A dispute erupted early Monday between 55 South and the MOM SJ Players—who together have been producing the popular Motown on Mondays weekly party in San Jose for a little more than a year now. Continue reading »
Oh man… We are just crawling out from under of our two-day hangover and checking out all these pictures we took on the Silicon Valley St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl from Palo Alto to Campbell. To us, the whole evening seems like one giant greenish black swimming pool full of Guinness, Jameson, Baileys and questionable decision making. But looking at these photos, we’re pretty sure we actually just had a blast and we don’t have anything to be sorry for. Continue reading »
Search the web for information on the ’80s- and ’90s-metal/mariachi mash-up band, Metalachi, and you’ll quickly realize a couple of things: First off, these guys have one hell of an origin story—involving “the village jai alai team,” a 14-year burro trip and the recreational use of horse tranquilizers—none of which, it would seem, is true. However, upon realization of the second thing (namely, that these guys totally rip), it’s hard to care about the veracity of the official “Story of Metalachi.”
Continue reading »
Delivering a vulnerable vocal performance that humanizes the song’s complicated perspective, Molia sings “Does it matter that she told me everything? Does it matter that you purchased her a ring? All that matters is you.”
She echoes the mantra once more, searching for self-acceptance: “all that matters is you.” Continue reading »
It’s been almost two decades since he and his Living Legends crew helped usher in a new era of DIY in hip-hop, and Scarub is still doing things his own way. In fact, he’s doing everything his own way. Continue reading »
There has been no shortage of entertainment in San Jose of late. With all the normal goings on, the 25th annual Cinequest film festival and the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest, we’ve been having plenty of late nights here at Metro. Now that both Cinequest and Winter Fest have concluded, we are getting a chance to catch our breath and take a look at all the photos captured by our intrepid Greg Ramar. Continue reading »
Bean Kaloni Tupou talks a lot about safe spaces. It makes sense. The leader of San Jose’s airy indie-punk project, Try the Pie has done a lot to create local places where people can be themselves, no matter their gender or sexual orientation.
As a part of the bands Sourpatch and Crabapple, and as one of the creative forces behind the Think and Die Thinking Collective, Tupou has become a fixture on the South Bay’s DIY punk scene—known for crafting socially-conscious and catchy punk rock, while making sure kids have some place to be that is open, accepting and fun. Continue reading »
Downtown San Jose has done a lot of growing up in the past two years. Since 2013, the city has enjoyed a growing craft-cocktail scene—with the combined opening of 55 South, SP2 and Paper Plane. Great beer is everywhere: just head to the recently transformed Good Karma, ISO Beers, or the newly expanded Original Gravity. And we haven’t even gotten to SoFA yet. Continue reading »
While the majority of his generation is expected to jump frequently between jobs and even careers—as they seek out higher wages and a sense of fulfillment—Kris Bowers is content to stay right where he is.
“I’ve never had another job, fortunately,” he says. Continue reading »
According to Valensorow’s lead vocalist, Joseph Scanlan, his band’s last full-length album—the sprawling and ambitious Neptus—took longer to complete than anticipated.
Surely the album was held back by the complex arrangements, and the difficulty that comes along with nailing highly technical drum fills and lightning-fast guitar runs. But there was another reason the record was held up: role-playing video games, such as Zelda and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Continue reading »