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Pat Benatar at The Mountain Winery

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Black Lips at the Ritz

CRAZY, SEXY, COOL The Black Lips have always charted their own strange path. (photo credit: Yana Yatsuk)

It’s lunchtime in Atlanta and Jared Swilley is finally home—but not really, because he’s preparing to head back to the airport right after he hangs up. Also, what even is home when you’re in a band that tours all the time?  “Touring runs in the family: Every male in my family is… » Read More

Bob Dylan at Frost Amphitheater

FREEWHEELIN': The one and only Bob Dylan comes to Stanford's Frost Amphitheater this Monday. (photo credit: John Shearer)

Bob Dylan, arguably the greatest songwriter of all time, is fast approaching the sixth decade of his career. In the ’60s and ’70s he was a folk balladeer, an obnoxious rock & roll revolutionary and everything in between. In the ’80s and ’90s he was hit or miss. But at the end… » Read More

‘Silicon Valley Jazz Festival’ at Fremont Park

FALL JAZZ: Hosting 12 bands in 2 days, the Silicon Valley Jazz Festival keeps Jazz music alive through the Fall.

The Silicon Valley Jazz Festival is a two-day celebration of music, culture and education. The festival unites jazz bands from Bay Area schools with established touring performers in an effort to spread appreciation for the art form and, hopefully, inspire the next generation of improvisational sax masters. The day festival at Fremont… » Read More

‘Cassette Store Day’ at Streetlight Records

TAPE HEADS: Once blamed for killing the record industry, cassettes finally get some love on 'Cassette Store Day.'

One day, disc rot will render your CD collection useless and those MP3s will be corrupted. And we all know streaming services will never pay artists what they deserve. The solution? Magnetic tape—in addition to vinyl, of course. So dust off that boombox! International Cassette Store Day is upon us. Fueled in… » Read More

‘Carpenters Remembered’ at Heritage Theatre

ONLY YESTERDAY: 50 years after the release of their first album, the Carpenters are celebrated.

Hard to believe it’s been 50 years since the Carpenters released their first album on A&M, and harder still to believe that Karen Carpenter was initially reluctant to come out from behind the drum kit to focus on her vocal talents. Her innate sense of rhythm combined with her honey-smoked alto lent… » Read More

Shanghai Quartet at Hammer Theatre Center

EAST WEST: The Western canon and Chinese folk music are treated equally by the Shanghai Quartet.

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, the Shanghai Quartet has collaborated with the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Peter Serkin. In honor of its 35 years of touring, the group will be performing on four exceptional and rare instruments built by Gofriller Guarneri and Stradivari. They are… » Read More

deadmau5 at San Jose Civic

MOUSE HOUSE: Acclaimed DJ and human bobble-head deadmau5 gets the floor moving at San Jose Civic.

Nobody does enormous on-stage multimedia cube structures quite like deadmau5. The acclaimed Canadian DJ and glowing mouse helmet collector has been performing with his giant cube for close to a decade, but this year he’s unveiling “Cube V3”—the latest iteration of his mind-blowing stage show. According to tour scuttlebutt, the cube requires… » Read More