For Sanae Yamada—keyboardists and one half of psychedelic rockers Moon Duo— the most surreal aspect of relocating from the Bay Area to Portland a few years back was the difference in seasons. Portland’s were pronounced, but she had barely noticed the cyclical shifts in San Francisco. Over time, her memories of Northern California became more difficult to place in time, because there weren’t weather clues attached to them. Continue reading »
There’s just something about the horn line that comes in at about the 32-second mark of “All That Glitters”— the lead-off track from North By North’s excellent sophomore album, Last Days Of Magic—that screams The Blues Brothers. But maybe that’s just a symptom of some sort of rock-writer confirmation bias, owing to the fact that this self-described “ghost punk” trio hail from Chicago.
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Starting this week, San Jose Jazz Winter Fest returns with three weekends of great jazz, both old and new. With shows scheduled in downtown San Jose and in Palo Alto, the annual celebration has its sights set on bringing all of Silicon Valley into the fold. As is the case with all San Jose Jazz lineups, Winter Fest will feature veteran musicians as well as emerging artists just making a name for themselves. Here are five sets we’re looking forward to.
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Featuring towering feats of strength, high-flying aerialists, expert jugglers, eye-popping puppets and one truly twisted contortionist, Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Luzia, earned riotous applause during its lively preview night in San Jose. In these politically charged times, Luzia serves as a reminder that we all turn beneath the same star, and that we all yearn for the same basic things. Also this week, The Growlers bring their excellent new album “City Club” to The Catalyst for two back-to-back shows. They’re all sold out, so if you haven’t got tickets, get ye to Craigslist! And be sure to check out this week’s Metro print edition for a round up of five hot sets at San Jose Jazz’s Winter Fest. Continue reading »
Featuring towering feats of strength, high-flying aerialists, expert jugglers, eye-popping puppets and one truly twisted contortionist, Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Luzia, earned riotous applause during its lively preview night in San Jose. Continue reading »
When Eric Frederic first formed the progressive alternative quartet Facing New York in 2004, he wasn’t looking to write chart-topping bangers. He and his band mates were more on that “prog-opus” tip. Continue reading »
At last year’s SXSW—against all odds—comedian Hannibal Buress and DIY California chiptune band Slime Girls hooked up for an impromptu collaboration. On Monday, March 14, Buress (The Eric Andre Show, Broad City) tweeted that he wanted to play guitar or drums with a band at the Austin tech, music and culture festival. Then, five minutes later, he recalibrated: “Actually. Keyboard. I wanna play keyboard today in Austin tonight. 11 pm.” Continue reading »
This week brings wildly innovative dance in the form of sjDANCEco’s latest production, “On The Edge.” Also, the Cantor Arts Center is screening some of the earliest experimental surrealist films, Chicago celebrates 50 years of touring and conductor Dennis Russell Davies leads the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz in Philip Glass’ new opus—Symphony No. 11. Continue reading »
Those who know a bit about San Jose indie rock quartet Get Married will tell you that the band was formed as a tribute group before evolving into a rock-a-doo-punk outfit. The group’s first several shows consisted of strictly Elvis Presley songs. Continue reading »
When Killer Mike and El-P banded together to form Run The Jewels back in 2013, both members had been making music for well over a decade. Still, neither had found mainstream success. Continue reading »