The Renegade Rip

Finding relief through music

Martin Chang, Editor in Chief

May 1, 2013

Filed under Perspectives

By Martin Chang Editor in Chief When I decided to write about my songwriting process for this page, I originally was going to tell you, the audience, that writing songs is not that big of a deal. That it’s really just putting a few chords together and singing a melody on top. That still is true, and it’s how I write songs, but sometimes the stars align and those simp...

Bringing back good music

Bringing back good music

March 14, 2013

The music world is full of artists who seem to be larger than life and unreachable. Plastic personas and producer-driven hooks dominate the airwaves while...

Home opened for creative expression

Home opened for creative expression

March 14, 2013

People are invited to the personal home of LisaAnn Lobasso to celebrate the magic of poetry, art and song. She calls this place in her home Nx Cafe. One...

BC Jazz plays the music of Sun Ran

Omar Oseguera, Photo and Multimedia Editor

November 15, 2012

Filed under Campus

The Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble performed songs from Sun Ra on Nov. 1 in the Fireside Room. The late Sun Ra was a composer, self-proclaimed extra-terrestrial, and an innovator. Ra’s music has influenced musicians beyond the jazz realm and his own compositions broke boundaries by implementing electronic keyboards and space-like sounds into his music. The ensemble...

BC Jazz program gets new support

Omar Oseguera, Photo and Multimedia Editor

November 15, 2012

Filed under Campus

The Bakersfield College Jazz program now has extra support with the Friends of BC Jazz organization. Music professor Kris Tiner and history professor Randy Beeman have been planning the organization for over a year in an effort to provide scholarships, equipment, sheet music, travel and other opportunities for the BC Jazz program. “The hope is that we would mobilize...

COLUMN: Music provides memories

Martin Chang, Opinions Editor

May 2, 2012

Filed under Opinion

What is the power of music? It captures moments in time. It gives people something tangible to remember when they look back in their lives. But it is so much more than a picture or an object you can put in a shoebox. It captures an emotional memory, something that captures what you felt, what you believed about the world. It just stays with people. For the past...

Get your musical fix this summer with these events

Patricia Rocha, Copy Editor

May 2, 2012

Filed under Features

Summer is a great time for Bakersfield’s local music scene as it hosts many seasonal shows. The season kicks off with KRAB radio’s all-ages annual Free 4 All, held at the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre on May 19. This year features bands Say Anything, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon, JJamz, and local band Streetside Vinyl. As the only local band to play this year’s...

Celebrating vinyl

Celebrating vinyl

May 2, 2012

Though it may not entitle you to a day off of school, Record Store Day was certainly celebrated downtown at Going Underground Records. People waited outside...

Bad music can have swagger like Mick Jagger

Patricia Rocha, Copy Editor

April 18, 2012

Filed under Opinion

The world owes a lot to music. It has comforted broken hearts, rebelled against society, uplifted the weary. It defines generations and provides the soundtrack to our lives. However, there are times music can take a tragic turn and make people cringe instead of smile. There are songs with lyrics that rhyme “swagger” with “Mick Jagger” out there for goodness sakes. But...

COLUMN: Women have a spirit strong and powerful

Martin Chang, Opinions Editor

April 18, 2012

Filed under Opinion

There’s a force in my life that propels me out of the deepest depressions, that sparks my creative spirit when it’s at its most dead. The feminine spirit and how it expresses itself will be a friend, something that guides my path, for my entire life. As cheesy as her music can be, I first discovered this spirit in the music of Vanessa Carlton. When I heard her first...

Playing for the love of the beat

February 1, 2012

At first glance, the sight of two young men on a street corner may not appear to be anything out of the ordinary. It didn’t take long for those nearby...

Student, Immigrant and musician

Student, Immigrant and musician

Patricia Rocha, Reporter

November 30, 2011

Filed under Features

International student Ivan Mendez and his America cover band recently showed off their musical abilities to a packed house at Coconut Joe’s banquet hall. “The...

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