Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Band that changed punk rock music: The Sonics

By Wanz Dover

Staff Writer

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Punk rock has a storied history that is often credited to the explosion in underground activity in the mid-to-late ’70s. Tired of the spectacle that rock music had become due to bloated arena rock bands, a few bands inspired a whole generation to rebel by bringing rock music back to its roots.

Many of these bands connected due to a shared passion for ’60s counterculture rock legends Velvet Underground, The Stooges and MC5. Velvet Underground and MC5 formed in 1964 and often get credited as the beginning of the movement, but The Sonics formed in 1960 and predated them all by four years with a rock ‘n’ roll sound rooted in three chords and songs about evil women, drugs and screaming. Continue reading

Summer Concert Picks

By Joie’ Thornton, Wanz Dover and Carmina Tiscareño

Web Editor, Staff Writer, and New Media Editor

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Under the Influence Tour – August 14 – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Under the Influence Tour includes several acts, such as rappers Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Young Jeezy, and others. The headliner, Wiz Khalifa, officially entered the rap scene in 2011 with the popular song “Black and Yellow.” NFL team the Pittsburgh Steelers used the song as their unofficial theme song. Wiz Khalifa’s recent album was released in 2012. This tour is an extension of his 2013 tour. For this year’s tour, Khalifa decided to add new rappers as well as established rappers such as Tyga and Young Jeezy. Continue reading

Street Arabs Bruised Fruit

By Wanz Dover

Staff Writer 

Photo by Wanz Dover | The Street Arabs' latest offering sounds just as good on the street as it does in your car.

Photo by Wanz Dover | The Street Arabs’ latest offering sounds just as good on the street as it does in your car.

 

The Street Arabs are back with a fine dose of garage rock served up straight, no chaser on their new LP “Bruised Fruit.” The cur- rent decade has been rough on rock‘n’roll. A status quo of slickly-produced and very safe music has dominated the indie music scene almost as much as the mainstream. In this environment, the Street Arabs’ latest offering is a breath of fresh air. Continue reading

BHC student cooks up ethnic flair

By Carmina Tiscareño

New Media Editor

Photo Illustration by Adriana Salazar

Photo Illustration by Adriana Salazar

In a packed kitchen, former Brookhaven College student Gigliola Aguilera finishes last- minute artistic touches on the escabeche dish she is about to serve. At the same time, her mother, Joyce Stenvall, prepares two trays of a banana dessert. The light brown wooden cabinets behind the bar area give the restaurant a kitchen- like feel, while Latin and smooth Jazz relaxes patrons.

Aguilera moved to the United States from her home country of Bolivia 11 years ago, not knowing any English. Now she is the chef and owner of the mother- and-daughter restaurant Joyce and Gigi’s Kitchen. The elegantly hospitable restaurant specializes in providing customers with South American dishes from countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil. Continue reading

Crate Digger explores Miles Davis’ transformative album

By Wanz Dover 

Staff Writer

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The year 1970 was the hangover from 1969’s “Summer of Love,” and Miles Davis turned the Jazz world on its head with a new direction that inspired as many as it angered.

Davis’ “Bitches Brew” has been the subject of many old-school Jazz purists and a generation of forward-thinking Jazz musicians. Continue reading

Old 97’s release ‘Most’ fun in over decade

By Erin Alexis Goldman
Opinions Editor

 

Photo by  Erin Alexis Goldman | Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller rocks out during a small set the band played at the AllGood Cafe in October 2010.

Photo by Erin Alexis Goldman | Old 97′s frontman Rhett Miller rocks out during a small set the band played at the AllGood Cafe in October 2010.

Last fall, Dallas-based alt-country band the Old 97’s head- ed to Austin with producer Salim Nourallah to record their tenth LP, “Most Messed Up.” The album is an unruly, unfiltered and Continue reading

Student rocks the café

By Brigitte Zumaya

Layout Editor

 

Photo illustration by Kathy Tran

Photo illustration by Kathy Tran

 

The music blared out of the speakers and echoed throughout Brookhaven College’s S Building. During the concert, lead singer Andrew Boyer switched between the keyboard and guitar while singing Continue reading

Former student models success

By Travis Baugh
Staff Writer

Photo Illustrations by Kathy Tran | Rachal Grayson poses during one of her first test shoots with Wallflower Management in downtown Dallas.

Photo Illustrations by Kathy Tran | Rachal Grayson poses during
one of her first test shoots with Wallflower Management
in downtown Dallas.

 

Former Brookhaven College student Rachal Grayson is following her dream of becoming a model. After a lot of hard work, time, perseverance and rejection, Grayson made her way from behind the camera to being the one under all the lights and on the page.

Grayson said she had always wanted to be a model, and in eighth grade, she went to her first casting call for a modeling agency called Kim Dawson. The casting call did not go as expected. She said she was shot down hard: “It kind of destroyed the dream of doing it,” Grayson said. Even after being dealt such a crushing blow at a young age, Grayson said she still strove to be in the fashion world. Continue reading

Best overlooked local music releases of 2013, by bands to watch out for in 2014

By Wanz Dover

Staff Writer

 

 

 

Pinkish Black “Razed to the Ground”

2013 was a breakthrough year for Pinkish Black: new label by way of independent heavy metal giant Century Media, Best Metal Band award from Dallas Observer Music Awards, a Best Metal Band award from Fort Worth Weekly, notoriety from the infamous Pitchfork music blog and a coast-to-coast tour of the U.S., all on the back of their groundbreaking second album, “Razed to the Ground.” These accolades are made all the more interesting because Pinkish Black is not a traditional metal band. The band doesn’t even use guitars. They are a two-piece drums and synthesizerdriven act, with roots closer to ‘70s Italian horror film soundtrack geniuses Goblin and the infamous early ‘70s Krautrock movement.  Continue reading

Former BHC Student broadcasts ‘On Air’

By Vadim Dozmorov

Staff Writer

 

Photo by Kathy Tran | Rodney Blu Wilson the host of Inner City Blu’s, pictured here while hosting the “Every Man is King” during the A.dD+ performance.

Photo by Kathy Tran | Rodney Blu Wilson the host of Inner
City Blu’s, pictured here while hosting the “Every Man is King”
during the A.dD+ performance.

 

Learning to speak can be one of the most remarkable and important actions people learn as they grow. Encouraged as children to say our first words, we find our voices. Now settled into his voice, Rodney Blu Wilson turns on his microphone, the intro music plays while he addresses his audience, and the podcast begins.

Wilson is a former Brookhaven College student with a streaming video podcast talk show, “Inner City Blu’s,” through Deep Ellum On Air, which is an Internet based broadcast company based in Deep Ellum, Texas. After a few months of availability, one episode has nearly 5,000 views. Wilson said his show’s coverage is entirely up to him, and he focuses on prominent and local topics that affect his community of listeners. Wilson said he was fortunate to have his mother and father to foster and mold him as a youth. In his early years, he dreamt of having a late night talk show like Johnny Carson, foreshadowing his future, perhaps, and was encouraged by his family and loved ones. Continue reading