The American River Current

Benjamin Gibbard’s ‘Former Lives’ is pleasant album that mixes genres

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

October 24, 2012

After nearly two decades of writing music it’s about time Benjamin Gibbard, frontman of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, stepped out to release a solo album. While I fully expected a solemn, fairly depressing release after his recent divorce from actress/musician Zooey Deschanel, what filled...

Attend the Tale: ‘Sweeney Todd’ ready to bring chills to ARC

The cast of

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

October 10, 2012

Nineteenth century London: Millions of the city’s poor populate the overcrowded slums in back alleys while the privileged and wealthy sleep sound in their homes. Enter the barber Sweeney Todd, arriving home 15 years after being imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit by the crooked Judge Turpin,...

Exclusive interview with Milo Aukerman of The Descendents

From left to right, Milo Aukerman, Stephen Egerton, Bill Stevenson and Karl Alvarex posing shortly after their first studio album

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

October 10, 2012

The Descendents helped shape the west coast punk scene in the 1980s. They’re hailed as pioneers in molding what is now considered pop-punk, skate punk and melodic hardcore by critics including Steven Blush, author of “American Hardcore: A Tribal History” and AllMusic’s Ned Raggett, who described...

Aftershock festival rocks Sacramento with classic hits

Jessica Maynard and Alisha Kirby

September 26, 2012

Music fans packed Discovery Park for the Aftershock Festival on Sept. 23, a concert that mixed big '90s nostalgia with sets of up-and-coming originality . It was a great experience and surreal to see so many performers -- Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and Sacramento's own Deftones -- who defined an era of...

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