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Attention to any and all individuals with classic Toms and raw denim jackets:

As you hopefully saw yesterday, we clued you in on a little show happening tonight at The Fox Theater in Oakland. The duo performing is a veritable wet dream in the world of indie music, so we’re definitely bringing a spare pair of American Apparel underwear and gearing up for some amazing music. As we already mentioned, the opening act for tonight’s show is the effervescent and endlessly talented Merrill Garbus, better known as tUnE-yArDs. An act like that is tough to follow, but we’re confident St. Vincent has what it takes. read more »


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Hipster and indie kids ahoy! There’s another super awesome and amazing concert on the horizon. As you remember, we last beseeched you to venture out to San Francisco on a Monday night to glimpse the beautiful Danish goddess, Oh Land. And this week we’re doing a double feature! There’s a wonderful and mysterious indie songstress headlining at the Fox Theater in Oakland tomorrow. We’ll save her for later (or you can cheat and Google her and ruin all the fun you big baby), because today we’re focusing on the fabulous opener. With a name that’s harder to spell than it is to say, “tUne-yArDs” is sure to bring the heat at tomorrow’s show.
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It’s time to put on our super tight skinny jeans, distressed denim jackets and obscure band t-shirts, because we have a new music artist that we think you’ll like! Her name is Nanna Øland Fabricius, and if that wasn’t already fabulous enough, she became Oh Land at the beginning of her music career.
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The Spice of Life Festival in the Gourmet Ghetto

In bold defiance of our academic calendar, the world continues to bring you interesting events, and the Clog, much like Argos or Old Yeller or Lassie, will continue faithfully to report them until we go the way of  said loyal companions (that is, we die or are kidnapped or get lost or are abandoned or … you get the idea … please don’t leave us.)

Friday

Head to Lower Sproul at noon today to catch two concerts — at the same time: One of the UC Jazz Ensembles, Ted Moore’s Advanced Combo, will be performing in the Bear’s Lair, while Superb and KALX bring you upbeat acoustic indie band Blind Pilot in front of Eshleman, either an unfortunate scheduling or the promise of a cacophonous good time and certainly a livelier Lower Sproul than usual. Maybe there’ll be a showdown between the hipsters and the jazz enthusiasts! They’ll attack each other with painfully clever T-shirt slogans and suaveness! Maybe.

At night, the Berkeley Art Museum is presenting a feast for the eyes — light shows and looped film projections and such to celebrate the Pacific Film Archive’s first published book at Radical [email protected].

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You waited patiently, loud denizens of Berkeley, and now the day is finally here. The City Council is set to vote tonight on an ordinance that could relax noise limits. If passed, this would “allow entertainment venues and festival organizers to exceed the noise regulations if they obtain a permit beforehand.”

The noise limit would be raised from 10 to 15 decibels. More sound permits would be given out each year, without limits.

Obvious question: could Berserkeley get any louder? Between garbage trucks, sirens, and the amusingly colorful street vendors, the more frighteningly verbose street vendors, read more »


Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

Oh yeah, rock that vote

* Remember that emerging Berkeley blog we warned you about? Well, it’s here, and it’s reporting, like, last year’s news.

* We weren’t the only ones who upchucked a little in our mouths over Panda Express, and now one blog wants you to nag the Man about it.

* Even AC Transit insists you register to vote with its giant bus o’ vote. The California deadline is Oct. 20.

* The Arts blog has got your back … and your October concert line-up.

Image Source: Fayzan Gowana, Daily Cal
Earlier: More Politics More Than Usual


Today marks the first day of a full week of campus activities and events for The Campaign for Berkeley. The schedule will be jam-packed with concerts, a music festival, a poetry reading, quiz bowl, tours and open houses all throughout campus. UC Regents and program planners are targeting an audience of all ages, shapes, colors, cultures, denominations, education levels and, oh yeah, donor capacities. So tell your rich Uncle Sal to meet us for Story Hour at Morrison Library. Afterwards he can live it up – all the way up – with free rides to the top of the campanile. See here for a full list of events that will take place on campus.

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The Campaign for Berkeley [Web site]


Get your browsers ready and flex your quick-like-lightning Telebears appointment muscles, because presale tickets will be available at Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7. We’ve received a tip from an unreliable source (the digital grapevine) that the magic word of the day will be “polaroid.”

Jason Mraz (a.k.a. the coolest scatting cat in the music biz) will be performing at the Greek Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m.

To be honest, the first wave of internet presale tickets were up for grabs at the end of last month, but they closed those flood gates not too long afterward. A quick Google search will also lead you to a few lesser-known ticket distributors who claim to be selling tickets right now, but buy at your own risk. Or just bring your laptop to class tomorrow morning and try not to yell with joy/fury as you click-click-click at 10 a.m. sharp.

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As the bigger summer concerts around the bay wind down, you may be itching for the simpler, freer and more classical lunchtime performances of yesteryear, which the music department usually hosts every Wednesday right here on campus. Don’t mourn their absence too much–the noon concerts are currently on hiatus and plan to tear up Hertz Hall in full force come fall semester.

Until then, you can catch free noon performances (albeit jazzy, street-style ones) at the Downtown Berkeley BART plaza. Various esteemed jazz performers grace the plaza from 12 to 1 p.m. every Thursday, possibly inciting jealousy in Berkeley ‘s other resident street performers. Check ‘em out before the plaza goes silent on Aug. 21.

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Downtown Berkeley Association – Summer Noon Concerts 2008 [Website]
Earlier: Visit the New Museum in the City


Summer’s winding down and school is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in one last hurrah before the fun is done. You could always go to the Vans Warped Tour, but we think you’re better than that. At least one should hope so.

Monday, Aug. 4

* The Faint, Fillmore, 9 p.m.

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