Retro round-up

Retro round-up

Many readers will agree, “Super Smash Bros. Melee” was a significant pastime for many people, as we invested hundreds of hours into it, and many continue to play it today. “Super Smash Bros. Melee” is the second game in a continuing series from Nintendo. It is a multiplayer fighting game that includes characters across Nintendo’s vast array of intellectual properties, featuring characters like Mario, Link, Pikachu and Donkey Kong. The game was released in 2001 in Japan and released worldwide shortly after. The game was met with massive success and according to VGChartz, sold seven million units by 2008.

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Curzon's Corner: A not so “Great Wall”

Curzon's Corner: A not so “Great Wall”

If you’re looking for a movie that’s slightly boring, “The Great Wall” is the movie for you. You’d expect more from a movie about monsters attacking ancient China. Directed by Zhang Yimou, who is best known for “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers,” definitely brings his signature style to the film, but it’s not enough. “The Great Wall” boasts some impressive visuals but lacks a story or characters to hold it up.

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Chance the Rapper wins three Grammy Awards

Chance the Rapper wins three Grammy Awards

The music world operates alongside a myth: to achieve the highest level of success and recognition, one must sign on to a record label and sell a ton of records. It has always been generally understood that a “big” record deal equated to a “big break” in the music and entertainment industry. At the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, this myth was shattered when the young Chicago-native artist and producer Chance the Rapper brought home three awards: Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance, signifying universal acclaim, without having sold a single record.

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Sonoma State alumni takes a trip to the Grammys

Sonoma State alumni takes a trip to the Grammys

Michael Paradiso, local musician turned surgical consultant, may have put his music career on hold, but his band, Soul Pacific, has not gone unnoticed. When the Sonoma State alumni checked his email he was surprised to see a message from 75th Wall Street. 

“I thought it was spam,” Paradiso joked. But spam it was not. Paradiso soon understood that his song “Cali Coast” had been selected as a Grammy nominee for Best Remixed Recording for their song “Cali Coast.”

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“Forever in a Second” captivates audiences

“Forever in a Second” captivates audiences

The dance concert “Forever in a Second: New and Renewed Dances by Kristen Daley” was performed on Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon in Ives 119. The show was a good length, giving audiences a full evening of interest and enjoyment. Each piece featured very precise and liberated movement, while brief pauses between numbers allowed the audience to feel relaxed. Only five dances were performed, making each very focused and meaningful. 

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It takes two to tango; Guitar duo visits the GMC

It takes two to tango; Guitar duo visits the GMC

The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in modern music. Its use spans a wide array of musical styles from classical, to jazz, to rock and its various offshoots. It isn’t often that one instrument can appeal equally to both dignified classical musicians and greasy punk rockers, but it’s the cultural diversity of the guitar that fostered the distinctive experience of the Duo Deloro concert in Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center on Friday.

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Kehlani impresses with “SweetSexySavage”

Kehlani impresses with “SweetSexySavage”

Sweet (adj): pleasing in general;delightful; pleasant and kind or thoughtful, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Sexy (adj): attractive or exciting; appealing. And Savage (adj): very great; severe; fierce. Add all three and enter the spiritually healing debut studio album released by Berkeley native Kehlani Ashley Parrish, formally known as Kehlani.

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Curzon's Corner: “The Lego Batman Movie”

Curzon's Corner: “The Lego Batman Movie”

After the massive success of “The Lego Movie,” it makes sense to make another movie in the same universe. Instead of going with a sequel, Warner Brothers opted to make a spin off with fan favorite character, Batman. Will Arnett reprises his role as the lego-fied Dark Knight. “The Lego Batman Movie” is not as strong as its predecessor, but still a great film for Bat fans of all ages. It shows you can poke fun at a franchise but still love and respect it.

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