Former Stones, Dead Tour Manager Discusses Rock Legends

Sam Cutler and Joel Selvin will discuss the history of rock 'n roll, including what went down at the fateful 1969 concert in Altamont at Studio Bongiorno this week. Read More

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I have a friend who is obsessed with Pat Benatar, although she wasn't even born when Benatar released her best-known hits. At first I thought she was kidding about being this big fan, but no, it's no joke.

A great night of jazz/funk and just good old-fashioned danceable music that is good for your soul.

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.

The Santa Clara County Fair returns for another fantastic event the whole family will enjoy. This four-day celebration features live music, exhibitions, demonstrations, amazing food and much more.

Formed in 2001, The Iron Maidens have quickly established themselves as one of southern California's most popular tribute acts and are rapidly gaining international recognition.

Having emerged from Soho's ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979 during another economic depression, Spandau Ballet formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet and one of the most influential…

Every year, downtown San Jose becomes the backyard of a fantastical kingdom in honor of the city's Renaissance Faire. Wizards, nobles, jesters and more flood through the land where Shakespeare stole hearts and the best workout was a…

Since their inception in 2010, San Jose's Trims have moved from dark atmospheric guitar-driven post-punk to indie-dance-rock territory.

During the nine days, beer-lovers can experience a variety of activities featuring their favorite craft beers including tap takeovers, food pairings, seminars, demonstrations, brewmaster's dinners, new release nights and other…

Based on the Grammy Award winner for Best Rock Album in 2005, Green Day's American Idiot explores youth, love and loss in an age of media saturation.

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Music & Clubs

Amanda Palmer Drops Out Of Morrissey Show

From Amanda Palmer's blog. She isn't feeling too good.

Heads up, Amanda Palmer followers: Citing health issues related to a recent tick bite and the contraction of acute Lyme disease the Boston-based musician has canceled her much-anticipated opening slot for Morrissey tomorrow night. On her Patreon page, where she does the bulk of her blogging these days, she cites acute Lyme disease, by… » Read More

Outside Land Festival Announces Set Times

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With just two weeks before one of the biggest annual music events in Northern California, organizers announced set times today for Outside Lands Music Festival. The festival kicks off August 7 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with Mumford and Sons and D’Angelo headlining, followed by the Black Keys and Kendrick Lamar… » Read More

Trails And Ways Bring New Album To San Jose

Oakland-based indie pop quartet Trails and Ways scored big blog buzz with their wistful and bouncy tribute to Sao Paolo, ‘Nunca.’ Photo by David Wallace.

Although they are signed to two record labels—including Barsuk, home to Death Cab For Cutie—and they recently released a well-received single, Oakland-based quartet, Trails and Ways, won’t be leaving the comfort of the bedroom, their prefered recording space, any time soon. And why should they? After all, they arranged and recorded their… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'Irrational Man'

The despair-inducing Irrational Man has some promise to it—things could have been done to make it merely tepid instead of abject, but is Woody Allen capable of doing those things anymore? This crabbed rewrite of Crime and Punishment, with its gimmicky One Step Beyond ending, is the backhanded celebration of a sour man. Abe (a sleepy, ruminative Joaquin Phoenix) is a supposed luminary in the world of philosophy, come to teach at a small Rhode Island college. » Read More

Review: 'Mr. Holmes'

Mr. Sherlock Holmes is opposed by an ultimate foe—old age—in one struggle he cannot win. Based on Mitch Cullin's novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind, the new Bill Condon film, Mr. Holmes, brings the director and Ian McKellen together for the first time since Gods and Monsters (1998). » Read More

The Arts

'American Idiot' Wows Audience at the Montgomery Theater

While another take on the 2009 Green Day-penned punk-rock musical, American Idiot, may seem like old wine in a new bottle, the latest production by CMT San Jose is definitely a unique vintage. For starters, it's a children's version of the Tony Award-winning musical, and no one in the cast is over 20 years old. » Read More

City Lights Theater's 'West Side Story' is Sharp as a Switchblade

West Side Story is better than Romeo and Juliet. That's right, the midcentury musical masterpiece is greater than Shakespeare's quintessential romance, and San Jose's City Lights Theater Company mostly does it justice with its lively, intimate new production. » Read More

Features & Columns

Silicon Valley Beer Week

California is in the midst of one of the most severe droughts on record. And while weather scientists are forecasting a wet and wild El Nino this winter, we're parched right now. Fortunately, Silicon Valley Beer Week kicks off this weekend, providing the perfect opportunity to unironically follow the directions of pickup truck bumper stickers, novelty T-shirts and country singer Chris Young. » Read More

ZERO1 Leave the Garage to Focus on Global Collaborative Projects

The goal since ZERO1's inception 15 years ago has been to see how artists can get people, especially those in tech, to think differently. Now ZERO1 is expanding that strategy to establish partnerships in which artistic thinking can impact social innovation. As a result, devoting massive resources to fund a permanent physical exhibition space like the ZERO1 Garage is no longer realistic. » Read More

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