The influence of The Beach Boys’ 1966 album ‘Pet Sounds’ on the history of rock music is undeniable. Paul McCartney called it ‘a total, classic record that is unbeatable in many ways’ and named it as a major influence on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ Elton John said it was ‘a timeless and amazing […]
It was a dance party at San Diego’s Soma as New York’s Head Automatica put on their Sunday best to showcase their most recent release, ‘Popaganda,’ in their return to the West Coast. The local openers wowed the audience with their solid reggae guitar work and sometimes hackneyed bouncy rhythms. The lead singer’s unprofessionalism may […]
Usually, ‘The Music Man’ is a musical as huge and brassy as a marching band itself, so it seemed peculiar at first that such an elaborate play could be put on in much smaller proportions. Yet somehow, Bill Rauch’s understated UC Irvine workshop production of ‘The Music Man’ worked perfectly. Real instruments adorned both sides […]
The 49th annual Grammy Awards are just around the corner. Before the winners are announced, though, the New University has its own predictions. Best Pop Vocal Album Best Pop Vocal Album is guaranteed to be a toss-up between Christina Aguilera’s ‘Back to Basics’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds.’ Aguilera’s latest album is a two-disc set that […]
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Record of the Year This year’s Grammy Nominees for Record of the Year will have their work cut out for them. From the brokenhearted ballads of Mary J. Blige to the crazy funk of Gnarls Barkley, awards won’t come easy this year. The battle for the golden gramophone seems to be most vicious among the […]
Rain forced the ASUCI Unplugged concert, featuring local bands Venus Infers, Gilbert Blythe and A Week Away to the Phoenix Grille on Tuesday, Jan. 30.
In the mid-1990s, a group of musicians came together under a mantra of creative expression and a style that would become specific to these bands alone. Through their similarly-themed music, this group formed The Elephant Six Collective from which several beloved sons and daughters of indie rock were born. Starting as seedlings of this newly […]