Breaking the Social Ideals and Stigmas of Modern Rap

By Alec Nunez The genre of rap, since its breakthrough into the mainstream during the late 1970s, hasThe genre of rap, since its breakthrough into the mainstream during the late 1970s, hasalways been shrouded in stigmas. The seemingly most prevalent of these stigmas being that rap is a violent outlet that promotes womanizing and drug use…

Tom Petty’s Death: Leaving Millions in Heartbreak

By Golda Fulmer Tom Petty—a renown musician and singer—passed tragically, at the age of 66, on October 2, 2017, at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA. The cause of death was cardiac arrest early that morning, and his death was officially confirmed later that night, despite the confusion that afternoon. Petty was famous for…

Top Well-Known Songs with a Deeper Meaning

By Golda Fulmer There are many renowned songs that seem hunky-dory when played and are great for singing along to. Most of the time, true meanings are only discovered through the thorough listening of the song, focused reading of the lyrics, and even intense investigation of the band and references. One of the most notorious…

Shape, Sound, Color: Solange

By Chloe Maddox A year ago this week, Solange released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table. On the surface, it sounds like funky, dream-like R&B. However, the album deals with the misconceptions, and fallacies associated with African-Americans. With spoken notes, the album is both personal and impactful.  I was fortunate enough to…

Tropicalia Fest: Tacos, Tigres Del Norte and Tons of Dancing

By Galilea Oregon If you’re a fan of music and consider yourself an aspiring foodie you’ve most likely probably wished there was a way you could just combine the two in a glorious medley of pure entertainment and nothing but fun. If so, there’s an event tailored just for the music-loving foodie in you. I…

Cuckoo for Cuco

By Galilea Oregon Are you a fan of soothing, mellow music similar to the likings of Mac Demarco and Kali Uchis? If so, you will definitely enjoy listening to 18 year-old Chicano solo artist and producer Cuco based in Hawthorne, California. In his Bandcamp profile, he describes himself as a “Los Angeles based artist making…

Smells Like Kurt’s Spirit

By Ivette Barajas Fifty years ago today in gloomy Aberdeen, Washington, “Nirvana” singer Kurt Cobain was born to Wendy Elizabeth and Donald Leland Cobain. Through his lyrics that speak of angst and melancholy, Cobain touched the lives of millions who finally felt as though they had someone, something to relate to. Though Kurt sadly passed…

40 Years of Dreams

By Ivette Barajas and Kimberly Aguilar 40 years ago, the world and their ears were blessed with what could come to be one of the best selling albums of all time; Fleetwood Mac released “Rumours”, which took no time to top both the American Billboard and the United Kingdom’s album charts. Music lovers all over…

Winter Concert

By Camille Yost This past Friday, Tustin High held its annual winter concert and, naturally,  the sports pavilion was filled with beautiful, harmonious sounds. Under the direction of instrumental director Michael Fisk, vocal director David Peay, and co-director/accompanist Corey Hirsch, Tustin High’s band, orchestra, and chorus all performed for the audience. Tustin High’s band started…

Tustin Holiday Talent Show

By Melanie Mercado The city of Tustin is hosting its second annual talent show on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm. The show will be taking place at the Tustin Community Center (2961 El Camino Real). Performers for the show were chosen through an audition process that took place back in November. There’ll be…

Kyle’s Music Corner – Connan Mockasin

By Kyle Arbiola Those of you who are familiar with the name Connan Mockasin know what a peculiar being he is. For those who don’t, I’m here to enlighten you on this magnificent man who produces groovy music. Connan Hosford, better known as his stage name Connan Mockasin, was born in Te Awanga, a village…

“She Knows” That This Album is Great

By Karimar Gatica Ever since I was young, J. Cole has inspired me in ways no other person has ever done. When I first listened to the song “Fire Squad” on my friend’s phone, I loved the beat and the words he was saying. He was actually rapping with meaning and passion unlike other rappers…

Kyle’s Music Corner – Mild High Club

By Kyle Arbiola If you are a fan of piano synthesizers and funky bass lines with a hint of guitar then Mild High Club is the band for you. Hailing from beautiful Los Angeles, California, this slacker rock band is lead by front-man Alex Brettin. He grew up playing the flute and studied jazz during…

Long Live Ska

By Tanya Soto From the local music venues to the neighbors’ backyard, ska has been heard since the late 1950’s. Originated in Jamaica, the ska genre has evolved throughout the years. With a mixture of reggae, punk, and a hint of cumbia, ska has overcome the English lyrics and has expanded with Spanish influences. As…

W/E is Not Whatever

W/E Is Not Whatever By Galilea Oregon Surf pop band, Junkie, has recently released their first LP album titled “W/E.” It includes nine new songs, as well as three previously released singles: “glued ghouls,” “bowls,” and “whatever.” Just in time for summer, Junkie has produced the perfect jams for bonfires, romantic flings, and everything in…

Retro Revitalization

by Gwynn Van Houten The “Eighties” label often inspires visions of vibrant, eclectic style, of a golden age of music, of countless classic films and series, and a grand wave of new technology: from muscle cars to computers, VHS to video games. And if these visions inspire a sense of nostalgia within you — regardless…

Meet NCT, the Boy Group with Infinite Members

by Jacqueline Martinez NCT, a newly-formed boy group, has quickly taken control of the K-pop Industry. Their debut song “The 7th Sense” reached 1 million views in just its first days of being released. It’s not very common for a rookie group to gain so much popularity so early on, but the fact that they’re…

Surfpop Junkie: Music for the Angsty Soul

By Galilea Oregon Surf pop: the epitome of teenage angst packaged in slurred lyrics, banging drums and continuous guitar riffs. A mixture of garage rock and surf, surf pop is a unique genre, perfect for summer parties or just for your own personal enjoyment. Below are a few surf pop and surf rock bands that…

Look Up Here, I’m in Heaven

By: Gwynn Van Houten January 10th marked a particularly fascinating man’s final day on Earth. He had a great many aliases and monikers — Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke, Starman — and possessed a sense of style and presentation that was as fluid as it was both eccentric and innovative. In one…

Tell Me I’m Pretty

By: Karley Bailey “Tell me I’m pretty.” In a sense, this is a phrase almost every human has thought at least once in their mind. Most people can say they love the feeling of being called beautiful. Whether it be someone admiring your personality or looks, compliments are perceived as a kind gesture in all…

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

By: Karley Bailey and Kristina Ching The highly anticipated lineup for the 25th Annual KROQ Acoustic Christmas was released yesterday morning, Monday, November 16th. The two day concert is a collaboration of electronic rock, indie rock, and punk rock artists and bands. As many radio stations do, KROQ, 106.7 FM, has a few concerts and…

Welcome to the Badlands

By: Galilea Oregon Up and coming American singer and songwriter Ashley Frangipane, better known as Halsey, has recently released her debut album Badlands. Her music consists of a unique indie, electro pop sound, accompanied by gritty and raw lyrics that transport you into the mind of an angsty young woman. Similar to 90’s grunge band…

KROQ Weenie Roast 2015

By: Julia Klotz On Monday, April 27, KROQ just announced their Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2015 Lineup. With MUSE as the headlining act, 14 bands are set to take the stage Saturday, May 16th at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, also known as the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Tickets are set to go on sale this Friday, May…

Twenty One Pilots: Set To Impress

By Kristina Ching With the recent release of a brand new single off of the upcoming album, alt duo Twenty One Pilots gave the first taste of what to expect on Blurryface. However, it is important to point out that “predictable” is probably the last word you should associate with the pair from Colombus, Ohio….

Tustin’s Got Talent

By Dalyn Baxter From 7 – 8 p.m. on April 16th in Tustin High Schools new Sports Pavilion, the Tustin District put on a district showcase featuring performers from Tustin, Foothill, and Beckman High. The night was filled with talent and thrilling performances as the audience gathered to watch the three high schools put away…

Mystery of Ian Curtis

By: Tanya Soto May 18th, 1980 was the day he decided to end his life. Besides his depression and epilepsy, lead singer of Joy Division Ian Curtis, left behind exquisite and deep music. Soul touching lyrics and peculiar performances gave glimpses of his personal problems. During his performances he’d wrap the the chord of the microphone around…

R.I.P. 1D

By: Amanda & Julia Klotz On March 25, 2015, popular boyband One Direction lost one of it’s members – Zayn Malik.  Malik decided to leave after five years of being with the band. There have been numerous cases regarding select members of popular bands breaking apart like John Lennon secretly leaving the Beatles in 1969…

Maroon 5 – V Album

  By Vanessa Cuellar Three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, and an MTV Music Award are just a few that American pop rock band Maroon 5 have received throughout their career. With top songs like Moves Like Jagger and One More Night Maroon 5 is not foreign to Billboard’s Top 10. Originating from Los Angeles,…

United in Music

By Alexis Diaz For the first time in many years the Tustin High School, Beckman High School, and Foothill High School music programs came together to perform in Honor Band, Honor Orchestra, and Honor Jazz Band. Jazz band was directed by Tustin High’s Michael Fisk, orchestra by Beckman High’s Jim Kollias, and band by Foothill…