The American River Current

“Zoo” shows up and shows out

“Zoo” shows up and shows out

Alexus Hurtado

October 3, 2018

The outspoken and confident Russ Vitale’s latest project “Zoo,” released last month, is absolutely his best to date. This is Vitale’s 12th album in total, adding to his large discography of over 300 songs. The self-made rapper, singer, writer and producer holds nothing back with “Zoo,...

ARC planted the seed for City of Trees Brass Band

City of Trees Brass Band members Isaac Negrete, Matt Voller, Devon Edmond, Ben Hillier and Miguel Recendez pose in front of their van named “Ashley” in front of Der Biergarten in Sacramento, on Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Ashley Hayes-Stone

September 17, 2018

The smell of intoxication fills the air as an excited crowd stomps and claps along to a sousaphone, its deep sound bellows off the muraled brick walls. The scene makes it seem like you’re in the center of New Orleans. Under a string of lights, beer steins clink around the courtyard as more brass...

Cardi B releases 13 track debut album, Invasion of Privacy

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic Records

Alexis Warren

April 30, 2018

After a much anticipated wait, “Bodak Yellow” star Cardi B, released her first studio album: “Invasion of Privacy” on April 6. At this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, Cardi B took home two awards, Best New Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist. At the end of her acceptance speech, the rap star...

“A Tribute to the War Years” honors our veterans

The American River College Jazz Collective will perform a tribute to our veterans at the

Michael Pacheco

April 26, 2018

The American River College music department will hold  its annual spring concert in the student center dining hall on April 27. The show, “A Tribute to the War Years,” will honor the school’s veterans. Directed by Dyne Eifertsen, the groups performing will include the studio jazz, Latin jazz, and ja...

ARC’s Orchestra is unveiling soloist’s musical range in upcoming concert

Members of American River College's Orchestra practice ahead of concert's on March 9 and 10. (Photo Courtesy of the ARC Orchestra)

Alexus Hurtado

March 8, 2018

The American River College Orchestra will unveil all the hard work of its soloists in a concert in ARC’s theater Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. “This concert is a chance for the soloists to shine, to show the audience what they've got, to display the reward for their blood, sweat, and tears,...

Latin Jazz opens for the Woodcreek Jazz Festival

The American River College Latin Jazz ensemble opens on the last day of the Woodcreek Jazz Festival on Feb. 24. (Photo by Michael Pacheco)

Michael Pacheco

March 7, 2018

The American River College Latin Jazz Ensemble was the opening act on the last day of the 17th annual Woodcreek Jazz Festival on Feb. 24. The festival, which showcased high school jazz ensembles from across Northern California and Nevada, ran Feb. 23 - Feb. 24 at Woodcreek High School in Rosevill...

‘Black Panther’ shines, expresses black excellence

(Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Gabe Carlos

February 22, 2018

Marvel’s “Black Panther” franchise has it’s very first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and thankfully, it is one for the ages. The film has a predominately black cast with Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/ Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as a U.S. black-ops soldier Erik “Killmon...

Debut Album Review: Migos- “Culture II”

(Photo courtesy of Capitol Records)

Gabe Carlos

February 3, 2018

Well, it took a year for hot hip-hop trio Migos to release its third studio album, “Culture II,” since last year when the group debuted “Culture.” The long, but short-awaited “Culture II” dropped Jan. 26. The album release was highly anticipated by critics and rap fans, but there was also so...

Photo Gallery: Flamenco guitarists give free workshop

Flamenco guitarists Roberto Corrias (left) and Jose Blanco perform at the Koreana Plaza International Market on April 29 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Luis Gael Jimenez)

Luis Gael

May 9, 2017

Two classically trained Flamenco guitarists paid a visit to the American River College campus on April 7 to provide a free music workshop. Jose Blanco and Roberto Corrias, who are from Spain and Italy respectively, have a combined 60 years of experience playing music and have each had music feature...

It’s “Damn.” depressing

Editor-in-Chief Cheyenne Drury reviews Kendrick Lamar's new album,

Cheyenne Drury

May 3, 2017

Kendrick Lamar is depressed. A depressed musical genius. “Damn.” is a master mixtape at best. Unlike “Section.80, Good kid m.A.A.d city” and “To Pimp a Butterfly,” his new album is scattered and disoriented - it is a reflection of his inner darkness. Never before has Lamar thrown so much a...

It’s “Damn.” good

ARCurrent's Opinion Editor Jared Smith reviews

Jared Smith

May 3, 2017

In 2016, for “To Pimp A Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar almost tied the record for the most Grammy nominations in one night. With 11 nominations, Lamar only lost to Michael Jackson by one nomination. With his new album “Damn.” Lamar may beat that record, but as Lamar says on “Element.,” “I don’t ...

‘Sacramento’s least expected but most extremely dope rapper’

Rapper Alex Salveson performs at the Starlite Lounge on the night of March 11 as part of the Starlite Showcase in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Luis Gael Jimenez)

Luis Gael

March 24, 2017

When the editor of one of Sacramento’s biggest hip hop publications calls you “Sacramento’s least expected yet most extremely dope rapper,” a high bar has been set. That’s what Robbie Metcalf of HOFisBetter had to say about local musician Alex Salveson; the seventeen year-old part-time T...

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