Putting away the pipe dream

Songs of Myself

I decided I wanted to be a musician when I was 14. I’d been playing piano half-heartedly for a few years, rarely practicing the classical pieces my tiny, unintimidating piano teacher urged me to learn. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get fired up about Beethoven’s 5th.
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Hong Kong: City of paradoxes

Britain’s daughter and China’s surrogate child — or maybe it’s the other way around — Hong Kong is a strange island of paradoxes. Seven million people are stacked high and dense here, yet walking through the narrow, winding streets brushing shoulders with strangers, even as I trailed behind my family
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Lights illuminates, delights at Fillmore show

“Here in the open, cool as a hand in the dark,” belted Lights, her voice cascading over the packed crowd at the Fillmore on Dec. 8. The synth-pop goddess Lights greeted the adoring audience with an unexpected opener, “From All Sides,” which is a bonus track on her newest album,
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Five occasions for UC Berkeley to get lit

If we were to graph school spirit levels over time during the fall semester, we would start with a line moderately high on the spirit axis. The line would be flat with occasional small peaks to represent game day weekends, and then one huge mountain of pride the week of
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Tunesday: Homesick

You know that feeling. You’re just going through your day when, all of a sudden, something small reminds you of home, and you’re hit with an unexpected wave of bittersweet nostalgia. Maybe you’re studying abroad for the summer or living someplace totally new for a fancy internship, and you can’t
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Baby on board: Electropop artist Lights talks new record, new baby

Get ready to dive into a world of radiant melodies and synthy bliss with a new album, Little Machines, by Canadian electropop artist Lights. In the three years since her last release, Siberia, Lights has really grown up. She and her husband Beau Bokan, frontman of Blessthefall, welcomed their first
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