Another Little Women Movie

Including the Little Women 2019 film, the classic novel now has six movie adaptations and twelve television adaptations. One may think, how many times can one story be told?

Greta Gerwig’s version simply shows the movie industry’s plan to profit off the nostalgia of its audience to disguise its lack of inventiveness! Why would Gerwig, the director who was able to poignantly capture the twister of emotions that comes with teenage girlhood in her film Lady Bird, settle for creating another remake? Well, as someone who has seen the movie twice and plans to see it many more, Gerwig’s Little Women is more than a remake, more than a holiday movie, and more than just a simple tale of domestic life. Just like Lady Bird, Gerwig made a film that represented me so accurately that it allowed me to experience the most beautiful pain.

“But… I am so lonely.” 

There is much to love about this film that contains very much love within it, but the purpose of this article is to focus on the quote said by the character Jo March, “Women, they have minds and souls, as well as just hearts. And they’ve got ambition and talent, and as well as just beauty, and I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it! But… I’m so lonely!” Although Saoirse Ronan (Jo March) never fails to brilliantly portray her characters, the warm tingles suddenly shooting up my spine while she delivered these lines made me certain that I was hearing something that would mean a lot to me.

A longing to be extraordinary 

I am a young woman living in the United States in 2020, not the 1860s. I haven’t had to prove to anyone that I have dreams I’m capable of obtaining that don’t revolve around marriage and children. Like Jo, I am independent, passionate, and dedicated to creating something memorable and impactful, but I, too, sometimes feel stuck in the loneliness that can come with it. I know I’m supposed to think that I am worth more than the love that any man can give me, but there is still a longing to be told, and proven to me, that I am extraordinary. Not only to be shown that I am great by my success but to know that my love is magnificent enough to be held by another. To have someone to want you to reside in their time, allowing you to leave the loneliness of your own. I usually laugh at these thoughts and call them outdated, I am a creator, I am modern, I am enough for myself, but women can know that they are fit for more than romantic love without feeling guilty for wanting it. Being loved and being independent doesn’t have to be contradictory. 

We are not one feeling

Women exist in more than one way and can have more than one dream. Having multiple dreams doesn’t make any of them unimportant or less meaningful. Not striving for romantic relationships doesn’t mean we’re going to live a depressing life of solitude that make our dreams seem futile. Admitting to loneliness and wanting to be loved doesn’t make us weak, shallow, and unambitious. To feel like a serious creator doesn’t mean that the entirety of our lives has to belong to our art. Women have been shamed throughout history for all of our dreams but acknowledging all of them reminds us that we are real and keeps us honest. In two hours and fifteen minutes, Gerwig shows her audience the vastness of women’s minds, the strength of our hearts and souls, the power of our ambition and talent, the realities of our loneliness, and the beauty that all of them express.

More than another adaptation

Much time has passed between Jo March’s time and my own, our experiences are different, our societies aren’t exactly the same, but what has traveled between us is the multitude of our wholehearted love and the aches that arise from not always being certain if we’re putting it in the right place. Little Women (2019) reminded me to care for those around me a little more, to celebrate every aspect of my youth while it can still be felt, the significance of my dreams, the intensity of loneliness that’s seemingly unshakable, and that I am grateful for all of it. This film is more than another adaptation, but its own entity that allows a new generation to have our feelings seen. No one will forget Jo March and no one will forget Gerwig’s Little Women.

Written By: Maya Dixon

Brent Faiyaz: Fuck the World EP Review

R&B singer/songwriter Brent Faiyaz straddles a conflict between his emotions and the allure of fame in this 10-track project.

Initially building a buzz with his feature on the 2017 hit “Crew” with Goldlink & Shy Glizzy, Brent Faiyaz has established himself as an emerging face in R&B with projects such as Sonder Son and Lost, along with his role as vocalist of the trio Sonder with producers Atu and Dpat on their 2017 EP Into. Recalling the angelic falsettos and minimalist production of 1990’s and 2000’s R&B artists such as Donell Jones and Usher, Faiyaz gives his listeners a glimpse into his world as he balances his reckless side as a playboy with introspection over social issues and sentiments of romance. Fuck the World continues of Brent’s story as he reaches new heights of fame.

A standout track is the opener, “Skyline,” illustrating the image of Brent floating above the world of his upbringing and its hardships as he croons, “It’s no wonder I feel stuck/Fuck what set you bang, what hood you claim/We all come from the same/And I don’t know if it’ll change.” The use of high-pitched vocals and lack of drums adds to the track’s cloudiness, emphasizing Faiyaz’s realization that he is no different from those raised in a world full of negative setbacks such as poverty & his sheer luck in finding prosperity.

Another standout track, “Clouded,” finds Brent seduced by vices and pressure of fame as he sings under a dramatic chord progression, “She come in and compliment my closet/Fuck her on the floor like I don’t give a fuck ’bout it/Your judgement get clouded when you clouded/My opposition wish I’d stop smilin’/My family wish I’d stop wildin.” This track creates a feeling of insecurity as if Brent is using his debauchery as a weapon to fight his critics.

The EP shares a more hopeful side with tracks such as “Let Me Know” and “Lost Kids Get Money.” The former preaches self-love with lyrics such as, “And with living comes with ills/Don’t let ’em feel make you feel like the world can’t heal/It’s hard out here/Despite your fears, keep holding on.”

The latter is a celebratory anthem with Brent singing in a rap-like cadence, “We the reason our city buzzin’/All my bros collect, all my bros is next/Who need work? I could plug you with connects.” This track and its uptempo sound maintains optimism and braggadocio for Brent’s continued success.

Overall, Fuck the World is an excellent little project that is emotionally gripping with its introspection over life’s dualities. If you’re a fan of soulful R&B with light influences of hip hop, I highly recommend you give this a listen.

Score: 9/10

Written by: Kristian Gonzales

JAUZ brings his Dangerous Waters Tour to San Diego

JAUZ and his Dangerous Waters Tour stops at the Observatory North Park in San Diego on February 8. Artists TYNAN and Habstrakt opened his performance.

After getting back into the spring semester grind, it was time to attend a new electronic show.

Jauz announced the dates for his Dangerous Waters Tour over winter break, and the tour stopped at San Diego’s Observatory North Park on Feb. 8. The show was sold out days in advance.

Along with tour dates, Jauz announced that he was excited to reveal a new stage production for his tour: The Fin.

Sam Vogel, known as Jauz on stage, is a DJ and electronic music producer from San Francisco. He founded his own label in 2017, called Bite This. He’s mainly known for his bass house, trap, and dubstep.

Each stop on his tour had different opening special guests for Jauz. San Diego got to experience TYNAN and Habstrakt before Jauz took the stage.

TYNAN is an upcoming electronic music artist and producer who I was very impressed by. I had listened to some of his music occasionally before seeing him live, and he put on such a good show. His sound stood out to me and I would describe it as dark trap/dubstep. He definitely has a weird style but it was very unique. It was cool hearing what he had to play for this show.

I liked TYNAN’s performance so much that I was a little disappointed with the Observatory North Park for not putting a spotlight on him. From the audience you couldn’t see him on stage because it was very dark. The screens behind him weren’t on, and there were only a couple lights that were active onstage. I’m not sure how they operate with opening artists but I would have enjoyed that a lot more.

After TYNAN, music artist Habstrakt began his performance. I was more familiar with Habstrakt and I listen to his music all the time. I was super stoked that I got to see him perform.

Habstrakt, also known as Adam Jouneau, is a French DJ and producer. He plays more bass house music, which is what Jauz is also known for. He has his own style of bass house and I really liked his performance. I knew most of the songs he played, such as his new recent release “Free,” his “GUD VIBRATIONS” remix, and “Infinite.”

The Observatory North Park also didn’t have a spotlight on Habstrakt but you could see him a lot better. The screens behind him were on and he had his own visuals projecting his stage name. I would definitely see him again and recommend everyone to as well.

When Jauz came onstage it was super cool. The fin and his entire stage production were amazing and I really liked how it was set up. When he opened his performance, the fin moved across the stage in a circle to reveal him and his DJ booth standing behind it.

Throughout the show, the setup of the fin and his DJ booth kept changing. At first, the fin was positioned behind him as he was on the ground with his booth. Then, his booth became elevated on a platform. He was positioned at the top corner behind the fin so everyone from the audience could see him. His stage setup continued to alternate throughout the show which made it very interesting. There were screens both on the fin as well as on the back of the stage.

Jauz at the Observatory North Park in San Diego, photo by Alexandra Gex

Jauz played many of his popular songs and he swept through different sub-genres of electronic music. He played dubstep, trap, psytrance, mid-tempo, techno and of course bass house. It really showed how dedicated he is to the music he plays and he made sure to give everyone a variety of his music. He even played some songs that haven’t been released to the public.

I was super stunned to hear Jauz play “Feel The Volume,” “Rock the Party,” and “Shark Attack” since those are my ultimate favorites. I was also excited to hear his recent single with Zeds Dead, called “Shake,” be performed live.

Jauz closed his show with my favorite song- his remix of Trampoline, by SHAED. That was the main song I wanted to hear so I’m so happy that he ended with it.

I really loved going to this show and I would definitely see Jauz, TYNAN, and Habstrakt again. Jauz made sure to really hype up the audience, and everyone that attended was having a good time and enjoying his music. His production and overall show definitely made me appreciate it more and acknowledge what these artists go through to put on a good performance. I recommend that everyone see these music artists if they want to expand their knowledge of electronic music, or even just have a good time with friends at a concert!

Written by: Alexandra Gex

Logan Mize at the House Of Blues

Sold Out Saturday Night: Logan Mize rocks the House of Blues Voodoo Room on February 8th, 2020.

I’ll say it, I’m a sucker for country concerts. Maybe it’s the plethora of attractive southern looking men in flannels or the music that reminds me of summer. Regardless, I love to support up and coming artists and when given the opportunity to attend a concert you bet I’ll be front row.

I Aint Gotta Grow Up Tour

This was my first trip to The House of Blues and I was not disappointed. The ambiance, the location, and the acoustics all made this concert such an enjoyable experience. The show took place in the Voodoo Room which was a smaller room located inside the HOB. The size of the room seemed to make this concert seem intimate and personal, which enhanced the experience. With doors opening at seven and the concert beginning at 8:30 you got to know the people standing around you and encouraged socialization.

San Diego Local Stephen Ray opens the show

The opening act Stephen Ray is a San Diego local, and country music artist who has opened for some of the biggest names in country. Names such as Chris Janson, Parmalee, and Cody Johnson. He frequents venues like Tin Roof, and Moonshine Beach so you are likely to run into him preforming at some point if you frequent bars that have live music! Stephen started the show by playing some originals like his most recent single “New Plus One” and by covering John Denver’s “Country Roads” which definitely the crowd singing.

Up Next for Stephen…

I ran into Stephen and his lovely girlfriend Devin after his performance where we chatted about their future move to Nashville, and how great his set was. I’ve already bought tickets for Stephen’s next show downtown at Tin Roof where he will be opening up for Love and Theft on February 22, I am excited to see his career take off!

Logan Mize

Logan Mize has recently found his groove and has gained the attention of country music fans everywhere. Logan has opened for country stars like Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Erik Church, and Dierks Bentley. The singer-songwriter from Kansas has been perusing a career in music since 2010 and most recently dropped a new EP From the Vault.

Better Off Gone

Logan closed out the night by taking the crowd on a trip of all of his newest and best hits. Hits like “Better Off Gone” his biggest song to date, although being released in 2017, the song has gained traction on the country radio charts recently and almost everyone at the concert knew the lyrics by heart. I Aint Gotta Grow Up” Logan’s most recent drop ft. Willie Jones and the namesake of the tour is country radios newest find and is the perfect summer jam all about a “good time all night country kind of throwdown.” Mize has a solid stage presence, knows how to command the attention of a crowd, and had everyone singing the night away.

This concert was music to my country-loving ears and made for the perfect Saturday Night. It’s always refreshing to listen to new and upcoming talent and The House of Blues is a perfect place to do just that. Look out for Stephen Ray and Logan Mize, they are doing great things for country music it’s only up from here!

Written by: Vanessa Rock
Photos By: @jennisoncloud9, Devin Dilday