Ice-T’s thrash metal band Body Count, touching off a powder keg of controversy in 1992 with the incendiary song “Cop Killer,” found themselves at the center of a cultural maelstrom, eliciting protests from politicians and conservative groups. Fans and free speech advocates rallied around them, lauding the band’s uncensored social commentary. Continue reading »
Erykah Badu is at the top of the list of some recent additions to this year’s San Jose Summer Jazz Fest. The neo-soul legend won’t be singing however; she’s spinning records under her the moniker DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown. Her DJ side project began in 2011, and she spins frequently at clubs, bringing an eclectic mix of hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk and even a little EDM. Continue reading »
Back when J.Espinosa was 17, he made his first appearance on WILD 94.9 and to his success, has remained there ever since. In addition to two shows on the station every week day, he can also be found at club gigs throughout the Bay Area, including one at Taste Nightclub in Santa Clara on July 11. Continue reading »
When a band calling itself Day Maker played at last month’s So Long San Jose Skate event, band members didn’t announce who they were, or that it was their first show together in seven years—or that their real name was Strata. In fact, they’d told just a small handful of friends that they were doing the show. Once their gear was set up, they simply began playing. Everything on stage felt natural, like no time had passed. Continue reading »
St. James Park in Downtown San Jose was packed with soccer fans on Sunday while the U.S. team took on Portugal in an intense match. Everyone was sporting the USA colors, but unfortunately in the last couple of minutes Portugal tied the game 2-2.
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With almost two months of touring ahead of her on the Warped Tour, Bay Area rapper/vocalist K.Flay has a few favorite summer jams to keep her company during the long hours on the road. She shares her top picks below before the tour stops on her home turf this Saturday at Shoreline. Continue reading »
Summer proper arrives on Saturday, and the best of the season in Silicon Valley is yet to come: backyard barbecues and pool parties, cruising with the windows down on hot nights or, perhaps, clinking a cool beverage with friends on one of the many outdoor bar patios throughout the valley. Continue reading »
With the summer solstice and the official start of the season arriving on June 21, we hit the streets of Silicon Valley to ask: What is your favorite summer song?
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Every decade has its cocktail fashions. The ’50s brought Irish coffees to the U.S., and, in the’60s, pink squirrels ran wild. Harvey Wallbangers and tequila sunrises raged in the ’70s and in the ’80s we had sex on the beach. The ’90s brought mojitos stateside and helped kick off the labor-intensive craft cocktail craze. The Moscow Mule returned to claim signature drink status in the present era. Continue reading »
Hot summer weekends all but demand a drive to the beach, but Sundays offer a good reason to stick around: a solid schedule of day parties. Whether it’s live music or DJ, here’s a sampling of ways to wile away the summer days. Continue reading »