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Carpenter loses touch with “Lost Themes”

In the ‘80s, icons like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers terrorized theaters but amongst them an even bigger star arose. As one of the biggest names associated with modern horror, American director...

The Roots are unconventional and brilliant in “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin”

The Roots have been a model for longevity and continual growth within hip-hop as well as the music scene for almost as many years as they’ve been active in it. Over 20 years in...

Chuck Inglish barely misses the mark on “Convertibles”

Hip-hop is far from dead. But if you prefer underground music because mainstream artists are tainting the genre, you may have heard of Chuck Inglish. His newly released album, “Convertibles,” distinguishes the rapper from...

Ambience in our ears, Heaven on Earth: Album Leaf at the Barn

I had never been a fan of the musical genre known as ambient music. It was probably because I had hardly listened to it. That was before Jimmy LaValle appeared at the Barn performing...

Spring Splash and I are not friends anymore

  I shouldn’t try (but can’t help myself from) finding any amusement in the pre-gaming consequences that rock the much livelier patrons at Spring Splash around me. Partially because there’s little reward in laughing at...

Staff Picks: Valentine’s Day Mix Tape

A Side: Mood Songs Toni: “Suffocate” J Holiday Sandy: “Can’t take my eyes off of you” Lauryn Hill Grace: “My Body is a Cage” Arcade Fire Rebecca: “Sweet Victory” David Glen Eisley Alex: “Closer” Nine Inch Nails Colin: “Caramel” Suzanne...
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American Pleasure Club - “Let’s Move to the Desert” The band formerly known as Teen Suicide (the name change is a wholly welcome decision, long overdue) dropped a music video this past week in anticipation...

“Deadpool 2” learns from past mistakes, making for an enjoyable, over-the-top thrillride

I’ll be honest: Going into “Deadpool 2,” I wasn’t expecting much. I was extremely excited going into the first one two years ago, and was thoroughly disappointed. My expectations of a smart, two-hour, tongue-in-cheek,...

Long live 03 Greedo

Walking through the parking lot of Santa Ana’s The Observatory, a familiar aroma wafted between car to car. A cocktail of blunts — the distinctive smell of a Backwood was hard to miss —...

“Solo” doesn’t disappoint fans, but it doesn’t do much else

If you held the same views as myself, and hundreds of thousands of other Star Wars fans, “Solo” was a very dicey proposal. In the year and a half leading up to the film’s...