What were you doing this weekend? Hopefully you weren’t at Chris Brown’s Capricorn Bash at The Fiesta Nightclub. Shots rang out inside the Southside dance hall early Sunday morning while the controversy-saddled R&B singer and rapper was performing his song “Loyal.” Five people were shot in the melee, but none were killed, according to news reports. Continue reading »
Murder mystery dinners are fun and all, but lets be real—aside from the candelabra used to bludgeon the poor victim to death, they just aren’t metal enough. That’s about to change this April, when Metallica guitarist and horror fanatic Kirk Von Hammett hosts his second annual Fear FestEvil in San Jose, which will feature a whodunnit dinner and party at the Winchester Mystery House and two days of punishing performances from the likes of Swedish face-melters Meshuggah and Oakland-based stoner metal trio High On Fire. Continue reading »
Cinebar, that venerable watering hole located at 69 E. San Fernando Street, may soon be sold, according to sources familiar with the situation. Continue reading »
“Everything is kind of cyclical,” says Mike Huguenor, lead singer of San Jose-based indie-emo-punks Shinobu. He’s referring to the tendency for musical trends to fall out of favor for a decade or generation before returning, slightly transmogrified and infused with a new youthful energy.
Huguenor is currently experiencing this phenomenon first hand, as his band is benefitting from what has been called an “emo revival”—a recent explosion of interest in bands playing ramshackle, indie-punk with emotionally raw, sardonic, literary lyrics. Continue reading »
We’re coming in from the cold. As the Bay Area emerges from some of the chilliest weather we’ve seen all year, two major Californian summer music festivals—Coachella and BottleRock—have announced their 2015 lineups. AC/DC, Jack White and Drake top the two-weekend, six-day bill at the Indio Polo Grounds this year, while Imagine Dragons, No Doubt, Robert Plant and locally bred Fritz Montana have signed on to rock the bottle up in Napa. Continue reading »
Like many fledgling comics struggling to make a name for themselves in stand-up, Pablo Francisco worked the open mic scene hard. But not all would-be comedians have been fortunate enough to have the kind of secret weapon that Francisco stumbled upon one evening at a gentleman’s club.
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Fresh off a plane from New York City, Matt Fazzi of the locally bred Happy Body Slow Brain, says it’s good to be home for the holidays. Though he now lives in Queens, NYC, Fazzi grew up in San Jose and says he is looking forward to spending time with his friends and family, and perhaps even playing a little music hometown.
“It’s the place where pretty much every band I’ve ever played in has practiced—with the exception of Taking Back Sunday,” the multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter says of his childhood home in the city’s Evergreen neighborhood, which, he adds, produced more than its fair share of raucous rock & roll. “Thank god for my neighbors.” Continue reading »
When it comes to truly prolific bands, examples abound. From The Rolling Stones to Radiohead, we all know and love groups with deep catalogs and decades-long careers. But few veteran bands have flown so gracefully under the radar and for so very long as CAKE. How fitting is a name that means to collect and stick, to “cake onto” something, for a band that has managed to cling to massive notoriety while just barely dipping into the mainstream of radio rock for over more than 20 years? Continue reading »
Earlier this month, as he and his friends were having drinks in San Francisco, Cory Althoff was bemoaning the fact that he’d need to cut his night short if he wanted to make it back to his own bed in Los Altos. It was either that—or, if he wanted to stay out past the last Caltrain back down the peninsula—find a local friend with a couch.
It was a decision with which Althoff was all too familiar. Continue reading »
Sony Pictures has decided that Kim Jong Un is not the boss of them, announcing that they will release The Interview, and the locally owned Camera Cinemas is jumping at the chance to screen the film, which they will begin showing Christmas Day. Continue reading »