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Interviews with Kendrick Lamar and Musiq Soulchild

Kendrick Lamar Interview Poised to be the West Coast’s knight in shining armor, Kendrick Lamar delivered his first performance at UCR on Saturday night. This year could also mean another first for Lamar; the release...

A Mosaic of Melodies: Student vocalists put on a pleasant show for family and...

The Voice Studio of Dr. Camelia Voin hosted a concert Friday night to showcase the talent of UCR students as well as a few special guests. Doors opened around 7 p.m. and let in...

M.E. So Funny pokes fun at Middle Eastern customs the right way

Thursday, Jan. 21, saw M.E. So Funny, the two-woman sketch comedy duo of Canan Tasci and Nahreen Tarzi, perform an amazing show that allowed them to poke light fun at Middle Eastern culture with sensitivity...

“Ouija” fails to conjure more than a giggle

Movies based on board games are awful. With the occasional exception of a film like “Clue,” the majority of stories based on board games become “Dungeons and Dragons” or “Battleship.” Knowing this, it should...

“Before I Go to Sleep” doesn’t put audiences to sleep

Rowan Joffe tries his director’s hat at a psychological thriller with “Before I Go to Sleep,” and he half-heartedly hits the mark. The film at first glance seems as if it could have been...

ASPB’s “Girl Code Guy Code” brings big laughs and awkward hilarity to campus

MTV has become a staple in American pop culture. Originally meant as an outlet to play music videos, today it is best known for its influence on millennials and the social media generation, catering...

Away From the Sprawl: Last minutes and lost evenings

“And if only for a little while, we could insist on the impossible.” Could I begin my final column for this newspaper in a more melodramatic fashion? The idea of the “college experience” is something...

“Persona 5” brings JRPGs back into the limelight

Released nine years after “Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4” (2008), “Persona 5” makes its debut on eighth generation consoles. Being a Japanese role-playing game (JRPG), “Persona 5” is confined to the conventions of the...

Breakbot’s “Still Waters” doesn’t rock the boat

“Still Waters” lived up to its name, and didn’t make a single ripple of  interest for its listeners. French pop-disco artist Breakbot’s sophomore effort brought what I could only describe as upbeat background music...

The “Black Panther” soundtrack is not revolutionary, but a worthwhile listen

“Black Panther’”s official soundtrack was released through Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope records and executively produced by Kendrick Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. My initial reaction when the tracklist released...