James Blake paints with moody, mature palette on new album

What began as radio silence became watercolors instead. Initially titled Radio Silence, James Blake’s highly anticipated third album The Colour in Anything finds Blake at his most mature, stripped of pretense and painting honest portraits of his maturation into adult life through adult love. In the past few years, James
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Pentatonix pleases with a cappella anthems at Greek Theatre

Before a viral video gets to the viewer, the clips are extensively edited, color-corrected and oftentimes auto-tuned to perfection prior to launching into the web for the world to see. Though many are doubtful of these online musicians’ ability to deliver on a live stage, superstar a cappella group Pentatonix
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Zhu sets Fox Theater aglow on ‘Neon City’ tour

The crowd erupted. Slowly, a hooded figure emerged from behind his trademark flag logo with images of a drive down a dark mountain road flashing behind him. A pounding beat began to pulsate through the room, and the Fox Theater, which five minutes ago had been flush with the white
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The California Honeydrops discuss local roots, eclectic sound

Lech Wierzynski, lead singer of the Oakland band the California Honeydrops, speaks with a voice halfway between a southern drawl and an easygoing Midwest accent. He’s affable and easy to talk to. He’ll frequently stop a train of thought to ask, “You know what I mean?” “The Bay Area’s still
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R&B singer Gallant serves up slick, simple performance

“My name is Gallant.” Rising R&B singer Christopher Gallant, who performs under the mononym Gallant, didn’t say much to the crowd during his set at the Fox Theater in Oakland — at least not in plain words. Instead, he engaged in intimate conversation with his audience through soulful falsetto vocal
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Beyonce reigns supreme on surprise release ‘Lemonade’

Lemonade is Beyonce’s most introspective, personal and revealing album to date. Sure, her 2013 eponymous album delved into more mature and social themes, but Lemonade takes these ideas to a completely new level, weaving two distinct threads through the album about her private struggles and her identity as a black
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Furries, fans unite at CHVRCHES performance at Fox Theatre

Scottish electro-pop outfit Chvrches, stylized as CHVRCHES, excels at its craft — triumphant pop songs that launch into the stratosphere but wear their broken heart on their astronaut suit sleeve. “We’ve played, like, 470 shows,” announced Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry four songs into the band’s second night at the Fox
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