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Review: U2 Bring Nostalgia and 'Innocence' to SAP Center

It is only appropriate that U2 kicked off the first U.S. date of its latest North American tour with a sold-out crowd of devotees at SAP Center on Monday, including members of the San Francisco Giants,
the Rev. Cecil Williams from Glide Church and big names in tech. Read More

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Gustaf Fjelstrom’s Ethereal, Downtempo ‘Intention’

Gustaf Fjelstrom crafts gauzy, ambient instrumentals in his San Jose studio.

All throughout the ’90s, Gustaf Fjelstrom kept his head down—playing bass in the background of local power trio Maximum Indifference. It was a role he was used to. Most of his musical life he has acted in supporting roles, playing less popular instruments. He played bass for his high school jazz band and… » Read More

The Normal Dudes Of ‘Weird Twitter’

Tweetle Dee: Jon Hendren, better known as @fart, has more than 78,000 followers on Twitter. Whatever.

“Nobody should ever listen to anything I say,” says Jon Hendren, a man with 78,000 followers on Twitter under the handle, @fart. I’m one of those 78,000. For more than a year, I’ve subscribed to Hendren’s tweets. He publishes about five or six a day, along with a dozen or so replies… » Read More

PHOTOS: FanimeCon 2015

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This the 21st annual FanimeCon, comic book exhibition came to San Jose this past weekend, bringing with it, all order or cosplayers. Characters from Dragon Ball Z, Nintendo games, Sailor Moon and The Evil Dead were all in attendance. We sent our photographer, Geoffrey Smith II to check out the action. Take… » Read More

Atlanta Punks, Microwave, Bring The Heat

Switched On: the Atlanta-based Microwave balance pop sensibilities with honesty and pain.

The term “pop punk” used to be thrown around derisively. It was deployed with a sneer, meant to emphasize that the glistening vocal harmonies and sheen of big-budget production found on early aughts albums from the likes of Good Charlotte and the then-peaking Blink-182 made the music somehow less authentic or earnest. The… » Read More

Robert Rich Performing At Mexican Heritage Plaza

Robert Rich is known for creating lush soundscapes. Photo by Brian Tirpack.

In a suburban Silicon Valley garage, piles of digital and analog instruments surround Robert Rich and myself. A decades-long legend in the ambient music world, Rich works out of his studio, and as we’re sitting here, Afghan rugs hang from the wall and ethnic percussion instruments seem asleep in one corner. In another… » Read More

Review: U2 Bring Nostalgia and ‘Innocence’ to SAP Center

Photos by Brian Kirksey

It is only appropriate that U2 kicked off the first U.S. date of its latest North American tour with a sold-out crowd of devotees at SAP Center on Monday, including members of the San Francisco Giants, the Rev. Cecil Williams from Glide Church and big names in tech. No other band is… » Read More

Hutch and Kathy Of The Thermals At Cafe Stritch

Kitchen Confidential: Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster recorded their self-titled LP, ‘Hutch and Kathy,’ at home, shortly before forming The Thermals and signing to Sub Pop Records.

“Most people do their punk band first and then the mellower project comes later in life,” Hutch Harris says, recalling a conversation he recently had about the natural order of a typical musical career. The Cupertino native and founding member of indie-punk trio The Thermals ended up doing things the other way… » Read More