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Java Jam shows off local talent

Java Jam is an open-mic event held every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Elmo’s section of Southern Oregon University’s Stevenson Union. The Jam showcases local SOU talent, featuring slam poetry, improv acting, short scenes, and, of course, music. Last Tuesday night was the album release show of Boots and the Cobblers. Opening for […]

The top 10 epic songs to be epic to

The top 10 epic songs to be epic to

I spend a lot of my time choreographing intense combat sequences in my head.  It’s just something to keep my overactive imagination busy while people are trying to hold my attention with conversation or whatever.  Ever since I was introduced to Batman, my mind has been cluttered with the most elaborate ways to disarm and […]

Remembering Ronnie James Dio and “Holy Diver”

Remembering Ronnie James Dio and “Holy Diver”

There are a couple albums out there that have had an incredible impact on how I live my life.  “Astro Lounge” by Smash Mouth, “Inhuman Rampage” by Dragonforce, and “Kamikaze” by Los Rabanes, are all close to the top, but nothing compares to Dio’s debut album of utter magnificence, “Holy Diver.” Before “Holy Diver,” there […]

“The Blues Brothers” remains a classic

“The Blues Brothers” remains a classic

        “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” Easily one of the most memorable lines in all of moviedom, I still wish I had a pair of classic Wayfarer shades every time I hear it.  If […]

Cage the Elephant hits sophomore slump

Cage the Elephant hits sophomore slump

    I thoroughly enjoyed Cage the Elephant’s eponymous debut album.  It was a great, original album that wasn’t concerned with being mainstream at all.   Cage the Elephant struck me as some weird amalgamation of the Pixies and Kings of Leon, but with a lot more twang.  It was this original sound that drew […]

Two albums you may have missed (and shouldn’t)

Two albums you may have missed (and shouldn’t)

NOFX: Punk in Drublic Many people have never heard of NoFX, which is downright insulting to musical history.   Easily one of the greatest punk bands of all time, and definitely one of the biggest influences for the countless other punk descendents, NoFX is criminally underappreciated. Despite a rather recent release of newer stuff, this […]

CD Review: New Politics

CD Review: New Politics

        I have problems with pop music.  Not with the messages, goodness no.  Nor is it an aversion to catchy and infectious beats that Dr. Dre came up with years ago.  It’s not even a music snob reason, as if I think pop is too mainstream and I want to be different […]