Since its release, first as an album and then a musical, Green Day’s Tony- and Grammy-winning American Idiot—a tale of political and adolescent alienation—has become a part of the contemporary canon. City Lights Theater’s new adaptation adeptly packs the sprawling, Broadway-sized rock opera into an intimate black-box theater, without losing any of its explosive energy. Continue reading »
In the run up to the 1980s, New York had the Ramones and New York Dolls, Detroit contributed MC5 and The Stooges, London called in with the Clash and the Sex Pistols and Los Angeles blew up with Black Flag and X. Northern California’s contribution to the genre outpunked the bunch with a name more profane than the rest and pointed political wit that secured the Dead Kennedys’ position as one of the most influential bands of the hardcore punk explosion. Continue reading »
This week, witness the production that pushed pop punk over the top to claim its rightful place in the Western canon. Green Day’s American Idiot comes to City Lights Theater in San Jose’s SoFA District. Jill Scott brings her retro jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop sensibilities to The Mountain Winery. Toxic Summer drops the womp at the City National Civic, with EDM button-mashers 12th Planet, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, SKiSM, Trollphace and MUST DIE. And The Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Salt-N-Peppa take it way back at the Old School Legends Live show at SAP Center. Continue reading »
El Da Sensei built his life upon the four pillars of hip-hop. As a pre-teen, he was a breakdancer, which lead him to writing raps for friends. Then he developed the confidence to spit his own rhymes, so he started digging through crates of vinyl, on the hunt for the samples, which he would use to build his singular beats. Finally, he surveyed the post-industrial landscape of his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, and decided to try his hand at adding to the urban canvas. Continue reading »
It was a night of classic rock tributes at the second installment of this summer’s Music in the Park series, as the all female groups AC/DShe and the Killer Queens rocked Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Check Metro photographer Greg Ramar’s pics of the crowd and the bands. Continue reading »
Birthed in L.A.’s late-’70s underground music scene—back when punk rock was still in its infancy—The Dickies are one of the longest-running and most entertaining punk bands to ever take the stage.
Formed in the San Fernando Valley in in 1977, The Dickies hit upon a winning formula with songs like “Stukas over Disneyland,” and “We Aren’t The World”—all of which feature fast tempos, simple chord changes and catchy melodies paired with goofy and satirical lyrics. It is a sound that would influence SoCal pop punk bands for years to come. Continue reading »
Weird Al Yankovic peaked commercially in the 38th year of his career. His 2014 release, Mandatory Fun, debuted at number one—unprecedented for a comedy album. But this singular success provides a fitting coronation for the four-time Grammy winner, who has long been the jester in the court of A-list pop.
“I thought it was a pretty nice mic drop,” Yankovic says. “Of course, I was happy with the album and proud of it and hoping for the best, but I never in a million years would have thought it would have been number one.” Continue reading »
Classic rock, big EDM drops, bigger laughs and some serious mosh pit action. This week’s Hit List is brimming with great shows and performances, including AC/DShe at Music in the Park, The Chainsmokers at Great America, Mike Epps at The Improv and punk rock veterans Strung Out at The Ritz. Continue reading »
Hometown hero, Gerald Gillum, better known as G-Eazy, gave an explosive, breathless and sometimes emotional performance to a capacity crowd at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on Friday night. Tearing through a cameo-packed set—in which he brought out tour mates Yo Gotti and YG, as well as “super-duper-hyphee” Oakland rapper Keak Da Sneak—Eazy, who also hails from Tha Town, proved that he is a force to be reckoned with in today’s hip-hop scene. Continue reading »
Opera San Jose’s 2016-17 season doesn’t start until September, but fans of big voices and archetypal stories can get a sneak-peak of just what the local opera company has in store this weekend at “Opera in Bramhall Park.” Continue reading »