TOKiMONSTA bounces back from surgery


Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Jennifer Lee is known internationally for her DJ and music production abilities under the stage name TOKiMONSTA. While a great deal of electronic music enthusiasts know of her music and high-profile collaborations such as Thirsty Fish, Kool Keith, MDNR and Anderson.Paak, many of her fans are unaware of […]

Lessons in self-love from Lucia


In a political climate that can only be compared to a month-old salmon filet festering in the hot sun, I find myself turning to music to ease the stress currently plaguing our great nation. Given the fact that the current administration has already caused me so much distress, there has been an exponential rise in […]

Back on track: Angels Flight is up and running again on Bunker Hill


After nearly four years, a prized piece of Angeleno nostalgia has come rattling back to life in downtown Los Angeles. Angels Flight, the venerable old cable car funicular with vibrant orange cars, is running again from Hill Street to California Plaza at the north end of the city center. The 116-year-old incline railway was originally […]

Foo Fighters perpetuate signature sound on ninth album


Foo Fighters have impressed fans yet again with the band’s latest album, Concrete and Gold, which was released on Friday. This is the ninth studio album from the Grammy Award-winning and critically acclaimed rock band. Though the band released its previous album, Sonic Highways, three years ago and EP Saint Cecilia two years ago, fans […]

Taylor Swift’s lyrics have been the soundtrack to my life


I’ve always been a fan of Taylor Swift. To be precise, I started following her in the fourth grade after “Teardrops On My Guitar” made waves on Radio Disney. And I’ve listened to every song she’s produced up until her latest hit, “… Ready For It?” Am I sometimes overzealous about my admiration for Taylor […]

Diversity on television should be more than a ‘shock factor’


Since its inception 15 years ago, ABC’s The Bachelor — a reality show in which 25 women compete for a chance at marital bliss with a charming bachelor — has arguably become the biggest reality TV show in the nation. Its spinoff series, The Bachelorette, has earned similar success, and the castoffs never leave empty-handed. […]

Georges Bizet’s Carmen Live to return to LA Opera


LA Opera will simulcast its season premiere production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen Live on Saturday, Sept. 23. This year’s transmission with be presented in two separate locations: one at the Santa Monica Pier, and another in Exposition Park south of campus. For the fourth year in a row, the simulcast — billed as “Opera at […]

Ballet BC performs repertoire of contemporary works


Ballet BC, one of Canada’s premier contemporary ballet companies, visited USC for a night of stunning movement, virality and artistic excellence in Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday evening. In a collaboration between the  Kaufman School of Dance and Visions and Voices, Ballet BC presented a dynamic repertoire of works by late 20th and early 21st century […]

Daley showcases personal side in sophomore album


The sophomore album is arguably the most challenging record an artist will make in their career. Some might risk it all and experiment with new sounds, while some may stay in their lane and produce a commercially viable album. For British singer Daley, who is the European equivalent of Scott Hoying (for those unfamiliar Americans), […]