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Music Review: Weatherbox stands out at The Wire

Michael Escañuelas Arts Editor A majority of Upland missed out on one of the best shows at The Wire venue in the downtown area on Thursday, Feb 4. Experimental rockers Weatherbox proved how satisfying it is to see a band with this much talent and individuality. Weatherbox, who hails from San Diego, stems from the mind of Brian Warren. With a reputation of flaky band rotation, Warren recruited three... 

Choir spreads the Christmas spirit

Dan Sayles Sports Editor On a chilly Saturday evening at the Church of the Brethren in La Verne, the University of La Verne’s music department hosted a Christmas concert with choir and instruments in an Antonio Vivaldi performance. “It was a great, heartwarming performance,” said Jonathan Reed, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who attended the performance. The concert was held inside... 

West African Drum Ensemble brings full house

Traditional rhythms are explored in the drumming group’s performance. Marla Bahloul Arts Editor Crowds gathered in the Dailey Theatre to witness Steve Biondo’s musical masterpiece, the West African Drum Ensemble as they entertained students Wednesday. The music department brought together both drumming classes to make this event possible and explored the traditional rhythms of what was once... 

Music Review: Jules’ long awaited act is an indie hit

Marla Bahloul Arts Editor Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas, has created a revolutionary album, straying from the norm of indie stardom created by the New York band, and stepping onto a synthpop, alternative platform. Yes, “Phrazes For The Young” differs greatly from the successes of The Strokes’ past albums, but Casablancas has done it yet again. It has been long awaited as other members... 

Music Review: ‘Concepts’ debut hits post-punk gold

Samantha Sincock Arts Editor/Editorial Director Toronto-based band Little Girls hits post-punk gold with their first full-length album, “Concepts,” after three earlier EPs. The recording genius of one man, Josh McIntyre has created a realm of lo-fi-tinged pop that takes listeners back to the days of post-punk and goth. Beginning as a side project, the band has taken off to become more widespread... 

The Reed Gratz Band plays in the Campus Center

The Reed Gratz Band plays in the Campus Center
The Reed Gratz Band performed an intimate concert Friday night in the ballroom of the Campus Center. Gratz played the piano, accompanied by Andrew Ford on bass, Mike Bennett on the drums and Steve Biondo on percussion. Gratz is professor of music; Ford graduated from La Verne in 1982; Bennett graduated in 2004. Biondo is the music department coordinator and founder and director of the West African... 

Rap sensation Diz Gibran headlines ULV concert

Rap sensation Diz Gibran headlines ULV concert
Freshmen Brittany McDonald, Princess Russell and Alexa Palacios rush the stage with Los Angeles rapper Diz Gibran in Founders Auditorium on Nov. 12. Gibran recently released his new album, “Soon You’ll Understand,” produced by Crooks and Castles. Gibran’s songs have been played on BET and Power 106. / photo by Cindy Harder  Read More →

Hellogoodbye greets Upland arts festival

Hellogoodbye greets Upland arts festival
Hellogoodbye was one of several bands to take the stage at the Upland Music and Arts Festival on Friday. Frontman Forrest Kline introduced new songs from the band’s latest EP, “When We First Met.” The three-day festival featured a battle of the bands and other performances as well as various activities for the community to enjoy. Hellogoodbye performed 10 songs, ending their set with their... 

Music Review: Hockey unleashes ‘Chaos’

Marla Bahloul Arts Editor Hailing all the way from the “green city,” Portland’s very own Hockey has finally composed its first full-length album. Fusing both funk and power pop, “Mind Chaos” finds itself being radio-friendly, providing listeners with a pleasurable experience. It is a danceable album, with a new-wave, soul type of feel, drawing inspiration from a number of musical styles. Its... 

Concert Review: El Rey Theater hosts the White Rabbits

Marla Bahloul Arts Editor Wilshire Boulevard was flooded with indie fanatics waiting to be let into the El Rey Theater for Los Angeles band Local Natives, and New York bands Glass Ghost and White Rabbits, who headlined the show. The KROQ van was stationed alongside the venue, hyping everyone up for the show and passing out keychains. As Glass Ghost opened the act, a crowd shuffled toward the pit of... 
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