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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X Ambassadors impresses at the Masonic despite late arrival

The question on everyone’s mind was, “Where is X Ambassadors?” The show at San Francisco’s Masonic on March 27 started like any other. Fantasy pop duo Savoir Adore opened with a mix of lush synth layers and light, funky guitar rhythms. The second opener, Seinabo Sey, blew the audience away
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Your Friend blooms at Rickshaw Stop

A wisp of stillness began to sluice through the thrum of a mingling crowd when Your Friend took the stage at the Rickshaw Stop on March 28; as soon as it hit the opening chords of “Heathering,” the air dissolved into amber. With a set of dreamy, pensive songs from
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ASUC SUPERB announces Built to Spill as headlining act for Cal Day

ASUC SUPERB has announced ‘90s indie-rock titans Built to Spill as the special headlining act for this year’s Cal Day. Following SUPERB-hosted performances by transcendent producer-musician Thundercat and sunny jangle-pop outfit Real Estate in past Cal Days, Built to Spill — whose set will take place April 16 at 4
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