Though the weather is shifting and summer is officially over, those familiar with the Bay Area’s peculiar weather know that a few hot days still remain this year. And with the help of one of the biggest acts ever to come out of the East Bay, it’s going to feel like summer in October at Plaza de Cesar Chavez this weekend. Continue reading »
For the past two weeks, the Montalvo Arts Center has been the host of the OneBeat international music consortium and residency program. Montalvo has served as a temporary home, recording studio and performance space for 25 musicians, aged 19-35, from all over the world. They’ve come together to share the musical traditions of their respective cultures with one another, write and record new music, and discuss strategies for using that music to make the world a better place. Continue reading »
The San Francisco-bred indie-psych droners, Moon Duo, drew a sizable crowd to Cafe Stritch in San Jose’s SoFA district on Saturday. The show, booked by the “boutique music and events curator and presenter,” (((folkYEAH))), featured retro, acid test-esque light projections courtesy of Mad Alchemy Liquid Lights and ambient opener Matt Baldwin and the slow morphing synth and guitar grooves of Seventeen Evergreen. Continue reading »
It’s hard, fast-moving and you stick it between your legs. No… Not that. Get your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about bicycles here, you perv.
Well, actually… considering that we’re talking about Bici Noir, a screening of two bicycle films—one of which is a collection of cycling-themed erotica shorts, entitled Bike Smut 8 – Come Again—I guess it is kinda like that. Continue reading »
Two of San Jose’s best-known rappers, Dirtbag Dan and Rey Ressureccion have released a new video for “Thinking of a Master Plan.” The clip, which is anchored by Dan and Res spitting verses on the steps of what appears to be a San Jose porch—whilst smoking and kicking back brews—also features plenty of shots of the city from which they both hail—the Zay.
“God bless the Zay/raising hell on these beautiful streets/ran into problems/fuckin’ with the usual freaks,” Dirtbag Dan rhymes on the chorus of the track praising his and Res’ native city.
Check out the Skylar G.-produced track below. Continue reading »
When Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada first began making music together as Moon Duo, they didn’t set too many parameters for themselves or what the group could be. “I think initially, we didn’t want to define it so much,” Yamada says. “It was more asking the question, where can we take music with just two people trying to play rock. We tried not set any limitations or strict boundaries.”
According to Yamada, keyboardist, drum machine maestro and knob-twiddler for Moon Duo, she and her musical/romantic partner just wanted to give themselves the freedom to do whatever—even if that meant turning Moon Duo into a trio. And so they did. Continue reading »
Derrick “Dstrukt” de Mayo has a thing for pineapples, grapes, and V8 Juice. Believe it or not, these are the very things he needs in the studio to get the inspiration going—which was what inspired his newest EP, Pineapples and Grapes. When he isn’t busy in the studio, you can find Dstrukt spinning at 55 South’s weekly soul dance party, Motown on Mondays, and making (good) fun of colleagues in the prolific South Bay DJ collective, BVMO. Continue reading »
It can be hard to believe now, but two decades ago ska had a pretty big moment. It was a time before Gwen Stefani’s solo debut and Bradley Nowell’s overdose, when alternative radio stations were spinning bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger and Less Than Jake with regularity. And then there were the Voodoo Glow Skulls. Continue reading »
Leave it to Kronos Quartet to deliver a program exploring ethnic wars, genocide, bombings, Afro-Cuban percussion, liturgical Jewish prayers, Tibetan mysticism and the Brooklyn Bridge. As they’ve done for 40 years now, Kronos continues to interpret the future of the string quartet, and the program they have planned for this Sunday, at Stanford’s state-of-the-art Bing Concert Hall, is no different.
The concert will feature mostly new works—all of them by female composers, including Missy Mazzoli, Santa Ratniece and Aleksandra Vrebalov. Continue reading »
Tha Doggfather, himself, Snoop Dogg, is coming to San Jose next Friday, Oct. 10, to preside over what is sure to be a hazier-than-usual party at downtown night club, Studio 8. Continue reading »