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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...

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...

High school choirs join ARC fall concert

American River College Chambers singers sing “Fly Over Paradise” in a live Fall Choral Invitational Concert at ARC’s theater on Nov. 5, 2018. (Photo by Hameed Zargry)

Hameed Zargry

December 4, 2018

The fall choral Invitational Concert brought multiple school choirs together to perform one of their best concerts at American River College’s theater on Nov 6. Director Ralph E. Hughes used this opportunity to motivate students by giving information about a music scholarship program. According...

Anderson .Paak brings it home with Oxnard

Photo courtesy of Aftermath Entertainment.

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!”

Photo courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

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...

Lil Wayne’s album stuns, Logic’s flops

Photo courtesy of Young Money Records

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...

“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...

Professors showcase their talents in faculty recital

Matt Robinson (left) and Dyne Eifertsen (right) performing in the faculty recital at American River College on April 30, 2018. (Photo by Michael Pacheco)

Michael Pacheco

May 14, 2018

The American River College Faculty Recital, hosted by music department chair Dyne Eifertsen, took place on April 30, with a four-piece band taking center stage in a dimly lit Room 547 at the the ARC theater. The group included Eifertsen on trombone, former adjunct faculty member Steve Lishman on ...

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...

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