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Peter Frampton is one of the most celebrated artists in rock history. He was lead singer and guitarist at 16 for British teen band the Herd. He went on to co-founded one of the first super groups, Humble Pie.

Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter. Raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, he moved to London in 2008 to pursue a musical career. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play, No. 5 Collaborations…

Summer is here, so it's time for Jazz on the Plazz! Join us for free live music every Wednesday throughout the Summer months. Aug 27: Kathy Kosins and Full Spectrum Jazz Orchestra

Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.

Just barely out of high school, emo-pop outfit Panic! at the Disco burst out of suburban Las Vegas in 2005 with their full-length debut, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.

While I was watching Matisyahu at Harmony By the Bay a couple of weeks ago, I got the following text from SCW's own Jacob Pierce: "Did Matisyahu shave and get into dubstep, or am I listening to Beats Antique?"

Formed in 2009, The Trims have performed at venues all over Northern California and released their debut album in February 2009, entitled "We Cried For Fun."

Voted one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch," Ralphie May has released, a record-setting, four one- hour comedy specials and will be releasing two more this year, proving that his relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever.

Though there's no clear moment that marks precisely when electronic music exploded, Sunrise electronic festival co-promoter Robert Mine really started to see things shake up in 2010, right around the time he and his partner, Santi…

Straight out of East L.A., Quetzal forges a sound as rich and complex as their pluri-ethnic barrio experience. The group is part of a transnational dialogue between musicians in California and Veracruz, Mexico known as Fandango Sin…

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Music & Clubs

The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise And More Headline LIVE 105′s Punk Rock Picnic

California Über Alles: All-star lineup of old-school California punk bands, including The Offspring, to play Live 105’s ‘Punk Rock Picnic.’

When Orange County punk rockers The Offspring released their third album, Smash, on Epitaph Records back in 1994, they had no idea that it would go on to be a massive success, paving the way for worldwide fame, or that it would eventually become the best-selling independently released record of all time.… » Read More

Photos: First City Festival In Monterey

Beck headlined The First City Festival on Saturday.

The second annual First City Festival, featuring Beck, Phantogram, The National and many more, was held in Monterey over the weekend. Music, food, beer and a full carnival kept the party going for two days straight, on the very same hallowed fairgrounds where the Monterey Pop Festival kickstarted the Summer of Love… » Read More

Photos: Music In The Park With Pete Escovedo

A happy pair at Music in the Park at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

Music in the Park returned to Plaza de Cesar Chavez yesterday, Aug. 21, with a set by the legendary Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra. It was Escovedo’s 18th appearance at Music in the Park—a record. The Cuban percussionist, who for more than 50 years has been fusing smooth jazz, salsa and… » Read More

Movies

'If I Stay'

Gayle Forman's best-sellers are the kind of thing that should make Young Adult authors feel uneasy about their craft; the work reads like someone describing what they've been watching on television. (Forman won an award once for "writing for reluctant readers." It's as if literature contained gluten.) If I Stay preserves the essence rare. The "ex-riot grrl" mommy Kat (Mireille Enos) consoles her child: "Life is this big fat gigantic stinking mess, and that's the beauty of it." Director R. J. Cutler visualizes the azure televisionistic glow of the book as a Thomas Kinkade view of alternative Portland, Oregon. » Read More

'B Movie Bombs' Opens at Camera 3

A film doesn't exist that's large enough to take in all of India, but Richie Mehta, director, writer and location manager for Siddharth, got a good portion of it. His nigh-completely melodrama-free quest film is in the neo-realist trad taken from Italian models like The Bicycle Thief. The story tells of an unimaginable tragedy, yet it's not an ordinary expose of a dysfunctional society. You can focus on the individual reactions and take in a sense of hope and endurance. » Read More

The Arts

'Fatal Laughs': The Art of Robert Arneson

Humor has always been a powerful tool for exposing, exploring and deflecting the darkest aspects of the human condition. The recent death of comedian and Bay Area resident Robin Williams-who transformed depression into brilliant comedy-has only served to crystallize this truth. When it comes to tortured souls turning their inner turmoil into vivid and uproarious artistic expression, Williams is not alone. A new exhibit opening today at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, explores the work of another local artist: the late Robert Arneson. » Read More

Silicon Valley Pride 2014

An LGBT Pride event by any other name—still a huge party with plenty to celebrate. And for its 39th year, the South Bay's major Pride event will not only adopt a new name but also streamline the festivities. Taking the new, more geographically inclusive moniker "Silicon Valley Pride," the festival (formerly known as San Jose Pride) takes place on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose. As the festival rebrands, this year's theme, "Honoring Our Past, Securing Our Future," offers a nod to past accomplishments as well as continuing civil rights battles for LGBT equality. » Read More

Features & Columns

Lou's Village Closing... Again

For 60 years, Lou's Village occupied a parcel of land at 1465 W. San Carlos Street, just past Meridian, as one ventures outbound from downtown San Jose. When Lou's opened in 1946, that part of town was essentially the western outskirts of San Jose. After decades of banquets, weddings, big band gigs, comedy, doo-wop, celebrities, scallops and tons of 49ers, Earthquakes and Sharks parties, the place closed in 2006. » Read More

Controversy Surrounds Transgender Participation in Professional Sports

Chloie Jonsson cycles through her clean complex, perfecting her form. With heels planted firmly to the mat, her hands grip a chalked-up barbell. Mind to muscle, eyes on the mirror, she watches her body in motion. She glides the bar up her shins and with a quick hop, flips her hands back, elbows up, and rests it on her clavicles while sinking into a squat. Rising again, steady, bar still at her neck. Release. The 165-pound weight slams to the rubber mat with a slight bounce. » Read More

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