Locals watching Jimmy Kimmel Live last month might have noticed a familiar face. On Nov. 14, sitting behind the keyboards for L.A.-based folk-rock group Dawes, was San Jose native Lee Pardini.
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Back in August, Seattle-based band La Luz headlined The Ritz, but they weren’t the main attraction. That’s not to throw shade at the indie rock quartet, who play an infectious brand of lo-fi surf-psych. It’s just hard to compete with Will Sprott in this town. Continue reading »
Christmas comes early to San Jose this year with a string of aweseome concerts. The Mumlers reunite on Thursday, bringing together the original lineup for a one-off performance at The Ritz. Pick up a copy of this week’s Metro to read our interview with frontman Will Sprott. Then, on Friday, The Limousines return with their seventh annual XXX-Mas Fckfest at The Ritz. Also on Friday, Lil Debbie and Husalah rock both stages of the BackBar SoFa across the street. Saturday brings a Christmas Eve Dance Party to Charley’s in Los Gatos, and Christmas night surely won’t be silent at The Continental, which hosts the fifth annual James Brown Tribute Party. Continue reading »
Tucked behind the burned out husk of an old tattoo shop, there is a little room decked out with posters of countless metal bands. Above them all hangs a huge banner emblazoned with the letters K-O-O-K—with the second “K” flipped horizontally.
“Personally, I wanted something that was symmetrical, word-wise. Something you could spin different ways and always have it be more of a symbol than a word,” says Karl Larson, the band’s guitarist and primary songwriter. More than just symmetry, the logo creates a sort of mathematically impossible logic. Continue reading »
Years ago, vibraphonist Jason Marsalis flew up to Seattle to play a studio session with Christian Fabian and Ed Littlefield. Months later, while on an Alaskan radio show, he learned from Littlefield’s answer to the host that they had recorded modernized versions of folk songs by the Tlingit Native American tribe. Continue reading »
Presented in partnership with History San Jose, The San Jose Nutcracker tells the familiar tale of Clara and her magical nutcracker—only this time, the fantastical story features references to local historical events, which have shaped the region. The production marks many firsts for the recently founded New Ballet School. It’s the company’s first time tackling The Nutcracker and marks the premiere of Alexsandra Meijer in the role of The Sugarplum Fairy. There will be five performances of the production from Dec. 16-24. Also this week: pre-game for the new Star Wars movie like Han Solo at Art Boutiki’s Cantina Night and work off all that egg nog on the Ugly Sweater Bike Party ride. Continue reading »
A pair of sneakers hangs from the rafters in Dirtbag Dan’s studio. He won them years ago at the Wednesday night Cypher, then held at Johnny V’s. At the time, another emcee had been challenging Dan for his title as the best battle rapper in San Jose. Continue reading »
The sound of hoofbeats on the roof may be a welcome sign of Santa, but you’d better hope that those aren’t the steel toe boots of Brotha Lynch Hung. The legendary horrorcore pioneer brings his grimy rhymes to BackBar SoFa this week. If tales of disembowelment and cannibalism aren’t your thing, perhaps the blistering riffs of San Jose tech metal band Enigma will get you in the holiday spirit. Or, of course, you could just opt for a more traditional time—with a high flying twist—at Great America’s new seasonal offering, Winterfest. Continue reading »
San Jose dive bar and music venue Johnny V’s is closed. The news came abruptly on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and all live shows scheduled at the watering hole were cancelled—with many moving to the BackBar SoFa. Continue reading »
Roger Springall awoke this past Saturday to a missed call and strange voicemail, logged at 2:49am, from an unknown number. He was alarmed. He’d already learned of the deadly warehouse party fire in Oakland, which killed 36 late Friday night. “I have a 25-year-old son who lives in Oakland,” Springall says. His son is fine, but echoes of that initial fear are still rattling around in Springall’s head. “I’m still kind of freaked out by that.” Continue reading »