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Korean boy band BTS brings K-pop to American music scene

Korean boy band BTS brings K-pop to American music scene

Gabriela Mascoll

December 4, 2017


Filed under Culture, Featured, Music

Korean pop music made another appearance on the American stage when BTS became the first Korean artists to ever perform at the American Music Awards (AMAs).    This isn’t the first time that Korean pop music, or K-pop, has made its mark in the U.S. In 2012, PSY’s “Gangnam Style” music v...

REVIEW: Sam Smith’s new album describes every relationship you’ve ever been in

REVIEW: Sam Smith’s new album describes every relationship you’ve ever been in

Sharlene Phou

November 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Featured, Music

Sam Smith's sophomore album, “The Thrill of It All,” offers a collection of 10 songs that takes listeners on a “thrill” ride through the different stages of love and life. While his last album, “In the Lonely Hour,” grapples with the loneliness that comes with unrequited love, “The Thrill ...

REVIEW: Standalone soundtrack of ‘Insecure’ fails to capture the show’s emotion

REVIEW: Standalone soundtrack of ‘Insecure’ fails to capture the show’s emotion

Khanlin Rodgers

September 12, 2017


Filed under Culture, Featured, Music, Opinion

SPOILER ALERT: Review contains spoilers for Season 1 and the first half of Season 2. Season 2 of the HBO Original Series “Insecure” opens with the main character, Issa Dee, reeling from the events of of the Season 1 finale and, in the process of trying to take matters into her own hands, only...

Sol Peligro to play final scheduled show of the year at Nooner

Sol Peligro to play final scheduled show of the year at Nooner

Sharlene Phou

August 28, 2017


Filed under Culture, Featured, Music

Latin reggae band Sol Peligro will make its last stop of the year at Sacramento State, where it will bring infectious melodies and Latin grooves to the Nooner stage. The 9-piece ensemble consists of founder and lead vocalist Sam Miranda, keyboardist Will Scharff, guitarist Todd Perez, bassist Cesar...

Sounds of Studying: A State Hornet finals playlist

Sounds of Studying: A State Hornet finals playlist

Kameron Schmid

May 16, 2017


Filed under Culture, Featured, Music

Lanea Florence:  Mrs. Dalloway: II. Mrs Dalloway: In The Garden by Max Richter “Really, anything by Max Richter is my go to music for studying. There are no lyrics so I don’t get distracted and his music is a mix between classical music and white noise which is calming and provides good backgroun...

Sac State, UC Davis students find musical alliance through Craigslist ad

Sac State, UC Davis students find musical alliance through Craigslist ad

Khanlin Rodgers

March 16, 2017


Filed under Culture, Featured, Music

Thanks to Craigslist and a few months of work, Anxious Arms has found its sound through a collaborative process and released its first demo, “A Walk in the Dark.” The band, comprised of Sacramento State student Kyle Bolla, UC Davis student Trent Tanzi and Nolan Kawanami, came together through...

Meet the self-described ‘good kids’ behind Hobo Johnson

Meet the self-described ‘good kids’ behind Hobo Johnson

Claire Morgan

March 2, 2017


Filed under Culture, Featured, Music

After hours of practicing in a patchy, muddy backyard on the edge of Oak Park, clad in a flannel and a backward baseball cap, rapper Hobo Johnson may have gotten the big break he was looking for. Hobo Johnson, whose real name is Frank Lopes Jr., and his bandmate Derek Lynch — the core of Lopes’s...

Here’s how to do this Valentine’s Day right

Here’s how to do this Valentine’s Day right

Sharlene Phou

February 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

We've put together some gift and date ideas that are sure to impress your significant other. Also, check out our Valentine's Day Spotify playlist to get you in the mood this Feb. 14. ...

Reggae band Roots Man Project brings humanitarianism to own tunes

Reggae band Roots Man Project brings humanitarianism to own tunes

Rin Carbin

January 26, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Vacaville-based band Roots Man Project, while only in the local music scene for two years, prides itself on being unique by preaching to and educating audiences with messages of unity and human struggles. This all-male, reggae quintet will make its Sacramento State debut on Feb. 1 in the Universi...

Jazz reigns supreme at Battle of the Bands 2016

Jazz reigns supreme at Battle of the Bands 2016

Eva Hoch

December 5, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Local jazz quartet ACTUALITY took home first prize at this year’s Battle of the Bands competition Thursday night at the University Union Ballroom. Sacramento’s indie-alternative group Atlas Park won second place while Stockton-based Malaska won third. “It feels really good (to win),” said ACTUAL...

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