DJ Snake, who along with Lil John, created one of the most unabashedly, antagonistic party anthems in recent memory, will be headlining the Beyond Wonderland electronic music festival this Saturday. That song, “Turn Down for What,” exhorts listeners to keep the volume pumped, both literally and figuratively—as “turned up,” or “turnt,” in the parlance of our times, has become slang for getting wasted, reckless and otherwise partying hard.
But if last year’s Beyond Wonderland event was any indication, there will be plenty of Mountain View residents who will wish the festival would turn down. According to a report by the Mercury News, locals made around 130 complaints about noise in 2013—many of them related to the deep bass produced by electronic acts like DJ Snake and Kaskade who will be performing this year. Continue reading »
If you’re the kind of person that scoffs at the notion of devoting an entire night of your life to celebrating something as arbitrary and contrived as beginning of a new year, then you might consider catching the Sacramento-based sultans of sarcasm, CAKE, as they ring in NYE 2015 at the City National Civic in San Jose. Continue reading »
It’s hard to get a moment of DJ E-Rock’s time. Known to close friends and family as Eric Nagrampa, he is better known by his stage name in clubs all over the country—from the Bay Area and Las Vegas to Atlantic City. He’s performed for the likes of Barry Bonds and John Legend, and counts Colin Kaepernick, E-40 and Jazzy Jim as friends.
The San Francisco based DJ will be performing at Pure Lounge in Sunnyvale on Friday, mixing up club hits with big EDM sounds to keep the party rocking. Recently, Metro was able to catch E-Rock for a few moments to chat about his music,his philosophy on life and what kind of food he and Kaepernick eat when they hang out. Continue reading »
There are many parallels to be drawn between the return of the SoFA Street Fair this Sunday and the so-called “reunion” of Insolence, who along with Salmon and Maids of Honor will provide direct support to the festival’s headliner, Fishbone. But whatever you do, don’t call it a comeback. Continue reading »
A year and a half ago, veteran Bay Area musician Carlos Elizalde nearly called it quits. For more than two decades the lead singer of Ruckatan had been playing in local bands—including The Yardies, Mirage, Bautista, Cantera and La Ventana—but he had hit a roadblock that seemed insurmountable. Continue reading »
The 43rd annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival was held this past weekend on Castro Street, the cultural and culinary center of one of Silicon Valley’s most tech-savvy cities. People from all over the Peninsula and the South Bay flocked to downtown Mountain View for the food, beer, wine, art and music. Metro photographer Toni Contini was there for the festivities. Continue reading »
No one in The Chop Tops has a day job. It’s been that way for the Santa Cruz-based “revved-up rockabilly” outfit since sometime in 2007. But even though they’ve been doing little else besides playing and writing music for the better half of a decade, you’ll never hear Gary “Sinner” Marsh, the band’s sole founding member, describe himself—or anyone else in The Chop Tops—as “rock stars.” Continue reading »
In their inaugural shindig, food truck maestros Moveable Feast took to St. James Park to finish their summer of food with the final event in their trifecta: the Electronic Sriracha Festival.
Adding to the buzz of the Bacon Festival of America and the Taco Festival of Innovation, Moveable Feast took an off-the-wall pairing—electronic dance music and the cult-like fandom of hot sauce Sriracha—and curated a full day of spicy eats and Bay Area DJ’s that seemed to capture the sound (and tongue-in-cheek spirit) of the time. Here are five high points from the Electronic Sriracha Festival. Continue reading »
Hey, rooster! If you love dancing and Sriracha, this was the weekend for you. On Saturday, Aug. 30, a crowd of hungry, electronic music fans descended on St. James Park in San Jose for the inaugural Electronic Sriracha Festival, hosted by South Bay-based food event organizer, Moveable Feast. Continue reading »
Up and coming San Jose new wave band The Trims celebrated the release of their new self-titled record, playing to a sold-out crowd at The Blank Club on Friday. The local quartet ripped through a high-energy set of angular, post-punky dance-rock tunes, including their new single, “Now You’re Gone.” Continue reading »