All posts by Adrian Rodriguez

Currently I live in the great city of San Francisco!!! I am stoked on life about being able to live here and be apart of this amazing Journalism Program @SFSU! Seriously, it is ridiculous. Being that I had no previous experience in the field, I honestly thought that I had no shot at all in this program. But, I got in! Its going to be awesome! Seems like a lot of work, but soooo fun! =) check out my new blog! haightersgonhaight.wordpress.com Anyways… I’ve spent my life searching. Searching for beauty. I find myself connecting emotionally to nearly everything… I have a somewhat ridiculous obsession with love. But i believe that is what life is about: Connections, Love, and Passions. I am a writer, a musician, a friend. My passion and my pride has driven me to find beauty in words, in music, and in friendship. If we didn’t have connections, if we didn’t have each other… then, what would we live for? Every single person has significance in this life. Find Beauty! Find your passion! Your passions will become your greatest connections; your best friends. The reason I want to be a writer, is that I want to learn. I want to build relationships. I want to shaaaare experiences. I want to tell stories and stress the significance of the individual! I want YOU, to know your worth! Maybe one day I can tell your story, or maybe just a chapter of your life. You know I am still searching… and I WILL find beauty in you.

Ringworm on Van Troubles and New Album, Hammer of the Witch

 

Ringworm. Photo by Scott Schumacher
Ringworm. Photo by Scott Schumacher

After 23 years, Ringworm has retained its credibility as a genre-defining powerhouse of hardcore metal through a simple formula: the perverse onslaught of listeners’ ears. The Cleveland outfit clobbers through speed-picked, palm-muted riffs — following in the steps of thrash gods Kreator — and conjures half-time breakdowns that elicit the hellion mosher in hardcore fans.

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Watch: S.F. Folk-Rockers Owl Paws on Making Their First Album

San Francisco folk-rock trio Owl Paws contrasts acoustic tones with a punk rock presence. When the band opens the three-act show tonight at the Chapel, you’ll hear a sound that hints at early-’00s indie-emo acts like Brand New, but rounds off with the modern folk elements of artists such as the Milk Carton Kids.

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Iris Skateboards Revives Broken Boards, Supports S.F. Skate Scene (Video)

Sitting in the garage workspace of his Outer Sunset home, George Rocha grabs an old skate deck from a pile of hundreds of boards stacked against the wall. Rocha reads the deck like a palm, feeling its worn textures and grooves. But rather than telling its fortune, he guesses its past.

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Dance Anywhere Makes the World Its Stage (Video)

One night after a San Francisco dance performance, artist Beth Fein considered just how much money went into productions, even on the smallest scale. She thought of the cost of the theater, the lighting, the costumes and everything. Fein saw opportunity for a new type of performance where the art of dance could be experienced without the manufacturing of sets and costumes.

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SF State votes, but not during this election

Nicholas Lucas campaigns for prop A protecting San Francisco retirees during a Sunday Street event on Arguello boulevard on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress
Nicholas Lucas campaigns for prop A protecting San Francisco retirees during a Sunday Street event on Arguello boulevard on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress

In 2012, SF State was a polling location for the first time in three years. With a presidential election and Proposition 30 on the ballot, students shattered the University’s student-voter registration goal with 4,060 registered.

This year’s municipal election ballot, however, lacks two items that capture student’s interest: presidential candidates and education-specific props.

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Don’t let my ink get under your skin: Body art stereotypes misrepresent tattoo and piercing culture

tattooIt wasn’t until the artist lifted his handheld machine from my skin — as it buzzed like a dental drill — and wiped my ink and blood splattered arm clean that I realized I had just made a decision that would affect me for the rest of my life.

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Down and Outlaws fires off rock roots in new EP

Peter Danzig fronts the band Down and Outlaws at a performance at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Photo by Adrian Rodriguez / Xpress
Peter Danzig fronts the band Down and Outlaws at a performance at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Photo by Adrian Rodriguez / Xpress

A common love for Bulleit Bourbon and a shared idolization of David Bowie united members of Down and Outlaws on a smoke-screened journey toward raw, bluesy rockstardom.

On a summer night in 2012 at the SUB-Mission Art Gallery, the gritty stylings of Down and Outlaws entranced a live audience for the first time. Having played this year’s Noise Pop Festival and a first EP, “Backwards From the Dead” on the way, the San Francisco-based band is progressing — and fast.

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