Music festivals are a fantastic way to revel in your favorite bands and stumble upon some brand new ones. There are even those huge outdoor ones that fill an entire three days with live music. It’s an exhilarating experience for sure, but it’s not for everyone. For one, you’re on your feet practically all day, sometimes in scorching temperatures (Coachella, eh?). And on the music side of the coin, some bands’ live shows just work better in an intimate indoor venue rather than in outdoor settings that could drown out the sound.
These festivals surely get more publicity in the long run, but if you’re looking for a different festival experience right here in the Bay Area, check out the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco! In its 21st year, the festival — happening from February 26th to March 6th — presents a plethora of shows in the city at a variety of different venues. You can attend as few or as many as you wish and with the festival pass you can score some sweet deals if you choose to milk the festival for what it’s worth. There are also some film, art and culture events as well! Here is a playlist highlighting some of the best of this eclectic shindig:
- Ramona Falls, “Fingerhold“
- !!!, “Must Be the Moon”
- White Arrows, “Get Gone”
- Toro y Moi, “New Beat” read more »
Enjoy the music discovery of Pandora and the playlist creation capabilities of Spotify or 8-tracks, but want something new to spice up your music life, especially now that we’re in the hectic heyday of school life once again? Here’s this little gem: Songza. It will quickly become your best friend.
At its core, it’s a gigantic collection of playlists curated by all sorts of companies, important music people, users and of course, the self-proclaimed ‘music-experts’ of the Songza team. But the way they are indexed is just the niftiest thing. It’ll likely put all your other music-streaming sites to shame.
First, you can skim through the popular playlists of the year to see what everyone else has been enjoying. You can also skim through playlist indexed by genre, decade (well, that’s typical), and even by activities (driving in the left lane, breaking up, etc) and moods! But here’s the real kicker. The music concierge option takes all these options to the next level: they’re catered to you. Let’s take a look:
Right now it’s Tuesday evening. Songza thinks that, based on the day of the week and time of the day, we’re most likely be doing one of these activities.
You’re right Songza! We are working. You smart little thing, you. Since we’re writing, we’d prefer no lyrics.
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There’s no denying that college kids always love a good dose of nostalgia in their lives. At this age we can’t get enough of the stuff, with the impending push of the real world drawing near with every consecutive year we finish at Cal. For those who desire it, this week’s dose of awesome childhood nostalgia comes in the form of the announcement of the return of the “Powerpuff Girls!”
Now who doesn’t remember that amazing show from our childhood? Who can forget Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup? After all, those girls were made with sugar, spice and everything nice. Oh and CHEMICAL X. But the show was definitely a childhood favorite for many. Okay, sure the show was specifically designed to appeal to girls but hey, we boys at the Clog watched it too! It was cool … Y’know, for the fights and stuff.
An exciting announcement was recently made by Cartoon Network, the channel that broadcasted the original series from 1998-2005. According to the press release, the series is slated to make a return with all of its old voice cast reprising their roles and “will soar again as a brand-new, redesigned and re-imagined CG special coming in 2013 where the trio of pint-sized super heroines will be called upon to rescue not just the city of Townsville, but the USA and the world!” The special will also oddly feature the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who is set to compose the theme song of read more »
Whether you’re good at it or “good” at it (exceedingly terrible yet incredibly entertaining), open karaoke is always a lively and fun way to spend an evening with friends. And now you can enjoy it six nights of the week! For all of you karaoke buffs out there, here is your gold mine.
Who: YOU (maybe …)
Where: Nick’s Lounge, 3218 Adeline St., Berkeley (near the Ashby BART station) read more »
2012 was without a doubt a great year in music from breakout debuts to soaring sophomore releases and everything beyond. Before we dive headfirst into the 2013 music world, let’s reminisce on some of the best releases of the past year (in no particular order) …
- Tame Impala, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” Lonerism
- Best Coast, “The Only Place,” The Only Place
- Saint Motel, “Puzzle Pieces,” Voyeur
- Patrick Wolf, “Overture,” Sundark and Riverlight
- Delta Spirit, “California,” Delta Spirit
- First Aid Kit, “The Lion’s Roar,” The Lion’s Roar
- Divine Fits, “My Love is Real,” A Thing Called Divine Fits
- Alt-J, “Tesselate,” An Awesome Wave
- The Vaccines, “Teenage Icon,” Come of Age
- The xx, “Angels,” Coexist
- Sufjan Stevens, “Christmas Unicorn,” Silver and Gold
- John Mulaney, “Terrible Driver,” New In Town (not music, but a hilarious comedy album from the SNL writer who brought us Stefon!)
Check out the whole playlist on Spotify, and be sure to share with us your favorites of 2012 below!
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Classes start today, so we thought you might like some tracks to explore your feelings regarding this newest development. Yeah, we’re bummed that winter break is over. But we’re also glad to be going to the best school in the world.
Here are the 13 songs to kick off 2013:
1. Wizard Flurry Home, Mariee Sioux — If you saw snowfall this break, you’ll understand what she’s talking about here. But even if you didn’t, you’ll like the way she makes you feel. All Native American and shit.
2. When the Roses Bloom Again, Billy Bragg and Wilco — A chance to give a sorrowful farewell to the days of skiing and family feasts, this song’s almost upbeat tune clashes gloriously with its moody lyrics. Wilco’s distinctive voice dominates the vocals and is complemented by Bragg’s folk influences.
3. Submarines, The Lumineers — Filled with angst and youthful loneliness, this simple yet meaningful ballad is filled with folk energy.
4. Newlands, Justice — The key point of this song is not to think too hard. Just move to the prog beat, and don’t worry about the muffled disappointment that was Audio, Video, Disco.
5. Said So What, French Kicks — Reminiscent of The Beach Boys, it’s easy to groove to the warmth of repetition and jangling.
6. Half Gate, Grizzly Bear — This song resonates with beauty. It’s a mastery of composition and eloquently rich with meaning. It’s about barriers between people and the past. Such a good listen when you’re feeling sentimental.
7. One Pure Thought, Hot Chip — A dance track like no other, these guys just want you to smile. Don’t stress the ugliness that pops up — it’s on purpose, and the feels are ultimately satisfying.
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Are you starting to think about holiday shopping for family and friends? Tired of the tried and typical department store goodies? Have no fear! Our friends at the Berkeley Art Studio (located under the GBC) are coming to your rescue. Welcome to the Holiday Pop Up Shop, where all your dreams of sugarplums dancing in your head come to life (or something like that).
Who: The Berkeley Art Studio
What: Home-made art! Photography, pottery, jewelry, and paintings galore.
When: Now! Mon.-Fri. 12-9 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. (until December 13th)
Where: Lower Sproul Plaza
Why: It’s the holidays! Your friends deserve gifts! You are a good friend!
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It was just a routine Monday morning in the waiting room of the Tang Center’s Clinic 3. Students were patiently awaiting their appointments and magazine subscriptions were strewn about the corner tables. One item stood out from the pile of paper: a mid-sized black journal titled “The Berkeley Journal Project.”
We remember hearing about the project at the beginning of the school year, that they would be distributing a bunch of journals to interested Berkeley students and faculty to do what they will in them, be it write, draw, or whatever their creative mind could think of. And then they pass it on in whichever avenue they think is best. Being that we were lucky enough to discover one of these coveted journals, our curiosity in this project’s elusive background piqued. We had the lovely opportunity to interview project coordinator Joe Watz about the origins of the Project:
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It’s just a jump to the left…
If you are (or were) a Berkeley student, chances are this brings back sweet CalSo memories of learning the Time Warp. You may even be so compulsed to finish the line…and then a step to the ri-i-i-ight. You know what, for classics sake, we’re just going to finish it off for you:
Dancing the Time Warp at CalSo is only the tail end of a long-standing Rocky Horror tradition at Cal. The tradition started with taking eager students to an actual midnight showing of the 1975 cult classic film Rocky Horror Picture Show, which sadly fizzled out. But good news, Barely Legal, the cast that put on the show, is still going strong! They strive to spread the Rocky love all throughout the Bay Area — and they’re coming locally very soon.
Tim Curry in the 1975 film
This Saturday, November 8th, the “Barely Legal” Rocky Horror Picture Show is coming to the Albany Twin Theater (in Albany), just a short BART ride away! Tickets are only $10 and the show is all ages. But don’t let that stop you from going all out on the partici……..pation. Costumes are allowed and encouraged. In fact, their only rule is that you have to wear something. The rest is up to you. And if you dress to impress in a Rocky-inspired outfit, they say they may even bring you on stage to show it off. And costumes aren’t the only means of participations. “Survival Kits” are sold before the show containing bubbles, noise makers, toilet paper, toast, cards, and an instruction sheet to get you up to speed on when to use each item. It’s sure to be a fun night for both long-time fans and first timers.
If you’re looking for a raunchy and exceptionally entertaining thing to do this weekend, dust off your fishnets and “give yourself over to absolute pleasure” at the Albany Twin.
For more information on the show, visit the SFGate website, and for more information on Barely Legal and their upcoming events, visit their website.
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Does anyone even remember the laserdisc format? VHS forever!
It’s been another year and we return to that familiar season where it’s acceptable to be fascinated by the darker side of life. Stores around Berkeley are stocking their shelves with cheap paint, wigs, skulls and teeth that will be the building blocks to the perfect Halloween costume and the UA Berkeley 7 on Shattuck is screening the obligatory Paranormal Activity 4. Like last year, we at the Clog want to spread the Halloween festivities by compiling a list of horror movies that will be promising last-minute additions to the mandatory horror film marathon. Here are our recommendations below:
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