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Bacon and Beer Classic at AT&T Park

November 7, 2018 Latest Life 0 Comments

Drink up, pig out and party down at the San Francisco Bacon and Beer Classic at AT&T Park. On November 10, local vendors will showcase their craft beers and delicious food for the public to enjoy. Tickets are on sale for the event and general admission includes access to three hours of unlimited bacon and ...

Troye Sivan conquered ‘20gayteen’

November 3, 2018 Latest Opinion 0 Comments

Nearing the end of his North American ‘Bloom’ tour, Troye Sivan dazzled during his first of two sold-out shows at the Masonic Auditorium. “When I was recording ‘Bloom,’ I would always think of San Francisco whenever I’d think about the tour,” Sivan said. Contrasting the energetic, electric sounds of “Blue Neighborhood” (and the accompanying ‘Suburbia’ ...

Travis Scott: A rager for a new generation

October 15, 2018 Latest Opinion

“‘99 took Astroworld, it had to relocate – Told the dogs I’d bring it back; it was a seal of faith,” proclaims Travis Scott on his track “Stargazing” off his album “Astroworld,” released in August. This is a testament to the monstrous image the 26-year-old Houston native has carved out for himself. Known by many monikers, ...

Hiero Day honors the hip-hop community

September 6, 2018 Life

Hyphy beats, marijuana smoke and good vibes filled downtown Oakland this Labor Day as people of all ages from all over the Bay Area attended the seventh annual Hiero Day Music Festival, where hip-hop legends and up-and-comers celebrated the city’s culture and music scene. The festivities kicked off at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 3 ...

Outside Lands brings the noise

August 16, 2018 Life

Outside Lands Music & Art Festival descended upon San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the tenth anniversary last weekend– attracting thousands of SF residents, as well as travelers, dedicated to catching the main headliners including Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, and Florence + The Machine. The festival featured artwork, a new area dedicated to legalized cannabis ...

J. Cole says no to drugs on “KOD”

April 25, 2018 Opinion

When I found out that J. Cole was dropping his latest album, “KOD,” just four days after it was anounced, I was excited but wary. His last album, “4 Your Eyez Only,” left me somewhat disappointed, but I still remembered how excellent he was on past projects like “Born Sinner” and “2014 Forest Hills Drive.” ...

El Podcast

April 17, 2018 Multimedia

El Podcast is a bi-weekly show that focuses on pop culture, current events and everything in between. Hosted by Valeria Mejia and Monserrath Arreola, two spunky Latina journalist studying at San Francisco State University. Transcript: Valeria: My name is Valeria Mejia. Monse: and my name is Monserrath Arreola and this is El Podcast. Monse: I ...

T-Pain comes to SF State

April 16, 2018 News

Blue and yellow lights lit SF State’s Annex venue. Anticipated fans cheered in the crowd as T-Pain jumped on stage for the 8th Annual Music Festival hosted by Associated Students Inc. on Saturday night. The festival started with a DJ outside the Annex and a canopy where guest would get their entrance bracelet. There were ...

13 sections of music courses have been cancelled at SF State

February 7, 2018 News 1 Comment

Music students are scrambling at the last minute to find available classes with open seats to fulfill their graduation requirements. The music department sent out an email on Jan. 26 announcing the cancellation of several music courses, including many ensemble classes led by Allen Biggs, who has been teaching in the music department for ten ...

25 years later, still dope

December 15, 2017 Opinion 1 Comment

I always wondered if Dr. Dre was a philosopher when I was younger but now I finally understand what the Doc meant when he said, “This is dedicated to the n****z that was down from day one,” in the opening line of the intro on his album, “The Chronic.” It’s been 25 years since the ...

Untouchable portrays viewpoints on racism and white privilege

December 15, 2017 Opinion

With just the right amount of angst and passion, Eminem’s Untouchable details the two sides of racial injustice. The first two verses of the song confront the criminalization of the African-American culture, a practice that was once widely accepted and though it has been reduced, it still exists today in our criminal justice system. Eminem’s ...

The Journey of Composing

December 14, 2017 Life Multimedia News

Star Wars inspired him. After he watched Star Wars Episode IV, he started making short films by himself. Then began composing the music for those films. Now, he enjoys composing orchestra songs, making films, flying a drone, photographing amd drawing pictures. A SF State graduating cinema student, Tasuku Odaka, held his last concert at De ...

SF State student excited about her first album release

December 7, 2017 Life

Growing up in a household filled with musicians, SF state communication major Quyne Vu was bound to pick up the music gene. Her mother, Theresa Nguyen, sings and plays the piano, her father, Anthony Vu plays the guitar and her brother, Ken Joseph Vu enjoys playing the drums. “We all have our main instrument but ...

Warped feelings about The Warped Tour

November 21, 2017 Opinion

When I read the statement the founder of The Vans Warped Tour published, a piece of my teenage heart died. “With many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that the last full cross country run of The Vans Warped Tour will take place in 2018,” the words displayed on the tour’s website. Without this ...

Seeing an artist early on may be the best time to do so

November 15, 2017 Opinion

I attended my first concert in 2011, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It was a Big Sean show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco during his “I Am Finally Famous” tour. “Finally Famous” was my favorite album at the time, and hearing Sean make the songs come to life was amazing. It sounded ...

Midnight Moods jazzes up the Depot

October 18, 2017 Life

SF State’s on-campus venue, The Depot, took a trip back in time to the early 20th century with a jazz trio who began in San Francisco four years ago, just looking to explore the world of music together. On Tuesday, The Midnight Moods, which is comprised of singer Jacqueline Corona, pianist Julian Shipp, and Base ...

Two blocks of art

October 15, 2017 Life News

On Friday, two blocks of Soma’s district held a block party showcasing multiple artists, dancers, and live performers. The showcase was filled with events ranging from a live Samba dance to a giant wall used to highlight members of the crowd in costume. The event was hosted by Central Market Community Benefit District. This was ...

Kendrick Lamar’s album is just what America needs to hear

April 19, 2017 Opinion

Once again, a dim light is brightened by Kendrick Lamar. In a time when it’s needed most, his thought process on what is currently happening to and within the black community is relayed in Lamar’s latest album DAMN. Current issues regarding black youth in America are discussed on a personal level, allowing the artist to ...

Battle of the bands at SF State

April 18, 2017 Life Multimedia

Associated Students of San Francisco State University hosted the battle of the bands in The Depot Tuesday, April 11 as the second event of the 7th annual Rhythms Fusic Festival. Funky soul and hip-hop band Brother Gipson and the Mantra set The Depot on fire with their heavy backbeat to win the grand prize of ...

SF State Wind Ensemble welcomes diversity

April 15, 2017 Multimedia

The SF State Wind Ensemble debuted “Into the forge! Music of Earth, Death, Metal, Fire & Oil,” on March 14, 2017 at Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts Building. The wind ensemble holds auditions at the beginning of each semester and is open to current students of all majors, alumni and faculty members at SF ...

Delphi Trio performs at SF State

April 12, 2017 Life

The SF State Morrison Artist Series offered a free performance by the world-famous Delphi Trio Friday, for an audience of nearly 100. The trio performed at McKenna Theatre as part of an annual showcase at SF State by the Morrison Artist Series of outstanding ensembles from the Bay Area. The Morrison Artist Series, a branch ...

Students collaborate to form rock band

April 5, 2017 Life

Playing loud, progressive rock music has become a passion for SF State students Tyler Wood, Christian Arriola and Dax Mcfarlane. Wood, guitarist and singer, started the band Phlogiston as a passion project playing Tool covers. He rekindled a friendship with bassist Mcfarlane when recruiting band members a year into college. The two had previously bonded ...

Students use Facebook to buy and sell local concert tickets

March 29, 2017 Life

Some students are turning to an untraditional source to locate tickets for shows and concerts, while others have found an easier way to sell. “SFSU Concerts” is a Facebook page utilized by fellow Gators to sell and buy concert tickets, as well as promote shows and join their peers in concert excursions around the Bay ...

KSFS brings innovative mediums of music to the radio

March 29, 2017 Life Multimedia

By choosing to showcase live music instead of typical pre-recorded music, SF State’s KSFS Radio station is pushing the boundaries of the airwaves. The resident radio station is utilizing the innovative idea on their Music Under the Stairs segment hosted by Amanda Fletcher. Fletcher, who also acts as KSFS program director, is always trying to ...

SF State gets the blues

February 14, 2017 Multimedia

    Listen carefully and you might hear wailing guitars and soulful harmonicas yearning deep down in an unlikely, hidden pocket of campus. The blues is alive and well at San Francisco State University. Theater and dance department shop supervisor Greg Dunham invites students, faculty, friends, family, and anyone with an interest in playing the ...

hit me, Harold!: Full-time students, part-time rock band

February 8, 2017 Life

Many students in San Francisco utilize the artistic freedom this unique city provides. SF State students, Max Volen and Jack Connor, alongside their friend and Academy of Arts student, Chris Lee, take advantage of San Francisco’s unique music culture as the band hit me, Harold! Originally formed in Orange County, the band members, by coincidence, ...

Student jazz ensemble shares Afro-Cuban music and culture

November 7, 2016 Life

After technical difficulties delayed the start of the recital, SF State’s Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble smoothly transitioned from microphone checks to a vibrant, exciting performance that energized the audience in Knuth Hall in late October. John Calloway, music lecturer and director of the 20-student ensemble, conducted the performance while playing the guiro, a handheld Latin American ...

Students perform their final music projects at The Depot

May 17, 2016 Life

Friday, SF State will host its first ever Electronic Music Class Show, where students from Music 436 will present their final synthesized music projects at The Depot. “It’s always a great experience for the students to have a culminating concert where they can display the work that they have been crafting during the semester,” said ...