Photo credit: Chase McBride/Kyle Lancaster of Rotor Collective

Top Bunks & Aisle Seats: Chase McBride & Ethan Varian

Top Bunks and Aisle Seats is back with an exciting new episode! For this fourth installment, Ampersand’s music editor, Ashley Eady, invited Chase McBride and Ethan Varian into the studio. Chase is a singer-songwriter from the Bay Area. Ethan, also from the Bay Area, is a graduate student at USC Annenberg and plays lead guitar in Chase’s backing band. Chase and…

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Yolocaust and the Shame Game

Last week, Israeli satirist Shahak Shapira launched yolocaust.de, a website chronicling photographs taken at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. These photos, collected by Shapira from social media sites such as Instagram, depict visitors at the memorial, their behavior ranging from irreverent to idiotic, and their captions, too. In one photo, a man sits cross-legged juggling…

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The JACK Quartet Embraces the Modern at the Wallis

Contemporary classical music ensembles face a dilemma when programming concerts: how much of the program should be devoted to the newest and most experimental works, and how much filled with reliable standards and crowd-pleasers? Many find a middle ground, peppering their concerts with Stravinsky here, a dash of Shostakovich there, and then a smidgen of something…

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Search Party and the Quest for Meaning

The term “millennial” is often used in place of a punch line. Merely evoking this catch-all term for those raised in the 90s is supposed to provoke a knowing snicker. To be a millennial is to embody an oblivious mix of selfishness, entitlement, naiveté, and wild idealism. At least, that’s what millennials would have you…

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