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SJZ Winter Fest Returns With Eclectic Lineup

Rising alt-R&B singer Reva DeVito has worked with a number of hot left-field producers, including Kaytranada and Com Truise. Read More

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Weather Inspires New Moon Duo Record

TOTAL ECLIPSE: Moon Duo bring their new weather-inspired sounds to Don Quixote’s.

For Sanae Yamada—keyboardists and one half of psychedelic rockers Moon Duo— the most surreal aspect of relocating from the Bay Area to Portland a few years back was the difference in seasons. Portland’s were pronounced, but she had barely noticed the cyclical shifts in San Francisco. Over time, her memories of Northern… » Read More

North By North: Windy City Wailers at Caravan

GARAGE PROG: Drawing comparisons to The White Stripes and Foxy Shazam, North By North are hard to pin down.

There’s just something about the horn line that comes in at about the 32-second mark of “All That Glitters”— the lead-off track from North By North’s excellent sophomore album, Last Days Of Magic—that screams The Blues Brothers. But maybe that’s just a symptom of some sort of rock-writer confirmation bias, owing to the… » Read More

SJZ Winter Fest Returns With Eclectic Lineup

FRESH FACES: Rising alt-R&B singer Reva DeVito has worked with a number of hot left-field producers, including Kaytranada and Com Truise.

Starting this week, San Jose Jazz Winter Fest returns with three weekends of great jazz, both old and new. With shows scheduled in downtown San Jose and in Palo Alto, the annual celebration has its sights set on bringing all of Silicon Valley into the fold. As is the case with all… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Feb 15-21

SLICK & DIRTY: The Growlers bring their new Julian Casablancas spit-shined sound to The Catalyst.

Featuring towering feats of strength, high-flying aerialists, expert jugglers, eye-popping puppets and one truly twisted contortionist, Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Luzia, earned riotous applause during its lively preview night in San Jose. In these politically charged times, Luzia serves as a reminder that we all turn beneath the same star, and… » Read More

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’ in San Jose

FLOATING FREE: Monarch butterflies figure heavily into the plot of 'Luzia' by Cirque du Soleil.

Featuring towering feats of strength, high-flying aerialists, expert jugglers, eye-popping puppets and one truly twisted contortionist, Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Luzia, earned riotous applause during its lively preview night in San Jose. A portmanteau of the Spanish words for sun and rain—“luz” and “lluvia”—Luzia is a colorful homage to Mexico.… » Read More

Ricky Reed: Bay Area Wizard Of Pop

T REX: The Bay Area-born Ricky Reed went from lampooning pop music to producing monster pop hits, including several of Twenty One Pilots’ biggest songs.

When Eric Frederic first formed the progressive alternative quartet Facing New York in 2004, he wasn’t looking to write chart-topping bangers. He and his band mates were more on that “prog-opus” tip. Comprising members of two disbanded East Bay groups—his own Locale A.M. and Tragedy Andy—FNY’s 2005 self-titled LP is a dense… » Read More

Slime Girls: This NES Goes To Eleven

OTAKU ROCK: Slime Girls bring their signature mix of punk, chiptune and anime to Art Boutiki.

At last year’s SXSW—against all odds—comedian Hannibal Buress and DIY California chiptune band Slime Girls hooked up for an impromptu collaboration. On Monday, March 14, Buress (The Eric Andre Show, Broad City) tweeted that he wanted to play guitar or drums with a band at the Austin tech, music and culture festival.… » Read More