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Inside Outside Lands 2014, Part One: Style and Substances

by ALEJANDRA SALAZAR

Nestled in a forest far, far away from civilization (also known as Golden Gate Park), nearly 200,000 people came together to partake in San Francisco’s largest music festival. Outside Lands 2014 was the biggest yet, filled with overpriced ~organic~ gourmet foodstuffs, impeccably dressed twenty-somethings, and sporadic miniature dust storms that left you feeling like you were totally #roughingit amidst all this #nature.

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Seven Tips In Case You Find Yourself Invited To The Mongolian Coachella

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by MARIAH OXLEY

“You gotta go!” they said. “It’s just like ‘Coachella,’” they said.

“Except with more cow shit,” they said—but that time kind of under their breath and turned away so you weren’t really sure if you heard them correctly.

“Tickets are less than $30 U.S. dollars for the weekend and they would have been even cheaper if you’d gotten on top of your shit for once and learned how to make decisions more than a couple hours in advance,” they said.

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jams, jellies and marmalades : YOUR MID SUMMER PLAYLIST

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by StAR STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS

It’s early August.  You still have a month and a half of summer, and all your friends are leaving you to go back to college.  Here’s a lil’ splash of dopeness to keep you soaking in that summer goodness.  Dive in.

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Break Down of a Bad Seeds Show, or The Search for the Real Nick Cave

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by MARIE VACHOVSKY

This year is a pivotal one for the classier of the goths, the now grown alt-kids of the 80’s, and the shadowier inhabitants of the Land Down Under, because this is the year of 20,000 Days on Earth, the documentary of the elusive Nick Cave.

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in the blink of an eye: a review of “boyhood”

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by MATTHEW LIBBY

“Time’s going by,” says one character in the early scenes of Boyhood, the extraordinary latest film from Texan auteur Richard Linklater. It’s a throwaway line, and an obvious one at that, but those three words serve as a simple guideline for the movie as a whole: time’s always going by.

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#emmyforMaslany, or: the 2014 Emmy Nominations

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by MATTHEW LIBBY

The nominees are in for this year’s Emmy Awards, and they are the usual cocktail of brilliantly inspired, boringly obvious, and mind numbingly confounding. While the nominees get their tuxes pressed and select the episode they will submit to the voting body for consideration, here are my opinionated rants and wild speculations as to the potential victors of TV’s most anticipated awards.

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he’s back: excitement for Bill Murray’s “St. Vincent”

by KELSEY DAYTON

Lost in the manic excitement over LeBron James’s return to Cleveland, which continues to ripple through the sports world fulfilling fan fantasies of Biblical proportions, is another lost son’s return to his promised land, a return that is equally critical to American Pop Culture.

That son would be Bill Murray, and that promised land is broad comedy.

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it’s a trap! the aesthetics of future

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by JAKE FRIEDLER

I remember when it was considered weird to like electronic music.

It was only four years ago. I had just returned from my first rave: a too-hot, too-sweaty disaster of a massive held at the Cow Palace. As I gushed to my high school classmates about my amazing experience getting lost in the stylings of Steve Aoki, Boys Noize, and Benny Benassi, I was met with a mix of disgust and confusion. Weren’t raves really dirty? Didn’t the music sound like Transformers having sex? Don’t you have to be on ecstasy to like that shit?

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made at stanford, not #madeatstanford

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by LOUIS LAMBILLIOTTE

I read an article in the Daily last month entitled Push for Arts Boosts Stanford Image”, written by Nitish Kulkarni. It starts off with a memorable quote:

Stanford’s ascendancy to the pantheon of higher education is most commonly linked to the University’s prowess in technical disciplines. Less heralded, however, are Stanford’s programs in the arts and humanities, even as the University continues to make great leaps forward in those fields.”

I will spare you the summary of this article, since you’ve probably read it a thousand times before. The rhetoric at work is as old as the university itself: we’ve invested all this money in new programs, it’s really promising, Stanford’s still top. Phenomenal.

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bay to breakers, or the mass glorification of rally gear and pop culture

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by ALEJANDRA SALAZAR

To save you the trek to my “About Me” blurb: I hail from the far-away lands of South Texas, specifically the fair city of San Antonio. It is a flat, humid place, capable of reaching swelteringly hot temperatures on your average summer day. I say summer, of course, because spring—or any seasonal differentiation past “hot” and “cold”, really—is practically a myth in South Texas. According to the 2010 US Census, the population of my city is 63.2% Hispanic, a number that has likely grown in the last four years and is projected to keep growing rapidly. On the spectrum, the average language of choice falls somewhere around Spanglish. We eat breakfast tacos, Whataburger, and fry a disconcerting number of traditionally unfried foods. We have a yearly rodeo, 5+ Tejano music stations, and drive lots and lots of environmentally unfriendly pick-up trucks. And as a shout-out to the impending NBA playoffs, our Spurs pride is real: nobody—nobody—trash-talks our team and gets away with it.

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