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Relaxing sounds in Vampire Weekend’s debut album

Earl Parsons

April 22, 2008

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Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut pulls off a refreshing mesh of Afro-pop, classical music and an Ivy League aesthetic that makes them the most interesting new band of the year so far. Vampire Weekend, formed by students at Columbia University, has created the most ambitious first album since Arcade Fire's depressing-yet-nostalgic "Funeral" in 2004. Their inspiration from...

Talent meets experience

Elizabeth Meeks

April 8, 2008

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By ELIZABETH MEEKS [email protected] Rip staff writer Playing to a sold-out crowd, Jimmy Eat World proves experience makes for a great high-energy live rock concert. With a blend of alternative rock and power pop, Jimmy Eat World performed song after song with seamless transitions and polished, tight musical guitar riffs during the April 6 show at Rabobank Arena. Since...

Dollar stores for poor students

Earl Parsons

April 8, 2008

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The average college student spends four years working for a minimum- wage paycheck and subsisting on a diet of ramen noodles and cheap beer in the hope that his or her diligence will result in a fruitful career and an opportunity to eat actual meals. Until then, college students in Bakersfield flock to the local dollar stores to save money on the essentials of living. There...

Orchid lacks a decent staff

Kyle Beall

April 8, 2008

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The Orchid, located on the corner of Brimhall and Calloway, has a lot of room to improve and needs to if they are going to continue to charge what they do for their food and dole out such shoddy service. I am the type of patron that appreciates not only good food but good service as well, and I am willing to pay a fair price to receive both. I always leave at least a standard...

Realistic characters create ‘The TV Set’

Quinn Schlussel

April 8, 2008

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The birth of a TV series, although typically a very exciting period in most scriptwriters' lives, can also contain moments of severe artistic tragedy. That was the theme shown in Jake Kasdan's little known hit "The TV Set." Jake Kasdan, writer, director and producer of last winter's satirical comedy "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" was also the writer, director, and producer...

Local band opens for Vanilla Ice

Earl Parsons

March 25, 2008

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Vecar, who played in Bakersfield College's Free Speech Area twice during Spring Fling week and opened for Vanilla Ice on March 20 at the Nile Bar and Grill, was the best band in the Battle of the Bands competition at the Nile on March 6 that allowed them the aforementioned opportunity. However, I disagree with how the voting for the competition was conducted, as the majority...

‘10,000 BC’ lacks historical accuracy

Quinn Schlussel

March 25, 2008

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The woolly mammoth is a large, hairy relative of the modern-day elephant that roamed the northern wastes of Eurasia and went extinct at about 12,000 B.C. The Great Pyramids were ancient Egyptian landmarks used as tombs for the pharaohs and were constructed circa 2,500 B.C. Given these facts, why did the filmmakers of the movie "10,000 B.C." find it necessary, much less accurate,...

Famous Dave’s has superb BBQ

Omar Ramirez

March 25, 2008

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Famous Dave's is nothing less of the place to be if you're looking to munch down on some of the juiciest pieces of meat around. The air is filled with smells of warm baked bread, sizzling meat, music and laughter from all around. The atmosphere screams, "Saturday night!" This is the place for a family night out or for an after-work chill spot. It's basically a place for...

The world can’t figure out how to stop the Hulk

Gabino Vega

March 25, 2008

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The Incredible Hulk has finally declared war on the whole world: Thus, the "World War Hulk" saga begins. This Marvel Comics event has proved, once again, I could add another story into my nerdy comic- book collection. A few issues ago, the Hulk was betrayed by his fellow superheroes: Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Dr. Strange and Black Bolt. All are members of the Illuminati. They...

Gondry film lacked coherency

Quinn Schlussel

March 4, 2008

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I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't excited before going to see this movie. By all means it looked stupendous. Unfortunately, I'd also be lying if I said it lived up to expectations. "Be Kind, Rewind," the latest movie by Michel Gondry, follows the story of Mike, an employee at an old VHS rental store who, after having the inventory of the store wiped out by his eccentric,...

BC play ‘Ondine’ well written but ill performed

Katherine J. White

March 4, 2008

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The character of Ondine from the Jean Giraudoux play is hard to define. She is not a mermaid or a changeling, but she seems to be a gamine of the waterways, a denizen of waterfalls and lakes, and a wild child of the forest primeval. She actually appears to be a naiad, or water nymph or water spirit. In Bakersfield College's production of Giraudoux's "Ondine," set in the Middle...

MGM Asian Diner offers different experience

Elizabeth Meeks

March 4, 2008

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An alternative to typical Asian fast food, MGM Asian Diner provides made-to-order, quality plates of unique food in a casual setting that leaves you satisfied. Operating for the past year and located at 1400 Calloway Drive, MGM can be difficult to spot despite the corner-street location. From the outside, MGM looks as if it would be an upper-class, finer dining Asian restaurant,...

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