Making music for a cause

April 20, 2017 11:36 AM
Making music for a cause

By Alexandra Evans Tower Staff Writer Local delta punk and blues band Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds commenced their “Stranger Places” tour at the beginning of April to benefit those affected by the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. Their tour kickoff show was in Los Angeles at The Redwood Bar on April 8. Bateman, the lead singer and former Laney College student and Tower staffer, noted that while he didn’t know any of the fire victims personally, other members of his band and his girlfriend (Ashli) did. “I remember Ara Jo and Cash Askew being at some shows that my […]

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Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds rock Yoshi’s with dark blue treats

November 11, 2016 3:17 PM

Locals gathered in Jack London Square on Halloween night to eat sushi, drink cocktails, and rock out with Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds. The Oakland-based sextet played an upbeat, costume themed gig at Yoshi’s jazz club on the rainy evening. The band members were dressed as Beetlejuice, Nick Cave, Jessica Rabbit, Jack Skellington, Sally Stitches, Bob Dylan, and an extravagant Dia De Los Muertos figure. The Coal Minds opened with an original tune called “Bourbon and Bones.” They performed a medley of original tunes and covers from notable artists Tom Waits, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Cab […]

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Vote 2016

October 27, 2016 8:08 AM
Vote 2016

From parole to pot, from plastic bags to prescription drugs, the bay prepares to cast their ballots in a historic election. The Laney Tower’s guide to measures and propositions. In the Laney Tower’s final issue before the Nov. 8 election, the Tower staff offers its readers a comprehensive election guide that looks at many measures and propositions on the ballot next month. From prescription drugs to parole, from pot to plastic bags, many of the issues that these measures and propositions tackle will have long-lasting effects on students, teachers, staff members, and the community at large. At the Tower, we […]

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Stem cells for Diabetes

October 13, 2016 11:56 AM

“When I was growing up, diabetes didn’t seem to be a big deal because my father only had a minor version of the illness,” said Dr. Matthias Hebrok of his profound interest in diabetes research. “Now, seeing (my father) toward the end of his life, the illness has dramatic consequences. So, I decided to study this particular topic.” Hebrok is the director of the Diabetes Center at the University of California, San Francisco. He decided to pursue this area of study after witnessing the long-term repercussions of his father’s illness, which was diagnosed almost 50 years ago. Hebrok delivered a […]

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