Antwon just released a music video featuring Rafael Reyes—frontman for the locally loved, San Diego-based “cholo goth” duo PRAYERS—via Pitchfork.The new clip for “Dri-Fit” finds the San Jose-born emcee kicking mad flows at a backyard party, while Reyes and other cowboy-hat-clad chicanos flash knives, swill Tecate and rock the dance floor. Continue reading »
Of all the incredible blues performances Dan Ross has seen in his time, there is one he will never forget. “It was just fantastic when John Lee Hooker came out and basically rocked 3,000 people with his boot,” Ross says, recalling one of the two times the blues legend performed at the Fountain Blues Festival in San Jose.
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It’s a great time for enjoying music in the open air. Los Lobos kick off the 2016 Music in the Park series this Friday at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Jazz on the Plazz will be helping locals unwind mid-week with their Wednesday series of free jazz concerts in Los Gatos Town Plaza. And Tapped Brew Fest merges your favorite college drinking games, craft beer and live DJs at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Also this week: ‘Motown The Musical brings the story of Motown Records founder Barry Gordy to life on stage and explosive, disco-punk powerhouse The Electric Six kick it in to high gear at The Ritz. Continue reading »
Hosted by Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson—creators of Anne & Mark’s Art Party—“Pivot: The Art of Fashion” was a celebration of creativity in Silicon Valley. One part fashion show, one part pop-up art gallery, Saturday night’s event was a pre-party for Anne & Mark’s Art Party 2016, scheduled to be held Sep. 24-Oct. 1 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Continue reading »
Tickets are on sale today for the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, who make their return to Silicon Valley in February 2017. Known for their high-flying, elaborate performances and decidedly modern aesthetic, the Canadian troupe of gymnasts, mimes and dancers are bringing their latest touring production, LUZIA, to San Jose. Continue reading »
Fifty years is a long time for any relationship. When a marriage hits the half-century mark, the celebration is called a “golden anniversary.” But when a band makes it through five decades—of living on the road, continuing to release relevant material, keeping up a unified public image and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships—it’s a small miracle.
As such, Jeff Hanna, singer, guitarist and co-founder of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, doesn’t resist too forcefully when music writers call his L.A.-bred, folk-rock group “legendary.” Continue reading »
As Stanford University’s academic year winds down and the frantic buzz of student life peters out, a new sound is poised to emerge on campus. Mellow guitar riffs, staccato drum rhythms and smooth melodies will soon weave through the tall palms of Palm Drive, and waft up and over Hoover Tower.
For the past 44 summers, the Stanford Jazz Festival has taken up residency at the university, establishing itself as one of the longest running and most diverse musical gatherings in the Bay Area. Continue reading »
“First of all, there’s no such fucking thing as high art anymore,” says Joowan Kim, leader of the Ensemble Mik Nawooj—a group that melds hip-hop and classical music to create singular and postmodern songs.
Kim, who began pioneering this hybrid sound in his final years at the Berklee School of Music, says he wanted to exit the “crazy fucking cult” of entitled Eurocentricity in the classical, “art music” scene. And he found a way out after examining the work of pioneering hip-hop producer, J-Dilla. Continue reading »
“You’ll never be a winner unless you lose for quite a while,” David Brookings sings on “The Optimist,” the third track on his band’s new self-titled album.
The song opens on a stompy, minor-key verse, and in just over 30 seconds bursts into its sunny, horn drenched chorus, like a flower blossoming in time lapse. It’s a cool move, which recalls The Turtles’ classic “Happy Together.” Continue reading »
In his mind-bending essay on Marx and Shakespeare, visionary French philosopher Jacques Derrida imagined a future, which comes from the past. “The same question had already sounded,” he writes in Specters of Marx. “The same, to be sure, but in an altogether different way. And the difference in the sound, that is what is echoing this evening.”
Echo. Sound. The echo of past voices in current artists. Artists who could not have been foreseen in past eras, even if they now harken back to those same eras. The interchangeability of times in art. Continue reading »