Plenty of people dread their 40th birthday, but according to Ian Bavitz—better known by his stage name, Aesop Rock—the idea of being “over the hill” was particularly distressing.
“Being an older dude in a younger dude’s game, it just loomed,” the indie emcee and producer says. “I think it caused a lot of reflection, and had me thinking of things I hadn’t thought about it forever. I’m still working on everything—I’m a mess in many ways. Things don’t really ever magically smooth out and become easy. It just seems like everyone loses their minds forever and then we die.” Continue reading »
Even though it has been celebrated officially for more than five years, 2016 marks the first time San Jose will participate in International Jazz Day. The UNESCO-Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz-sponsored event is observed all over the world, but now, thanks to a collaboration between the city, San Jose State University and San Jose Jazz, America’s oldest and original art form will get its moment in the Silicon Valley sun. Continue reading »
Like so many musicians, Emily Kinney began her singing career with an act of rebellion.
“We lived in Wayne, Nebraska, at the time, and I think I was 7,” she says. “I saw an ad for a talent show and I told my mom I wanted to sing in it. She didn’t want me to. But then I filled out the form and sent it in anyway.”
Now 30, Kinney has come a long way from singing in talent shows. An actress as well as a musician, her first big role was playing Mo Rocca’s younger sister on an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” But the role she is most widely known for is the optimistic, peaceful (and now deceased) character of Beth Greene from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Continue reading »
On the cover of his latest album, Think Bigs, San Jose rapper Andrew Bigs wears wire-rimmed glasses and channels Steve Jobs in the iconic, if grammatically incorrect, “Think Different” Apple campaign. On the aptly titled release, Bigs distills his singular experience of growing up on the East Side, then attending private school for football at Archbishop Mitty. Continue reading »
We walk around with the entire internet in our pockets, calling up ride-sharing services from our mobile devices and perusing menus online whilst en route to our favorite restaurants. The world is at our fingertips and waiting… well, that is so 20th century.
The organizers of the annual SoFa Street Fair certainly have gotten the memo—or email… or, uh… status update? Fans of local art and music won’t have to wait until fall for the return of the SoFA Street Fair, as an abridged installment of the annual festival is slated for this weekend. Continue reading »
The Coachella music festival has begun. For those of you unable to make it—or unwilling to fork over the cash for tickets and $7 Heinekens—the show is being live streamed on YouTube. Check it out below: Continue reading »
The child of Ethiopian immigrants, Lavish is a young San Jose emcee with big aspirations. The up-and-coming rapper was raised in the Santa Teresa neighborhood and first took an interest in hip-hop in middle school, where he and his friends would spend their free time (and class time) engaging in rap battles with one another. Continue reading »
Most gringos know very little about Selena, other than what they may have picked up from the eponymous biopic on the Spanish- and English-language pop singer. However, among Latinos of a certain age, Selena Quintanilla-Perez is much more than the character that launched Jennifer Lopez’s career—she is a diva, on par with Madonna.
Keeping that in mind will make it easier for the uninitiated to understand why last year’s inaugural Selena Tribute Party was such a smashing success and why so many are anxiously awaiting the second installment of the Sonido Clash-hosted party. Continue reading »
Jeff Evans, owner of On the Corner Music, estimates that he has somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 records boxed up and ready to be tossed out on the pavement outside his Campbell storefront, weather permitting.
The vinyl merchant isn’t giving up on his enterprise. On the contrary, he’s planning to cash in—50 cents at a time. This Saturday is Record Store Day, and while Evans won’t be selling any new albums, he will have plenty of used wax. And, so long as it isn’t raining, he plans to have the bulk of it outside and priced at half a buck each.
Beginning as a small Bay Area-centric event, Record Store Day has become a national phenomenon—growing in popularity year over year, in tandem with the resurgent interest in vinyl records. Continue reading »
In the era of performative wokeness, it didn’t take long for the Internet to explode in a fit of raging think pieces over the second single from Macklemore’s second LP, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. The eight-minute “White Privilege II” finds the white Seattle rapper taking a long, hard look in the mirror—acknowledging his complicity in cultural appropriation and conceding that he has, and continues to, reap untold benefits simply because he happened to be born with a pale face and blond hair. Continue reading »