Last night a leather daddy tossed a beanie baby named Cancun to me while strutting 10 feet in the air across the SAP Center. That’s usually a weird thing, but I know that many other people at the Lady Gaga show last night (and others across the country) had their very own leather daddy throw them their very own beanie baby from their very own spot under the lucite catwalk. So that makes it mundane? Less fun? Ironic? Extra fun? Continue reading »
WHEN PROMOTER Chris Alba sought to kickstart a career as a DJ six years ago, rather than head out to the clubs, he stayed home. Alba staged his own parties in the downtown Los Angeles warehouse that he shared with five other artists. He called himself Whiiite. And in that DIY music scene, he met Sonny Moore, an EDM producer living in another warehouse nearby. The two DJs instantly clicked. Continue reading »
The post-apocalypse is hot, at least to judge from comics, movies and TV shows—music, not so much. Even so, Mike Shirley-Donnelly, singer for local indie-rock band Curious Quail, wasn’t sure at first that he wanted to record the band’s new concept album, the end-of-the-world-themed After The Lights Failed, because of the topic’s trendiness. Continue reading »
The McEnry Convention Center in San Jose was filled with thousands of fans dresses as their favorite anime and pop culture characters for FanimeCon, a four-day event held during Memorial Day Weekend.
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Coachella’s expansion to two weekends doesn’t really prove that more listeners than ever crave a weekend in a remote town at the mercy of desert weather, so much as it affirms the dominance of festivals in the summer’s musical landscape. The Bay Area and its more temperate climes is a principal stop for many such tours and the hometown, so to speak, of other fests. (Added bonus: unlike a certain SoCal desert extravaganza, purchasing tickets to most of these events does not require a payment plan.) Continue reading »
Shredding on a makeshift stage near San Jose State’s campus village last week, Super Soul Bros. turned some heads as they ran through their repertoire of funk, soul and jazz tunes—mined from video game soundtracks. Continue reading »
San Jose State professor Aaron Lington’s tribute to trumpeter Donald Byrd last week launched a new cycle for Blackbird Tavern’s Thursday series, The Residency. Continue reading »
Did they just kill Morrissey? That’s what I’m thinking as I watch the craziest end to a concert I’ve ever seen in my life unfold.
Moz, opening his 2014 tour at the San Jose Civic on Wednesday night, has just come back for the encore, playing his third Smiths song of the night, “Asleep.” Continue reading »
Skate-punk wasn’t just another hyphenate subgenre of good, old early ’80s punk rock; it was made by skaters, for skaters. In fact, San Jose’s the Faction, who formed in 1983 as part of the first wave of skate-punk, boasted one of the most famous professional skaters in the world as their bass player, Steve Caballero. Prior to the formation of the band, he had virtually no musical experience—which was why, he says, the music was attractive to him in the first place. Continue reading »