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Away from the Sprawl: Or: How I stopped being a cynic and learned oversaturation...

It’s something that inevitably happens to someone who listens to a ton of music, watches a ton of movies, or consumes a large amount of any type of art. Suddenly, you’re watching a band...

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: BitTorrent, Thom Yorke embrace new age of music consumption

Oh, good old BitTorrent. How many things have you downloaded from there? No judging here. But a good deal of us have done it. It’s convenient, for one thing. Along with many other websites...

Away from the Sprawl: Sweet melodies and time machines

  “All the very best of us / String ourselves up for love.”   — The National, "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" It was some day in mid-March of this year that my grandpa passed. I don’t even remember...

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: Heat preview

Whether it’s Barn shows, Block Party, Spring Splash or Heat, attracting a diverse lineup of artists for a diverse set of Highlanders has been a difficult task. A poll last year by the HUB...

Away From the Sprawl: Best of 2013

It was the year we were all thankful to be alive. 2013 happened as a direct result of the world not ending on Dec. 21, 2012. Even after surviving the apocalypse, paranoia crept even...

Away from the Sprawl: Winter Break Playlist

As we slog through the inevitable drag of week 10, a beautiful endgame lays not far from here: winter break. Though Riverside severely lacks anything resembling winter weather, our time of servitude to the...

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...