You did it again. You put off getting your Halloween costume together to the last minute and you sure as hell don’t know what you’re going to do come Friday. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for innovative costume ideas or want to make sure you don’t make an ass out of yourself, we’re here to help. Once you’ve got your costume figured out, here are seven of the best Halloween parties happening in the South Bay. Continue reading »
Pomplamoose owe a great debt to Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier, whose revolutionary mid-’90s filmmaking movement, Dogme 95—which called upon filmmakers to adhere to strict rules and limitations—inspired Jack Conte, one half of the indie-pop duo, to make music videos bound by his own rigid dogma.
When making his “videosongs,” as Conte called them, there were two rules: No lip-synching, and every instrument that’s played has to be shown at some point. He started by doing videosongs for his eponymous solo project, but it eventually found its way into Pomplamoose, a side project he founded in 2008 with his girlfriend, Nataly Dawn, and that’s when they went viral. Continue reading »
Walking into Rockbar Theater you get the sense that you are being taken back to a simpler time—when larger-than-life rock stars roamed the earth, jumping from stadium to stadium, slaying entire stadiums full of screaming fans with epic guitar solos and thrashing hotel rooms.
That feeling, according to Susan Cramer and Robert Farrell, is no accident. The pair have been working tirelessly for months to ensure that everyone who walks into their new live venue—which doubles as a theater, restaurant and bar—feels like they’ve just stepped off their very own tour bus or private jet. Continue reading »
It’s not quite Halloween, but that didn’t stop the revelers from showing up Oct. 25 in their best—and skimpiest—costumes for a night of drinks, dancing and judgment. No… not the “Can you believe what she’s wearing!?” type of judgement. Party-goers were competing for the “Sexiest Costume” prize, and at $500, the competition was fierce.
Check out the slide show below to see some of the naughtiest, and innovative, costumes at the party. Photos by Alex Stover. Continue reading »
“Hey, do you want to get locked in a room with nine strangers and solve puzzles for an hour?”
Surprisingly enough, very few of my friends answered “yes” to this question, but such is the fate of those who attend the “Real Escape Game” in San Jose’s Japantown.
I finally convinced someone to go with me, albeit reluctantly. But I’ll take it, because I sure as hell ain’t getting locked in a room with ten strangers to solve puzzles for an hour. The game was afoot. Continue reading »
Many bands plug away for years, playing house parties, clubs and smaller halls before they ever reach a stage inside an arena, assuming they even reach such a stage at all. But the South Bay-bred indie-blues-rock group Fritz Montana were fortunate enough to play at Oracle Arena in Oakland—on their fourth show.
This isn’t to say the members of Fritz Montana haven’t earned their success. The group went up against a slew of great local bands in Live 105’s local band contest before pulling in the most votes and nabbing the coveted opening slot for the radio station’s annual Not So Silent Night concert last December. Continue reading »
Much like the Aesop of antiquity, it isn’t particularly easy to get a bead on Aesop, the emcee of the Bay Area and Los Angeles hip-hop crew, Living Legends. A Wikipedia search of the Aesop of Aesop’s Fables will inform you that scholars are undecided as to whether Aesop ever really existed or if folk tales were simply attributed to him. Similarly, Google searches for Aesop of the Living Legends crew turn up websites that haven’t been updated for years and YouTube clips from the late aughts. Continue reading »
Prost! The sun was shining and the hefeweizen was sweet in downtown Campbell on Saturday for the city’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, and we were there to catch all the fun. Check out these shots from our photographer, Greg Ramar, and see if you can spy yourself or your friends: Continue reading »
So, you went big last night, and all the biggest acts—Outkast, Massive Attack, TV on the Radio and Janelle Monae—they’re not playing until later. And through your dried, bloodshot eyes you are staring angrily at your alarm clock. There’s no way you’re getting up now to get down to the Treasure Island Music Festival for some opening acts you’ve never heard of, even if you know full well, that all you really need to do is pop some Advil, slam an iced coffee and take a shower, and that you’ll probably like some of those bands.
If you’re the type that tends to search for reasons to stay in bed on the weekend, you may not want to read any further. Because we’re about to give you six reasons to throw off the covers, suck it up and get out of your apartment well before noon on a Saturday or Sunday. Maybe both. Continue reading »
Like many great artistic movements, jazz was born out of rebellion—growing, in some cases quite literally, from an underground. Speakeasies, those often subterranean and always illicit watering holes, which sprung up all over America during prohibition served as the launch pad for America’s indigenous music.
And so it makes sense that San Jose Jazz would choose to give its upcoming fundraiser gala a speakeasy theme—even if the event is going to be held high above ground on the 17th floor of the Knight Ridder building. Continue reading »