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DragonForce brings an interesting twist to pop culture in newest album

Power metal band DragonForce released their latest album, “Extreme Power Metal” on Sept. 27, 2019. The album features ten new songs including their cover of Celine Dion’s, “My Heart Will Go On” that’ll make any DragonForce fans headbang nonstop. (Courtesy of Metal Blade Records)

Brandon Zamora

October 8, 2019

It’s been two years since DragonForce, the power and speed metal band from London, England, released an album and they have returned with their newest album titled, “Extreme Power Metal.”  Did DragonForce really give us their most extreme album yet or is all the hype only in the title alon...

Rapper ScHoolboy Q golfs himself out of depression, drops “CrasH Talk”

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Gabe Carlos

May 3, 2019

After a few scrapped versions, “CrasH Talk,” the long awaited and most anticipated album from Los Angeles rapper ScHoolboy Q, finally dropped on April 26. The 14-track album, just two minutes short of 40 minutes long, includes features by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, Kid Cudi ...

Uncovering hip-hop cultures at ARC

American River College is the home of many aspiring and former hip-hop and rap artists, including current and former students and staff. (Photo illustration by Jennah Booth)

Gabe Carlos

April 8, 2019

Many people want to be artists, including people that want to become rappers or MCs or they want to work on production. Including people close to our area, current and former students as well as staff members. Many people want to make it big time in the music industry. Whether it’s playing an i...

Music students prepare for Acoustic Cafe

Chair of the music department Eric Chun teaches students how to write chord progressions during his songwriting class, MUSM 120, on Feb. 25, 2019 at American River College. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)

Ariel Caspar

March 7, 2019

The music program at American River College, headed by the chair of the music department Eric Chun, is helping students delve deeper into their musical creativity and develop polished songwriting skills to generate all styles of music. Nine songwriters have been selected from two songwriting classes...

Offset opens up in his debut album, “Father of 4”

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Gabe Carlos

March 2, 2019

After delaying his album release date several times over an alleged split from wife, Cardi B,  Atlanta rapper Offset finally dropped his debut solo album, “Father of 4,” on Feb. 22. After the delays, Offset has delivered the album that he truly wanted to make. This is not the typical Migos ...

Ariana Grande says ‘Thank U, Next’ to “Sweetener”

Alexis Warren

February 25, 2019

Fans speculated about whether Ariana Grande’s new album, “Thank U, Next,” will live up to “Sweetener”’s excellence, and with such a short time to cook up 12 magnificent songs, Grande has exceeded expectations. Earlier this month, Grande released her fifth studio album titled “Thank U, ...

Concert and Symphonic Bands rock ARC Theater

The Symphonic and Concert Bands performs at the  “Rip-roarding Band Classics” at American River College on Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo by Hameed Zargry)

Hameed Zargry

December 13, 2018

American River College Concert and Symphonic Band presented ‘Rip-roaring Classics,’ the second concert together with the band Joyous Brass, directed by Susan Hamre and Founder Mike Welling on Nov. 8. Hamre is the director of the Symphonic and Concert Bands and the Musical Theater Ensemble at AR...

‘Caution:’ Carey’s new album fifth on Billboard 200

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Alexis Warren

December 12, 2018

After teasing fans for months prior, singer and songwriter Mariah Carey finally released her 15th studio album, “Caution,” on Nov. 15. The 10-track album is a mix of pop, R&B, and hip-hop. Talented artists featured on the album include Ty Dolla $ign, Slick Rick, Blood Orange and Gunna. The ...

Anderson .Paak brings it home with Oxnard

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Felix Oliveros

December 4, 2018

It was just three years ago when Anderson .Paak made his unique voice and soulful presence felt in the rap game after being featured four times on Dr. Dre’s album “Compton”. After his status skyrocketed, the world was exposed to more appearances and all the talents .Paak brings to the table, incl...

Don’t change the station from Vince Staples’ “FM!”

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Felix Oliveros

November 15, 2018

Since the release of his last album “Big Fish Theory,” it’s been a quiet year and some changes for Vince Staples. But after keeping his voice scarce, and appearances few, the north Long Beach rapper announced via his Instagram on Oct. 29 that he would be releasing a new project. “Big Fish T...

Do artists deserve a second chance?

Rapper and singer Chris Brown has been one of many artists in the spotlight for a number of years for domestic violence. (Photo illustration by Felix Oliveros)

Felix Oliveros

October 24, 2018

It happens time and time again, yet nothing changes as a consequence. A wide range of examples can be found, but still, the show is sold out. New charges of sexually related crimes pop up regularly, but the albums still reach number one on the charts and sell thousands of copies in their first w...

Lil Wayne’s album stuns, Logic’s flops

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Gabe Carlos

October 14, 2018

Sept. 28 was an exciting day for Hip Hop fans, as two of the genre’s biggest names dropped albums on the same day: Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” and Logic’s “Young Sinatra IV.” Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” is a stunning album and can be considered one Wayne’s best projects to date. Logic...

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