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Preacher and Performer: Cornel West on campus

On Friday night, famed public intellectual Cornel West descended upon the stage of Pauley Ballroom with his halo of hair and a woman on each arm.  He bellowed, whispered, rhymed and referred to himself as a “funky holy ghost baptist brother.” He was a preacher and a performer.  With whirling
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Sample Sundays: Top Five Study Break Jams

What up y’all? Dead week is here. And that means finals are coming up. So, in my last Sample Sunday post before finals get here (don’t worry, I’ll be back) I’ve decided to compile my Top Five Study Break Jams, with their samples included of course. You’ve got a lot
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Cover Stories: surprising cover songs that cross genres

Florence covers Drake, Miles Kane does Beatles

An artist performing another artists’ song is an important part of the world of music. Covers can mark the proliferation of certain influences and styles, and the expansion of musical perspectives. They can be a nod of approval to fellow artists, or opportunities for cross-genre experiments. They might also be
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Marty Made That? — The eclectic career of Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese’s influential presence in the last 40 years of cinema is an undeniable thing of beauty.  For a director that has spent more than half his life in the film industry, Scorsese has produced a relatively small filmography with only 34 movies made in nearly half-a-century.  But such longevity
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This Week in Sound: Local beats and English tunes

As we all recover from  a post-Thanksgiving food comas and frenzied shopping escapades, it seems that the music scene has hit a lull week as well. While there aren’t many big CD releases this week (unless you’re dying for the new Trey Songz album), there are a handful of concerts
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Sample Sundays: “Big Poppa” between the sheets

What up y’all? Sample Sundays is here once again to bring the “Flava In Ya Ear” like Craig Mack (If only he would’ve been on a different record label). Now, after all that Thanksgiving food has been digested, and you’re feeling especially rotund, portly, obese, morbidly obese, what have you,
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Artists defy structure restrictions at Occupy Cal

Deep in the center of Sproul Plaza, lies an eight-pointed star. It consists of a conglomeration of odds and ends:crushed cans of coconut juice, Red Bull and Dr. Pepper, orange peels, wooden shavings, flowers, twine balls and pumpkins; a blue can stuck to a computer chip, a rusted pill box and a Tibetan goddess
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This Week in Sound: Occupy sound

Today, Occupy Cal brings in some music to propel the movement. Cal alumnus Jeff Chang will be one of the open university teachers for the day.  Chang, whose record label helped launch the careers of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious and Lyrics Born, is the winner of numerous literary awards and is
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