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 »

For the men who make up Noteworthy, creating music is about more than just singing. They write their own songs, choreograph the moves and make sure that every performance is exactly that. Yes, they sing (and really gosh darn well, we might add), but Noteworthy entertains in a way that, to quote our 5th grade report cards, “exceeds expectations.”

When we took some time to chat with the guys, 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 »

The nine women who make up the California Golden Overtones know what it means to be in sync. For them, it’s more than just hitting the right notes or clapping to the beat, it’s the whole package.

They know the oldies, the classics, the top hits. They snap and clap. They can doo-wop like there’s no tomorrow. So when we sat down with these golden girls, 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 »

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.

Do you wish you could hang out with these guys? Are you not a particular fan of trying to track down your favorite a cappella group for Sproul performances? Do you not enjoy paying for things?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you might want to consider hustling over to Hertz Hall in a few hours, where a veritable plethora of campus a cappella groups will be performing indoors and free of charge. Whether you prefer the quirky stylings of Noteworthy, the preppy, collegiate airs of the Men’s Octet, they’ll all be there to welcome you to a new semester at 8 p.m. this evening.

The Clog will see you there.

Earlier: Be Equally Bewildered and Amused
Poker Face [YouTube]
Welcome [Back] to A Cappella, Spring 2011 [Facebook]