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Sean Madden

Rocky for the Hold Steady

Listening to The Hold Steady's fourth album "Stay Positive," one cannot help but draw comparisons to rock predecessors like Bruce Springsteen & the E. Street Band. And while some critics find The Hold Steady's unapologetically classic rock sound to be a blatant rip-off of music from a bygone era, this reviewer begs to differ.

Death Cab Reaches New Heights

"Narrow Stairs" is the sound of a band stretching out; the band does not necessarily depart from its classic sound, but rather furthers it by expanding its sonic palette.

Fear of the Phone—It Rings True

For my 18th birthday, my parents took me to see Jerry Seinfeld at Spreckels Theatre in San Diego. It was a solid stand-up routine,...

Former Miles Davis Pianist Plays Smith’s Ivory Keys

Former pianist for Miles Davis and UC Irvine Chancellor's professor of music Kei Akagi treated jazz fans Friday night to an evening of wonderful...

Monterey Festival Jazzes up Barclay

Jazz enthusiasts young and old flocked to the Irvine Barclay Theatre last Thursday night to watch some of the industry's top performers show off...

Communal Bowls: My Journey through UCI’s Porcelain Palaces

Last Thursday night, I left my apartment and embarked on a quest to find the finest public restroom at UC Irvine. I had just...


'Is there anybody alive out there?' asks Bruce Springsteen in 'Radio Nowhere,' the adrenaline-fueled first single off his new album 'Magic.' In an...

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