Arts & Life

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‘Appeal’ to not much

With the release of their 5th studio album, “Appeal To Reason,” Rise Against has reiterated that they still hate the way our country runs itself and that they still really enjoy making loud, hardcore rock.    If their press release that accompanied the CD that landed in our newsroom hadn’t been[Read More…]

CJO performs ‘West Side Story’

In America today, jazz is a dying art form.  Even though it’s being taught at most universities around the country, the only way one can really know the popularity of a genre is by record sales. Considering the overall slump in CD and iTunes sales due to music pirating and[Read More…]

Conservatory presents original faculty composition

The newly named Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State University Long Beach began their musical calendar with a very strong program featuring works from Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Schmidt, Richard Strauss and a piece from our very own Michael Carney. Conducted by Johannes Müller-Stosch, the orchestra has been improving[Read More…]

The new perverts on the block

The New Kids on the Block’s new album shows that, like David Duchovny, they are old guys addicted to sex. When they were young, maybe it would be a little more acceptable to hear this kind of talk. However, in the new album “The Block,” they killed their great singing[Read More…]

From jock to queen of ballroom floor

Beach volleyball champion Misty May-Treanor is trading her bikini for some dancing shoes. From the hardwood to queen of the beach, and success in the recent Beijing Olympics, the former Long Beach State setter is taking on a new challenge: ballroom dancing. May-Treanor is one of the 13 celebrities competing[Read More…]

A toast to life and rock ‘n’ roll

Forget about playing Rock Band or Guitar Hero on a Friday night. Instead, go out and experience first hand the true meaning of rock ‘n’ roll. Smell the beer, indulge in the sound, taste the passion, get out of your house. Feel the beat of the show make way from[Read More…]

Something old, something new

For better or worse, there is a sense of change in Weezer’s 2008 third self-titled album, “Weezer.” It’s still produced by Rick Rubin and features the same members from the previous album.      Front-man and guitarist Rivers Cuomo shockingly relents and allows rhythm guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Scott Shriner and[Read More…]

Spectacular hard rock from the loony enemy

The Enemy UK is another awesome disco punk band from England, and they might be one of the most promising bands to date. In their album “We’ll Live and Die In These Towns,” The Enemy UK has the political edge of the punk band Bloc Party, but with string ensembles,[Read More…]

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