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Music Review: Casablancas disappoints with ‘Tyranny’

Karla Rendon Editorial Director Eager fans of Julian Casablancas will be ecstatic to hear his latest side project’s new album, “Tyranny” is simply pleasant – if you’re into inaudible lyrics and an exaggerated use of distortion. Casablancas has strayed from his garage-rock roots he grounded with the Strokes in favor of an experimental, art-rock effort. Upbeat guitar riffs have been traded... 

Cellîola music blossoms into harmony

Cellîola music blossoms into harmony
Guitarist Peter Yates and vocalist Alexandra Grabarchuk perform with Pomona College faculty members Cynthia Fogg, viola, and Tom Flaherty, cello, in the faculty recital “Cellîola and Friends” at Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College on Saturday. Fogg and Flaherty concluded the concert by performing pieces like “Metamorphosis” and “Now I See” with Yates and Grabarchuck. / photo by Mariela... 

Charged Particles electrifies locals

Charged Particles electrifies locals
The electric jazz band Charged Particles played at the Claremont Village Plaza’s Public Square Sept. 12 for a free concert part of the Friday Nights Live series. San Francisco natives, Murray Low played keyboards, Aaron Germain played acoustic and electric basses, while Jon Krosnick was on drums. The trio blended jazz sounds with elements of Latin, classical and funk. / photo by Michael Saakyan Alyssa... 

Music Review: Jhene Aiko’s ‘Souled Out’ thrives under ‘Pressure’

Des Delgadillo Online Editor A veritable saga of start and stop, “Souled Out,” the debut studio album for neo-soul singer Jhene Aiko was finally released this week on Def Jam. Originally slated for a 2012 release, the album went through a number of delays before finally hitting music stands digitally and otherwise Tuesday. Most notably featuring on Big Sean’s 2013 hit “Beware,” Aiko’s... 

Chris Williams and company jazz up the Morgan

Chris Williams and company jazz up the Morgan
Paying tribute to Ray Charles, jazz vocalist Chris Williams and friends perform “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” to close the first Sundays at the Morgan event Sept. 7. Williams, who grew up in the Pentecostal faith, had a childhood similar to that of Ray Charles. Williams said he connected with Charles, who “…was kind of a rebel for writing this song because he was not allowed to say Hallelujah... 

Answer throws back to classic rock

Answer throws back to classic rock
Van Mosley, lead singer and bass guitar player in classic rock band “The Answer,” closes the Claremont Summer Concert series on Labor Day in Memorial Park with “YMCA,” made popular by the Village People in 1978. Claremont had cut its budget for the summer concerts, but the Kiwanis Club stepped up with fundraisers to sponsor the event. / photo by Amanda Duvall Erum Jaffrey Assistant Arts Editor Families,... 

La Verne’s Finest offers diversity

La Verne's Finest offers diversity
Sophomore music major and soprano Brianna Nemback performs “Vissi D’arte” by Tosca in Morgan Auditorium Sunday for the La Verne’s Finest concert with pianist and adjunct professor of piano Jennifer Cruz. It was the last Sundays at the Morgan performance for the semester. The show ranged in variety from contemporary classical, jazz, barbershop quartet and classical. / photo by Austen Beck Hayley... 

Chamber orchestra debuts talent

Chamber orchestra debuts talent
Sophomore music major Caelin Eager plays with violinist Danielle Rosaria Cummins at the La Verne Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert Saturday in Morgan Auditorium. The duo played two pieces, “Sonatina” by Schubert and “Arioso” by Bach. The concert was the finale of the orchestra’s studies this semester. / photo by Austen Beck Cody Luk Assistant Arts Editor Musicians of different ages and different... 

Student drum concert is a cultural hit

Autumn Simon Staff Writer Morgan Auditorium was filled with celebration and appreciation for West Africa during the West African Drumming classes’ performance on Wednesday. “I thought we did really well,” said music department manager Steven Biondo, who teaches the class. “We met once a week every Wednesday, which is about 12 or 13 times to rehearse for this recital, so I thought in that amount... 

Recital features variety

Hannah Burton Staff Writer Students, faculty and family members gathered in Morgan Auditorium last Friday for a student piano and voice recital. Music department associate Carol Stephenson welcomed the audience as she presented the Department of Music’s hard work. Sixteen students performed in the recital, exhibiting varying ability and individuality. Brianna Nemback opened the show as she played... 
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