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 »
This evening, the rarely screened and highly acclaimed documentary on the Rolling Stones, Cocksucker Blues, will be screened at Stanford University, as part of the Cantor Arts Center exhibit, Robert Frank in America. And you can check it out for free.
The documentary, directed and shot by American street photography icon, Robert Frank, was filmed during the Stones’ 1972 tour of the U.S. It is a gritty and unflinching examination of the banality of life on the road, which seems to conclude that sex, drugs and rock & roll can be a real bore. Continue reading »
Though the weather is shifting and summer is officially over, those familiar with the Bay Area’s peculiar weather know that a few hot days still remain this year. And with the help of one of the biggest acts ever to come out of the East Bay, it’s going to feel like summer in October at Plaza de Cesar Chavez this weekend. Continue reading »
For the past two weeks, the Montalvo Arts Center has been the host of the OneBeat international music consortium and residency program. Montalvo has served as a temporary home, recording studio and performance space for 25 musicians, aged 19-35, from all over the world. They’ve come together to share the musical traditions of their respective cultures with one another, write and record new music, and discuss strategies for using that music to make the world a better place. Continue reading »
The San Francisco-bred indie-psych droners, Moon Duo, drew a sizable crowd to Cafe Stritch in San Jose’s SoFA district on Saturday. The show, booked by the “boutique music and events curator and presenter,” (((folkYEAH))), featured retro, acid test-esque light projections courtesy of Mad Alchemy Liquid Lights and ambient opener Matt Baldwin and the slow morphing synth and guitar grooves of Seventeen Evergreen. Continue reading »
It’s hard, fast-moving and you stick it between your legs. No… Not that. Get your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about bicycles here, you perv.
Well, actually… considering that we’re talking about Bici Noir, a screening of two bicycle films—one of which is a collection of cycling-themed erotica shorts, entitled Bike Smut 8 – Come Again—I guess it is kinda like that. Continue reading »
Two of San Jose’s best-known rappers, Dirtbag Dan and Rey Ressureccion have released a new video for “Thinking of a Master Plan.” The clip, which is anchored by Dan and Res spitting verses on the steps of what appears to be a San Jose porch—whilst smoking and kicking back brews—also features plenty of shots of the city from which they both hail—the Zay.
“God bless the Zay/raising hell on these beautiful streets/ran into problems/fuckin’ with the usual freaks,” Dirtbag Dan rhymes on the chorus of the track praising his and Res’ native city.
Check out the Skylar G.-produced track below. Continue reading »