SUPERB Spring 2014 Lineup

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SUPERB Productions has been entertaining the students of UC Berkeley since 1964. From Talking Heads in 1978 to Father John Misty in 2012, SUPERB lineups have consistently brought a diverse group of musicians to UC Berkeley’s campus for free concerts, and this semester’s lineup is no different! The Daily Cal is excited to be the first to announce SUPERB’s Spring 2014 lineup.

BLEACHED

Date and Time TBA

Jen and Jessica Clavin of Bleached are quickly becoming California’s pop-punk sweethearts. San Francisco-born and Los Angeles-raised, Bleached can best be described as a project that combines lyrics taken from a love-lust teenager with music that sounds as though it was recorded by a group of “fuck it” punk rockers. Their set lists include love ballads, mosh-inducing head-bangers and Ramones covers. You’ll be more than likely to leave a Bleached show with two irreversible things: a complete love for the Clavin sisters and a few chipped teeth.

 — Samuel Avishay

VERY SPECIAL GUESTS to be announced MARCH 10

March 14 at 5:00 p.m. on Memorial Glade 

The MCC and the Office of the President’s Week of Cultural Resistance will culminate with the Night of Cultural Resistance, a large concert to be held on Upper Sproul features two very special guests. The artists will be announced March 10 at the beginning of the Week of Cultural Resistance.

— Samuel Avishay

MIDI MATILDA, COOL GHOULS, WATER STRIDER and BILINDA BUTCHERS

March 15 at 5:00 p.m. at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Bilinda Butchers

 

This year’s “This is Not a Protest” show at Berkeley Art Museum will be partly filled with songs of longing and sadness as Bay Area locals the Bilinda Butchers play their emotionally charged dream pop. Named after shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine’s Bilinda Butcher — and drawing on her euphoric, hazy lyrical style — the Bilinda Butchers sound as though they emerged out of the early 1990s, when dream pop and shoegaze established their presence in the world of rock music. With the revival of dream pop over the last few years, this trio has set itself apart with its nostalgic sounds.

— Youssef Shokry

Water Strider

The Daily Cal’s Arts & Entertainment section originally interviewed Waterstrider in 2013, and their popularity has only increased since their formation at co-op Cloyne Court in 2009. Their music draws on Afro-Caribbean, South American and a bevy of other world beats, not replicating them but offering a unique twist that produces a sound that is unabashedly addictive and a hell of a lot of fun to dance to.

— Youssef Shokry

Cool Ghouls

Psychedelic, pop-y rock band Cool Ghouls are San Francisco natives, which makes sense when you consider the city as one of the birthplaces of psychedelic rock in the 1960s. Their modern take on a classic genre is colored by amazing harmonies and catchy melodies and is a lively addition to “This is Not a Protest.” Where similar neopsychedelic groups such as Tame Impala take a slower, more meandering approach to their music, Cool Ghouls pulls out all the punches with its spirited rock.

— Youssef Shokry

Midi Matilda

March 15 at BAM/PFA may not be a protest, but it most definitely will be a jam-packed night full of some of the Bay Area’s most talented bands. Headliner Midi Matilda made waves last summer at Outside Lands as the duo captivated the crowd with ’80s flavored synths and steady, powerful drums. Tracks like “Ottawa” merge soothing background vocals with a dreamy synth vibe, while others such as “Love & the Movies” bring the drums up to the front in full force with upbeat, sequenced melodies. In addition to those from the EP Red Light District, the band will most likely be debuting new tracks from its upcoming album.

— Ian Birnam

WAXAHATCHEE

April 16, time and location TBA

Waxahatchee is the solo project of indie-folk southern gem Katie Crutchfield. Crutchfield’s 2013 album Cerulean Salt launched Crutchfield from indie folk obscurity into the spotlight, earning Waxahatchee’s second LP a place on Stereogum, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone and nearly everybody else’s “Top 50 Albums of 2013” lists. Crutchfield’s sound is difficult to place: At moments, Waxahatchee can be described as heart-breaking and beautiful, while at others, it feels much more like raw, smash-your-head-against-a-wall-because-you-feel-it-so-much folk rock. Don’t let the band’s name — taken from Waxahatchee Creek in Alabama — fool you into thinking Crutchfield’s sound is something you can’t rock out to.

— Samuel Avishay

CASHMERE CAT

April 24, time and location TBA

Norwegian producer Magnus August Hoiberg, better known as Cashmere Cat, broke through the electro-hip hop scene by remixing Lana Del Ray, Miguel and 2 Chainz. Since then, he has placed first in VIBE magazine’s “25 Awesome Genre Benders of 2012” and produces tracks as illusory as the comparably named character Cheshire Cat. Consisting of layers upon layers of bass drops that wind up and down to warped vocals, piano lines and isolated percussions, Cashmere Cat’s tracks resonate an impression of an electronic audio mirage. His EPs Mirror Maru and Wedding Bells, released under the labels Pelican Fly and Lucky Me Records, respectively, garnered the attention of the industry’s biggest names, and his repertoire of collaborations will include Rihanna, Ludacris and Wiz Khalifa by the end of this year.

— Tiffany Kim

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