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Rockbar Theater: 'Livin' Like A Rock Star'

Walking into Rockbar Theater you get the sense that you are being taken back to a simpler time-when larger-than-life rock stars roamed the earth, jumping from stadium to stadium, slaying entire stadiums
full of screaming fans with epic guitar solos and thrashing hotel rooms. Read More

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The 7 Best Halloween Parties In Silicon Valley

The Purple Ones, a 10-piece Prince cover band, play the Back Bar SoFA this Halloween.

You did it again. You put off getting your Halloween costume together to the last minute and you sure as hell don’t know what you’re going to do come Friday. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for innovative costume ideas or want to make sure you don’t make an ass… » Read More

Synth-pop Duo Pomplamoose Playing Stanford

Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte of Pomplamoose bring their synthy, indie-pop sounds to Stanford this weekend.

Pomplamoose owe a great debt to Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier, whose revolutionary mid-’90s filmmaking movement, Dogme 95—which called upon filmmakers to adhere to strict rules and limitations—inspired Jack Conte, one half of the indie-pop duo, to make music videos bound by his own rigid dogma. When making his “videosongs,” as Conte… » Read More

Rockbar Theater: ‘Livin’ Like A Rock Star’

Come on baby, light my fire. Bartenders at Rockbar will be trained in more than just mixology.

Walking into Rockbar Theater you get the sense that you are being taken back to a simpler time—when larger-than-life rock stars roamed the earth, jumping from stadium to stadium, slaying entire stadiums full of screaming fans with epic guitar solos and thrashing hotel rooms. That feeling, according to Susan Cramer and Robert… » Read More

PHOTOS: Sexiest Costume Contest At Charley’s LG

Two partiers pose for a picture at Charley's Los Gatos on Oct. 25.

It’s not quite Halloween, but that didn’t stop the revelers from showing up Oct. 25 in their best—and skimpiest—costumes for a night of drinks, dancing and judgment. No… not the “Can you believe what she’s wearing!?” type of judgement. Party-goers were competing for the “Sexiest Costume” prize, and at $500, the competition… » Read More

We Went To ‘The Real Escape Game’ In Japantown

This mysterious room is pretty messy.

“Hey, do you want to get locked in a room with nine strangers and solve puzzles for an hour?” Surprisingly enough, very few of my friends answered “yes” to this question, but such is the fate of those who attend the “Real Escape Game” in San Jose’s Japantown. I finally convinced someone… » Read More

Buzzworthy Locals Fritz Montana Play Blank Club

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Many bands plug away for years, playing house parties, clubs and smaller halls before they ever reach a stage inside an arena, assuming they even reach such a stage at all. But the South Bay-bred indie-blues-rock group Fritz Montana were fortunate enough to play at Oracle Arena in Oakland—on their fourth show.… » Read More

Aesop Of Living Legends Playing Back Bar SoFA

Derrick McElroy, who goes by Aesop, Black Aesop and Aesop’s Fables, has a full-length 'opus' on the way.

Much like the Aesop of antiquity, it isn’t particularly easy to get a bead on Aesop, the emcee of the Bay Area and Los Angeles hip-hop crew, Living Legends. A Wikipedia search of the Aesop of Aesop’s Fables will inform you that scholars are undecided as to whether Aesop ever really existed or… » Read More