The Renegade Rip

Former Korn guitar player makes new music, planning tour

Former Korn guitar player makes new music, planning tour

Robin Shin, Online Editor

February 13, 2013

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Brian “Head” Welch, best known as the former guitarist of the nu metal band Korn,  released his newest album “Between Here & Lost” with h...

New radio station kicks out the jams

Graham C Wheat, Features Editor

January 30, 2013

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Don’t adjust your radio dials, that eclectic sound you hear is KSVG 89.7 Savage Radio invading the airwaves of Bakersfield. After six long years from the first idea, to being on the air, the project that has been the brainchild of Jake Chavez and Greg Looney, is finally broadcasting their mix of punk, reggae, and college rock over the signal through Bakersfield’s newest...

Retired condors goalie signs new book in town

Hannah Breeland, Reporter

November 28, 2012

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A retired Condors goalie, now chief correspondent for “E! News,” Ken Baker held a book signing at Barnes and Noble for his new book “Fangirl.”  The book is a work of fiction that hit stores on Nov. 16. Baker, who played as a goalie for the Condors during the 2001-2002 season, has a special place in his heart for Bakersfield. “It’s like a temple (Rabobank...

Community responds to Hostess closing

Nashay Mathews, Reporter

November 28, 2012

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Hostess, the maker of famed Twinkie snack food, is going out of business due to bankruptcy. This had people rushing to the stores in pursuit of buying the last of the Hostess goods that would be manufactured. Ruth Watson, 42, is a Winco grocery store employee. She said that the Hostess products went quickly just hours after the news broke. “It was totally crazy, I hadn’t...

Music students at BC record poems, songs

Merritt Holloway, Reporter

November 28, 2012

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Students are creating their own musical compositions in the Bakersfield College music laboratory. Tucked away in a corner of the Fine Arts building in room 70 E is Professor James Dethlefson’s classroom. He’s been teaching the music lab class at BC for 10 years, and he’s seen the lab go through two computer upgrades. The most recent was in 2012. Currently there...

Fans gather at last concert to say farewell to The Dome

Patricia Rocha, Editor in Chief

November 28, 2012

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Hundreds of music lovers packed into The Dome to sweat, mosh and head bang for the last time at the venue’s farewell show. Joel Tyrell, bass player for Australian band Hands Like Houses, said The Dome’s closing show coincided with the end of their tour with headliner Pierce the Veil. “We’ve just been on tour with Pierce the Veil, and this is our last show with...

Local women create sugary-sweet jam flavors

Robin Shin, Photographer

November 28, 2012

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An activity, which starts out as a hobby, rarely takes a turn to become a business.  Shawna Fowler, 26, a former BC student, and Mara Jackson, 25, a BC graduate, only started to make jam a year ago out of fun.  Both Fowler and Jackson have full-time jobs and are currently making jams for sale on the side. The part-time business, which Fowler and Jackson named Window Sill...

Female gamers get less respect

Robin Shin, Photographer

November 28, 2012

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The video gaming world is rarely a place for a girl to tread on, especially when it involves a game where it is male dominant, which just happens to be the majority of the games in the world. There are many varieties of games for people of all ages to play, from massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) of “World of Warcraft” to first-person shooter (FPS)...

Holiday fest helps kids in need

Luis Garcia, Photographer

November 28, 2012

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If you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy live entertainment, taco trucks, and car show all for a good cause Dice and Dolls Vintage clothing shop has you covered. The second annual Christmas charity toy drive to benefit the Jamison Center, a 24-hour emergency shelter for abused, neglected, and exploited children who are taken into protective custody by law...

Improvisational band creates ambient sound

Martin Chang, Opinions and Features Editor

November 28, 2012

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The Bakersfield Astral Troupe is a local group of musicians who play experimental ambient electronic music at places like Dagny’s coffee shop and Metro Gallery. Andrew Koeth, a member of the group, describes the sound of the group as “ambient” and “improvisation.” “We never practice with this group,” he said. “There’s no set notes we’re going to play....

Action sports helps the hungry with Cans for Jams event

Daysi Meza, Reporter

November 28, 2012

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Action Sports sponsored a fundraising event called Cans for Jams, with two main purposes in mind: to promote the upcoming season and most importantly to promote awareness to help the less fortunate during the Thanksgiving season. During the event, several snowboard companies participated by setting up their vendors outside the store and even donating prizes for the raffle. Some...

Local fire department celebrates no shave November with humor

Nashay Matthews, Reporter

November 28, 2012

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No shave November is a tradition that men have been participating in for years. Bakersfield City Fire Department firefighters participate mainly to support a charity cause. Aaron Dow, 30, said that the BFD has had a contest each year for the past five years. The women in the office rate the best, the worst and other categories. The reason behind no shave November takes place...

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