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The Sound of Odd Numbers: Yvette Young

Lorisa Salvatin

January 30, 2015

The final installment of a larger project by Lorisa Salvatin http://vimeo.com/118082285 After being inspired by math rock bands like Tera Melos and American Football, San Jose-based singer songwriter Yvette Young has been using rhythmic tapping to create a melodic flow in her own music. The Bay Area has b...

The Sound of Odd Numbers: Bobey

Lorisa Salvatin

January 26, 2015

The second installment of a larger project by Lorisa Salvatin Layers of strange time signatures and bouncy melodies color the music of Brendan Page, known also as Bobey. Page said his move to San Francisco has allowed him to experience a multitude of different genres, with indie being the most influ...

What’s up with Sia’s new music video?

Tami Benedict

January 8, 2015

Most of you have probably already seen Sia's new controversial music video for "Elastic Heart" featuring Shia LaBeouf and "Dance Moms" Maddie Ziegler. If you haven't seen it, LaBeouf and Ziegler are locked in what looks like a big  bird cage, wearing only nude colored underwear, a unitard for Z...

Into the Woods Review

Tami Benedict

December 27, 2014

  First, I want to put a full disclaimer that "Into the Woods" is a full-blown musical. A lot of people go into the movie thinking it is just like the rest of Disney's movies, some music but basically a normal movie. Into the Woods is adapted off of a Broadway play based on multiple Brothers Grimm fairytales. Now, on to the good stuf...

Practice Makes Perfect

Hillary Smith

December 21, 2014

Geoff Luttrell crouches at his workbench, squinting hard at the neck of the soon-to-be guitar he is drilling holes in. Luttrell has owned SF Guitarworks repair shop in the city since 2001. It began as a small-scale operation, headed by Luttrell and one other technician. More than a decade later, the sh...

Akiba Kei gone local

Caty McCarthy

December 17, 2014

Japan has been known as land of the most hard-working people in the world, home of over two hundred flavors of Kit Kats, the anime utopia, but perhaps most notably: a mecca for quirky, diverse fashion. In the past few years, art, street fashion, and the Internet have become a trifecta in cyberspace....

Hibbity Dibbity and the anatomy of a jam band

Calla Camero

December 17, 2014

San Francisco band, Hibbity Dibbity, is made up of members Jack Gehegan, Parker Simon, Tom Relling, and Chris Braun. The four came together about two years ago after Tom and Chris started writing songs together in Chris’s basement. Since then, they have played at countless venues in the city, ra...

DeMareon Gipson Recites Poems

Anais Fuentes

December 15, 2014

This is a mini interview with DeMareon Gipson, student at SF State, who is releasing his new book entitled  Looking Forward at the end of December.  In the podcast he recites two of the poems in his book, Brain Dead and Utopia.   ...

The last mural standing

The last mural standing

Jannelle Garcia

December 11, 2014

Culture contains the seed of resistance.  Latin music floated down the street, artists painted on wooden fences, and over one hundred people stopped to admire the vivid, aged, and descriptive murals that lined the walls of an alley tucked away in the heart of the Mission. Local vendors, musicia...

The space between the panels

Nadine Quitania

December 10, 2014

A look into the comic book culture's past, present, and future... As a kid, Brian Hibbs would go to the bodega around the corner of his house in Brooklyn to check out the spinner rack full of comics. He was only allowed to walk a block in any direction from where he lived, so he always went the...

Beats n’ Stuff #7: ~*~best songs of 2014~*~

Caty McCarthy

December 9, 2014

Here we are, at the end of all things. Or rather, just the end of my music column. I had a lot of fun writing this throughout the semester, forcing my music taste onto the readers of Xpress Magazine. I learned a lot writing this bi-weekly romp: coming up with themes for playlists is lots of f...

Chicago Review: All that jazz

Airha Dominguez

December 8, 2014

A line of sultry female dancers in thin black tights and skimpy costumes sing and dance in wooden chairs for the “Cell Block Tango” a song that narrates how these murderesses finish in jail. The performance is one of the twenty-two performances of Chicago the musical that closed its U.S. tour...

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