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


Go BearsIn all this Occupy chaos, we hope you haven’t forgotten what really matters — it’s Big Game week! What better way is there to shamelessly encourage school spirit than … a comedy show? At first, a comedy show doesn’t seem to be so “pep n’ go” but it’s actually a great excuse to take stabs at our beloved transbay trees  (no, your mascot is not a cardinal, it’s a damn tree … kind of). And so, the Clog took some time to attend Laugh Your Axe Off.

The California Golden Overtones and UC Men’s Octet both made appearances, but it probably wasn’t what you’re used to hearing from them. The Men’s Octet sang a song called, “Stanford Girls,” to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girls,” but inserted lines like, ” Stanford girls look just like Berkeley squirrels,” “God, she smells like sh**” and  … “whores.” Yet, they somehow sounded classy the entire time. read more »


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 »


Eight is the golden number when it comes the UC Men’s Octet. They’ve got Bass singers, Baritones, and first and second Tenors. They’ve got rhythm and harmony and personality in spades.

But who are the men behind the voices? The Clog went behind the scenes with the Octet in order to discover just who these serenading studs are. And what did we learn? Well, you’ll just have to watch our video to find out.


Those of you who have undergone the college application process can surely agree that it’s mildly overwhelming at best and heart attack-inducing at worst. Even acceptance letters don’t always put a cap on the stress; there remains the sometimes agonizing dilemma of which school is subjectively “best,” according to factors ranging from academics to the eternal issue of cost. read more »


Even though it’s Women’s History Month, we here at the Clog understand that the ladies may not be your sort of bag. That’s why we’re bringing the fellas. Eight of them to be exact. And most of them…well…they’re kinda smokin’.

The UC Men’s Octet is performing its Spring Show this weekend. Tonight the boys kicked it off at Dwinelle. Saturday it’s 8 p.m. in Wheeler. Sexy time. It is nice.

Like we’ve said before, we love a cappella. The Men’s Octet is clearly our favorite for two reasons: their humor, their sexyback, and their great bootyshakin’. Okay, that was three things, but we think you know what we mean.

We hope you like out-of-sync video:

Tonight’s performance was on par for a typical Octet show, though the fumbling around with video and some lights issue did detract from our enjoyment of their sweet sweet voices. Tomorrow, in Wheeler, the show should run smoother–Wheeler comes with its own stage crew.

The men performed new material, such as the JT medley, “I Will Follow You into the Dark,” and a “Shake Your Groove Thing”/ “Super Freak” mix (just to name a few). They came back with a resounding encore and left the audience clapping along to a 2ge+her classic. Oh we love those boys.

Check the hotties out Saturday night. Tickets are available at the door. Bring your money, bring your camera, and bring a change of pants. You’ll be sitting in a splash zone.

UC Men’s Octet Spring Show [Facebook Event]