After a 7 Year Wait, Gorillaz Releases its Newest Album

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer

Gorillaz has always been one of the most interesting bands I’ve ever listened to. They never stay categorized in one genre, and that certainly doesn’t change with their new album, “Humanz.”

Released April 28th, 2017, “Humanz” is their fifth studio album. It was a long awaited return since their last major album, “Plastic Beach”, was released March 3rd 2010. After a long hiatus it may be expected that they’ve lost their touch,  but on the contrary, Gorillaz come back groovier than ever with the same electro-hop, flavored production, and their creative use of aesthetic features.

I think there’s something for everyone on this album, and the singles display that perfectly. If you want a high energy, hip-hop dance track, then you listen to “Ascension” (my personal favorite), which features L.A. rapper Vince Staples. For something more 80’s pop-style, chose “We Got the Power”, and for the more signature electronic sound, “Andromeda”.

The Gorillaz make sure to reach out for new fans while keeping their older fans close. They bring back familiar faces such as De La Soul, who they collaborated with in their break-out 2005 album “Demon Days”, then rake in new talent such as rapper D.R.A.M., who come off his hit with fellow rapper Lil Yachty. This variety is what always attracted me to Gorillaz; even if one song wasn’t necessarily my taste, they pulled me back in with the next track.

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Five Guys vs In-N-Out

By Isaiah Bayardo, Courier Staff Writer

Have you heard? Local and national news outlets left and right have reported that Five Guys has passed In-N-Out for America’s favorite burger chain. In-N-Out fanatics are probably fuming in Los Angeles, California, while Five Guys fans in Washington, D.C. are elated. The Harris Pole’s yearly poll, EquiTrend, determines a rank for burger chains across the United States based on “familiarity, quality, and how likely they are to consider purchasing its items.” The poll involves the input of over 100,000 consumers. In-N-Out was at the top of the board for the previous two years in a row. But Five Guys, which has rapidly expanded nationally and internationally, topped In-N-Out. Five Guys started out from Arlington, Virginia in 1986. According to the Five Guys website, they started to expand outside the D.C. area in 2001 and very recently spread to other countries. 68% of the poll respondents said they were familiar with Five Guys compared to 48% in 2013. In-N-Out was founded in 1948 in Baldwin Park, California, and has stayed in the West Coast with a few locations in Texas and Utah as well. In-N-Out started the two-way speaker system in a time of car hopping. They opened their first location outside of Southern California in 1993. In-N-Out has 300 locations to Five Guys’ 1,000. Five Guys started out as a regional matter over in the D.C. metro until Barack Obama gave them the spotlight in 2009. Their expansion helped. In-N-Out has never stressed mass expansion because they care about food quality and customer satisfaction which are clearly linked. Five Guys didn’t seem to have a problem with that though. I decided to try for myself which chain was the better chain overall.

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Riverdale’s shocking season finale

By Sophia Ahmadi, Courier Staff Writer

DISCLAIMER: This article contains spoilers revolving the finale episode and overall plot of the show.

After thirteen episodes, one of The CW’s newest shows, Riverdale, has officially finished it’s first season.

Riverdale is a mystery/drama television show that is based on the Archie Comics and and features the characters Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, and Veronica Lodge.  The story begins on the first day of Archie and his friends’ sophomore year, right after a very eventful and tragic summer in the city of Riverdale. Narrated by Jughead, who is played by Cole Sprouse, the viewers learn what happened over the summer that has the entire town in a time of mourning. (more…)

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ZEDD lit up the Stanford sky

By Thomas Zhong, Courier Co-Editor-in-Chief

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ZEDD, along with Broods, led the 6th annual Frost Festival at Stanford Stadium on Saturday May 20th. The festival is an occasion for Stanford students to perform alongside with Grammy-winning artists, while providing a relaxing yet artistically exhilarating break for students’ from intense mid-terms.

Before the festival began, Stanford students had already started partying. Across the campus, various groups of Stanford students were playing beer pong in different locations, sometimes even setting up ping pong tables in the middle of fountains. Under the chilling shades and in the pools, Stanford students started their pre-rave parties, waiting for the musical festival to start.

The festival started at 5:30 PM, with different amature bands playing to set up the atmosphere. The sun was slowly setting, projecting an orange aura all over the stadium. People slowly walked into the stadium. Some are laying on the grass areas, hiding away from the harsh, lowering sunlight. Others were dancing in the gigantic shadows casted by the stage and the stadium walls. As lower bleachers became slowly filled up, the staff members walked up and down the bleachers, selling water and frozen lemonade. Underneath the burning sun, everything was coated in a sense of playfulness, as people danced, laughed, and slowly got ready for the main acts.

Once Broods came up stage, the crowd soon became heated. The duo brought a refreshing momentum to the stadium, with catchy and upbeat anthems bringing the crowd together, despite the burning hot summer sun blaring at the audience. As Broods worked through their setlist, the anticipation for ZEDD grew more voraciously than ever.

The sun was setting, the orange sun had then turned the sky into a mosaic of  fiery clouds and red sky.

The digital screen suddenly displayed a tree that was splattered with lights and different shades of colors. It is the symbol of ZEDD’s most recent album, True Colors. At the same time, a rhythmic countdown started; its beats grew faster and louder. The crowd went into a frenzy. Everyone, either on the bleachers or in the field, all stood on their feet, shouting and screaming in anticipation.

Beautiful Now, the album’s lead single, blasted throughout the stadium as the countdown drew to a climax. Alongside, the cheers, screams, cries, hands in the air, and people’s singing, all exploded to a climax. At the height of the crowd’s excitement, ZEDD appeared.

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Everything you need to know about “Everything, Everything”

By Sophia Ahmadi, Courier Staff Writer

Everything, Everything, originally a novel by Nicola Yoon, has been made into a film and will be coming to theatres on May 19th of 2017.

This film has been directed by Stella Meghie the two main characters, Olly and Maddy, are played by Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. Many have compared Yoon’s story to the novel and film, “The Fault in our Stars”, written by John Green. Although, they are similar, this story brings something different to the table and is interesting in its own way.

The film was announced by Warner Bros in July of 2016 and the trailer was released in February of 2017. You can watch it HERE .

Nicola Yoon writes the story of Madeline “Maddy” Whittier, an eighteen year old girl who has never left the safety of her home due to her disease, severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID. Because of this disease, Maddy must remain her home, which has been remodeled to fit her needs, and only come into contact with people who have been sanitized. The only people she ever sees regularly are her overprotective mother and her nurse, Carla. She has rarely ever questioned her disease and in fact, has come to accept her life as it is. That is, until she sees Olly.

As soon as Maddy lays eyes on Olly she is sucked inside a whirlwind that will take her on the adventure of a lifetime and make her step out of her boundaries. Together, Maddy and Olly are willing to risk everything for love, even if it means losing everything.

 

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Quarter review on the Giants

By Ethan Pileggi, Courier Staff Writer

The San Francisco Giants have drafted new players for this new season.

With the season starting off, Madison Bumgarner hit two home runs on opening day and struck out 11 batters. It seemed to go well, but the Arizona Diamondbacks had a counter attack for the Giants as they scored back to back home runs in the 7th. With the score being tied, The Giants and “D-Backs” furiously fighting to win the first game of the season. Giants’ new closing pitcher, Mark Melancon, made his first debut to close the game, giving up the winning run for the D-Backs to win their first game of the 2017 Season.

Since the opening game, The Giants are continuing their up and down stretch that seems it has carried over from last season. To make it worse, the Giants have lost a few key players with Madison Bumgarner going to the disabled list due to a dirt biking accident and Brandon Crawford dealing with a groin injury. On top of that, The Giants’ Bullpen hasn’t been looking too sharp sometimes blowing leads in late game like last season. SF’s offense has been good so far but most of their losses are from poor defense and no good production from the bullpen.

The good thing that it is early in the season so the Giants can turn it around when comes down to the playoff chase starts.

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Clash of Clans Makes its Return

By Carlos Velasco, Courier Copy Editor

A short while before it was released, Supercell announced a huge update for Clash of Clans.

The once-popular game, which has been downloaded over 100 million times, may experience a massive resurge in popularity from former players eager to check out the newest update.

Clash of Clans has fulfilled the dreams of many players in a variety of ways. Supercell finally added a “Nighttime” environment where the game, providing a dark and magical contrast to the classic sunny theme we are used to.

This suits the gameplay since players will get a whole new village to play with, and each of the troops have become a little different from before. With the new update, the troops gain unique power ups that you unlock as they are upgraded.

The top-ranked players on the normal village have already made their moves, spending thousands of gems in order to rank up in the new game mode.

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Logan students prepare for 2017 prom

By Harleen Kaur, Courier Staff Writer

Logan prom was on Saturday May 13, 2017 from 7:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m at the Scottish Rite Temple, Lakeside Drive, Oakland CA 94612.

People who bought their tickets the last week of sale had to purchase them for $120. People with ASB who had bought their tickets earlier got them for around $90. Parking for students nearby costed $10. Thje Oakland police department was guarding the venue for the protection of the hundreds of students attending.

Preparing from prom took a fairly long time. Therefore, ladies that still needed a dress at the time went to Logan’s Princesses club as they have slightly used dresses free of cost as new ones are quite expensive. Those who wanted new prom dresses but had a tight budget visited the site https://www.promgirl.com/ as they have several varieties of good quality dresses under $100 and free next day shipping was being offered. This website also sells shoes for ladies looking for high heels or sandals, most of them range from $50-$60.

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Is Colbert Going Too Far?

By Michael Morales, Courier Staff Writer

The late night television host, Stephen Colbert, has come under fire for making an explicit comment on the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

On a recent episode of The Late Show, Colbert proclaimed boldly, “The only thing Trump’s mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster”. This comment has drawn a massive amount of controversy from the public.

Colbert is being called a homophobic on many social media platforms, especially Twitter. Many Twitter users have even started a campaign to get Colbert fired from his show, under the hashtag, #FireColbert.

This isn’t the first time people have tried to get Colbert fired–a similar campaign called #CancelColbert was launched in 2014. This time, Colbert was put under fire for a tweet that said, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

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A new addition to BART

By Amanda Anabeza, Courier Staff Writer

BART is now working to improve their entrances to stations while also making their escalators more reliable. The glass canopy entrance structure was recently completed and is open to riders at the 19th Street station in Oakland.

Robert Raburn, BART director, was joined to celebrate the grand opening of the new canopy located at the intersection of Broadway and 20th Street. In a statement he says, “The canopy is part of our efforts to modernize our aging stations”.

The canopy contains escalators with weather protection and enhanced security so employees and customers are able to feel more safe at BART. Also, people are now able to see when their train arrives prior to entering the station from screens displaying time information at street level. The canopy was also designed to be environmental friendly by allowing natural light into the station through the transparent glass. (more…)

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