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“Duck Soup” for the soul

“Duck Soup” for the soul

During the depression era, while the world struggled to deal with poverty and war was inevitable, many could still afford to go to the cinema to lift their spirits with a few laughs. The Marx Brothers were among the finest humorists of their day, their supercharged blend of slapstick and satire causing people to roll […]

“The Wise Man’s Fear” is precision fantasy

“The Wise Man’s Fear” is precision fantasy

There are two series of books that I tell everybody to read.  One is “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin.  The other is “The Kingkiller Chronicles” by Patrick Rothfuss.  Both series will blow your socks clean off your sweaty feet, but I will focus upon the latter, since the newest addition […]

Battle of the Bands coming to the Britt Ballroom

Southern Oregon University’s KSOC radio will be giving students a chance to get tuned up Friday, May 6, in the Britt Ballroom. At least 13 musical performances have been signed up to hold down the stage at this year’s Battle of the Bands, which begins at 7 p.m., has free admittance, and is open to […]

Game review: “Brink”

Game review: “Brink”

In the console gaming industry these days, multiplayer content is the key to success. Games like “Halo” and “Gears of War” revolutionized online multiplayer and have become the gold standard when developers look to create their own unique online experience. Expected to be released May 10, 2011, “Brink,” a first-person shooter developed by Splash Damage […]

Dude, where’s my bike?

The majority of car trips taken by Americans are less than two miles. A two mile bike ride is about the distance from Southern Oregon University’s Ashland campus to the plaza downtown. There is even a specific bike path provided from SOU to Lithia Park. This being said, bicycles are healthy for you, for your […]

Maceo Parker brings his “2 percent jazz, 98 percent funky stuff” to the Ashland Armory

Maceo Parker brings his “2 percent jazz, 98 percent funky stuff” to the Ashland Armory

Maceo Parker, known as a legendary innovator in jazz and funk, will bring his show to the Historic Ashland Armory on Tuesday, April 26. Parker has played with powerhouses such as James Brown, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Ray Charles, and even the Red Hot Chili Peppers and De La Soul. His […]

“The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T” is Seussian magic

“The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T” is Seussian magic

Certainly, most of us are familiar with the wonderfully creative Dr. Seuss. Most of us probably grew up reading his books and, not surprisingly, some of us probably still do. What fun it is to twist one’s tongue over and through his wacky words. The characters he created are uncanny and are as brightly colored […]

Music News (4/18-4/24)

Music News (4/18-4/24)

Rage Against the Machine to tour again In an interview from last year, RATM’s frontman Zack de la Rocha indicated the band would tour the “northern hemisphere,” and work on releasing a new album this summer. The band is playing a show on July 30, in Los Angeles, with Rise Against and Muse.     […]

CD Review: Boots and the Cobblers’ “Boot Camp”

CD Review: Boots and the Cobblers’ “Boot Camp”

Last week I talked about the Java Jam and the bands that played there, but this week I will be reviewing the debut album of Boots and the Cobblers, who played the event.  I even managed to talk with the band to gain some insight into their creative process. First off, Boots and the Cobblers […]

“Architecture of the Past” opens at Liquid Assets

A new photography exhibit by Southern Oregon University student Richard W. Balzer is now on display at Liquid Assets. “Architecture of the Past” features 10 striking black and white images of scenes from Portland, San Francisco and Chicago. Some of the buildings have since been torn down, but their character has been preserved in these […]