One might presume that while playing alongside three of the most revered musicians in all of rock & roll history, the biggest concern anyone would have would be staying on beat. But according to Jason Bonham, the most important thing is far more abstract than that. Continue reading »
The Phenomenauts are not unlike The Justice League or The Avengers. This rocket-fueled collective of rockabilly punks have been featured in their own comic books, each member of the group has an alias, and they hold meetings at a home base, known as The Command Center. Continue reading »
Musicians draw inspiration from so many different places-other musicians, major events in their personal lives, political movements, drugs and spiritual experiences. Barrett Richards, who makes murky and experimental electronic music under the moniker Kastle, says one of his earliest inspirations came in the form of Herbie Hancock performing “Rockit” on Sesame Street, using an early synthesizer, the Fairlight CMI. Continue reading »
Kutt Calhoun isn’t just going solo. He’s an army of one, and he’s going to war. The no-coast rapper and co-founder of Missouri independent hip-hop label Strange Music, has a new album, a new label and a bone to pick—with his former colleagues and overzealous police. Continue reading »
Eric Early, frontman and primary songwriter of the Portland-based Blitzen Trapper, doesn’t shy away from a challenge. In fact, he often goes looking for one.
In 2010, he followed up the freak-folky Furr—his band’s pastoral, dreamy and critically acclaimed 2008 Sub Pop debut—with a sweeping, prog-rock throwback. Destroyer of the Void, which took cues from Cream’s Disraeli Gears, was filled with psychedelic washes of synthesizer, effected guitars and intricate, flowering vocal harmonies. Continue reading »
Growing up in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, songwriter Rob LeCheminant found himself inspired by the natural wonders surrounding him.
“Having been so close to areas like Canyonlands, Arches, the Grand Canyon, etcetera, has definitely affected my focus on sound and lyrics,” says the man whose most recent record, Giant, which he recorded under the moniker, L’Anarchiste, includes songs titled “Wolves,” “Nautilus” and “Sparrows.” Continue reading »
When Jeff Daniels takes the stage at The Carriage House Theatre this Thursday, in front of a sold-out crowd, he anticipates he’ll be quite relaxed. The actor and musician says it’s much easier for him to face a live audience and blaring stage lights than it is to face a gathering of grips, producers and the heat of soundstage lighting. Continue reading »
San Jose-based artist Daniel Lazo, the winner of this year’s C2SV T-Shirt Design Competition says he was inspired by the local technology festival’s goal of uniting music and tech.
“My inspiration for the shirt design came from how I see music and technology intertwining and joining in unity,” Lazo says. Continue reading »
Well, Halloween is over, and if you’re anything like us, Sunday wasn’t enough time to fully recover from the weekend’s festivities. Whether you’re hungover from sugar, drinks or sugary drinks, we’re happy to provide you with a quick break from the grind. Check out these photos captured by intrepid Metro photog, Greg Ramar, as he braved the creeps and cooks on an epic Halloween pub crawl from Hollister, through Los Gatos and Campbell, and on to San Jose. Continue reading »
“WIKIPEDIA is full of shit.”
I’m barely a minute-and-a-half into my interview with Glenn Danzig and I’ve already managed to set off his notorious hair trigger temper by asking a pair of misinformed questions about his upcoming covers LP, which is slated for release in late November—about a month after his upcoming show at the City National Civic. Continue reading »