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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 young girls and women alike. She is most recognized for her singing voice; however, her voice of...

Sacramento music festival

Sacramento music festival

Courtesy of McClatchy Tribune

May 11, 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 Memorial Day weekend. It was originally called the Dixieland Jazz Jubilee, but changed its name to...

Hip-hop artist Mila J steps out of shadow

Hip-hop artist Mila J steps out of shadow

McClatchy Tribune

April 9, 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, younger sister, Jhene Aiko, is the one to beat.Jhene Aiko is gaining a ton of recognition in hip...

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

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 the next generation of jazz – pulled it off in 2012 when he won a Grammy Award for best R&B al...

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 such as Nas and Kid Cudi and made a cameo appearance in Kid Cudi’s music video “The Pursuit of Happin...

South American trio add a cool factor in this review

South American trio add a cool factor in this review

McClatchy Tribune

October 2, 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 machete skills.This genius meld of street house and South American folk is the result of two Chil...

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 is more than something my mom likes. It is something that I adore. Not because my taste is partic...

Today’s young popstars have no talent

Miley Cyrus at a concert::McClatchy Tribune


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, when they really should just go away. There once was a man who performed on stage, his mullet sway...

Metallica and the economy: A winning formula

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Crystal Kirk

October 8, 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, rising oil prices and the foreclosure epidemic definitely play a part in the problem. There has ...

Justin Timberlake rocks Arco Arena

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

Abaca Press

September 28, 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 you read the tickets right - are you sure it was 7:30?" and "Is he coming?" At 9 p.m. he finally s...