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A hidden valley of maturity in new Mac DeMarco album

The first few lyrics from slack-rocker Mac DeMarco’s latest album, Salad Days, are bleak, to say the least. He laments that “Salad days are gone / Missin’ hippy Jon / Rememberin’ things just to tell ‘em so long,” and generally echoes a sentiment that many graduating seniors are feeling: Life Read More…

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Kaiser Chiefs educate with striking melodies

It smells like Leeds. It sounds like boots running through a gray alley in 1974, resonating through the puddles. It tastes like struggle and strength. Welcome to the factory that the Kaiser Chiefs have created in Education, Education, Education & War. The British band’s fifth studio album starts with unidentifiable Read More…

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Texas band Toadies ready for anniversary tour

With this twenty year anniversary of Rubberneck, the Toadies are touring the states coinciding with the release of the remastered album. Up there with classic ’90s grunge albums such as Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pearl Jam’s Ten or Stone Temple Pilots’ Purple, Rubberneck is an album teething with harsh yet melodic guitar Read More…

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A no-contest success from La Dispute

As the first release from their newly established label, Better Living Records, La Dispute’s Rooms of the House sounds just like home. Famous for their spoken word-style lyrics, La Dispute trudges into new territory, displaying a wide range of musical influences while staying true to their storytelling roots. From the Read More…

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Giving a sense of growth in Foster the People’s new album

In January, Foster the People announced the upcoming release of their new album, Supermodel. Fans hoping for a carbon copy of Torches, the band’s debut album, with its infectious beats and ultracatchy lyrics may be disappointed, as the band has graduated from its formulaic pop jingles to songs with instrumental and lyrical Read More…

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An enchanting evening of song with Natalie Dessay

It is delightful to sit in an audience that is perfectly charmed, to look around and see heads tilted back as people listen, smiles on nearly every face and eyes lit up as they take it all in. There wasn’t a single bored or unhappy face under the house lights Read More…

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Hip-hop duo Blue Scholars talks about lessons learned, effect on lyrics

Friday’s “Night of Cultural Resistance” brought students and other members of the Berkeley community together to celebrate  and educate on the subjects of rootedness, resilience, creativity and survival. Organized by the Multicultural Community Center, the campus department of cross-cultural student development, the ASUC Office of the President and ASUC SUPERB, the Read More…