Emanuel Ax Photographer: J. Henry Fair

Polish pianist Emanuel Ax awes at Zellerbach

As soon as Emanuel Ax stepped onto the Zellerbach Hall stage, the anxiously chattering crowd quieted down, took their seats and burst into boisterous applause. The concert hall was filled to the brim for the world-renowned Polish pianist on Nov. 13, a testament to the artist’s acclaim. Even before the
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Crystal Castles: III

When Crystal Castles staggered onto the music scene with their debut in 2008, one of their most captivating qualities was the bipolar nature of their music. A danceable eight-bit sensibility framed their songs collectively, but individually, they leaned toward either melodic chip-tune pop or screechy electro-punk. With their third self-titled
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One Direction: Take Me Home

What is it about One Direction that makes people melt? Is it the combination of pre-approved clothes, intentionally messy yet controlled hairstyles and sensuous vocals? Perhaps it’s the ubiquitous and consuming young-British-boy-crush syndrome. Alternatively, it could be the sweet, loving and relatable lyrics, cliched as they may be. Or maybe
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Jazz Hands: Chucho Valdes reflects on his place among his jazz predecessors

For the uninitiated: Jazz, though underpinned by a malleable lattice of chords and rhythms, relies heavily on improvisation and invention. But originality is not always the prerequisite for inspiration. Often, performers call upon the genius of their forebears and insert snippets of past work into their performance. “Those are invoked,”
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Talking with Bay Area rapper G-Eazy

Outside the Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco on Sunday night, the streets went wild with the news of the Giants’ World Series win. Inside, the energy (and the crowd) was just as high when Bay Area-born rapper and producer, G-Eazy, stopped by as part of his nationwide
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Kendrick Lamar: good kid m.A.A.d city

The term “up-and- coming” is often thrown around to describe Kendrick Lamar. With the release of his first major label studio album good kid m.A.A.d city, it’s safe to say that the Compton rapper has arrived. Lamar follows his critically acclaimed Section.80 with a head-bobbing emotional expose that masterfully walks
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