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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Away from the Sprawl: The death spiral of taste

I am an unabashed indie rock fan. I can hardly help it. My favorite bands range from Arcade Fire (whose lyrics gave this column its name) to Vampire Weekend to the New Pornographers. Stereotypical?...

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: 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...

Away from the Sprawl: Grouplove at the Red Bull Sound Space

The brutal Culver City heat beat down around an inconspicuous little building known as the Red Bull Sound Space on Aug. 29. Around 70 or so radio contest winners packed in front of a...

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: Summer Festivals

As summer approaches, most music fans know that there’s one great thing that comes with it: festival season. No matter where you’re planning on spending your time this summer, there is most likely a...

Away From the Sprawl: Branches

Sometimes the simple things in life are nice to revisit in the technologically dominated era we live in. Branches, an indie folk group consisting of Tyler Madsen, Natalie Nicoles, Jacob Montague, Tyler Goerzen, Mitchell...

Away From the Sprawl: Interview with Walk the Moon

Fresh off their set from Spring Splash, Walk the Moon sat down with me at the HUB to discuss, among other things, late-night food, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and how they feel at home...

Away From the Sprawl: Skinny Lister at the Glass House

It was a gloomy night outside the Glass House on April 15. Clouds hung overhead and darkened the Pomona Arts Colony. But inside the Glass House, a raucous noise brewed in the form of...

Away From The Sprawl: The Evens

“When is Fugazi getting back together?” shouted an audience member. “What?” said Ian MacKaye. “When is Fugazi getting back together?” “What the f—k are you talking about? Do you know how many thousands of people got to...