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Girl power punk band: no ‘Regrettes’

Los Angeles-based punk band The Regrettes played in front of a sold-out crowd at Strummer’s on Friday, Feb. 24.   The band opened for San Diego-based band The Frights and Orange County duo The Garden. The Regrettes’ lineup consists of ...

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Just another list book

College years can be some of the best years in a person’s life. Next to getting an education, the best thing about college is the memories made that can last long after walking across the stage at graduation. “The College ...

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‘Fist Fight’ misses the punch

After watching the trailer for “Fist Fight,” I instantly brushed off the film as just another raunchy comedy focusing on teachers at a high school with a bad reputation. While I was mostly correct, I was also pleasantly surprised. “Fist ...

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Ruth Griffin is ‘opening their eyes to all the arts’

Professor Ruth Griffin is teaching dance and the power of ideas this semester at Fresno State. Griffin was raised in Ohio and majored in music on an opera scholarship during her college years. As a music major, she became interested ...

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Sexual assault and her ‘fight back’

I knew “We Believe You” was a difficult book to get through since it’s dedicated to stories of sexual assault on college campuses far and wide.Though the content was heavy, I can say it is one of the most rewarding ...

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Rock meets sci-fi at Fulton 55

  Cinematic rock band Starset took to Fulton 55’s stage on Jan. 29 and performed a high-energy sci-fi rock demonstration. The Ohio-based band comes with its own sci-fi backstory. It exists to push “The Message” of The Starset Society, an ...

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Music Monday: The Frights

Hailing from San Diego, The Frights are a three-piece surf punk band that formed in 2012. Their style is a form of punk-rock music derived from surf culture. The current lineup consists of singer and guitarist Mikey Carnevale, bassist Richard ...

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This book is killer

In his latest release, “California’s Deadliest Women,” author David Kulczyk presents a collection of 28 strange and shocking murder cases in California. From well-known murder cases that even I had heard of, to more obscure ones that I couldn’t believe ...

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My Christmas Playlist

Every year for the past seven years or so, I have created a Christmas playlist because for me, one of the better parts about the season is the music. This year my playlist is all over the place in terms ...

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‘Valley Fever’ is not that hot

I had high hopes for Katherine Taylor’s “Valley Fever.” I really did. While there were moments I was completely engrossed in what I was reading, a lot of the time everything ended up falling flat. Ingrid Palamede is our narrator, ...

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Music Monday: Ryan Beatty

At just 21 years old, Los Angeles-based pop artist Ryan Beatty continues to showcase his growth as an individual and a musician with every step he takes in his career. Hailing from Clovis, Beatty started his career in 2009 when ...

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Music Monday: The Summer Set is still going strong

The Summer Set, a pop-rock band from Phoenix, Az., has been recording for almost a decade and with every release continues to prove why it has lasted so long. Formed in 2007, The Summer Set is made up of singer ...

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‘Furthermore’ is a captivating adventure

“Furthermore,” by New York Times best-selling author Tahereh Mafi, is a fairy-tale-like story that captures the reader from start to finish. Alice Alexis Queensmeadow was born without pigmentation—her skin is white, her hair is white, her eyes are a barely-there ...

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Music Monday: Hippo Campus locks into memories

Indie rock band Hippo Campus is one of music’s best-kept secrets, and it’s time to finally share that secret with the world. Hippo Campus formed in 2013 and consists of guitarist and vocalist Jake Luppen, guitarist Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach ...

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‘Carry On’ is original, relatable, magical

“Carry On” by New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell is a coming-of-age tale at its core that explores the topics you’d find most confusing as a teenager: school, love, loss, destiny and, of course, magic. Simon Snow, also known ...

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Music Monday: Beach Weather

Alternative-pop band Beach Weather came onto the music scene late last year with its debut EP, “What A Drag” and has been making waves ever since. EP stands for extended play, which is a sample of music that features a ...

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“The Graces” : An all too familiar story

With an exciting synopsis that seemed to promise magic and a mysterious and powerful family of witches, “The Graces” by Laure Eve ultimately fails in its attempts to capture and engage the reader, but succeeds in irritating the reader with ...

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Tales of the whimsical, the empowering, ‘the Peculiar’

Ransom Riggs, author of the New York Times best-selling “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” trilogy, gives us an inside look into peculiar history in “Tales of the Peculiar,” a collection of short stories gathered and annotated by peculiar scholar ...

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