The American River Current

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...

The Used light up Ace of Spades with passionate performance

Steven Condemarin and Steven Condemarin

October 1, 2012

Just when fans started to forget about them, The Used graced Sacramento with a performance at Ace of Spades on Sept. 22. This was their first show in Sacramento since their appearance at Arco Arena back in 2007. The dark venue was lit by the screen-lights of dozens of iPhones recording the front of...

Sound issues at Mondavi Center ruin what could have been a great Silversun show

Sound issues at Mondavi Center ruin what could have been a great Silversun show

Daniel Romandia and Daniel Romandia

September 11, 2012

A truly great show leaves you with ringing ears, a sweaty body and a sense of satisfaction that keeps you a little wound up for days after. Silversun Pickups' concert on Sept. 10 at the Mondavi Center in Davis did not give me any of those things.  This was not the band's fault, however; the blame falls...

Superstar Shyra dishes on music, fame, and personal inspiration

Superstar Shyra dishes on music, fame, and personal inspiration

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

June 14, 2012

Who doesn’t want to be a superstar? Unfortunately, not everyone has what it takes to claim star status. Luckily, Sacramento can say they helped produce at least one: Superstar Shyra, to be exact. The superstar, Shyra Sanchez, is the writer and singer of the Billboard chart-topper “DJ Love Song,”...

Nicki Minaj disappoints and impresses with “Reloaded”

Minaj's second album

Deanna Dokes and Deanna Dokes

April 18, 2012

The self-proclaimed “female Weezy” is back at it again with her second album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” Nicki Minaj brings fellow rappers Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Drake, and of course Lil Wayne as features on this album. “Roman Reloaded” disappoints and impresses at the same time. Minaj...

Vocal ensemble is all that JAZZ

From left: Jessica Dacpano, Maryam Mirbagheri and Jonathan Blum of the advanced American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing at a concert in the American River College campus theater on March 14. (Photo by Bryce Fraser)

Bryce Fraser and Bryce Fraser

March 21, 2012

The American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble accompanied by the Natomas Charter Vocal Ensemble, filled the room with the sound of jazz with a dash of a surprisingly Latin flavor on March 13. The audience was a mixture of people attending the concert for normal reasons and some that were a part of...

The Fray tells their ‘Stories’

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

February 22, 2012

After being honored as the 84th most influential band of the last decade by Billboard Magazine, Denver, Colo.’s The Fray released their third studio album – the first of this decade -- on Feb. 7. The Current was recently given the opportunity to speak with the band’s guitarist, Dave Welsh, during...

Trapt’s rock not enough to set you free

Trapt's rock not enough to set you free

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

January 30, 2012

Trapt, the veteran hard-rock band from Los Gatos, returned to The Boardwalk (Orangevale’s sole intimate venue for live music enthusiasts) to deliver a pulse pounding 80-minute set to a capacity crowd of just more than 450 people on Jan. 26. The group, consisting of lead singer Chris Brown, guitarist...

New Nickelback album worth the coin

New Nickelback album worth the coin

Shelby Young and Shelby Young

November 30, 2011

Nickelback, “Here and Now”, rocks it out yet again. Is it better than “Dark Horse?” Fans would say “Gotta Get Me Some.” Is “Here and Now” worth the buy? Most definitely. Why is it worth the buy? One, it has good messages. Even though there are some typical Nickelback tracks, most of...

Indie band ‘Blind Rebel Lion’ spearheaded by music department students

Indie band 'Blind Rebel Lion' spearheaded by music department students

Carla Manes and Carla Manes

November 30, 2011

Driven by Music Department faculty members, in one month, American River College sophomore, Patrick McTernan, has gathered local musicians, creating the band, “Blind Rebel Lion,” who are currently working on their first single, “Irish Wristwatch.” McTernan, a Commercial Music Recording major,...

Matt Nathanson uses charm and wit to please Sacramento audience

Matt Nathanson uses charm and wit to please Sacramento audience

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

November 3, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIhZn69rrsk Sacramento’s Ace of Spades club was enlivened on Oct. 28 by a singer-songwriter probably best known for his cover of James’ “Laid” that was featured on the “American Wedding” movie soundtrack a few years back. I can best describe Matt Nathanson,...

Sugarland show leaves a lot to be desired

Sugarland show leaves a lot to be desired

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

October 29, 2011

In the midst of their “The Incredible Machine” cross-country mega-tour, the normally vivacious country mega-stars Sugarland shuffled onto Sacramento’s Raley Field on Aug. 25, 2011. The Grammy-winning duo consisting singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles and guitarist-vocalist Kristian Bush promised...

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