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Andy Weir at Kepler’s: ‘Artemis’

SO WEIR: Andy Weir, author of 'The Martian,' has a new book titled 'Artemis.'

Author and Mountain View denizen Andy Weir burst onto the pop culture scene after his originally self-published sci-fi novel, The Martian, became one of the biggest books of 2014. In 2015, the story was adapted into a movie starring Matt Damon. Now, Weir is back with his second novel, Artemis. This time,… » Read More

Holiday Concert: 98 Degrees at Christmas

HAPPY HOLIDAZE: 98 Degrees play the Flint Center.

Before he starred as the hunky foil to his then-wife—the eye-rolling and uber-blonde Jessica Simpson—on the fascinating mid-2000s pop-culture artifact known as Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, you may recall that Nick Lachey was the beefiest quarter of 98 Degrees. His quartet of blue-eyed soulsters continue to draw crowds with their sticky four-part… » Read More

GTA Perform at Pure Lounge in Sunnyvale

RHYMIN' & STEALIN': Production duo GTA have collaborated with Vince Staples. They play Pure Lounge this week.

DJs Matthew (Van Toth) and Julio Mejia (JWLS) started making music in their dorm at Miami Dade College in Kendall, Florida, as GTA (Good Times Ahead). Their SoundCloud marriage of bedroom production led to run-ins with Afrojack, Diplo and Laidback Luke. They aren’t the Miami bass party monsters one would expect. Instead,… » Read More

Downtown Ice Returns to San Jose

BLADES OF GLORY: Bring the family to the Downtown Ice, which opens this Friday.

Twinkling lights, ice skating and palm trees come together once again for a few magical weeks in the heart of Silicon Valley. Bay Area native and 1992 Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi will usher in the annual Downtown Ice skating rink—presiding over the opening celebration. The fun starts at 5pm this… » Read More

Toga 4: SJ Skate Crew Screen New Video at Ritz

SHRED CESAR: The new Toga 4 video gets gnarly all over San Jose.

Toga! Toga! Toga! Toga! It’s more than a line from Animal House. It’s also a new locally produced skateboarding film featuring a group of South Bay cats shredding the gnar at spots all over the 408. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, St. James Park, local schools and a few choice DIY guerrilla spots… » Read More

Alejandro Escovedo Burns Bright at The Ritz

BURNING UP: Alejandro Escovedo continues a marathon series of concert dates showcasing his latest album, ‘Burn Something Beautiful.’ Photo by Todd Wilson.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Alejandro Escovedo released his 14th album, Burn Something Beautiful, just over a year ago. Reaction to the album—in many ways a return to the rocking end of Escovedo’s musical spectrum—has been so positive that he’s still on the road in support of it. The album distills his interests and… » Read More

Trimming Down, Shaping Up

The Trims (from left: Mark Sharp, Gabriel Maciel and Billy Brady) have come a long way since their 2011 debut LP. Photo by Greg Ramar

Gabriel Maciel admits that every song on his band’s new album is “a bummer.” The founder and primary songwriter of San Jose new wave-indie trio The Trims lets out a little laugh, a genuine chortle. Maybe it’s a conscious attempt to deflect, or he feels a bit embarrassed about baring his soul… » Read More