Tunesday: Soulful songs of sin

There’s something both romantic and haunting about autumn. And it’s not just because Halloween is coming up. Gritty and poignant, these songs illuminate human sin in its most mundane forms — hatred, indulgence and obsession. Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday Written by teacher Abel Meeropol, “Strange Fruit” is a poem
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Tunesday: A taste of classic Britney

With midterm season in full bloom and the school year showing no signs of slowing down, there comes a feeling of apprehensiveness toward what awaits in the near future. Sometimes you just want to crawl under the covers and revel in the good ol’ days — the days when Britney
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Tunesday: Local Tunes

Maybe you’ve lived in the Bay Area your whole life, or maybe moving to Berkeley for college has been your first taste of NorCal. In any case, it’s quite possible you aren’t aware of the vibrant local music scene that inhabits the very streets of the region you love. Take
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Tunesday: Golden hour glow

The summer sun is waning, giving way to the muted, orange-hued tones of autumn. So whether you sit on a blanket unfurled upon a four-story rooftop, lay supine on one of the countless meadows strewn throughout campus or simply spread out on your apartment’s prickly bedroom carpet, set aside the
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Tunesday: Relationship stages

A relationship travels through dynamic stages. There is the sudden meeting where that special someone takes your breath away, and those heavily intimate sessions where sexual desires run wild. But relationships don’t always last. They can travel in a number of directions, from becoming toxic to just not working out.
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Tunesday: Late nights, broken hearts

Maybe you’ve just finished a long day at work or writing a paper — either way, you can feel the tiredness in your bones. You are driving back home, blasting music through your car’s speakers one red light after another. As you listen, you can feel your mind shifting or your
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Tunesday: ’70s Soul-cial change

It’s time to take a trip back to one of the most fascinating and formative decades in U.S. history. Hot on the heels of the tumultuous end the ’60s — rife with social upheaval, anti-war demonstrations, race riots and political assassinations — early ’70s soul music exhibited a dichotomy of
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Tunesday: Totally not the ’80s

Just like Marty McFly in “Back to the Future Part II,” these current pop, rock and dance hits sound like they’ve traveled from 1989. Whether you’re an ’80s baby or a lover of throwback-ish tunes, these modern-day, ’80s-esque synth-pop masterpieces were made for the time traveler in us all. “Rollercoaster”
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Tunesday: Sad covers for sunny days

Finding a good cover can be like falling in love with a favorite song all over again. The following covers have two things in common: They are all sad (because summertime sadness isn’t just Lana Del Rey’s domain), and they are all better than their originals. So, whether you’re newly
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Tunesday: Beach vibes

Summer is at its peak. There’s no better way to celebrate the sunny season than driving down to the beach and taking a break. With this collection of classic ditties and chill tunes, get ready to put your toes in the sand and unwind your worries. “Sunny” — Bobby Hebb “Sunny”
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