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Hootenanny is an eclectic acoustic pop-rock band from the South Bay Area. Consisting of Willow Glen locals Mike Murdock and Sean McGuire, this duo is dedicated to performing the greatest pop and rock hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's

Myth Taverna and Lounge presents Therapy Thursdays with a special DJ each week, mostly featuring local and touring house DJs. No cover at the door and $6 drinks before 11:30pm.

Los Lonely Boys and top reggae and salsa acts will headline Music in the Park as downtown San Jose celebrates its musical diversity with three concerts at Plaza de Cesar Chavez this summer.

Sunset 2015 will feature Excision, GRiZ, Bear Grillz, Lumberjvck and more. Excision is recognized his their mind-blowing stage performance with special video and lighting that gets the crowd revved up.

Comedy vet of stage and screen Bill Bellamy is filling out a string of special shows at San Jose's Improv on August 28. Bellamy, whose credits include "Love Jones", "Any Given Sunday", and "The Brothers."

So it is with great joy that we here at Cukui are proud to celebrate the five-year anniversary of our San Jose Japantown location next Saturday on August 29th, 2015.

A weekend job of mobile DJing was all it took before C.L.A. realized there was a passion and itch to transform music into a profession.

Anyone even mildly in tune with pop-culture in 2001 will remember Alien Ant Farm's alt-rock rendition of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." It was huge then, and remains a hit to this day.

The San Jose Pride Festival is the biggest event celebrating the gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender and queer community in the South Bay. There will lots of live entertainment, food vendors, non-profit booths and more.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme. Children of all ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals.

He erupted into mainstream alternative radio in the late '90s with his rap-metal song "Bawitdaba" announcing repeatedly that his name was Kid Rock. But what a lot of people didn't know was that Kid Rock wasn't a new name in music.

Join San Jose MOM DJs for classic soul and remixes from Custo, Chatos1013, SheaButter, TheCME, SmoovGroovs, Quantum, Dstrukt and special guests.

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Music & Clubs

Breaking: The Bots Come To Shoreline

Analog Machines: Playing fuzzy garage rock and punk, The Bots have carved out a successful path for themselves at a young age.

Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei of The Bots are used to throwing people off. For starters, the two brothers are of mixed Taiwanese and Caribbean descent. Their complexion and hair texture often leads to them they’re being mistaken as black, which, in the past has led to some assuming they make rap music.… » Read More

Under The Influence: Incubus & Deftones

Nü Nostalgia: Close out the summer with nü metal survivors, Incubus and Deftones.

At the turn of the millennium, popular music was heading into a dark place. Cheesy boy bands and bling-obsessed hip-hop ruled MTV, and the only rock music cracking the Top 40 was abysmal—literally and figuratively. Fortunately, we had Incubus and Deftones. The passion and punk-rock energy that sparked the grunge movement had… » Read More

Starover Blue: New Found Sound

Blue Evolution: Starover Blue, formerly Cartoon Bar Fight, have a new sound and new album on the way.

After playing together for eight years, switching majors, and changing their band’s name in order to prevent their YouTube clips from showing up next to Donald Duck cartoons, the founding members of the San Jose-based band, Starover Blue, are finally starting to feel like they are making headway. Kendall Sallay and Dirk Milotz… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'Mistress America'

More haywire than fashionably brittle, Noah Baumbach's Mistress America is built on a Berlin Diaries/Breakfast at Tiffany's model. It's told in the second person: a poem to a breathlessly blithe young lady, Brooke (Baumbach's co-writer and live-in Greta Gerwig). She survives with little visible means of support and the help of an off-screen boyfriend called "Stavros," like evil Blofeld. She's idolized by the lady who will become her sister by marriage: a budding, alternately too-shrewd and too-sentimental college student, named Tracy (Lola Kirile). » Read More

Review: 'Digging for Fire'

Joe Swanberg's Digging for Fire has its appeal. It stars a well-chosen group of actors, and is directed in a loose style that reveals more of their humanity than you'd see in more tightly woven films. Sam Elliott, capable of mustachioed, rugged cowboy charm or smooth-shaven villainy, gives five fine minutes as a grandad sighing about his age, for example. » Read More

The Arts

Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered

The celebrated 18th-century engraver and illustrator, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, anticipated the tourism industry, urban decay photography, and even image-based 3D modeling for archaeology sites. While Piranesi (1720-1778) was most commonly known for his depictions of imaginary prisons (Carceri d'invenzione), a special new exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center focuses on another project. » Read More

Stanford Rep. Theater Hosts Revue of Noel Coward's Greatest Hits

The British writer, composer and all-around renaissance man, No'l Coward, was a master of witty wordplay, lilting melodies and the perfectly pointed zinger—often directed at his own upper-class English society. Stanford Repertory Theater is celebrating his work this season with its No'l Coward Festival: Art, Style & Decadence. Earlier this summer, the company presented his 1924 comedy-of-manners, Hay Fever, as well as a film series, community symposium and theater course. » Read More

Features & Columns

Oddball Musician Korla Pandit Gets Some Long-Overdue Respect

At the dawn of the television era, Korla Pandit mesmerized millions of television viewers with his dazzling talent on the Hammond organ, exotic jeweled turbans, Indian mysticism and deep penetrating eyes. He rarely spoke. He just stared into cameras throughout the 1950s, looking right into everyone's living rooms. His entire shtick was, if not the first, one of the first true TV masterpieces. » Read More

How an Oral History of Punk Rock Reinvented a Genre

As they prep the 20th anniversary edition of their punk history 'Please Kill Me,' Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain look back at how the groundbreaking oral history changed not just the publishing industry, but also the way we tell stories. » Read More

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