Baio dives deep into thoughtful, dance-oriented sound

Baio, aka Chris Baio, makes an unexpected solo debut with The Names. Through this electronica record, Baio shows his desire to break free from the genres that made him a Grammy-winning artist with Vampire Weekend, and in doing so, he creates an intimate reflection on his own identity. Baio isn’t
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Rumors of UC Berkeley’s spring commencement speaker leaked

Will it be Ellen DeGeneres, or perhaps Michelle Obama? Who will be the UC Berkeley spring commencement speaker? The selection committee known as the Californians — comprised of UC Berkeley undergraduates — has broken its silence on speculations about the spring commencement speaker. The Californians, although unable to verify the identity of the official speaker, have given
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The day Banksy became a real artist

Urban Animal

A goal of banksyny.com, the official website for world-famous British graffiti artist Banksy’s one-month residency in New York, may be to get the public to realize that a city itself is a beautiful place of expression. Like cities, however, many works of art are brutally zoned and regulated — and
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Tom Hanks Tuesday: Hanksy

There’s been a whole lot of art around lately. The wonderfully vibrant new Barry McGee exhibit just opened at BAM/PFA, the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens just installed a voluminous, though slightly controversial art piece comprised of glass tubes from Solyndra and I recently made a pile of dust near my
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Summer Rewind 2012

Reminiscing on this summer in the arts, we put together a mixtape of pop culture memories to look back on. Snoop Dogg became a lion: Excuse me while I light my Executive Branch spliff. Snoop Dogg is dead. But Jah has bestowed another blessing upon us. Snoop Lion has risen.
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