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Obituary: Gilroy Blues Guitarist John Garcia

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Obituary: Gilroy Blues Guitarist John Garcia

The late Gilroy blues guitarist John Garcia died over the weekend. Photo by Andy Nozuka.

The longtime blues musician and South Bay native John Garcia has died. The Grammy-nominated guitarist—who performed with the likes of John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Paul Simon and Bonnie Raitt passed away over the weekend in Gilroy, where he was born. Garcia’s loyal following knew him as much for his guitar finesse… » Read More

Bollywood Blues: Channeling Memphis and Mumbai, Aki Kumar Crafts a Bi-Continental Sound

SOUL MAN: Aki Kumar finds success merging the music of his homeland with the blues. Photo by Harry Who.

The blues is a beguiling art form. Tangled up in this country’s legacy of slavery and oppression it is first and foremost a folk tradition. It requires no formal training to play and can be sung without instrumental accompaniment. And yet, its simplicity often obscures its power and scope. Though it is most… » Read More

Ian Anderson Brings ‘Jethro Tull’ Tour to San Jose

HEY AQUALUNG: Ian Anderson, founder of the pioneering prog-rock band Jethro Tull, brings his new rock opera to San Jose.

Entering the final stretch of one of the most divisive presidential election cycles in American history, it can be difficult to conceive of a political point of view beyond the polemic that mainstream cable news has been feeding us for the past year. But for Ian Anderson, it’s hard to understand exactly how… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art, Culture Oct 19-25

WORDSMITH: Gift of Gab, of hip-hop duo Blackalicious, performs at BackBar SoFa.

This week brings the folk-infused, prog-rock sounds of Jethro Tull to San Jose, as founding frontman Ian Anderson looks back on a long and storied career. Also, in another blast from the past, Al Anderson, of Bob Marley’s original band, The Wailers, comes to The Ritz. This, plus Gift of Gab, a Halloween-themed… » Read More

Treasure Island Music Festival Finale

ISLAND MUSIC: A stilt-walking performer at TIMF 2013. The festival will relocate after 10 years on Treasure Island. Photo by Ignacio Lopez.

It’s the end of an era. This year’s 10th annual Treasure Island Music Festival marks the final lineup on the man made island in the middle of the bay. A massive housing development and infrastructure project in the works for decades is breaking ground soon at the festival’s normal location—the Great Lawn along… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Oct 12-18

POWER POP: The 1975 play SJSU Event Center.

A taste of alt-rock from the past and a look at the future of the genre. This week, She Wants Revenge are back for more. It’s been 10 years since the L.A. duo’s breakout hit, “Tear You Apart,” and they are on the road to celebrate. Also, The 1975 are rolling through… » Read More

Danny Brown: The Face of Rap to Come

BROWN OUT: Detroit emcee Danny Brown is pushing hip-hop forward with his postmodern vision. He plays The Catalyst on Oct. 12.

With a voice like absolutely no other and a sense of rhythm that often stretches the very definition of the term, Danny Brown is one of the strangest and most electrifying figures to have emerged from hip-hop’s underground. The Detroit rapper was already 30 by the time he dropped 2011’s career-defining album XXX—an… » Read More