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Exploring the digital frontier of large-scale entertainment

Screenshot taken during a video call with Raymond Oppenheimer exploring video manipulation

Story by Christian Cabang

September 28, 2020

Capturing the emotional impact of a live performance through a small box on Zoom is a problem that worries the founder and artistic director of The Marsh Theater, Stephanie Weisman. The Marsh Theater in San Francisco provides varieties of live entertainment and is described as “a breeding ground for new...

Reading In Shelter

Reading In Shelter

Story by Anne Lima

April 30, 2020

Currently, as local libraries and bookstores follow shelter-in-place guidelines, many avid readers have turned to e-books and audiobooks that can be accessed through public library websites. Digitized book services like Kindle and Audible offer low cost (under $10) to free e/audiobooks that readers ...

New music documentary explores 20 years of Coachella history

New music documentary explores 20 years of Coachella history

Amy Bigelow

April 26, 2020

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a distinctive part of the Southern California music culture. Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, this annual event gives people a chance to discover different music genres all while enjoying live performances by some of their favorite musicians, even ...

Three Foreign Films that Explore Loneliness

Three Foreign Films that Explore Loneliness

Paul Kelly

April 22, 2020

Connection, or perhaps the frequent inability to establish connection, is a common thread in cinema. The theme is vast and covers various epochs of film history. In an attempt to trim down this intimidatingly, ubiquitous topic the selection has been narrowed down to three films; “Ikiru” by Akira Kur...

The current state of music

The current state of music

Story by Fernando Martinez

April 17, 2020

The coronavirus has affected all aspects of our lives. It has driven us from our classrooms into virtual meetings, from our workplaces to our homes or to unemployment and from an already chaotic political climate to one of greater uncertainty. However, we still have music. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2gHXq6yknBEBjyU5nWCwkJ Some artists, such as Lady Gaga, HAIM and ot...

No Better Time to Clear Your Backlog

A Rhino frame getting ready to stab a Grineer lancer. Screenshot by Wilson Gomez.

By Wilson Gomez

April 15, 2020

A quick look at the Steam global gameplay statistics web page reveals that only 68% of people who own “The Witcher 3” have completed the first story quest and only 26% have actually completed the entire game. That means that not only have 32% of the people who own the game not even played it for...

Top five streamable horror films to scare you into forgetting COVID-19

Mathilde Ollivier in Overlord (2018)

Story by Ryce Stoughtenborough

April 14, 2020

5. “Creep” (2014) — Netflix For me, found footage horror films are usually a motion sickness inducing mess — I’m looking at you, “Blair Witch Project.” The violent shakes and two-second camera glances of the monster in question has never been visually appetizing to me. However, whe...

‘The Leftovers’ mirrors our internal and global chaos

Carrie Coon in The Leftovers. Photo Credit: IMDb

Story by Fernando Martinez

April 8, 2020

Global pandemics bring out the best and the worst of humanity, or out of whatever is left of humanity. There is something about a society collectively going through a traumatic event, such as a terrorist attack, a war, a recession or a virus outbreak that simultaneously erodes yet strengthens our soci...

The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City – Beach Slang

Album art from Beach Slang’s bandcamp website via Google Images

by Amy Bigelow

February 25, 2020

With the recent release of their latest musical endeavor, Beach Slang will perform in San Francisco on March 31 at Bottom of the Hill during their upcoming tour, which kicks off next month. Their newest record delivers an energetic, unabashed attitude through a diverse range of instrumentation. Its mal...

Top 10 albums of 2019

Top 10 albums of 2019

by Amy Bigelow & Chloe Mcdaniels

December 9, 2019

The best albums of the year picked by music radicals Amy Bigelow and Chloe McDaniels.  Listen to our favorite tracks on each album with the Spotify playlist provided. Chloe's top 5 albums FKA twigs MAGDALENE From start to finish it is a pure masterpiece. It’s hypnotizing. Dire, doleful, deep. Distorted vocals sound a...

Support local music scenes! A look at independent music venues in San Francisco

No such thing as personal space as concertgoers crowd the floor of the Mezzanine during the first performance on Sept. 24, 2019 in San Francisco, California

By Amy Bigelow and Photos by William Wendelman

October 30, 2019

As yellow lights scatter patterns of squares all across the 7,700-square-foot venue, onstage, a band is running through their setlist and tuning instruments. At Mezzanine, soundcheck for Ginger Root is nearly finished and its members are ready to captivate concertgoers with their opening performance. F...

The D.R.A.M.A. of Punk

(Left to Right) Monica Ramos, singer/guitarist, Aimee Belden, drummer, and Krista Delosreyes, bassist also known as D.R.A.M.A. are practicing in their shared space on Sept. 30. 2019.

story and photo by Chloe McDaniels

October 30, 2019

A metronomic drum click, guitar feedback, lingering bass chords, screeching guitar riffs and howling vocals are faintly heard outside the closed door of room 304. In the heart of downtown San Francisco, off Turk Street and up a flight of stairs, lies a place where ear plugs are recommended, but not re...

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