

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The Fratellis' sophomore album "Here We Stand" is decent, but they aren't nearly as fun and funky this time around.            That's not to say ...

VH1 thinks you ought to know and so do I

Ericka Franklin

June 18, 2008

Filed under Music

New to some U.S. listeners, London artist Adele brings a hypnotizing soul, pop and acoustic CD, called "19", to our ears. Released with Sony BMG,"19" is getting attention by all the right people. You might have heard her single Hometown Glory on Grey's Anatomy or have seen her on VH1's "You Oughta Know". During my first listen to "19", I felt like I was listening to one continuous song that had minor variat...

Cult of Todd Sue finally releases much anticipated album

Dylana Foy

September 7, 2006

Filed under Arts & Life, Music

Rock and country, punk and folk. These are some of the contrasting musical styles that come to mind while listening to "Kelsey Grammer Loves Us," the first full-length album from the San Francisco-based Cult of Sue Todd. Many bands can easily be pigeonholed into a pre-destined genre, but not Cult of Sue Todd. CST boasts an eclectic style that at first seems odd, but strangely makes you want to keep listening. Part of the band...