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Inside Outside Lands 2014, Part Three: Thank you Ranger Dave

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by ALEJANDRA SALAZAR

I woke up the morning of Day Three to the collective cries of the online Outside Lands community, case in point being the friend who had woken me up with the tragic news. “Just experienced heartbreak for the first time,” he tweeted. “*sad face emojis*.”

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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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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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Stanford’s annual picnic: a first exposure to Frost Music & Arts Festival

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by ALEJANDRA SALAZAR and SASHA PERIGO

Two of StAR’s freshmen reporters sit down to talk about Frost. The music festival, not the poet, or the frozen water.

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crossing states and genres with Youngblood Brass Band

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by SOPHIA LAURENZI

New Orleans
The dark mustiness of this bar wraps around the band so tightly that they appear permanently constrained to maneuvering ten grown men, three different drums, two trombones, three saxophones, two trumpets, and one sousaphone around what can be no larger than a 25 x 15 foot stage. But this is New Orleans, and a traditional brass band draws an already lively city to its feet—this is the music of dancing in the streets, and Youngblood Brass Band’s song choice of “Is That a Riot?” suggests that even they would prefer to take their music and fans outdoors and through the city.

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hip hop and apartheid: a conversation with Kareem Alston

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by PHOENIX C. 

Kareem Alston produced the documentary “Cape Town Hip Hop: Cultural Embattlement of Apartheid” for his honors thesis. He is a senior in African and African American Studies with a concentration in the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. I caught up with him a few days after his debut screening.

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trouble and redemption: The National at the Greek Theater

by WENDING LU

Sometimes melancholy doesn’t just come from traumatic events, but also from trying to understand the nature of the wounds that linger. The songs in The National’s latest album Trouble Will Find Me conjure many vignettes of people in this state of agony—caught in the middle of a storm and trying to find some meaning in their suffering. How the troubles come about is never made explicit, but we get an impression of how the singer feels when various kinds of trouble with people he cares about seemingly appear out of nowhere.

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from baseball to the beat: an interview with freddy avis

by LINDSAY MEWES

Sitting in a studio upstairs in the magical place that is the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) surrounded by synthesizers, speakers, gizmos and gadgets, Freddy Avis looks right at home. As a sophomore majoring in Music and specializing in Music, Science, and Technology (MST), Avis spends a lot of time at CCRMA developing his music—something he is only able to do after choosing to redshirt for the Stanford Varsity Baseball team this year due to an ongoing shoulder injury. In February, he and his brother Charlie wrote, produced, and released “Fortress”— an album self-described as “dark, dancy, and delightful”— under the band name “Arswain.” Since then, Avis has continued to explore and develop his music through the resources CCRMA and Stanford’s greater artistic community has to offer.

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diary of a converted coachella fanboy: how to be cool

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by LAWRENCE NEIL

part two of a three-part series

read part one here

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Today, it was Saturday and it was hot.  I discovered a cooling technique — I took a small towel, plunged it into ice water, then secured it under my Teamsters hat and over the back of my neck.  It kept my internal temperature at a bearable level.  Thankfully it was pragmatic, because I looked like an idiot.

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agile and ambigious: an evening with Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone

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by JUSTINE BEED

‘Agile’ and ‘ambitious’ are words you might use to describe a pair of young Broadway-bound performers, but instead these are in reference to Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.  They’ve been to Broadway and back, LuPone, 65, and Patinkin, 61.

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