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Dancing in the rain: Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

Last weekend wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Treasure Island Music Festival, its 10th anniversary and last year on the island. Instead of Coachella couture-style bralettes and sunhats, the best-dressed were adorned in flower crowns over ponchos and mud-soaked Wellies. Those who braved an outdoor musical festival during the first rainy
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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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Staff Picks: 5 most endearing albums of 2015

I read an essay this year by Susan Sontag called “Notes on Camp,” in which she describes why art can be so bad that it’s good. She says that, in all great artists, we look for dreamers with wild ambition, passion for the artform and self-love. Sometimes, these ambitions fail
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GoldLink’s style grows predictable on latest album

GoldLink has run into a creative hurdle. Since his debut mixtape of 2014, the rapper from Washington, D.C., has ridden a sudden wave of critical attention for his dazzling fusion of hip-hop and electronica, which he calls “future bounce.” With the recent drop of his first full-length album, And After
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From the Beatles to Young Thug: a paradox of popular music

I’ll admit, I’ve gone through that phase of nostalgia — feeling that nothing could top the feverish, creative zeitgeist of the countercultural ’60s. My mind has often wandered through the smoky, Beat-ific cool of Greenwich Village’s folk scene, down to the drugged-out wonderland of Warhol’s Factory. You’ll find a Woodstock
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