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DJ/promoter/music artist Alex Hernandez, 30, has his equipment setup in the kitchen of his studio apartment downtown Sacramento. He records and plays keyboard digitally with software that allows him to plug-in sounds of other instruments. Here, Hernandez is playing with a synthesizer plug-in Saturday, April 10, 2021.  (Robert J Hansen)

Sacramento’s music and live entertainment scene prepares for post-pandemic comeback

Robert J. Hansen April 17, 2021
Sacramento’s nightlife and music entertainment scene was thriving in the months leading up to the COVID-19 shut down last year according to local DJ Alex Hernandez.
OPINION: Spongebob’s top 5 most underrated songs

OPINION: Spongebob’s top 5 most underrated songs

Shelby Tolly April 1, 2021
Opinion writer Shelby Tolly argues that SpongeBob is the best singer of our generation and shares what she thinks are his top five songs — it’s hard to prove her wrong.
A collection of albums featured in a playlist for a spring break road trip Khalil Bourgoub put together, showing, clockwise from top left, “Malibu” by Anderson .Paak, “Ultra Ego” by Feed Me Jack, “In Rainbows” by Radiohead and “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk.

10 perfect songs for a spring break road trip

Khalil Bourgoub March 24, 2021
Put the first half of the semester behind you with this spring break playlist from music beat writer Khalil Bourgoub.
A photo of a golden Grammy Statuette, given to recipients of awards from the Recording Academy. (Photo by Thomas Hawk/CC BY-NC 2.0.)

REVIEW: Some of the best songs nominated at the 2021 Grammys

The State Hornet’s A&E and Opinion sections teamed up to bring you a playlist of our favorite songs from the 2021 Grammys Awards Show.
A mashup of albums that highlight the different themes of the playlist that were significant to Khalil Bourgoub. The albums from left to right are “Dragonball Durag Remix” by Thundercat, “Technicolor” by Covet, “Writer’s Block” by Peter Bjorn and John and “UNLOCKED” by Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats.

8 songs that have kept me company during quarantine

Khalil Bourgoub March 11, 2021
Quarantine playlist: songs that have kept music beat writer, Khalil Bourgoub, going through the pandemic.
Khalil Bourgoub’s collection of music queued up to celebrate influential Black artists includes a diverse representation of the most impactful genres of music they have played key roles in advancing. Album covers are Love, Ella by Ella Fitzgerald, Around The World In A Day by Prince and The Revolution, The Score by Fugees and Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest. Graphic by Khalil Bourgoub

BHM Playlist: A history lesson on Black music’s impact

Khalil Bourgoub February 28, 2021
A playlist of influential Black artists curated by our music beat writer Khalil Bourgoub.


Sara Nevis December 21, 2020
The State Hornet’s third edition of Stinger Sounds Sessions features the local band BAOBAB, consisting of Isaiah Guerrero, Kenan Jackson, Greo, Okumoja Best-Wilson, Zehrin Sims, Myles Taylor and Joey Archie:
Xzavion Stevenson,22, admiring the Sacramento County and City limit sign. Stevenson recently finished third in the most recent

Sac State student looking to make a difference in Sacramento hip-hop

Dylan McNeill December 18, 2020
Local rapper Xzavion Stevenson talks about how his connection with Sacramento State and his love for the city of Sacramento inspired his music.
Kevin “Konkrete” Davis Jr. from one of his TikTok videos. Davis is taking a shot as a wild card contestant in Red Bull’s TikTok dance competition Dance Your Style Challenge. Photo illustration by Khalil Bourgoub.

Q&A: Local Krump dancer to participate in TikTok dance competition

Khalil Bourgoub December 9, 2020
Q&A with Konkrete, Sacramento native Krump dancer and musician about the Red Bull Dance Your Style Challenge 2020

Sac State choir continues to sing through the pandemic

December 8, 2020

Due to the pandemic, the Sacramento State choir is restricted from rehearsing inside. Sac State choir director Andrew Kreckmann has adjusted by having his students rehearse outside, stand six feet apart...

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