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Queen Bey doing feminism her way or the highway

Beyonce poses backstage during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.
Allen J. Schaben September 17, 2014

Queen Bey is becoming the face of female empowerment. As a self-proclaimed feminist, her role in the media is vital to bringing feminism to mainstream America.Beyoncé Knowles has become a role model for...

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...

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,...

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...

Norah Jones shines with a little help from her friends

Norah Jones album review 1:Norah Jones, winner for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on February 13, 2005.:McClatchy Tribune
Leia Ostermann November 29, 2010

Norah Jones is someone my mom likes. Telling people your mom likes something instantly puts it into a category that you are unwilling to talk about, whether praising or insulting. Norah Jones' new album...

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,...

Metallica and the economy: A winning formula

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Crystal Kirk October 7, 2008

The country has its panties in a bunch over the possibility of a recession. It seems that everywhere you turn an expert is spouting about the reasons for the nation's financial troubles. The stock market,...

Justin Timberlake rocks Arco Arena

Justin Timberlake stopped at Arco Arena Tuesday. :Media Credit: Courtesy: Abaca Press/Focus Features/MCT
Abaca Press September 27, 2007

Scheduled start time for the Justin Timberlake concert: 7:30 p.m. Fans waited anxiously just to hear his voice. At 8:30 p.m. concert-goers became restless and weary, and started saying things like "Did...

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