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Obituary: Gilroy Blues Guitarist John Garcia

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BREAKING THE MOLD: Joowan Kim has a beef with traditional Western concert hall productions.

Joowan Kim wants to pioneer a new kind of American art music. He derides concert hall compositions as either reheated European classics or cultural appropriation pieces, like “Tibetan yak herding songs,” which he compares to wildflowers ripped from their native field and put into an expensive vase. After emigrating from South Korea… » Read More

Supersuckers: Country Punks Die Hard

AIN'T NO GRAVE: Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti is recovering from throat cancer and out on the road. Photo by Kaz.

With a well-deserved reputation as one of the hardest working bands in rock & roll, the Supersuckers have been on the road for nearly three decades now, blazing a path across stages around the world. But that all came to an abrupt halt in June of last year, when singer and bassist… » Read More

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