Kutt Calhoun isn’t just going solo. He’s an army of one, and he’s going to war. The no-coast rapper and co-founder of Missouri independent hip-hop label Strange Music, has a new album, a new label and a bone to pick—with his former colleagues and overzealous police. Continue reading »
Eric Early, frontman and primary songwriter of the Portland-based Blitzen Trapper, doesn’t shy away from a challenge. In fact, he often goes looking for one.
In 2010, he followed up the freak-folky Furr—his band’s pastoral, dreamy and critically acclaimed 2008 Sub Pop debut—with a sweeping, prog-rock throwback. Destroyer of the Void, which took cues from Cream’s Disraeli Gears, was filled with psychedelic washes of synthesizer, effected guitars and intricate, flowering vocal harmonies. Continue reading »
Growing up in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, songwriter Rob LeCheminant found himself inspired by the natural wonders surrounding him.
“Having been so close to areas like Canyonlands, Arches, the Grand Canyon, etcetera, has definitely affected my focus on sound and lyrics,” says the man whose most recent record, Giant, which he recorded under the moniker, L’Anarchiste, includes songs titled “Wolves,” “Nautilus” and “Sparrows.” Continue reading »
When Jeff Daniels takes the stage at The Carriage House Theatre this Thursday, in front of a sold-out crowd, he anticipates he’ll be quite relaxed. The actor and musician says it’s much easier for him to face a live audience and blaring stage lights than it is to face a gathering of grips, producers and the heat of soundstage lighting. Continue reading »
San Jose-based artist Daniel Lazo, the winner of this year’s C2SV T-Shirt Design Competition says he was inspired by the local technology festival’s goal of uniting music and tech.
“My inspiration for the shirt design came from how I see music and technology intertwining and joining in unity,” Lazo says. Continue reading »
Well, Halloween is over, and if you’re anything like us, Sunday wasn’t enough time to fully recover from the weekend’s festivities. Whether you’re hungover from sugar, drinks or sugary drinks, we’re happy to provide you with a quick break from the grind. Check out these photos captured by intrepid Metro photog, Greg Ramar, as he braved the creeps and cooks on an epic Halloween pub crawl from Hollister, through Los Gatos and Campbell, and on to San Jose. Continue reading »
“WIKIPEDIA is full of shit.”
I’m barely a minute-and-a-half into my interview with Glenn Danzig and I’ve already managed to set off his notorious hair trigger temper by asking a pair of misinformed questions about his upcoming covers LP, which is slated for release in late November—about a month after his upcoming show at the City National Civic. Continue reading »
Shit went off at the City National Civic over the weekend, as the Safe In Sound electronic music festival hosted the laser synths and face-smacking snares of Datsik, the caffeinated drops and trappy vibes of Bro Safari, and the springing vibraphones and spectral melodies of Zed’s Dead. There was also a whole lot of skin on display. Check out the photos from Metro photographer CJ Supnet. Sorry (not sorry), mom. Continue reading »
Shake that healthy butt. Sir Mix-A-Lot and his posse left Broadway behind last night to play to a packed house at The Ritz in San Jose. The Seattle-based emcee proved that he is much more than a one-hit-wonder—even though his biggest hit is certainly wondrous. Continue reading »
This Friday marks the third installment of Scene!—the monthly local-music showcase hosted by Cliff Rawson of San Jose-based indie garage rockers, Cola. In the run-up to the show, Rawson’s band, and Jean Jackets, who are sharing the Oct. 23 bill, have each released music videos. Also playing at Scene! #3, Mother’s Worry and headlining act, Dinners. All attendees are invited to wear a Halloween costume, just like the folks in the Cola clip for their song, “Perry Mason. Check out both clips below: Continue reading »