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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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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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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Built to Spill welcomes Cal Day crowd

With more than 25 years and eight full albums under its belt, Built to Spill didn’t have any need to impress anybody. The band got up on the steps of Doe Library overlooking a casual audience on Memorial Glade for the end-of-Cal Day concert Saturday and jammed out in style.
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M83 engulfs stage, traverses galaxies at Fox Theater

On Sunday, the stage at the Fox Theater in Oakland did something slightly uncharacteristic: it took an extragalactic trip. Host to French dream-pop band M83, the stage—which typically tends to dwarf the bands playing on it—was transformed into a glittering portal into the cosmos. The band had divided the deep
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Matisyahu preaches peace through music in Lower Sproul performance

Last Sunday at Lower Sproul Plaza, reggae-rap musician Matisyahu aimed to bring harmony between student groups on opposite sides of political conflict.  The show, co-sponsored by Berkeley Hillel, was part of Matisyahu’s nationwide university tour that sought to promote unity and empathy through music. The tour was inspired by the
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Cultures collide at Freddie Gibbs concert on Sproul Plaza

“How many of y’all got good grades?” asked rapper Freddie Gibbs to the crowd gathered at Sproul Plaza on March 31. His tendency to shoot the shit served to highlight the differences between his culture and that of the UC Berkeley student body. To be fair, these differences can be
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Father John Misty christens Fox Theater with irreverent graces

With his unruly, clavicle-length beard and penetrating gaze, Father John Misty looks more like a Biblical patriarch than a singer-songwriter. On stage at the Fox Theater on Friday, however, all misconceptions about this Moses-turned-Jim Morrison vanished – along with any sense of what is sacred. Before a crowd of hipsters
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