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Sacramento music festival

Sacramento music festival
Courtesy of McClatchy Tribune May 10, 2014

For 41 years, the streets of Old Sacramento and nearby downtown venues have played host to one of the area’s largest celebrations of music and its storied culture with a 4-day party that spans the entire...

Johnny Depp emulates creature in “Transcendence”

Johnny Depp emulates creature in
Elizabeth DeCicco April 22, 2014

Other than portraying a relentless, hilarious pirate, an eccentric barber with shears for hands, or the wonderful Mad Hatter, when will Johnny Depp play the role of a cyber-intelligent god?In the new motion...

Hip-hop artist Mila J steps out of shadow

Hip-hop artist Mila J steps out of shadow
McClatchy Tribune April 8, 2014

In most cases, it is the younger sibling who has to worry about breaking from their older sibling’s shadow of achievements.In Los Angeles native, singer, songwriter, rapper and dancer Jamila’s case’s,...

Inspiring imagination to escape everyday struggles

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) runs to a promising future. (Courtesy Wilson Webb/MCT)
McClatchy Tribune February 26, 2014

With a movie title like “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” it’s not easy to guess what to expect, but it turned out pleasantly surprising, and even inspirational.Walter Mitty, played by Ben Stiller,...

Terry McMillian shares stories and inspiration

Terry McMillian shares stories and inspiration
McClatchy Tribune February 9, 2014

“Happy Black History Month, even though I’m black all year long.”And with that, noted author Terry McMillan set the tone for a night full of laughter, wisdom, and insight.On February 6th, the New...

MOVIE REVIEW: Emotions run wild in bold truth of ‘12 Years a Slave’

Chiwetel Ejiofor as
State Hornet Staff November 13, 2013

Director Steven McQueen’s film “12 Years a Slave” illustrates a rarely told truth about slavery in the United States.Unlike the recently released movie “Django Unchained,” there is not really...

ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Glasper blends jazz with blues, soul, R&B and hip-hop

Jazz pianist-bandleader Robert Glasper personifies what excites young people about jazz. (Courtesy Jessica Chornesky via PopMatters.com/MCT)
State Hornet Staff November 13, 2013

The sound of old jazz successfully blended with pop, blues, soul, R&B and hip-hop is a rare thing to hear among current artists in the music industry.But pianist and producer Robert Glasper – often called...

Staff Picks: Start November off with good tunes

Staff Picks: Start November off with good tunes
Reporting by Anisca Miles November 6, 2013

Song: “Landscapes”Artist: Johnny PolygonAlbum: “The Nothing”Briana says: John Armour, known as Johnny Polygon on stage, is an independent artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s worked with artists...

South American trio add a cool factor in this review

South American trio add a cool factor in this review
McClatchy Tribune October 1, 2013

Listening to MATANZA elicits a desire to move to some incredibly sweaty place, eat only from farmer’s markets and adopt a shoulder monkey named Tom Bomberdash to feed banana slices to with your newfound...

Today’s young popstars have no talent

Miley Cyrus at a concert::McClatchy Tribune
KIMBERLY P. MITCHELL November 10, 2010

Cole Mayer What hath the normally good music world wrought? Young stars with little to no talent, such as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Taylor Momsen. These stars are near-ubiquitous in today's society,...

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