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City Lights Theatre's 'American Idiot' Wows

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City Lights Theatre’s ‘American Idiot’ Wows

NO DUMMIES: The entire cast—from the leads to the ensemble—shines in 'American Idiot.'

Since its release, first as an album and then a musical, Green Day’s Tony- and Grammy-winning American Idiot—a tale of political and adolescent alienation—has become a part of the contemporary canon. City Lights Theater’s new adaptation adeptly packs the sprawling, Broadway-sized rock opera into an intimate black-box theater, without losing any of… » Read More

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine

DEAD MAN ROCKING: Jello Biafra, former frontman of The Dead Kennedys, brings his new band, The Guantanamo School of Medicine, to The Ritz.

In the run up to the 1980s, New York had the Ramones and New York Dolls, Detroit contributed MC5 and The Stooges, London called in with the Clash and the Sex Pistols and Los Angeles blew up with Black Flag and X. Northern California’s contribution to the genre outpunked the bunch with… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Arts & Culture July 20-26

GREAT SCOTT: Neo-soul diva Jill Scott comes to the Mountain Winery.

This week, witness the production that pushed pop punk over the top to claim its rightful place in the Western canon. Green Day’s American Idiot comes to City Lights Theater in San Jose’s SoFA District. Jill Scott brings her retro jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop sensibilities to The Mountain Winery. Toxic Summer drops… » Read More

The Artifacts: Golden Era Hip-Hop at BackBar SoFa

SPIT GAME: The Artifacts bring their old school hip-hop game to BackBar SoFa.

El Da Sensei built his life upon the four pillars of hip-hop. As a pre-teen, he was a breakdancer, which lead him to writing raps for friends. Then he developed the confidence to spit his own rhymes, so he started digging through crates of vinyl, on the hunt for the samples, which he… » Read More

PICS: Killer Queens, AC/DShe @ Music in the Park

SHE-N-T: All-female tribute band, AC/DShe were dynamite at Music in the Park.

It was a night of classic rock tributes at the second installment of this summer’s Music in the Park series, as the all female groups AC/DShe and the Killer Queens rocked Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Check Metro photographer Greg Ramar’s pics of the crowd and the bands. For the full gallery, click here. » Read More

Pop Punk Pioneers, The Dickies, at The Ritz

TOTAL DICKIES: Leonard Graves Phillips, center, and Stan Lee, center right, have remained the two constant Dickies members, since the band’s formation in 1977.

Birthed in L.A.’s late-’70s underground music scene—back when punk rock was still in its infancy—The Dickies are one of the longest-running and most entertaining punk bands to ever take the stage. Formed in the San Fernando Valley in in 1977, The Dickies hit upon a winning formula with songs like “Stukas over… » Read More

Weird Al, Original Jokester, at City National Civic

WEIRD SCIENCE: Crafting the perfect send-up of a song isn’t easy. When writing, Weird Al Yankovic often has multiple versions of each verse before settling on the punchiest one.

Weird Al Yankovic peaked commercially in the 38th year of his career. His 2014 release, Mandatory Fun, debuted at number one—unprecedented for a comedy album. But this singular success provides a fitting coronation for the four-time Grammy winner, who has long been the jester in the court of A-list pop. “I thought… » Read More