The new open world order of gaming
Dec14

The new open world order of gaming

The biggest trend in video games are Battle Royale and open world games doing whatever the fuck they want. This is just the beginning of a malicious business tactic threatening a wonderful experience for gamers. But with technology ever advancing towards a better tomorrow, shows how much we have accomplished in terms of graphics. Such as a stark comparison of old to new games such as the gameplay mechanics. Skyrim paved the way for...

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Disney’s take on “The Nutcracker” is here for the holidays
Dec14

Disney’s take on “The Nutcracker” is here for the holidays

As a special gift given by her mother before she passed away, Clara must obtain a key to open the box. Her godfather gifts her the key, and just as she is about to grab the key, a mouse takes it instead, and this is where her journey begins. Alongside the Nutcracker, they embark into the four realm. The movie does not entirely follow the original Nutcracker. It starts with Clara and her brother setting a trap to catch a mouse in their...

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Belly Up Tavern rallies support
Dec14

Belly Up Tavern rallies support

Photos and story by: Pat Hartley From outrage to singing, from disgust to dancing from negativity to positivity, such was the seismic range of emotions at the Songs for S.O.N.G.S. (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) rally at the Belly up Tavern in Solana Beach on October 8, 2018. At stake is the fate of 3.6 million pounds of lethal radioactive waste perched in substandard canisters only 5/8 of an inch thick (approximately the...

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Alternative Notes: So, what is a groupie?
Dec10

Alternative Notes: So, what is a groupie?

This past October I got home from a trip after going to a show up in Northern California, and when I got home, my grandma asked if I was now a “groupie”. Within the past year or so, it has become more common for younger fans, notably girls around the ages of 17 to 21, to “follow” musicians during their tours. This was a concept that was super popular in the 1970s and 1980s, with bands like the Rolling Stones, the Doors, and Guns n...

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Alternative Notes: Three albums you might have missed this year
Dec10

Alternative Notes: Three albums you might have missed this year

As we near the end of the year, we get closer to award season, which means the usual roundup of all of the standout music that was released throughout 2018. However, in the midst of the usual crazy, hyped up releases, we have a few that slipped through the cracks. Yungblud: “21st Century Liability” Yungblud, the stage name of British rocker Dominic Harrison, is fairly new to the scene, only being active since 2017. He released his...

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The pioneers of hip-hop
Nov26

The pioneers of hip-hop

Eric B and Rakim, the pioneers from the golden age of hip-hop entered the house of blues “paid in full” style. “It was dope just seeing the legends come up onstage and do what they’ve been doing for 40 years,” said 26-year-old aspiring rapper Asante Prince. The rap legends were decked out in leather Gucci jackets and sweat suits paying homage to hip-hop culture they spawned in the late 1980’s. The band seemed to bring together the...

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