In an era where mainstream alternative radio is ruled by fuzzy, garage revivalists and stimulant-fueled electropop, and all the cool kids seem to have time for is jangly indie rockers singing sardonically about sex, drugs and the rock & roll lifestyle, Rex Goliath is a breath of fresh air—a deep breath. You know, the kind you take before letting out a splenetic howl of rage and dismay. Continue reading »
Some musicians seek inspiration in literature. Others find it in love or loss. Still others might listen to music in search of a creative spark. But whenever Pete Rice is looking to get his juices flowing, he usually turns to one of two muses: Sega Genesis games and cult ’80s flicks. Continue reading »
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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