It’s The 1975 at SDSU

If you haven’t heard of The 1975, they’re a pop rock band from Manchester, England. The group consists of Matty Healy as the lead vocalist, Adam Hann on lead guitar, Ross MacDonald on bass, and George Daniel on drums. Their first album, “The 1975,” debuted in 2013. Their second album, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It,” was released in 2016, and they’re still promoting it. Both albums topped the U.S. and U.K. Billboard 200, and this year they won the Brit Award for Best British Group.

The 1975 performed at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater, right on campus, last fall semester. Getting to see my favorite band live for the first time was one of the most incredible and memorable experiences of my freshman year here at SDSU. Their setlist had a mixture of songs from both of their albums. They played my favorite song from each album: “Girls,” from “The 1975,” and “Loving Someone,” from their most recent album. My favorite part about this concert (besides Matty’s English accent) was how simple it was – it was just about The 1975, their music and the people.

If you haven’t had the chance to go to the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater, the smaller venue makes any performance more intimate, and any seat you’re assigned is a pretty good one! They’re coming back this month on Tuesday, April 25th, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see them again. If you haven’t already, make sure you snag a ticket!

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Kicking Off Festival Season

Festival season has officially arrived! With Stagecoach and Coachella fast approaching, piecing together the perfect outfits can become one of your most important tasks. And, what better way to prepare for these major festivals than by supporting your local boutiques and businesses while you find the perfect outfits and accessories?

This past weekend, I went to an event hosted by Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows. The venue was filled with different kinds of clothing and jewelry vendors. The face painting, flash tattoo and tarot reading tables definitely helped you jump into that festival mood. Trendy and Tipsy, a boutique located in Pacific Beach, seemed to be the main clothing vendor with the biggest display. They’re a really unique and edgy store that I often shop at (they have the best repurposed denim shorts and flannels), and they have some really awesome pieces that you can work into your festival look. I was also really excited to see that Hunt & Gather was a part of the event. Hunt & Gather is a vintage boutique in North Park, and they were one of those stores that I always saw but never got to check out (until the event). Their styles were really interesting, and seemed to have that bohemian, unique and carefree vibe that’s perfect for music festivals. Taking over Lafayette’s olympic-sized pool, there were three runway shows put on by Hunt & Gather, Trendy and Tipsy and Sauvage Swimwear, with music by DLA.

My favorite part about this event was that it wasn’t just about the fashion vendors; there were displays that promoted sunless tanning, body art and everything you’d need to help achieve your best festival look – it’s not only about your clothes! I love going to these events because I am exposed to so many different stores and businesses that I never would’ve been aware of. It’s a great way to support your community, meet new people and find cool new pieces!

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In the Closet of: Christina Kilambi

Meet Christina:

Christina Kilambi is currently a freshman studying public health here at SDSU. Originally from Temecula, she’s a Southern California native. Christina loves looking at the moon at night, and she hates rude people. Her music playlists consist of Frank Ocean, Drake, Rihanna, Ratatat and The Buttertones. If she could only eat one thing for the rest of her life, it would be Russian dumplings. You can always catch Christina long-boarding to class and around campus.

Where are you favorite places to shop?

Forever 21, American Eagle and PacSun. Each store is good for something. You can always count on Forever 21 to have all the basics, and if you need something on short notice they’ll most likely have it. American Eagle has the best jeans. I like PacSun’s beach style. I also really like thrift shopping. It’s cheap, and you can come across some good finds. I think searching for things is the best, most fun part because you can find cool, weird things that nobody else has – you’re not buying the same clothes as everyone else.

How would you describe your style?

People usually describe my style as “skater chic.” I just like to dress comfortable and carefree.

What, or who, would you say influences your style the most?

Rihanna. She’s constantly pushing the boundaries of fashion. Her style is always changing because she wears whatever she wants.

What can we always see you wearing?

My old, beat-up Converse. I [longboard] everywhere, so I don’t really like to wear nice or open-toed shoes.

So far, what has been your favorite experience at SDSU?

Meeting all the people from all around the country, and even the world. SDSU has a really diverse campus, and that’s one of my favorite things about this place.

What are you looking forward to in your next three years at SDSU?

I’m looking forward to becoming a better person, and growing and learning about myself as I go through college. I’m also looking forward to becoming a resident advisor next year. We’ll see how it goes, though!

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In the Closet of: Ethan Kokesh

Meet Ethan:

Ethan Kokesh is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to Dallas, Texas, last year. He came back to sunny California this past semester to study business marketing here at SDSU. Ethan’s most listened to artists are Drake, Big Sean and Travis Scott. He hates country. His favorite food is mac-n-cheese, he loves acai bowls and he can’t stand Texan style. You can always catch Ethan at the beach, and he and his mom were in one episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”. In 10 years, you’ll find him living in either L.A. or San Fransisco, being a stay-at-home dad.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Topshop, H&M, PacSun. I worked at Hollister for a year during my senior year of high school, so I like to think I know the ins-and-outs of how retail stores work. Those stores just meet my standards: their clothes are made of good quality [material], for the most part, and they’re affordable, which is important because I’m a broke college student.

What does your everyday outfit consist of?

A t-shirt, flannel, chino shorts and Converse. I like my colors to be monochromatic. I like the way it looks – it’s chic, sophisticated and mature.

You’ve lived in three different places this past year (Los Angeles, Dallas and San Diego). How has your style changed, or stayed the same?

My style has gotten more “beachy” since I came to San Diego. I still like my monochromatic look, but my style has evolved. I don’t necessarily mean that I wear less clothing when I say “beachy,” but there’s definitely more color in my closet. I wear more vintage, washed-out t-shirts, and I’ve branched out from Converse to Vans.

What are the biggest differences in style that you’ve noticed between California and Texas?

People in California are more dressy. They look more mature and put together. People in Texas dress more casual, with oversized t-shirts, running shorts and Chacos. I like California style better. I personally think it looks more attractive.

What are you favorite things to do in San Diego?

Going to the beach, exploring different neighborhoods, eating at In-N-Out and walking around downtown. You can find a lot a of cool, random places walking around Little Italy. My favorite restaurant is Cheesecake Factory – I always get their margherita pizza. I definitely recommend looking around North Park, Kensington and Hillcrest.

What is one thing no one really knows about you?

I hate when my shirt is the same shade as my shoes. If I have a white shirt on, I have to wear dark converse, and vice versa. I just think it looks weird when I’m too “matchy-matchy.”

Featured Image by Sabrina Kim.