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Music review: Fun.’s talents muffled by over-production

Allison Lavelle LV Life Editor Supported by driving percussion, clever lyrics and striking piano, Fun.’s “Some Nights” is a clear evolution in the band’s musical style. The indie pop band, comprised of Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost, released their sophomore effort on the record label Fueled By Ramen on Feb. 21. The album begins with the enchanting “Some Nights Intro” where the... 

Choral consortium flows together

Choral consortium flows together
The Pomona College Choir performed “Water Ruminations” in both parts during the second half of the performance Saturday in cooperation with the Millennium Consort Singers. “Water Ruminations” was written by Tom Flaherty, as part of a series of six poems written throughout the 13th century by poet Rumi. The performance was directed by Millennium Consort Singers conductor Martin Neary. / photo... 

Neverever’s new old school pops

Neverever's new old school pops
Jihae Meek dances to the old school power-pop music playing at the Aladdin Jr. 2 in Pomona. Jihae is joined by her husband, guitarist Wallace Meek, along with band members Shaun Puklavetz, Eric Fisher and Sharif Dumani. / photo by Mitchell Aleman Karo Chakhlasyan Staff Writer The Middle Eastern techno beats were just loud enough to catch the attention of attendees in the patio area, positioned away... 

Organ trio merges personal styles

Organ trio merges personal styles
Gayle Serdan performs “Svoogaloo” as part of the Gayle Serdan Organ Trio on Dec. 2 in the Morgan Auditorium with Seth Greenberg on guitar and Mike Bennett on drums. In addition to teaching at ULV, Serdan also teaches piano and music appreciation at Etiwanda High School. / photo by Warren Bessant Christina Collins Burton Managing Editor The University of La Verne community and an array of guests... 

Under Zhao’s direction East meets West

Under Zhao’s direction East meets West
Grace Xia Zhao, top-prize winner in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, performed “One Passion, Two Stories: A Concert Featuring the Classic Piano Works of Western and Chinese Composers” on Sunday. Zhao played various works, including “Estampes” by Claude Debussy. / photo by Candice Salazar Veronica Rodriguez Staff Writer Grace Xia Zhao, director of piano studies and artist in... 

Young artists battle infidelity in Italian opera

Brenna von den Benken Arts Editor Created by Plácido Domingo, L.A. Opera’s new Domingo-Thornton Young Artists program’s presentation of Mozart’s comedy “Cosi fan Tutte” showed that women are just as human as men are; even in a test of fidelity. “Cosi fan Tutti” sings the story of two young men who go undercover to test the fidelity of their ladies. With the classical accompaniment of... 

Music Review: Black Keys polish garage sound on ‘El Camino’

Amanda Nieto LV Life Editor It is time to pile into a dingy minivan and drive to the dusky groove of The Black Keys’ seductive new album, “El Camino.” The group from Akron, Ohio has done it again with their seventh album, and first one to follow 2010’s Grammy-winner, “Brothers.” After producing the hit song “Tighten Up,” Danger Mouse returns to smooth the rough edges of the ballsy duo. This... 

Art Collective serves as creative outlet

Art Collective serves as creative outlet
Junior organizational management major Sean Kelly, senior movement and sports science major DeAntwann Johnson and senior speech communications major Connor Eckert share their creativity through painting their partners’ eyes in the Art Collective. / photo by Brittney Slater-Shew Grace Casale Staff Writer The Art Collective is a new group for students who are into the arts, but might have majors in... 

Stein, Garrett reverberate philharmonic duets

Stein, Garrett reverberate philharmonic duets
Paul Stein and David Garrett performed two duets by Ludwig van Beethoven and Zoltan Kodaly, and a sonata by Maurice Ravel in the Morgan Auditorium on Tuesday. Stein, playing the violin, and Garrett, playing the cello, are members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and teach violin and cello respectively at studios around Southern California. Stein is also a former faculty member of the University of La... 

Music, poems enlighten students

Music, poems enlighten students
Antonio Cortez Appling, an English teacher at Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School in South Gate, shares a passionate poem about his grandmother at the Open Mic Night held on Nov. 10 in Dailey Theatre. / photo by Britney Slater-Shew Anthony Juarez Staff Writer The lights dimmed as a man warmed up his guitar on the stage, creating the feel of a small jazz club. The audience was starting to fill... 
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