The Californian

Music festivals rock the bay

Darrah Cooper and Emma von der Lieth

June 5, 2013

Students who love indie-alternative bands missed out on Coachella and are in complete music festival withdrawal need to get tickets to Vans Warped Tour and The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival as soon as possible. Warped Tour is a huge music festival that has been hosted by Vans Shoes for almost...

Mekaleya Tilahun, Cal’s rising star

Mekaleya Tilahun, Cal’s rising star

Brittany Wurnitsch, Staff Writer

March 19, 2013

Senior Mekaleya Tilahun strikes the first few chords on her guitar, a  prized possession, that sits perfectly on her knee. With a sparkle in her eye she glances out into the audience and begins to sing. Lyrics flow effortlessly from her heart and fill the arena with a beautiful melody. That performance...

Noises from the Newsroom

Joshua Gu, Arman Tafazzoli, Luke Finkel, and Austin Hille

March 15, 2013

This regular feature will be devoted to members of The Californian interested in the arts.  Everything from music to movies to books will be reviewed by our staff writers and editors. Here are this month’s panel of so-called experts: ...

Sounds of summer

Sounds of summer

May 30, 2012

by Joshua Gu, staff writer From the hottest rap stars, to alternative-rock kings to classic rock legends, this year’s summer music festivals are sure to impress June 10 Summer Jam has been produced by the radio station 106.1FM KMEL since 1987, and was one of the first stations to begin the hip...

Nick Vivar is a guitar star

February 6, 2012

by Christina Calderon, staff writer Junior Nick Vivar certainly stands out in a crowd, and it’s not just because of his awesome hair. Vivar has been singing from a young age. He began singing karaoke just for fun and it quickly became one of his passions, but he decided he wanted more. It...

Adele rolling deep into Grammys

February 6, 2012

by Nicole Pipp, staff writer It’s music fans’ favorite time of year. It’s the time when all the greatest songs are finally acknowledged and the best artists get to perform our favorite songs. Yes, it’s Grammy season.This year, the 54th Grammy Awards are on Feb. 12 on CBS. Record...

Looking into the mind of a true musical master, Brendan Phung

February 6, 2012

by Stephanie Peng, staff writer He plays every instrument that exists. Almost. There’s the piano, the violin, the guitar, the bass, the snare drum, the tenor drum, the mandolin, the ukulele, the cello, and the organ. Future projects include the banjo, the accordion, and several brass and woodwind...

Rock around the clock this month

December 13, 2011

by Haley LeDuc, staff writer The holidays are right around the corner and that can only mean one thing. That’s right, it is time for the annual concerts put on by Wild 94.9 and 99.7 Now. The rival stations are gearing up for these great events which feature some of today’s hottest artists. Wild Jam Headlined b...

Katy Perry: Always hot and never cold

December 13, 2011

by Charley Kassabian, news lite editor OAKLAND – Katy Perry has assumed her throne as one of the biggest pop stars of the year. It is rare to drive in the car for 10 minutes without hearing one of her numerous and record-setting chart topping singles on the radio. But hearing her recordings...

These kids and their Foolish Ways

December 13, 2011

by Emma von Der Lieth, staff writer Who would ever imagine that sibling rivalry could produce a pair of talented musicians with a promising future in the Bay Area local band scene? Kell Egan and Dillon Deskin, also known as Kellz and DTD, used to be stepbrothers while attending Alhambra High School...