There are a whole lot of movies showing at this year’s Cinequest. And that’s not to mention all the cutting edge virtual reality programming. Here are two of Metro film critic Richard von Busack’s picks for films that are showing this weekend. For more Cinequest highlights, check out our Cinequest package. Continue reading »
The imposing dude who mans the stool at the door of the neighborhood watering hole might be known by any number of names. He could be a “bouncer,” a “doorman” or even a “cooler.” He is a familiar face to regulars and a mean mug staring down the rowdy and intoxicated. Continue reading »
Everybody needs a hero, according to Bardo Martinez. Not all wear red capes, sport spit curls and swoop in to save damsels in distress. Some have brown skin, wear frilly Austin Powers shirts and serve Mexicans, Mexican-Americans or Spanish-speakers all over America—or, as Martinez says, “La Raza.” Continue reading »
For those who weren’t moved by the mascara and brooding synth experimentation of bands like Depeche Mode and The Cure, or the caustic affront of hardcore punk bands like Black Flag and Bad Brains, the 1980s marked a dark time for popular, guitar-driven music. By ’81—the year The Rolling Stones released their last great song, “Start Me Up”—drum machines were everywhere, and gauzy soft-rock was fogging up the FM dial. Continue reading »
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 »