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Local Punks, Till I Fall, Stand Up on New EP

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SoFA Street Fair: Second Spring Edition

SOFA RETURNS: The SoFA Street Fair is back. Photo by Brian Kirksey.

The second annual spring edition of the SoFA Street Fair takes over San Jose’s arts district this weekend—bringing deluge of art, music and performance to an already packed weekend. As dedicated cosplayers descend on the final day of Silicon Valley Comic Con at the McEnery Convention Center, local music and art fans… » Read More

Local Punks, Till I Fall, Stand Up on New EP

COMBAT ROCK: San Jose pop-punk band Till I Fall are releasing their self-titled EP this week.

Lately, Brandon Leeland says he’s been feeling like the whole world’s gone mad. From watching the everyday struggles of friends and family to attempting to discern the truth amid an endless torrent of tweets and cable news conjecture, Leland, like so many, has been overwhelmed. So, when he watched Elizabeth Warren’s speech… » Read More

Peanut Butter Wolf’s Homecoming at The Ritz

DIGGING IT: Chris Manak, better known as Peanut Butter Wolf, specializes in finding little-known gems and polishing them.

Not long after¬†Chris Manak moved to Los Angeles to live with underground hip-hop producer Madlib, Metro reached out to the founder of Stones Throw Records and asked him to share highlights from his youth growing up on San Jose’s East Side. By the time of the article’s publication, Manak—better known by his… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Apr 19-25

SPEED DEMON: Grant Gustin, the latest actor to tackle the role of The Flash, will be at Silicon Valley Comic Con.

When Steve Wozniak was working to launch the first Silicon Valley Comic Con, the Apple co-founder and his partners considered San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Ultimately, they decided against it. “No,” Wozniak says, recalling his final answer. “We want to hold it in San Jose, because San Jose is more representative—over the last… » Read More

On Too Short and One of Hip-Hop’s Favorite Words

WAY TOO REAL: Are we taking Too Short too seriously? You be the judge. He plays BackBar SoFa this week.

As the crowd ¬†waited for Rihanna to take the stage at the SAP Center last year, the opening DJ put on Too Short’s banger, “Blow the Whistle.” Being a local anthem of sorts, Short’s song got people out of their seats to dance and sing along—never louder than when the East Bay… » Read More

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

SELENAS! Sonido Clash's third-annual Selena birthday party celebration is this week.

To mark the late Selena’s 46th birthday, Sonido Clash is throwing a party at BackBar SoFa, headlined by San Jose cumbia band Corazon Salvaje. The third annual Selena-themed bash Also this week: Vector Hold, a locally based synthwave duo who deploy heavy metal guitars and a Commodore Amiga 500 to craft the… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Apr 5-11

BEER! The Beerwalk comes to downtown San Jose for the first time ever.

Spring into First Friday. This week brings with it the first South First Friday art walk of the spring season. Be sure to get out there and check out the great galleries. There’s the 19th annual Latino Art Now! show at MACLA, Julie Barrett and David Mejia at KALEID Gallery and Immersion… » Read More