A Cinephile’s Journey to New York City

I’m not sure if Americans realize this, but the United States is one of the most surreal places for a foreigner to travel to. American culture, particularly cinema has an unparalleled global reach. I watch more American films in a year than my country has produced in its entire history.
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This Week in Sound: Suns and States

Bay Area indie hip-hop artist K.Flay will be playing at the Rickshaw Stop this Thursday in support of her latest EP, Eyes Shut. The rapper has done guest vocals with other Bay Area artists such as on Zion I’s hit single “Coastin’,” and has been steadily gaining popularity in the
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Sample Sundays: X to the Streisand?

What’s up people? Sample Sundays in effect again. No surprise there. Each and every week I got you. So, here is another one for you y’all to freak to, to break your neck when you turn your head and put your ears to the speaker to make sure you caught
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Are You Keeping up with the Ridges?

Have you kept up with The Ridges? No? Well you soon will, because Sally and Jamie Ridge are about to become the stars of New Zealand’s adaptation of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” format. How do I know this? Full disclosure, I am in fact a New Zealander and
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This Week in Sound: Rocket Juice and Thizz Faces

For you Cal students staying in Berkeley this week (or anyone who digs hip-hop), Bay Area legend E-40 will be playing a free show at Rasputin Music in Berkeley this Tuesday at 4 p.m. in honor of the release of his new album trilogy The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil
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Azealia Banks Releases New Track

Azealia Banks started hype with her release of “212” last fall, and her deliciously raunchy rhymes have gained huge interest in proportion to the work she has released. Her tracks drip with dance beats, guilt-free usage of the C-word, and quickness topped off with just enough cockiness. In the past
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‘The Hunger Games’ satisfies with faithful adaptation

On Thursday night, downtown Berkeley was flooded with teenagers. Lined around the block from the United Artists movie theater, these kids meant business. They had the long-wait-in-line blankets at the ready, they had provisions packed and of course, some sported fan-made shirts (“Team Peeta” vs. “Team Gale”). Save for the
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Sample Sundays: Boy meets Tech N9ne

What up y’all? Sunday again (that happens once a week I guess), so sample time is here. For this week’s edition I thought I would break out one of the more obscure samples I’ve heard in the last few years. It comes to us from an animated short from 1938,
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The Return of “Mad Men”

With “Mad Men” returning this Sunday with a two-hour premiere, some may be wondering how to celebrate the return of the Emmy dominating show after 17 months. After such a dramatic ending of season 4 and equally dramatic negotiations about the return of the show on AMC, the pressure is
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