It’s that time of year again. Cold weather, warm clothing, an effigy of Santa Claus with a strap-on dildo flying through the air.
“The whole vibe of the night gets weirder every year,” Limousines frontman Eric Victorino says of the San Jose electro-pop duo’s annual Christmas bash. He can’t quite recall which year the strap-on-equipped Santa was flung out into the crowd, but he remembers that last year “some girl showed up almost naked.” Continue reading »
For more than a decade, Steve Hays has been spinning records at bars and clubs from the peninsula up to San Francisco. The Redwood City man now hosts regular nights at The Patio in Palo Alto and Slate in San Francisco, and says his gigs are only getting better. Hays recalls one particularly good night when his show drew 700 people—many of whom came specifically for him—to the Z Space gallery in San Francisco.
That would be a good show for any up-and-coming local EDM producer. But for a karaoke DJ? Well, that’s something else altogether. Continue reading »
Despite some dazzling math rock chops, and a growing fanbase, local singer, songwriter and guitarist Yvette Young is still green when it comes to playing in a band. Her new math-prog rock group, Covet, makes their South Bay debut this Saturday at Homestead Bowl, playing their second show ever. Continue reading »
He’s been playing music for 25 years, recorded three full-length records at the world-famous Sun Studios in Memphis, and he has more than 130,000 views on YouTube. Still, David Brookings is far from a household name. But he’s cool with that.
“I’m not famous, but that doesn’t mean people haven’t bought the albums, and it doesn’t mean people don’t go, ‘Hey man, that’s a great song,’” Brookings says. “I don’t think anybody should be doing this to be famous, and I’m certainly not.” Continue reading »
In an age where too many DJ “performances” amount to little more than the pressing of buttons to initiate pre-recorded tracks, Los Angeles-based MAKJ stands out as a craftsman of the turntable. He scratches, beat-matches and improvises on actual vinyl. And he laments that these most elemental of DJ-ing skills have apparently been discarded by the current electronic scene, which he says often values massive bass drops and gaudy stage production over technical ability. Continue reading »
Ah, the SAP Center. That palace of sport. That hallowed arena where, on most days of the week, one can watch freakishly strong men travel at frightening velocity across an expanse of ice—carried forth upon their bladeshoes, as they vie with wooden paddles for possession of a small rubber saucer, and intermittently break out into mutually-agreed-upon sessions of face-punching.
And yet, on Sunday night the Sharks were off in Edmonton getting beat by the Oilers, and there I was in the Shark Tank watching hometown favorites Cloud 9 trounce unexpected contenders Unicorns of Love in a very different—but no less odd, if you think about it—kind of sport. Or, to be more precise, eSport. Continue reading »
Blue Oyster Cult—you know, of “more cowbell” fame—are coming to the Rockbar Theater in March of 2015.
Younger crowds will doubtlessly recognize the group thanks to the absurdist Saturday Night Live skit, featuring Will Ferrel as the overzealous percussionist Gene Frenkle and Christopher Walken as famed record producer “The Bruce Dickenson,” who personally cannot get enough of the Frenkle’s cowbell playing. Continue reading »
Last week, as soon as I saw Corey O’Brien standing on the southeast corner of First and San Salvador—right outside the former F/X The Club—I knew what was happening. Through the open doors workers could be seen cleaning up some old debris and hosing things off. It was clear. After nearly 12 years of operating The Blank Club with his partners, O’Brien was about to begin a brand new live-music adventure with some new investors inside the old F/X building, which had been the Pussycat Theatre before, and The Usual, the Spy and Angels in the years following F/X’s closure. Continue reading »
For many twentysomethings electronic dance music is the latest and greatest form of musical expression. Producers like Kaskade, Skrillex and Avicii pack festivals full of college-aged men and women with their high energy, synth-based beats.
But for 24-year-old San Jose denizen Jackie Gage, horns, upright bass and analog, brush-beaten drum kits are where it’s at. Continue reading »
Ever since he was a boy, Dustin Brown has understood that music is his calling. And though he struggled with formal lessons in his youth, it is clear that he has found his voice as the frontman of Portland-based electro-pop outfit NTNT.
Brown’s brainchild, NTNT is a genre-splicing amalgam of force and bubblegum, which Brown has described “sunshine thump.” The trio will bring their maturing sound to The Blank Club tonight, Dec. 3. Continue reading »