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Korn strips their sound down to its cob

Marcinda Coil

March 20, 2007

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Forget all the mainstream hits and albums because Korn created an album that is legendary: Korn Unplugged. Although Jonathan Davis considers Nirvana Unplugged as legendary, Korn tops Nirvana because they use a lot more interesting instruments that don't need a socket to sound sensational. Korn combined all their hit songs, their idols' songs, and a variety of sounds to create...

Title selected for city-wide reading event holds up to lofty expectations and praise

Nick Stockton

March 20, 2007

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"All The King's Men" is a book that intimidates. It has been coined as the quissessential read on American success and the supposed inevitable corruption that comes with it. It follows the rise of Louisiana Governor Willie "Boss" Stark, through the eyes and mind of his hired man, Jack Burden. The synopsis seems like a clichÇ: A country boy rises from the dirt through his ideals...

‘300’ takes you back to the days of gore

Steven Martin

March 20, 2007

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The movie "300" is a film filled with violence, political infighting and images of vivid sexuality. In other words, it's a film you'll probably love. One of the great things about this film is that its plot is easy to follow and not convoluted; it's simple without feeling simplistic. "300" is based on the Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name. Let's face it, most movies...

Willie had a sad sound in his mind

Chris Garza

March 20, 2007

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Shadowed by the popularity of the 1976 album "Wanted! Outlaws: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Coulter and Tompall Glaser" was Willie Nelson's other album released that same year "The Sound in Your Mind", which went by as subtle as the music that is etched onto the vinyl. Released on Columbia records, the front cover depicts Nelson with a downward glance and a slight...

A Bit of Germany just a bit good

Crystal Roberts

March 20, 2007

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A Bit of Germany, a tiny little restaurant on the corner of Mount Vernon Avenue and Flower Street, featured mediocre food and pleasant service. At about 12:50 just after lunch began, I went down to A Bit of Germany to try a new meal. I entered a tiny little restaurant that looked as though it used to be a house. I was greeted upon entering by a waitress who had a smile on...

John Coltrane paints a picture with his sax

Chris Garza

March 6, 2007

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One aspect that is quite admirable about jazz is that it is a form of music that does not tell the listener what to feel or think, but paints a picture of what the musicians were thinking and allows the listener to hear whatever it is they want to inside of that picture. John Coltrane released "Blue Train" on Blue Note Records in 1957. It is an up-tempo hard-bop jazz album...

Reno deputies sizzle in Miami heat in their new movie debut

Donny Van Sloten

March 6, 2007

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Reno 911: Miami packs bullets of stupid humor, which for the most part serves and delivers laughter. Much like the Comedy Central show, it's so ridiculous you can't help but laugh. The Reno sheriff's deputies go to Miami to join in a police convention, but they aren't on the list and get turned away. A terrorist attack at the convention has the Miami Beach police and all visiting...

La Colonia: watery beans

Crystal Roberts

March 6, 2007

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Dim lights, traditional Mexican music, and watery beans are what you can expect when eating at La Colonia restaurant on Potomac Ave., west of Mt. Vernon. When I first entered the restaurant, one of the hostesses greeted me without looking up from what she was doing, no eye contact or anything. I figured that she was really busy and didn't have time to look up at me. A different...

Lost Planet fun, not perfect

Steven Martin

March 6, 2007

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"Lost Planet: Extreme Condition," a game for the XBOX 360, is an adequate third person shooter filled with ho-hum game play and some "holy crap" moments. "Lost Planet: EC" involves two of my favorite things, big giant insects and the weapons with which to make them go boom. In the game, players take on the role of Wayne, a soldier charged with ridding a Hoth-like planet of...

‘Around the World’ displays the typical Disney package

Valerie Urso, Bakersfield High School

June 23, 2004

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It's the little things in life. Like when you're thinking about a specific song you love and suddenly it comes on the car radio. Or when you're shopping and every single aisle is packed, but then a store clerk opens up a new one just as you walk up and you're in and out in two minutes. These little things may not make life great, but they make it bearable. The same principle...

BEST OF THE BLAZE: From hot dogs to churros

Sabrina De La Cruz, Centennial High School

June 23, 2004

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At the June 18 baseball game at Sam Lynn Ball Park, my focus was not on if the Bakersfield Blaze were winning or not, but what was blazing on the grill. That's right, I had the fortunate (later unfortunate) privilege to gobble down as much food as humanly possible. I didn't know what I was getting myself into. My first casualty of the evening was a thick, juicy hot dog....

YES!/NO!High school movie with a twist: ‘Saved!’ entertains

June 23, 2004

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YES! Painting nail polish crosses on your toes and chanting "Jesus rules!" doesn't seem like the cool thing to do, but in "Saved!" being openly religious is the only thing to do. This satire of a Christian high school pokes fun at intense religious faith but does not offend. The film follows several teenagers. Some are on a one-way trip to salvation and others need to mak...

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