The American River Current

Artists as Advertisements

Artists as Advertisements

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

November 22, 2013

Is there still such a thing as “cred” in the music industry? No, not really. Nirvana shirts are sold at Hot Topic, there aren’t any prominent east coast/ west coast rap feuds – now disputes are 140 character abominations of the English language on Twitter, and nobody comes out looking like a...

Take this class: HIST: 327: History of The Chicano/Mexican American

Professor Delgado-Campbell passes out a quiz to her students after announcing cultural events they may attend to help them better understand the course.

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

November 13, 2013

Hanging from the wall in many high school history classrooms is a poster that reads “Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Yet the New York Times ran a story in 2011 with the headline “U.S. Students Remain Poor at History, Tests Show.” When only 2 percent of 12th graders...

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Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

November 7, 2013

Remember the old adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? Lets change it up. Maybe something like “If you don’t have anything real or different to sing, just stick to writing instrumental songs”? As of this writing, Katy Perry’s latest single “Roar”...

Mainstream heroes

Comic books have seen an upswing in popularity, largely in part to their silver screen counterparts. A1 Comics employee Jared Rudy stands by some of his favorite comics. (Photo by Alisha Kirby)

Alisha Kirby, Brandon Nelson, Brandon Nelson, and Alisha Kirby

October 25, 2013

Movies and TV reanimate comic book scene By Alisha Kirby and Brandon Nelson The joke’s on you, cool kids: Your favorite macho hero originated from comic books. “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “The Walking Dead” and the “Iron Man” trilogy all played a role i...

Scare chords

Scare chords

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

October 22, 2013

It’s that time of year: The leaves should be turning orange, red and yellow, but they won’t for another month because it’s October in California. People are posting pictures of their best jack-o-lanterns on Instagram, and every scary movie that’s been released in the last 100 years is getting...

From the editors: Wrestling story sensationalized? You decide

From the editors: Wrestling story sensationalized? You decide

Jeff Gonzales, Alisha Kirby, Jonathan H. Ellyson, Jonathan Ellyson, Jeff Gonzales, and Alisha Kirby

October 18, 2013

Updated on 10/18/13 at 3:43 p.m. to correct times that the full audio will be available to the public. By Jeff Gonzales, Alisha Kirby and Jonathan H. Ellyson The interview The Current conducted with Geoffrey Stockdale is available here.   Letter from the Co-editors-in-chief, In a recent...

“Look ‘ma, I made it!”

“Look ‘ma, I made it!”

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

October 8, 2013

Remember when people would tell you as a kid that you could be anything you wanted to be? That with hard work, determination, blood, sweat and tears and all of that, you could make your dreams come true? When it comes to being in a band, success usually involves a lot of miles in a van that’s guaranteed to be broken down and broken into, years of putting all of your money into recording music while not making a dime, and a lot of luck. Some people skip right to the luck, though. When “American Idol” burst onto the scene in 2002 we all knew it wasn’t the first show of its kind, but a lot of upcoming musicians got the idea that you don’t need to put in the hours anymore – so long as you’re good at karaoke. “I watch ‘The Voice,’ ‘American Idol,’ ‘The X Factor’ and ‘America’s Got Talent,’” said American River College adjunct Spanish professor Kim Schroeder-Evans. “I appreciate talent. I love music, so I love to hear people who can sing well, and I love to see people who ma...

Moshers just want to have fun

Moshers just want to have fun

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

October 1, 2013

An inside look at the anatomy of a mosh pit. You’re beaming as you exit the venue after watching your favorite band play. You’re drenched in sweat, your shirt is ripped, and you’ve got a little bit of someone else’s blood on your forearm. To some this sounds almost barbaric, but to many...

Step lights on the stairway to heaven

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

October 1, 2013

There’s no such thing as six degrees of separation within the music community anymore. At this point, everyone knows someone who is currently, was or is trying to be in a band. Here are a couple of tips that nobody seems to give upcoming local musicians that can make or break their budding career: Don’t pl...

Not all that new

Not all that new

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

September 24, 2013

We hear our grandparents, our parents, and our jaded friends in their early 20s complain about how now music these days is all about costumes and bands following one trend after another. Gimmicks in music span all genres and always have. Nothing is exclusive to the Top 40. For every shell bikini Lady...

Post no bills

Post no bills

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

September 17, 2013

I challenge you to take a stroll through Midtown to look for fliers posted on poles, posts or buildings that promote local band’s gigs. How many will you find? Most likely, none. In the mid-‘90s the city of Sacramento passed a ban on “fliering,” stating that signs or posters attached to poles,...

Rumpling the covers

Rumpling the covers

Alisha Kirby and Alisha Kirby

September 10, 2013

Fall brings many changes to campus: an influx of young faces comes fresh from high school to struggle to enroll in classes, the leaves change color, and a dozen guys bring their acoustic guitars and kill time by playing cover songs. That last bit about covering songs, that's what I'm going to focus...

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