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‘American Idiot’ a decade later

A little more than 10 years ago, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool faced an unordinary obstacle. The trio, known as Green Day, was at a crossroads. Green Day’s follow-up album to Warning — Cigarettes and Valentines — was stolen from its studio. Faced with a decision to Read More…

RosemarieA

Read Rosemarie: Summer jams have me in a rut

I spend a lot of time thinking about what Carly Rae Jepsen is doing at any given moment. How much time is “a lot”? Well, that’s relative. I’d say I think about her maybe, like, once every two days, which is certainly more than anyone’s ever consistently thought about her Read More…

RosemarieA

How Kim Kardashian made me a star

I don’t keep up with the Kardashians via their uber-popular television show and its geographically diverse spinoffs, but my mind has somehow hoarded unnecessary information about each of their lives. I know that Kendall and Kylie have somehow written a sci-fi dystopian novel, Lana del Rey hypnotized crowds at Kimye’s Read More…

The future of League of Legends as a sport

Perhaps it’s finally the time for gamers to no longer be viewed as wasting their life away. As collegiate institutions change their perception toward video gaming and eSports as a viable form of athleticism, gamers will finally be able pursue their hobbies as a profession rather than as a pastime. Read More…

RosemarieA

Taking the country by storm

I think it’s time for me to come out of the closet. I know the Bay Area is known for its welcoming liberal arms, but it’s hard to find acceptance in a place where the radio stations dedicated to this kind of music have been shut down and transitioned to Read More…

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The return of Jack Bauer

The first time I met Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), the circumstances were different. I was entering my teenage years; he was trying to save his family and the president of the United States. As we both aged, the stakes were amped up. I got my driver’s license; he was now Read More…

Taran

Pursuing a career in the arts

I stifle myself. I nervously chuckle. I shrug. I hope that the question will linger in the air long enough that it withers in strength and falls to the floor in ignored irrelevance. I dance around my true answer for one that is only partly true. Or, I say it quickly Read More…

Taran

Art’s impact on love

It started with a mutual favorite. We both held “Midnight in Paris” dear in our hearts. We had to watch it together some time. We had to. I was nervous. I started at the very edge of the couch and then slowly slid toward the middle as the jazzy tunes Read More…

RosemarieA

The state of rock today

In order to determine whether someone is worthy of my friendship, the make-it-or-break-it question is: “What kind of music do you listen to?” You’ll answer, listing band names and song titles as I nod and assess the possible concerts, potential hangout playlists and future conflicts of musical interest.  And, inevitably, Read More…

Taran

The at-home Coachella experience

I sat down in my desk chair, opened up my computer and clicked on the Coachella live stream on YouTube. As has been my tradition the past few years, I began to pretend I was actually there. And, just by pretending, I was able to enjoy the music and the Read More…