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Behind the Scenes of Pop

Behind the Scenes of Pop

Miranda Li, Staff Writer
December 15, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4, Showcase

Producers don't get enough credit In the simplest analogy, a director is to a movie as a producer is to an album. Producers don’t simply produce the song itself; they’re also responsible for overseeing the entire album production process, from start to finish. This includes everything from the more te...

Mahalo Bowl blends flavor and health

Mahalo Bowl blends flavor and health

Keith Bohrer, Staff Writer
December 15, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

Mahalo Bowl Acai Bowls and Smoothies 650 Castro Street #140 Mountain View, CA ★★★★★ Price Range: $$$$ For the past year, Mahalo Bowl has been the vibrant purple food truck that roamed the Bay Area, preaching health and happiness. While the Mahalo Bowl truck had a set location in Sunnyva...

Arca: Mutant

Arca: Mutant

Avi Varghese, Staff Writer
December 15, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

The software we use to create electronic music is just an instrument, but we tend to forget that. For all the innovation that supposedly goes on in the electronic scene today, the majority of popular artists and listeners have gravitated towards the formation of a genre and a common identity that has...

Boots: Aquaria

Boots: Aquaria

Josh Kirshenbaum, Sports Editor
December 15, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

While music fans may only be just getting to know Jordan Asher (better known by his pseudonym, Boots) by name, they’ve been hearing his music for a while. Just two years into his career as a producer, he’s worked with big names such as FKA twigs and Beyonce, and is beginning to emerge as an artist himse...

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’

Akhil Jakatdar, Staff Writer
December 1, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

  “Mockingjay Part 2” Nov. 16 2015 (PG-13) Directed by Francis Lawrence Starring Jennifer Lawrence ★★★★☆ The Mockingjay has returned to its nest — with just as much appeal and magnificence as its first appearance last year, in the final production of the acclaimed “Hunger Games...

Cupertino makes way for local developments

Cupertino makes way for local developments

Emily Aoki, Features Editor
November 18, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

The city of Cupertino is no stranger to change. It has been Apple’s home since the company’s inception and expanded and developed along with the company. Since 2000, Cupertino’s population increased 6.97 percent. To put that in perspective, since 2000, Los Altos has had a population growth by 3.9...

“Star Wars” sequel earns massive hype

Booker Martin, Staff Writer
November 18, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

Released on May 25, 1977, “Star Wars: A New Hope” was the unlikely start to a series that would become revered as one of the greatest franchises of all time. Thirty-eight years and five additions later, the series once thought to have concluded is gaining a sequel: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”...

Despite excitement, Pokémon GO! offers little promise

William Jow, Copy/Content Editor
November 18, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

On Thursday, September 10, Nintendo officially announced “Pokémon GO,” one of the company’s first titles aimed for the mobile market. The augmented reality (AR) game features the basic mechanics of the Pokémon games ― catching, battling and trading ― and adds a layer of immersion on top of...

“Gilmore Girls” returns to delight of fans

Hanna Khosravi, Opinions Editor
November 18, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

Imagine a charming, cozy town where wintry wonders speckle every corner, where each resident exudes a sense of small-town ease and the breeze gives off the effervescent scent of apple cider and cinnamon. One such town is Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the fictional village-like town where the renowned...

Adele’s “Hello” Deviates from Past Jazz Style

Bobak Afshari, Videographer
November 3, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Since the release of the Album “21” in 2010, and the release of her single, “Skyfall,” in 2012, Adele has not released a song in three years. She finally emerged from her musical hiatus on October 25, with the release of her new single, “Hello.” With the release, Adele also announced her new al...

Pearl milk tea: everything you need to know

Pearl milk tea: everything you need to know

Teddy Chmyz, Emily Terada, Savita Govnid, Claire Bai, Copy/Content Editor, Senior Writer, Staff Writer, Copy/Content Editor
October 29, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

The Rise of PMT Pearl milk tea is a rapidly expanding trend in the Bay Area and around the world, and it does not look like it will be gone anytime soon. More and more pearl tea shops are appearing in the form of both chains stores and individually owned shops. While only fifteen years ago these sho...

Pentatonix’s latest album pushes vocal limits

Booker Martin, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

When thinking of popular music styles, a capella does not usually come to mind. However, Grammy award-winning a capella group Pentatonix has set out to change this. The group consists of five members: baritone Scott Hoying, tenor Mitch Grassi, soprano Kirstin Maldonado, bass Avi Kaplan, and vocal perc...

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