The American River Current

ARC music students form “Analogue Banana”

Will Forseth, Staff Writer May 14, 2024

Five music majors at American River College have come together to form a new band named “Analogue Banana.” On April 5, the band met in the ARC recording studio to record their first single “Runaway,”...

J. Cole released his fourth career mixtape, “Might Delete Later,” on April 5. (Photo courtesy of Interscope Records)

J. Cole’s “Might Delete Later” meets expectations

Joseph Bianchini, Opinion Editor May 6, 2024

On April 5, J. Cole shocked rap fans across the world with his surprise release of “Might Delete Later,” his fourth career mixtape and first music release since 2021.  Cole doesn’t drop music...

A new Idles release came out on February 16, 2024, with the bands release of its fifth studio album, “Tangk.” (Photo courtesy of Partisan Records)

Idles’ “Tangk” is an unexpected pull upon the heartstrings

Will Forseth, Staff Writer April 9, 2024

This past February saw the release of “Tangk” by U.K. rock band Idles to significant acclaim. Whatever momentum the band has been riding from its four previous studio releases seems to have not lost...

There are many instruments to pick up and learn, like guitars and piano. American River College has many to practice upon, including this one pictured in the music department on February 8, 2024. (Photo by Clifton Bullock III)

Music classes in college should be mandatory

Clifton L. Bullock, Staff Writer February 28, 2024

The majority of people love music as a form of relief, with it bringing life to the party and because of the melodies and lyrics. There are many genres such as K-pop, rap, classical, lofi, pop and many...

“Try That In a Small Town,” by Jason Aldean does no justice for country music. (Photo courtesy of BBR Music Group)

“Try That In a Small Town” is a cryptic condescension towards Black people

Shy Bell, A&C Editor December 14, 2023

Not too long ago, I was returning from the store down the street from my house. I was walking through my middle-class suburban neighborhood in Sacramento, California, when I peered to the left and something...

American River College’s jazz ensemble performance is a tribute to jazz musician Duke Ellington, while the jazz combos bring their own arrangements to the stage. (Photo courtesy of Robyn Eifertsen)

ARC showcases two jazz performances

Shy Bell, A&C Editor November 30, 2023

The spirit of jazz has come to embrace the American River College community just in time for the last stage of the fall semester. ARC will host two upcoming performances for students to show their talents...

Sufjan Stevens broaches many momentous themes with his new album “Javelin.” (Photo courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty Records)

Sufjan Stevens’ latest album is a tremendous one for the emotionally distraught

Shy Bell, A&C Editor November 21, 2023

I’m cold, it’s really early in the morning (what most would call late at night). My heart hurts, for many reasons and I am trying to keep a level head. Let me write this: Sufjan Stevens released...

Drake released “For All The Dogs” on Oct. 6, featuring 23 songs. (Photo courtesy of OVO Sound and Republic Records)

Drake’s “For All The Dogs” doesn’t quite meet fans’ expectations

Joseph Bianchini, Opinion Editor October 17, 2023

Drake released his newest album, “For All The Dogs,” on Oct. 6. The album is good, but was also one of Drake’s worst albums he’s released yet and does not come close to the expectations set for...

“Call Me If You Get Lost: The Estate Sale” by Tyler, The Creator, released on March 31. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Records)

Tyler, The Creator picks up where he left off in “Call Me If You Get Lost: The Estate Sale”

Matthew Soderlund, Staff Writer May 11, 2023

Tyler, The Creator adds to his 2021 Grammy winning album “Call Me If You Get Lost,” with “Call Me If You Get Lost: The Estate Sale,” which features eight brand new tracks packed with noteworthy...

Morgan Wallen released his new album “One Thing At A Time” on March 3. It  features 36 songs. (Photo courtesy of Big Loud Records)

Review: Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing At A Time” seems to be a hit, but doesn’t compare to his last album “Dangerous”

Kaitlyn Riley, Staff Writer March 30, 2023

Morgan Wallen released his new album “One Thing At A Time” on March 3; it features 36 songs and many other country artists. There are many memorable songs on the album, but they don’t compare to...

Kinzang Gyeltshen, Parker Weis and Emerson Myers (from left to right), students in the advanced recording studio techniques class, work in Studio A. (Photo courtesy of the ARC Commercial Music Department)

Kirt Shearer expands ARC’s Commercial Music Program to another level

Jeralynn Querubin, Staff Writer March 26, 2023

The commercial music program at American River College is expanding with two new courses soon to be added to the program.  Students will be able to take these classes beginning in the fall 2023 semester,...

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