Five Quality Tracks: January

At the end of each month, I’ll be posting a feature highlighting five quality tracks released during that month. We start with January 2013. This is going to be a good year. I can feel it. Bands are announcing upcoming albums by the truckload. The year got off to a
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Oscar Coverage: Best Supporting Actress

We continue our countdown of the main Oscar categories with Best Supporting Actress, a category that seems all sealed up for Hathaway but has even richer performances beyond such an obviously tremendous performance at its core.   Who’s nominated? Amy Adams, “The Master” Sally Field, “Lincoln” Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
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Oscar Coverage: Best Supporting Actor

Thank you for joining the Oscar conversation at The Daily Cal. More of our arts writers will be getting together for a podcast in the next few days to give you a more detailed analysis of the Oscars overall. So let’s devote some blogposts to some of the bigger categories,
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Indie Games Round-up: Frogs, Carts, and Patience

Welcome to the first edition of Indie Game Round-up! In this blog series, I’m going to inform you about some free or cheaply priced independently made games readily available on the internet. Be warned: expect fewer time wasters and more avant-garde experiences, but incredible experiences nonetheless. For this week, in
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Vienna Teng enchants at the Freight & Salvage

Performing at downtown Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse just before New Year’s eve, Vienna Teng’s two day run was a rare treat for many. The Sunday evening (Dec. 30) show took shape slowly, taking on the character of friends settling down for a good dinner with the enjoyment of some
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Local Limelight: Two Gallants

For those looking for some ballsy folk rock, San Francisco duo Two Gallants should be a band on your radar. The duo crank out saucy, crunchy guitar riffs backed by symbol-heavy drums and a bluesy harmonica. The screams of vocalist Adam Stephens also add some diversity to the band’s folksy
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Tunes on Tuesday: Eugene McGuinness, Two Door Cinema Club, Ke$ha

What ever happened to innovative lyrics? British singer-songwriter Eugene McGuinness has something to say about this in his new single “Sugarplum”, where he translates the intricate workings of his imagination into urbane, melodic poetry. Ever polished and debonair, McGuinness has composed a delightfully surreal tune full of mysterious, dreamlike word
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Local Limelight: Rin Tin Tiger

Bringing it back closer to the East Bay, this week’s band is Rin Tin Tiger, a folk rock trio from San Francisco. The trio’s acoustic melodies and twang-infused vocals ebb and flow over each track, with switched up tempos keeping listeners on their toes. The band has toured all along
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Local Limelight: Mister Loveless

With punchy guitar riffs and a vocalist who has the energetic monotone of Cake but with a bit more actual singing involved, Walnut Creek alternative rock band Mister Loveless sway listeners with both catchy melodies and soft lyrics. Now residing in Oakland, the four-piece band have been steadily growing in
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