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Theater Review: ‘American Idiot’ fights ordinary beat

Alex Forbess Staff Writer When news spread that Green Day allowed musical drones from New York to create a Broadway musical based on their best-selling album “American Idiot,” I felt my heart sink. I never felt more betrayed to know my idols – wise men who raised me with the sacred gospel of punk – sold out in such a fashion that I considered sacrilegious. Before throwing them out of my life,... 

Band bursts from Icelandic forest

Amanda Nieto Arts Editor On Tuesday night at the Troubadour two members of the band Of Monsters and Men walked through the crowd and into their backstage dressing room without a single member of the sold out show noticing. Unlike the way the two bandmates went by unnoticed, their hit single “Little Talks” has become so well known that many claimed love for the band after one listen. Beverly Duncan... 

Bonita bands swing big for fundraiser

Bonita bands swing big for fundraiser
Cassidy Furnari, Bonita High School senior, sang “How High the Moon” along with the Bonita High School Jazz Ensemble for “Swingin’ with the Big Bands” dinner and concert fundraiser March 2 at the Fox Theater in Pomona. Furnari plans to be a Marine Biology major when she gets to college, and hopes to continue singing throughout her student career. / photo by Debora Escobar Ingrid Rodriguez ... 

Concert is a mix of jazz and politics

Concert is a mix of jazz and politics
Israeli-born Gilad Atzmon, a political activist known for his views on Israel and Palestine, played a jazz concert on Tuesday in Morgan Auditorium. The concert was originally planned for Atzmon to play solo, but he invited adjunct professor of music Gayle Serdan to join him. / photo by Katherine Carega Veronica Orozco Staff Writer Jazz musician and writer Gilad Atzmon played an energetic and exciting... 

Music builds a bridge from Africa to Appalachia

Music builds a bridge from Africa to Appalachia
Joti Rockwell tunes his mandolin before Trans-Atlantic Steel: Appalachian Strings and Zimbabwean Keys, a faculty recital in Pomona College’s Lyman Hall on Saturday. Rockwell performed an unusual combination of African and Appalachian music with Tony Perman, who played several Zimbabwean instruments including the Mbira, a keyed instrument used mainly in rituals honoring ancestral heritage. / photo... 

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... 
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