Concerts from Afar in the Comfort of Your Car

Photo illustration by Abraham Navarro/SAC.Media.

Delilah Perez, A&E Editor

August 24, 2020

Concerts are one of the many activities that had to be canceled due to our current reality of necessary social distancing. Popular festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach have been postponed until 2021, and music venues like the Greek Theatre have had to cancel their 2020 shows due to COVID-19. Many ind...

Album Review: Pray for Paris

Still taken from Westside Gunn’s official music video for “Euro Step.”

Kareem Majeed

June 10, 2020

“Pray for Paris” is designer street rap at its core; the first track, “$400 Million Plus Tax,” is a recording of the record-breaking sale of da Vinci’s $400 million painting “Salvator Mundi.” Prefacing the album is fall 2019’s Paris Fashion Week, to which Westside Gunn was invited by...

Singcopation Sings Their Way to An Award

The 2019 singcopation group, photo provided by Bruce Rogers.

Abraham Navarro

May 22, 2020

Singcopation, Mt. SAC’s 22-year-old vocal jazz group, has yet again harmonized their way to a well-deserved spot at the top, winning the award for this year’s Downbeat Magazine’s Best Community College Vocal Jazz Group. Formed in 1997 by current Director of Choral Activities Bruce Rogers, the...

K-pop News of the Week

Graphic by Ferry Baylon/SAC.Media

Ferry Baylon

April 10, 2020

Hey, fellow K-pop fanatics, I hope everyone is keeping healthy and safe. Can you believe it has been two weeks since my last update? So many things have happened over that course of time, but don’t worry, because I am here to help catch you up with the important K-pop news you might have missed. So,...

G Is For Gangstas and Girls

Lizzo photo credit: Wikimedia Commons; Megan Thee Stallion photo credit: Megan Thee Stallion; Missy Elliott photo credit: Exit Festival; Remy Ma photo credit: Ruben Diaz Jr.

Jordan Hom

April 8, 2020

Are you tired of listening to rappers like Drake and DaBaby over and over again, and want quality hip-hop with less testosterone in it? Do you want music that’s strong, smart and sexy, all at the same time? Rap has evolved drastically since its rise in popularity in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s....

KROQ Killed the Radio Star

Graphic by Skye Salamat/SAC.Media.

Sinclair Andruska

March 24, 2020

Morning commutes in Southern California are admittedly not the best part of waking up. As it usually goes, you leave the house late, and there’s 30 minutes of traffic. You’re probably combing your hair or applying makeup in between stop lights. Any entertainment that could take your mind off of the...

The Comeback Machine

The Strokes in 2002. Photo Credit: Roger Woolman

Skye Salamat

February 28, 2020

It’s 2001, and rock 'n’ roll is in hibernation. Though, really, it might as well be dead. A quick glance of Billboard’s number-one rock songs throughout the early 2000s is a sad hodgepodge of tracks from the universally loathed Nickelback’s discography and a few remainders of ‘80s metal. In...

Release Roundup: 5 New Tracks from Local Artists

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Skye Salamat

February 18, 2020

Making your way around the local music scene is a no-brainer for emerging artists—where better to start than your own community? Lucky for us, Southern California is home to a host of talented artists whose music ranges anywhere from garage rock to hip hop. Here’s a collection of the freshest releases...

The Buttertones: Crooners For A New Generation

The Buttertones. Photo Credit: Sheva Kafai, DoLA.

Sinclair Andruska

February 4, 2020

There’s an old adage given to brides as a dress code for their wedding day: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Local surf rock band The Buttertones resembles that statement well, maybe without the fluffy white veils and bouquets. The four-piece male fronted band...

5 Underrated Musicals

Graphic by Leni Santos/SAC.Media.

Leni Santos

January 22, 2020

Tired of hearing all about Alexander Hamilton’s life, a haunted opera house and the French Revolution? Got titles from fellow musical enthusiasts only to find yourself memorizing every single line in the album and YouTube bootleg all over again? Keep looking for the next new musical to be hyped up...

Leprous: A Band That Shapeshifts

Photo of Leprous by Dennis Radaelli on Wikimedia Commons. (License:

Chris Jones

January 14, 2020

Leprous is a band that is difficult to categorize. Each album in their discography offers a different sound thanks to their ever-evolving musicianship. People looking for consistency in style may be somewhat disappointed, but Leprous never fails to deliver on quality. Leprous formed back in 2001 in...

All Hail Our Pop Music Savior

Claire performs at the El Rey in Los Angeles on April 11, 2019. Photo credit: Flickr user Justin Higuchi. (

Skye Salamat

January 7, 2020

Two years ago, Claire Cottrill was a full-time college student who made her way from her native New England to Santa Ana’s The Observatory to perform as a special guest in a concert line-up curated by Tyler, the Creator. She was tiny ⁠— no taller than 5’3” ⁠— and wearing a huge fur coat...

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