Allison Kirste

  • September 17, 2017By Allison Kirste

    When do you use it? When do you not use it? Should we forgo it altogether? The Oxford comma has long been a subject of intense debate. In fact, ancient legend has it that the Oxford comma has ruined more relationships and friendships than Monopoly. And so we must ask ourselves and look to the … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/on-the-oxford-comma-an-essay-about-grammar-and-how-i-met-your-mother-among-other-things/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • July 22, 2017By Allison Kirste

    It’s impossible to listen to Magic Giant without cracking a smile. I first saw the L.A.-based band at Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena, California, and their upbeat lyrics and danceable tempo brought an air of happiness and positivity to the whole festival. While in the crowd at their set, I literally heard a girl say, … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/meet-magic-giant-your-newest-indie-folk-obsession/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • June 27, 2017By Allison Kirste

    Photo courtesy of Arroyo Seco Weekend Con Brio is an up and coming band with roots in the Bay Area. The seven piece band, led by frontman and singer, Ziek McCarter, are known for high energy shows that leave audiences dancing and grooving long after the set ends. Though Arroyo Seco’s crowd was a little … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/if-theres-a-band-to-see-live-its-con-brio/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • June 27, 2017By Allison Kirste

    Photo courtesy of Arroyo Seco Weekend In addition to being a great scene for live music, Arroyo Seco Weekend also showed their support for the community of Pasadena in more ways than one. Residents neighboring the Rose Bowl and Brookside Golf Course reported that the festival “wasn’t the nightmare festival neighbors feared”, and that traffic … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/arroyo-seco-weekend-proves-dedication-to-supporting-local-businesses-and-youth/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • June 25, 2017By Allison Kirste

    Photo courtesy of Arroyo Seco Weekend When I found out that a music festival was coming to my Californian town, Pasadena, I was incredibly excited. When I found out I would be covering that festival, Arroyo Seco Weekend, for Affinity, I was exuberant. I listened to all of the bands, planned out where I would … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/some-of-the-best-music-from-arroyo-seco-weekend-day-1/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read