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The Wind Rises

“When reality becomes impossible,” Miyazake seems to say, “you must dream, and then you must live.”

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St. Vincent, by St. Vincent

”Bring Me All Your Loves” is instantly tragic, humorous, dance-y, and epic, and it remains so throughout its three-minute running time.

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The Joy Of Motion, by Animals As Leaders

While their last release Weightless felt more like an experiment—a study of new-found techniques, styles, and electronic elements—Joy Of Motion is a successful synthesis of what was learned, expressing a matured musical unity.

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Crosses – Crosses

There are raw, heavy moments on Crosses almost reminiscent of Deftones, but the real meat of the music lies in the straightforward pop songs.

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Fight Music – Let Them Eat Cock

Let Them Eat Cock is an easy record to recommend for those who like cheeky, solid hardcore punk, but it’s clear that Fight Music could care less if anyone likes what they do anyway.

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Lexie Loader — Art Review At Empire Coffee

They were executed with a classy and traditional style, mashing realistic perception with some subtle abstract touches here and there.

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Kyle Forrest Burns — Photography At Naked Lounge

I can only assume the beauty that was being witnessed in that exact moment left the artist in silence, with no need to explain it.

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deafheaven — Sunbather

This lightening of the mood proves to be its saving grace; it’s the only black metal album I’ve actually been able to enjoy.

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Periphery — Clear

Clear takes the listener on a pretty adven- turous musical journey: ranging from soft ethereal melodies, to heavy-hitting, heart- pounding grooves.

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Brunchinacious!

There’s cuisine inspired from cultures across the world, which provides a wonderful option for adventurous palates.

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Mogwai – Rave Tapes

It leads in the record with plenty of evocative potential, making use of sleepy keyboards and crisp, sparse guitars that almost sound like latter-day Earth submerged deep underwater.

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Thumpers – Galore

Recent inductees into the Sub Pop family, the synth-pop duo of Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson, Jr. are breaking new ground in this refreshingly original album.

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New Heights

At its best moments, Sorin’s New Heights is as poised as a dancer and as forceful as a car-crash.

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Time Spent In The Machine

From the first notes he sings over the popping bassline in Dynamite Parasite, former Slow Car Crash alumnus Omarr Awake delivers a retro funk reminiscent of the laid-back sass of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions.

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Respect The Van

I think The Brothers Comatose are the
reincarnated soul of an old hillbilly from
Arkansas that was born inside a brokendown
banjo.

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This Shit is Just Really Sad

I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane with us. I know it’s bittersweet, but really, so were we.

Hot Flashes: Welcome To Chico, The Best Place Ever Invented Ever

by DANIEL TAYLOR • Originally Published August 2008
Hey Everybody! OMG did you know that people in Chico are the happiest fucking people on earth?

An Unnecessary, Semi-Accurate History of ‘Hot Flashes’

Free drinks, the adoration of moderately attractive women, the hushed reverence of my tight-panted peers at emo shows; the fringe benefits were numerous.

The Passion of the (Sleazus) Christ

My job is to create stuff out of words. And I wouldn’t have it without my time at Synthesis.

Undercover Juggalo: Stream of consciousness at the ICP show

Walking into the show left me with the kind of nervous energy I usually only get when my car breaks down in the wrong side of town. Or when I’m showing a woman my penis for the first time.

Black Eyes and Blue Balls

by Maurice Spencer Teilmann • Originally Published April 2005 | The world watches as Chico State’s Greek system takes another shot to the gonads

Bill Says: OPEN SEASON

Originally Published DECEMBER 2005 | I’d imagine that was probably the first time someone said the word “dildo” at an AS Government meeting

Event Calendar – Week of March 23, 2015

Best Bets: Wednesday, March 25th Punk rock karaoke Maltese Are you anti-establishment? Me too! Especially that corner store-establishment where they […]

Sayonara, Synthesis

“You cocky little shit. Tell them I’ll have it in when it’s done. [CLICK]”

Meter’s Running: The Wet Brunette

“There’s that son of a bitch!” I yelled, growling deeply out the back of my throat. I couldn’t even tell who was driving the other taxi but it didn’t really matter, the car was the right color.

Service Dogs

The ADA gives disabled Americans the protection they need to interact with society with their help of their service animals. However, we in the disabled community have the responsibility to ensure that our dogs are well trained and well mannered.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

The sequel to 2012’s shockingly violent, schizophrenic top-down killer, Wrong Number carries us back into an adrenaline soaked ‘80s nightmare that is at once familiar and different.

Insomnia and Revolution

Long-time Chico icons going off-line and early morning ruminations lead to a long, hot bath

The End Is Nigh. (Part One)

Some might not understand us feeling gratified in spite of the Synthesis’ demise. But they’re idiots who don’t understand what it was like to work here.

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