Author: Kyle Kersey

The Beat Report: How I learned to stop worrying and love The Roots

March 14, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY In case you didn’t know by now (or haven’t been paying attention, which, I mean, fair enough), The Beat Report is a bi-weekly music report on some of my favorite new stuff music has to offer. It will also will feature retrospectives on great albums celebrating anniversaries this year. No genre is […]

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The sound of the woodwinds comes to Pima

February 28, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY Mark Nelson isn’t just the acting dean of Arts at Pima Community College, he’s also an accomplished tuba player, teacher, band director and musical historian. Nelson’s office, located near the entrance of the Center for the Arts building at West Campus, is adorned with stacks of CDs, old recording equipment and assorted […]

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Five great albums snubbed at the Grammys

February 28, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY February’s no fun. Football season is over. Arizona has yet to reach peak surfing weather. There isn’t much new music. Oh, and the Grammys happened. That’s bad, too.  1. Pusha T – “Daytona” (Hip-hop) Boomers will deride it as everything that’s wrong with hip-hop culture. I’ll praise it as a pugnacious poem […]

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A pitch against the designated hitter

February 28, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY For the uninitiated, here’s scripture: “The designated hitter rule allows teams to use another player to bat in place of the pitcher. Because the pitcher is still part of the team’s nine defensive players, the designated hitter — or “DH” — does not take the field on defense.” This is the official […]

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Bonds away, PCC pays for expansion

February 19, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY Coming on the heels of exceptional credit ratings from Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service, two of the big three credit rating agencies in the country, Pima Community College issued revenue bonds for the funding of the Centers of Excellence Projects on Jan. 16. Fitch awarded Pima the default rating of AA […]

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5 great albums you probably missed from 2018

February 19, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY Car Seat Headrest – “Twin Fantasy” Will Toledo’s reimagined masterwork on romantic teenage angst is stunning in its sheer scope. To think that Toledo crafted this hour-long indie-rock behemoth at only 19 is absurd, let alone that he had this vision all along – simply without the tools to make it a […]

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The gospel of Kenneth Vorndran

February 19, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY Kenneth Vorndran has been an instructor at Pima Community College for 15 years, but in the mid ’90s, he found himself at a crossroads. A veteran Maryland high school English teacher of over a decade, Vorndran had come to realize that it wasn’t a job he wanted to do for the rest […]

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