Birthed in L.A.’s late-’70s underground music scene—back when punk rock was still in its infancy—The Dickies are one of the longest-running and most entertaining punk bands to ever take the stage.
Formed in the San Fernando Valley in in 1977, The Dickies hit upon a winning formula with songs like “Stukas over Disneyland,” and “We Aren’t The World”—all of which feature fast tempos, simple chord changes and catchy melodies paired with goofy and satirical lyrics. It is a sound that would influence SoCal pop punk bands for years to come. Continue reading »
Weird Al Yankovic peaked commercially in the 38th year of his career. His 2014 release, Mandatory Fun, debuted at number one—unprecedented for a comedy album. But this singular success provides a fitting coronation for the four-time Grammy winner, who has long been the jester in the court of A-list pop.
“I thought it was a pretty nice mic drop,” Yankovic says. “Of course, I was happy with the album and proud of it and hoping for the best, but I never in a million years would have thought it would have been number one.” Continue reading »
Classic rock, big EDM drops, bigger laughs and some serious mosh pit action. This week’s Hit List is brimming with great shows and performances, including AC/DShe at Music in the Park, The Chainsmokers at Great America, Mike Epps at The Improv and punk rock veterans Strung Out at The Ritz. Continue reading »
Hometown hero, Gerald Gillum, better known as G-Eazy, gave an explosive, breathless and sometimes emotional performance to a capacity crowd at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on Friday night. Tearing through a cameo-packed set—in which he brought out tour mates Yo Gotti and YG, as well as “super-duper-hyphee” Oakland rapper Keak Da Sneak—Eazy, who also hails from Tha Town, proved that he is a force to be reckoned with in today’s hip-hop scene. Continue reading »
Opera San Jose’s 2016-17 season doesn’t start until September, but fans of big voices and archetypal stories can get a sneak-peak of just what the local opera company has in store this weekend at “Opera in Bramhall Park.” Continue reading »
We’re baaack… It’s the “Hit List”—a weekly roundup of the hottest concerts, new music, art exhibits, parties and events in Silicon Valley. Be sure to check in with to this weekly feature on Metro’s Activate blog to stay up on the latest and greatest in entertainment news in the South Bay. This week: G-Eazy, YG and Yo Gotti bring their Endless Summer Tour to Shoreline Amphitheatre, the Soulstice EDM fest returns to the City National Civic, Bubba Sparxxx brings his Southern charm to the BackBar SoFa, and Stanford Repertory Theater brings you the latest in their series, “Theater Takes a Stand,” with the classic Charlie Chaplin film, Modern Times. All that, plus much more… Continue reading »
Ahead of his 24-date U.S.-Canada tour, Kung Fu Vampire is thinking about his hometown.
“There’s all this talent here,” the local horrorcore rapper says. “There are so many great emcees, but no one’s stepping up and saying ‘I’m gonna be that guy.’”
That guy is whoever will stay in San Jose after breaking big, in order to draw national attention to the largest city in Silicon Valley. It’s a concern many local creatives are voicing: who can rise to the top and succeed—in music, or the arts—in this increasingly tech-centric city. Continue reading »
Some relationships drag on for years, never really going anywhere, before unceremoniously sputtering out. Though it’s impossible to say exactly what the future holds for San Jose indie quartet Get Married, things are certainly looking up.
Formed just last year, the band is already taking things to the next level, inking a one-year deal with Wiretap Records. The L.A.-based label will help Get Married reissue and distribute their excellent debut EP, Four Songs. Continue reading »
From San Jose to Palo Alto, people all over the South Bay were thoroughly enjoying the Fourth of July holiday with barbecue, beer, fireworks and live music. Check out our photos from Discovery Meadow, Alviso and Palo Alto. All pics by Greg Ramar. Continue reading »
Pretty slow year in politics, huh? Ha! Got you, sucka. The 2016 presidential race has felt more like a crazed, national midlife crisis playing out as mom (Hillary) and dad (ugh) drive us to the land of lesser evils. The differences are stark, and anyone who thinks it’s a tough decision is simply being difficult for the sake of extorting attention. But the sentient Fanta bottle in a cotton-candy toupee should be credited for making us think about how to improve our country. With the 240th anniversary of our nation’s independence looming, we decided to come up with a list of 101 ways to make the home of the brave great again, assuming it ever was great. Depends who you ask. Have a happy Fourth of July, and remember: the founding fathers would be horribly ashamed of all of us. Continue reading »