Ensemble Mik Nawooj digs for meaning

Musical collective perform a chamber hip-hop opera, ‘Death, Love & Life’

Ensemble Mik Nawooj — a collective of instrumentalists, rappers and vocalists — is breaking the rules of musical genre in all the right ways. Fusing classical Western European compositions with genres like hip-hop, rock and pop, the act promises an experience that is at once refreshing, innovative and utterly captivating.
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Falling in Love

UC Berkeley student and rapper Kaila Love dishes on her background and inspirations

“It’s all about energy; when you catch a flow, you’re maybe starting out with a couple words and a contact or a rhyme but you literally catch it. You can feel the energy building,” Kaila Love said when asked if one could learn freestyle. Like her response, her energy caught
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Jay-Z’s audio engineer visits Berkeley

Young Guru stops in Berkeley as part of educational tour for students interested in audio engineering

Those behind the scenes in music rarely get properly recognized. This isn’t the case for Grammy Award-winning audio engineer Young Guru, who has engineered and mixed seven of Jay-Z’s 11 solo albums, as well as music from several other high-profile musicians. Guru kept mum about Jay-Z’s forthcoming album. “I can’t
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito

If there’s one problem plaguing the creative output of NYC trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs (and rest assured, there is likely more than one problem), it’s that they don’t have much to prove anymore. After ascending to notoriety with their gritty, minimalist debut Fever to Tell, they managed to conjure up
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Bleached: Ride Your Heart

If California invented the valley-girl punk-rock beach-pop combo, then Jennifer and Jessie Clavin of Bleached perfected it. Ride Your Heart, the debut album from Los Angeles’s Bleached, straddles the line between pop and punk with an energy that is both fun and exciting. Throughout Ride Your Heart, Bleached seems to
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UC Berkeley student rapper Kaila Love

Kaila Love, UC Berkeley third year political science major and rapper, talks about politics, how her personal experiences have influenced her music and what being a woman means to her.

SCORE program makes schools rock

Willard Middle School to offer students introductory music lessons, will focus on rock music

SCORE. The word can mean success. It can be the written copy of a musical composition. And starting April 12, the word will refer to the SCORE Berkeley program that is to engage students at Willard Middle School and — the program’s directors hope — enrich their lives. The concept
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Playlist of the week: election selections

With ASUC elections starting Tuesday, a slew of emotions are being brought to the surface: happiness due to sheer excitement about a certain candidate, relief due to the looming prospect of no more election harassment on campus, and confusion due to being completely informed on any candidates or ballot referendums.
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Playlist of the week: SXSW standouts

The annual SXSW music and arts gathering took place in Austin, Texas, a few weeks ago for 10 glorious days in the sun. Known for its reputation as a hype-creator, the festival allows any band to apply to play a showcase and follow their big rock star dreams. It is
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Research suggests music as a possible medicine

Music can be one heck of a drug. Literally, once you’re hooked on a certain song or album, there’s no telling what plethora of emotions you’ll be experiencing. For students here at Berkeley, music is a quintessential part of the culture. Just look around Sproul and count the number of
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