Silicon Valley Winter Arts Guide

The season's 17 best plays, art exhibits, dance productions and musical performances. Read More

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55 South introduces Motown on Mondays. Live DJ's present the best of Motown every monday starting at 6pm. 21+

Johhny V's is a local favorite that hosts some great events. Join Johnny V's on Mondays as they host Retox, a night to kick off the week with DJ Casp3r spinning top electro hits.

Come out and showcase your talents or come out and be a supporter. Either way be a part of San Jose's local music scene.

With over 30 million records sold in North America alone, Styx is one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet. Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman have been together…

Many DJs have transitioned out of spinning actual vinyl records and are using purely digital platforms to "spin" music, though every once and a while a DJ somewhere will get old school and whip out a stack of wax.

The Blank Club hosts "Atomic," a party that has been going strong after eight years. DJ Basura will be on hand to spin the best in New Wave, Alternative, and Indie-Electropop all night long.

Jessimae Peluso is bottle rocket with a pulse, headed in only the expected, upward trajectory of a firecracker, and ready to explode. The self-proclaimed "insecure narcissist" has founded a solid comic reputation in New York City and…

Being together for 18 years really says something about a band: either they're well-loved or they're really stubborn. Local ska outfit Monkey, celebrating their 18th anniversary this Friday, are a little bit of both.

Black Sunday Roadshow presents a full bodied, revivalist celebration of traditional Americana music. Blending hot jazz, a bit of gospel, blues, zydeco, bluegrass, country and folk - the band tells stories of the American journey -…

When X started out in L.A. in 1976, the band was an anomaly in the punk scene: a punk band with a deep appreciation for rockabilly, country and the blues. Thirty-five years later, X's then-heretical approach has ensured it a place as…

Livermore's Troubadour! proudly embrace their utter lack of coolness, posting fake negative Pitchfork and Spin reviews on their Facebook page. Chances are, if those media outlets really did listen to Troubadour!

Sundays at the Agenda are "Reggae Vybez" night with DJ Leone and DJ Armando. They spin both reggae and hip-hop. That means you might hear a little bit of Snoop Dogg and some Snoop Lion all in the same night.

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Music & Clubs

Will Sprott Of The Mumlers Releases First Full-Length Solo Record, ‘Vortex Numbers’

Will Sprott moved to Seattle without a job or place to live, but he isn’t too concerned about all that.

By his own admission, Will Sprott has been doing “some strange things for money” these days. After spending five years in Oakland, the San Jose-born singer, songwriter and former leader of The Mumlers is now living in Seattle. He moved there about a year ago, without any idea of where he would live… » Read More

‘Balanced Breakfast’ Aims To Boost Local Scene

Two South Bay music promoters invite local music industry professionals to weekly morning focus group.

It’s 10am on a Saturday morning inside the recently opened RockBar Theater. While the mood is light, it’s clear that this crowd is not composed of morning people. As Barbara Wahli, better known as promoter and manager Barb Rocks, admits at the start of the meeting, she’s running on only five hours… » Read More

Hard Girls Are Quitting Their Day Jobs

Hard Girls play a rickety, rollicking style of indie punk that emphasizes raw emotion over polished chops.

Fifteen seconds into Hard Girls’ newest album, A Thousand Surfaces, the band explodes with more power and ferocity than anything you’ll find on any of the San Jose group’s previous recordings. It’s the kind of agitated, visceral energy missing from a lot of punk rock these days. As on prior records, their sonic… » Read More

Movies

'Still Alice'

Julianne Moore seems vouchsafed for the Oscar at last after four losses. This petite, lucid actress, of great plasticity and even greater bravery, is one of the five or 10 reasons that the movies are worth attending. It's about time she was going where she's going-if one could only be happier about the vehicle she was travelling in. » Read More

'Human Capital'

In synopsis, the glossy yet fascinating Italian import Human Capital sounds like a Paul Haggis tag-teamer-the high and low classes make an unwilling meeting over a traffic accident. It's shrewder than anything ever influenced by Crash, however. Based on a Connecticut-set novel by Stephen Amidon, director Paolo Virzi's tale takes place in a small city outside of Milan. After a Christmas gala held by a well-endowed private school, someone injures a busboy in a hit-and-run collision as he returns home from work on his bicycle. The accident sets off the kind of class antagonism entrenched in Italy since the Roman Empire. » Read More

The Arts

'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg'

All four of the original Grand Council of Punk Rock Elders, New York City Chapter, A.D. 1974-a.k.a., the Ramones-have shuffled off this mortal coil and moved on to that Rock & Roll High School in the sky. But while Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy are no longer with us, the band's second and longest-continually-operating drummer, Marky Ramone, still walks this earth, a sober man for more than 30 years now. » Read More

'Divided' they stand at the Trianon Theatre

We all know that guy (and yeah, it's usually a guy), who has a surplus of opinions on controversial topics and a God-given right as an American to share these with you in a high volume monologue. Turns out, people actually want to listen to that guy. He just needs a stage, a microphone, oh, and some legitimate comic talent. That last part's usually the stickler. » Read More

Features & Columns

Silicon Valley Winter Arts Guide

The holiday season is behind us and the days are growing longer, but there is still plenty of cold and dreary weather ahead of us before the spring. It's the perfect time to contemplate the heavy things—and just as Hollywood is dropping all kinds of thinky, Oscar hopefuls in cinemas around the country, the producers of art in the South Bay are planning works that ask difficult questions and push viewers out of their comfort zones and into the unknown. » Read More

SJSU MFA Program Hosts an Open House for the First Time Ever

For the first time in human history, the SJSU Department of English and Comparative Literature, specifically the MFA program, is opening its house for the world to see. Since this valley is probably ripe with potential scribes, creative writers, poets, prose-masters or folks contemplating a return to grad school, Jan. 29 should be an awesome literary moment for anyone interested in what's going on at SJSU. » Read More

Animal Lovers Save Horses as County Officials Failed to Act

Justice, a muddy brown bay colt eight months old and 75 pounds underweight, could barely stand. Ribs pronounced, hipbones jutting, gut teeming with worms, eyes goopy and dull. Only a baby, but living on borrowed time. Most horses like him fetch a bullet before an asking price. Humberto Rivas Uribe, a 51-year-old South County rancher, would sell him for nothing less than $2,500. » Read More

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