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For the Culture on Las Vegas’ Budding Music Scene

Photo by For the Culture 8/8/22 Update: This article has been edited to remove the mention of Napalm Star, due to their members Dean Stacy and Kaden West having allegations of sexual misconduct. Resources can be found here By Vlada Stark, Abby Villarus Recently, I’ve become interested in various aspects of Vegas’ growing culture, whether… Continue reading For the Culture on Las Vegas’ Budding Music Scene

Street Fashion Looks from Downtown Las Vegas’ First Friday

Photo by Vlada Stark, Alyssa Duarte Interviews by Vlada Stark, Alyssa Duarte Photos by Ian Watson Every first Friday of the month, in the heart of the Las Vegas Arts District, there’s a celebration of Las Vegas culture through showcases of local artists, musicians, and creators. Subsequently named “First Friday,” the event also culminates Las… Continue reading Street Fashion Looks from Downtown Las Vegas’ First Friday

A Trip to Dreamland

Photo by Tracy Fuentes For this month, we wanted to take our readers to Dreamland. Dreams are quite important in our lives, as we experience them nightly for hours at a time. Here Kindergarten contributors explore some of their dreams – the good, the bad, and the in-between. Tracy Fuentes Unfortunately, my recurring dreams are… Continue reading A Trip to Dreamland

Friendship Through Music

Photo by Vlada Stark 8/8/22 Update: This article has been edited to remove the mention of Napalm Star, due to their members Dean Stacy and Kaden West having allegations of sexual misconduct.Resources can be found here By Vlada Stark I took a seminar course on friendship this past semester, and, as sappy as it may… Continue reading Friendship Through Music

The Revival of Shoegaze

Photo by Vlada Stark and julie By Vlada Stark Shoegaze is a palpable experience.  Surging distorted riffs melt with obscured lucid vocals. The ripple of pure sound swells into an echoing downpour. Every element of you, both physical and metaphysical, reverberates as the intensifying wave of warped sound crashes into you. When the music finally… Continue reading The Revival of Shoegaze

Kindergarten Turns One!

Nearly 200 posts, 12 issues, and one year later, here we are at the first anniversary of Kindergarten Mag! In order to commemorate this moment, editors Tracy and Kleigh asked contributors questions about their time at Kindergarten and their experiences in the past year. Celebrate with us as we reminisce about Kindergarten’s growth and look… Continue reading Kindergarten Turns One!

The Recess Playlist

For this month’s theme of recess, Kindergarten contributors hand picked songs we play when we’re walking across campus, songs that get us through the week, and songs we listen to when we study. Essentially, this playlist is your ultimate back to school soundtrack. Listen to the playlist here Kleigh Balugo “Campus” by Vampire Weekend The… Continue reading The Recess Playlist

Mirage

Photo by Vlada Stark By Vlada Stark The light of the flames burns so far away on the horizon. Blue transforms into red, red transforms into yellow, and the yellow becomes grey smoke that is blown away by the soft wind. In between the smoldering metal and the shocks of electricity are the ashes of… Continue reading Mirage

Demolition and Division: Rebirth and Unity in Akira

Photo by Vlada Stark By Vlada Stark An unfortunate misconception plagues the science fiction genre. The over-saturated YA dystopias of the early 2010s were shallow copies of the same bleak dystopia inhabited by bland prototype characters. Science fiction, at least good science fiction, simply exaggerates the perplexities of the human experience. Which is why the… Continue reading Demolition and Division: Rebirth and Unity in Akira

The Unity Playlist

For issue 7: Unity, we chose songs that bring people together. Listen with your friends and let the good times roll! Listen to the playlist here Charlotte Turner “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon This doesn’t seem like a song that would bring people together, as it’s just Carly Simon listing the many flaws of… Continue reading The Unity Playlist

The Coming Of Age Playlist

In the spirit of Issue 5, Kindergarten contributors curated the soundtrack to their lives. These are the songs that would play in the background of our coming of age movies. Listen along with us as the credits start to roll. Listen to the playlist here Ash Fuentes “Cliche” by Mxmtoon None of the songs I’m… Continue reading The Coming Of Age Playlist

The Nostalgia Playlist

For this month’s playlist, Kindergarten contributors handpicked songs that make them feel the most nostalgic, ranging from childhood favorites to middle school anthems. Turn the volume up and travel through time with us! Listen to the playlist here Charlotte Turner “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” by Arcade Fire There are many songs I love that… Continue reading The Nostalgia Playlist

Carved From The Same Stone

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Vlada Stark The spring’s sunlight is tender like a lover’s affectionate touch. A couple sits on the fresh field  red checkered cloth beneath them  picnicking on a forgotten dessert. Rosy cheeks.  Faint giggles.  Stolen kisses.  They’re new to love’s embrace.  Still infatuated by lavish cliches. Their hearts will race for… Continue reading Carved From The Same Stone

The Soulmates Playlist

Our third issue, Soulmates, is centered around love. In the spirit of soulmates and Valentine’s Day, Kindergarten contributors made a Spotify playlist of their most listened to love songs, most of which we’ve cried to. Whether you love or hate love songs, we’ve got you covered with recommendations. Listen to the playlist here Abbey Steinman… Continue reading The Soulmates Playlist

Printable Valentines For You

By Tracy Fuentes, Kleigh Balugo, Ash Fuentes, Cait Thomson, Alyanna Moralda, Lyra ♡ Happy Valentines Day! ♡ Kindergarten contributors made their very own valentines for you to print out and give to your lovers, soulmates, friends, family, neighbors, pets, and mailmen.

Grieving For Who I Once Was

Photo by Lyra By Lyra Flickering in between life and death throughout my adolescent years, my childhood self has finally passed away.  My denial state of grief lasted quite a long time while in quarantine isolation. Remarks such as “You have to think about the future” or “I know how you feel” became monotonously nausea-inducing… Continue reading Grieving For Who I Once Was

Best Of 2020 Scrapbook

By Tracy Fuentes, Ash Fuentes, Kleigh Balugo, Lyra, Abbey Steinman, Isabel Cruz Despite all the negative things last year brought, 2020 was a memorable year for all of us. Reflecting on the past year, Kindergarten contributors created scrapbook pages of their favorite memories.

The Resolution Playlist

Photo by Kleigh Balugo In honor of our second issue, Resolution, Kindergarten contributors compiled their most loved songs in to a single Spotify playlist. Covering a wide range of different genres, artists, and time periods, this is what Resolution sounds like to us. Listen to the playlist here Alyanna Moralda “Everything Is Everything” by Ms.… Continue reading The Resolution Playlist

Matryoshka

Photo by Lyra By Lyra Matryoshka “Americans call it ‘nesting doll’ but it really is matryoshka.” My mother’s heavy Russian accent tinged the words she spoke with a certain harshness, even if she meant for them to carry a gentle tone. “See, there’s one doll inside the other. It’s like mother to daughter in a… Continue reading Matryoshka