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Alessia Cara’s “Four Pink Walls” is a stunning debut

Paola Campos, Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Earlier this year, Alessia Cara released her debut EP, Four Pink Walls, as an introduction to her debut album, Know It All, which was released on November 13th. Discovered by Universal Music Group and eventually signed onto Def Jam at the age of eighteen, Cara’s Know It All pays tribute to the four pink walls of he...

Time to shuffle the music industry

Spencer Dembner, News Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

Is Spotify killing the music industry? Musicians appear to think so. Taylor Swift drew the most headlines when she announced that her latest album, “1989,” would not be available via the music streaming service, but she wasn’t alone. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys called the royalties paid to art...

Coldplay: a cacophony of chaos

Coldplay: a cacophony of chaos

Julia Santos, Staff Writer

December 15, 2015


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

“A Head Full of Dreams,” Coldplay Alternative Rock Dec. 4 2015 ★★☆☆☆ The British classic alternative rock, pop-rock and synth-pop band Coldplay released its seventh album, “A Head Full of Dreams” in early December. In 1996, the band was formed by lead singer Chris Martin, lead ...

Bethesda’s ‘Fallout 4’ lives up to the hype

Bethesda’s ‘Fallout 4’ lives up to the hype

Booker Martin, Staff Writer

December 15, 2015


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

There are few games that allow players to smack mutated enemies with a baseball bat one moment, then place beds around a town they control the next. In fact, Bethesda Softwork’s “Fallout 4,” released November 10, may be the only game in existence to feature this diverse array of gameplay. Once...

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...

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