Skateboarding and the Bay Area—and the South Bay in particular—have long been intertwined. Many of the biggest names to come out of the sport in the 1980s hailed from Silicon Valley, and Thrasher magazine once identified San Jose as the skating capital of the world. And so it makes perfect sense that Volcom and The Berrics would pick Mayfair Skatepark as one of only 10 stops on the 2015 North American “Wild in the Parks” tour. Continue reading »
Walking around the recent SubZERO Festival at the beginning of last month, Cliff Rawson was suddenly struck with a sensation he doesn’t often feel in San Jose. “I felt like I was walking around San Francisco or Brooklyn,” he says. “There were a lot of people there. It felt really good.” Continue reading »
Celebrating diversity through indie music and underground art, the annual Think and Die Thinking festival will be held this week at Cafe Stritch and the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center. Continue reading »
Tower of Power and The Internet are the latest acts to officially join the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2015 lineup. The addition of the Oakland-based funk, soul and R&B band, and the Odd Future offshoot was announced today. Continue reading »
Anya Kvitka has been quiet for a while.
Professionally that is. In person, she doesn’t stay quiet long. She’s got a lot to say—about the arts in San Jose, about ABBA and about her recent decision to sign with the tastemaking independent label that dug Flying Lotus out of obscurity. Continue reading »
For nearly 35 years, Danish heavy metal icon King Diamond has been slaying audiences around the world with punishing riffs, face-melting solos, his trademark banshee wail and brilliant, brooding, bloody theatrics. Continue reading »
“For some reason things are always hard for us,” says Keviano Azevedo, drummer for the San Jose-based progressive alternative quartet, Citabria. He’s got a point. Considering the band’s fraught seven-year history, it is a wonder they’ve made it as far as they have. Continue reading »
The Golden State Warriors took to the streets of Oakland this morning to celebrate the franchise’s first NBA Championship in 40 years. Fans from all over the Bay Area flooded downtown Oakland to cheer the team. Warriors fans both young and old sported blue and gold hats, jerseys and T-shirts, waved flags and held up homemade signs in a jubilant display of team spirit.
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Like his contemporaries, Marc Maron and Louis C.K., stand-up comic Bill Burr cracks up audiences with brutally honest observations about the loathsome, heaving mass of selfishness and vapidity otherwise known as “humanity.” But unlike Maron, who finds punchlines (and dejection) in the realization that he is no different than everyone else, and C.K., who works to tease out the transcendent beauty in all the cruelty and barbarism that surrounds him, Burr grabs laughs through sheer callousness and resignation. The titles of his two most recent Netflix specials say it all: You People Are All The Same and I’m Sorry You Feel That Way. Continue reading »
San Jose Jazz has just announced yet another bevy of musicians slated to play this year’s 26th annual Summer Fest.
On Wednesday evening, Jun. 17, a meet-and-greet was hosted by Summer Fest venue and SoFA bohemian hangout Cafe Stritch. At the event, San Jose Jazz organizers announced a glut of new performers just added to the festival bill. Over quiet drinks, whispers were heard of a few exciting artists yet to be confirmed. Continue reading »