For some creatives, San Jose can feel both claustrophobic and incestuous—like some backwater city in the middle of nowhere—and also impossibly sprawling, like any other faceless suburb. Not for Jafar Green.
“It’s like a small town disguised as a big city,” the San Jose native says. “That’s what I kinda like about it.” Continue reading »
On a recent Saturday night during a relatively tame event, one of San Jose’s long-running DIY venues, Kitty Castle, was permanently shut down by the police.
“Before this month, I had talked to the cops at least three other times,” says Stephanie Chang, who launched the venue in 2012, and has been running it out of an industrial park space in San Jose’s Monticello neighborhood ever since. As anyone who has experience running a DIY venue can attest, this is fairly standard. Continue reading »
Judging by the years-long gaps in Klank’s discography, one might presume that the San Jose-based industrial metal band prefers to take its time in the studio. But the truth is, until the tracking of the band’s forthcoming full-length album—Rise, their sixth—the guys from Klank were quite impatient. Continue reading »
Over the past year and a half, San Jose’s SoFA District has been steadily upping its live music game. More recently, the resurgent South First Street Area has overhauled two of its dance clubs with Aura and Avery. This weekend, Aura presents rising R&B singer Adrian Marcel, who releases his debut album, “#GMFU,” on Saturday. Also playing SoFA this weekend, is High On Fire. Like Marcel, High On Fire hail from Oakland. Unlike Marcel they play rip-roaring heavy metal. Continue reading »
Her fingers fly up and down the guitar frets. Both hands strike at chords, hammering on and pulling off, hitting notes high and low, occasionally triggering a shimmering harmonic and allowing it to ring. Leaning in close, the careful observer notices that the pinkie finger on her left hand flares out at an unnatural angle. And then in comes the arpeggio—or, more precisely, the chimeric, cluster bomb of notes. Continue reading »
The pair of musicians behind Watsonville-based instrumental “jazz-noise” duo Aurora Beam first bonded over their favorite records back in senior year of high school. Drummer Shane Luevano and guitarist Mario Sanchez swapped playlists while working in a video production class they were both taking. Continue reading »
David Bowie died a year ago this week—on his 69th birthday. Celebrate the legacy of this pop legend at The Caravan’s Bowie Ball or yuck it up with “This American Life” contributor and comedian Kurt Braunohler at Rooster T. Feathers. Check out new artwork from one of the South Bay’s most prolific grafitti artists, Girafa, at his group show at Seeing Things Gallery. And don’t miss the new face of young country, Kane Brown, when he comes to The Rodeo Club. Continue reading »
This year started with a punch to the gut, as legendary singer-songwriter-supernova David Bowie was taken from us. Then Prince died. Then Leonard Cohen gave up the ghost. Finally—as if playing the part of the unrepentant Grinch on its way out—2016 took George Michael from us on Christmas Day. But let’s not dwell on the past. There was plenty of good music news in 2016—especially of the local variety. Here’s a look at some of the highlights. Continue reading »
Like an ever-increasing number of Americans, Matt Toth and Julio Mejia met online. Toth produced tech house and Mejia focused on hip-hop-centric dance music before a mutual friend introduced them on Facebook—linking them to each other’s SoundCloud pages. The day they met in 2010, the two took their first step towards becoming Good Times Ahead, or GTA, when Toth started playing a System of a Down CD. Continue reading »
What a year. It’d be easy to wallow and drip tears into an IPA, wail a sad song into a shot of whiskey, lament those we’ve lost and wring our hands in dread of what’s to come. Or we could drink a warm glass of shut-the-hell-up and put on a happy face. We’re here to help. Check out our NYE 2017 guide for a list of parties and ball-drops all over Silicon Valley. And to get warmed up for the big night, here are a few more events to add to your calendar: WAR at the City National Civic, The Devil Makes Three at The Catalyst, and Gabriel Iglesias. Continue reading »