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On March 9, 2021, the  “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” release date was announced via Twitter along with its cover, created by Spanish–Croatian artist Filip Ćustić and featuring Lil Nas X as both Adam and God in a reinterpretation of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. (Photo courtesy of Filip Ćustić)

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and its critique on LGBTQ-excluding Christianity

Gwen Mahler , Staff Writer May 10, 2021

When Lil Nas X released the corresponding music video to his new single, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” social media quickly flooded with reactions, with fans praising him and onlookers demonizing...

Steven Thompson shares his passion and love for music and the ARC orchestra. Thompson says the orchestra is a welcoming group and includes people of all ages. (Screenshot via the ARC orchestra website)

Professor Steven Thompson introduces the ARC Orchestra

Julie Blunt, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

First it was the simple piano studies. Then it was picking up the trombone for the first time. Now it’s directing orchestra pieces around the world.  What else can an interest in music bring someone? For...

American River College's Melanated Music Mondays is a space to come through and get counseling information, do homework and listen to popular music by artists with melanin in their skin. (Photo via American River College)

Melanated Music Mondays gives students a place to chill and listen to music

Cynsere Kelly, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

As the famous musician, Ray Charles said, “Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.”   Music is something the average college student loves and gravitates...

American River College's Community of Voices, founded in  2017, is designed to bring students together with music and singing, giving anyone the chance to sing and receive constructive feedback from students as well as a professor. (Photo via Pixabay)

Community of Voices brings students together through music

Collin Andrews, Staff Writer March 15, 2021

Now that American River College has entered the third semester of online learning, classes and clubs alike have been forced to find creative ways to continue working and staying together. Community of...

In August 2019, students gather for the Jump in and Sing workshop ran by American River College Professor Catherine Fagiolo. In spring 2021, Jump in and Sing continues virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo Courtesy of Catherine Fagiolo)

“Jump In and Sing” workshop offers students a place to perform

Cynsere Kelly, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

Are there any aspiring singing artists looking for a space to receive great insight and critique for the craft? For American River College singers who’ve yet to share their talents, now there’s a program...

Sound engineer Stanley Soares, guest hosted the Commercial Music program's Inside the Music Industry Workshop podcast on February 11, 2021. (Photo via ARC Commercial Music Program)

ARC Commercial Music program hosts “Inside the Music Industry”

Ben Kynaston, Staff Writer February 20, 2021

Music professor Merlyn Van Regenmorter, director of the Commercial Music program, has been inviting music professionals to speak for students for over ten years, but in 2017, he officially introduced his...

 “Heather” a song written by Conan Gray is a true story based on his own personal experience of loving someone who loves someone else and how his feelings of envy come into play while stemming off his feelings of love. (Screenshot of

10 love songs to fill your heart this February

Madison Duong, Staff Writer February 16, 2021

February is known for being a month all about love, from self-love, loving family and friends, having a romantic partner, and more. Here is a list of 10 emotional love songs that carry the many meanings...

Famous Australian rock band, AC/DC released their newest album, “Power Up” on Nov. 13, 2020. This album features 12 new songs as the band tries to prove the point that they still have what it takes to make great music. (Photo courtesy of Sony Music Australia)

It’s time to “Power Up” with AC/DC

Brandon Zamora, Staff Writer November 19, 2020

It’s been six years since the Australian rock band AC/DC has released an album, and on Nov. 13, it released its newest album for fans to listen to called “Power Up.” Does AC/DC still have that same...

Larriah Jackson has performed in over 300 shows to date and has opened for well known gospel artist Yolanda Adams and singer-songwriter Lyfe Jennings. (Photo courtesy of Warner Brother Studios)

16-year-old Sacramento native makes it on “The Voice”

Ariel Caspar, Editor-in-Chief November 16, 2020

As soon as 16-year-old Larriah Jackson opened her mouth to sing during her blind audition for NBC’s “The Voice,” which aired on Oct. 27, she captured the attention of the four superstar judges. Kelly...

Theater arts professor Sam Williams lectures for his Theory and Techniques of Acting II class on monologues. The class, which formerly met in person at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, meets now on ConferZoom at the same time, but not everyone is in attendance. (Photo by Alex Muegge)

Transitioning interactive arts classes online has come with challenges

Alex Muegge, Staff Writer May 5, 2020

Both professors and students in the music, art and theater arts departments continue to struggle with transitioning their interactive classes online after the coronavirus-induced shut-down of American...

British rock band Queen's seventh studio album

5 albums to perk you up during the quarantine

Brandon Zamora March 25, 2020

With all of us forced to stay home due to the coronavirus, we need to find things to do to keep ourselves occupied. One common thing that a lot of people like to do when they’re trying to relax or pass...

Hakem Burns a.k.a. NStinct, told the Current he bought his cover art for his mixtape, “DMIII,” from an 80-year-old homeless man. Burns says he selected the art because he believes it will make people think. (Photo courtesy of Hakem Burns)

Musicians on campus heckle student body to give them a listen

Alex Muegge March 4, 2020

If you thought the California Family Fitness representatives and several different religious booths heckling you to join their organizations around campus were bad, you have yet to run into American River...

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