Animation for the adventurous

The phrase “animated film festival” will make most people assume that they should bring along their little niece for the show. But what those people have yet to realize is that animated movies ain’t just for the kiddies. Fortunately, the San Francisco Film Society‘s annual San Francisco International Animation Festival
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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds land in U.S.

Two years after the explosive bust up of world-famous, record-selling British band Oasis, the legendary Noel Gallagher has completed a much-anticipated solo record. The venerated songwriter’s new look, bearing the moniker Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, released its self-titled album this week in the U.S. And following fifteen years of
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An interview with Werner Herzog

In the Thursday, November 10 issue of The Daily Cal, I wrote on German director Werner Herzog’s latest film, the documentary “Into the Abyss.” In addition to seeing the film, I also had the pleasure of speaking with the director at the Four Seasons in San Francisco. Here you will
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New track from hip-hop local act: The Bins

Local Bay Area artist The Bins released a new single as a free online download recently. This marks the group’s second release following up their debut EP, Every Minute of the Day Back. I had a chance to talk with Clark Barclay—the man behind the music—this past summer.


Gold Panda electrifies The Independent in San Francisco

With the crowd’s welcoming applause Derwin Panda walked on stage,  scarcely showing a smile from under his heather gray hoodie — his image embodied that of the exact young urban recluse that would produce the cryptic yet hopeful electronic sound that defines Gold Panda.  After a few twists of the
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Sample Sundays: Michael McDonald

It’s Sample Sunday time people, and you can be “any geek off the street” to read, listen and enjoy. This week’s sample comes from one of the originators blue-eyed soul (white people singing soul music) – Michael McDonald. Over his career, McDonald has sung back-up vocals for Steely Dan, been
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How parents can be cool: ‘Rad Dad’ book tour

What is that thing called parenting? How does one go about doing that today? How about in a way that is politically conscious and maintains the right values? “Rad Dad: dispatches from the frontiers of fatherhood” explores those questions and more. Released in September from Microcosm, the book is a
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