UC Men's OctetSproul has fallen into its rhythm, which includes — you guessed it — our beloved a capella groups. If you haven’t already, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the campus fad no matter which performance you manage to catch in front of Sather Gate. The semester is showcasing a host of new talent, now that groups have selected their newbies, but it’s also shaking up what we’ve gotten used to over the years

UC Men’s Octet, just eight of the campus’ singing celebrities, is comprised almost entirely of new members this year. This fresh ensemble promises to delight just as much as the old, practicing ten hours a week to learn the group’s old songs as well as new ones. They even have to put extra effort into presentation. After all, those snazzy suits we see them in during large concerts don’t grow on trees. With that much work, they’re sure to find their unique sound sooner rather than later. They’ll be jumping on each other and making obscene jokes before we know it, if they haven’t started already.

If you miss some of your favorite Octets, watch out for them in neighboring groups! Jeff Nathan has transferred from the Octet into the coed cape-wearing group Decadence, and Patrick Wong has joined the coed group Artists in Resonance. Each wanted to expand their a capella experience here at Cal, moving from an all-guys group to slightly different dynamics.

If we’ve managed to bring you out of the a capella-loving closet but you have no idea where to listen in on their free concerts, we have the answers! You can plan out a week-long extravaganza.

Artists in Resonance: Mondays at 12:00 p.m.

Decadence: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.

UC Men’s Octet: Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Drawn to Scale: Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

California Golden Overtones: Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

Noteworthy: Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

As these artists say every performance, go Bears!

Image source: Erum Khan, Daily Cal


The Clog had the honor of attending the first night of the West Coast A Cappella Showcase this past Friday, and we were blown away by the never-ending vocal talent. To those who were able to attend both nights – we commend your ability to survive an A Cappella overload (of the good kind). Needless to say, the show was full of awkward introductions by pairs from the California Golden Overtones and UC Men’s Octet, but the performances made the audience forget that initial confusion immediately.

DeCadence started off the evening right, performing at what we think may be their best yet. They opened with “Cry Me a River,” which initially surprised us as an opening song, but they sang it flawlessly and with a great soul that carried through the rest of their performance. “Drumming Song” by Florence + the Machine was their next song, and they sang again with a contagious fervor, accompanied with equally passionate choreography. They ended with “Renegade” by Styx, opening it with haunting intensity, and then jumping into a dancing rhythm full of spirit. Their instrumental and sound effect vocals shined in the song.

Next up was Noteworthy, our all-male group known for performing student-written pieces. They are always hilarious, and didn’t disappoint, opening with their own rap-anthem. And of course, they are able to blend humor with talent – both vocal and choreographic. Next read more »


What’s that? You like A Cappella? Of course you do. Fellow lovers of all things A Capella, the Clog is here to let you know what’s up. And what is up is the annual West Coast A Cappella Showcase, featuring the California Golden Overtones and UC Men’s Octet.

Come by Wheeler Auditorium this Friday or Saturday (Nov. 4 and 5) to see some of the West Coast’s best college a cappella show off their stuff. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $7 for Berkeley students, $9 for other students and $10 general admission. Bring your IDs, and trust us, it’s worth the money. read more »


If we had to describe Cal musical sensation DeCadence in a single sentence, it would be this one: Dance party music mash-up extraordinaires. So, that’s not so much a sentence as it is a big ol’ conglomeration of phrases, and maybe “extraordinaires” isn’t actually a word according to Microsoft Word, but that’s our opinion and we’re sticking to it.

This is one a cappella group that’s read more »


OK, so it’s sort of a long story, but we were talking to a friend earlier this evening and we sort of got on the topic of bunnies. (Like we said, long story. Don’t ask.) Anyway, said friend kindly directed our attention to the following video(s):

Yes, they are singing about trading in their souls for a pair of bunny ears and a cotton tail.

Upon further investigation of the matter, we discovered not only that this completely ridiculous–nay, ridiculously awesome–ditty was penned by two Noteworthy members back in 2003, but also that Noteworthy will actually be performing tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. in 10 Evans Hall!

For just $3 (students), you can see them perform with two other Berkeley a capella groups, DeCadence and the California Golden Overtones. Incidentally, Noteworthy’s manager is named “Joey Goodknight.” Yeah. Pretty much, we’re thinking about going just so we can cheer that name repeatedly, and maybe make some unwarranted puns.

Noteworthy-Fluffy Bunny [YouTube]