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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Away from the Sprawl: Forming your own opinion in a sea of pretentiousness

I am a review obsessive. New album coming out? What’s the Pitchfork score? New TV episode just aired? What does AV Club say? New movie? What percentage did it get on Rotten Tomatoes? Some may call...

Away From the Sprawl: Max and the Moon, The Stone Foxes impress with different...

Well, I was planning on talking about the New Wave-y sounding Max and the Moon, who played a nooner show here at UCR in 2012. I still am, but here’s the thing: they’ve only...

Away From the Sprawl

“Sometimes I wonder if the world’s so small / Can we ever get away from the sprawl?” So sings Regine Chassagne, multi-instrumentalist and occasional vocalist of Arcade Fire. The “sprawl” referred to in the...

Away from the Sprawl: Hidden Meanings Good for the Soul

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons As a holiday, Halloween is unique. Though the way it is celebrated often evokes parties, candies, costumes and fun, Halloween’s dark origins are centered on scaring off demons –– the dark...

Away from the Sprawl: Make me cry in 3 minutes: The beauty of pop...

There are just a handful of songs that really get to me, almost every time I hear them. “You Can’t Hurry Love,” by the Supremes. “In My Life,” by the Beatles. “Fall On Me,”...

Away from the Sprawl: Great concerts bring out the best in artists, fans

I sat waiting at my computer for 40 minutes. Forty freaking minutes, desperately hoping that I wouldn’t click the “purchase” button 30 seconds too late, resulting in the stampede of thousands of other online...

Away from the Sprawl: The Ultimate Summer Playlist

Finally the sweet smell of summer approaches — beaches, bonfires, camping, hiking and more await Highlanders who are mentally and physically depleted from an exhausting school year. After the last blue book and scantron...

Away from the Sprawl: The Ultimate Spring Break Road Trip Playlist

That sacred time of year for college students has come—the time when you’re almost completely burnt out on unnecessary papers, annoying classmates and professors. You are probably wondering why or how that breadth class...

Away From the Sprawl: Best of 2014

This is the year things got personal. Maybe it’s my perception, (that’s what a column is supposed to be anyway, right? Right.) but more than any year in my recent memory, the best of music...

Away From the Sprawl: Almighty Rhombus Tilts Listeners Toward Good Times

And we’re back. After a long summer hopefully filled with lots of beach trips and awesome concerts, school is upon us yet again. But just because the man is bringing us down with his...