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EDM Festivals, Like Beyond Wonderland,
Are Markers Of Generational Shifts, Changing Tastes

Every generation has had a DJ Snake and a song that has asked, in one way or another: 'Turn down for what?'. Read More

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EDM Festivals, Like Beyond Wonderland, Are Markers Of Generational Shifts, Changing Tastes

Every generation has had a DJ Snake and a song that has asked, in one way or another: ‘Turn down for what?’

DJ Snake, who along with Lil John, created one of the most unabashedly, antagonistic party anthems in recent memory, will be headlining the Beyond Wonderland electronic music festival this Saturday. That song, “Turn Down for What,” exhorts listeners to keep the volume pumped, both literally and figuratively—as “turned up,” or “turnt,” in… » Read More

CAKE To Play NYE 2015 Party At City National Civic

CAKE will ring in New Year's Eve 2015 at the City National Civic in San Jose.

If you’re the kind of person that scoffs at the notion of devoting an entire night of your life to celebrating something as arbitrary and contrived as beginning of a new year, then you might consider catching the Sacramento-based sultans of sarcasm, CAKE, as they ring in NYE 2015 at the City National Civic… » Read More

Q&A: DJ E-Rock Talks About Friendship With Colin Kaepernick, the Importance of Being Nice and What He Loves Most About Spinning

DJ E-Rock plays Pure Lounge in Sunnyvale on Sept. 12.

It’s hard to get a moment of DJ E-Rock’s time. Known to close friends and family as Eric Nagrampa, he is better known by his stage name in clubs all over the country—from the Bay Area and Las Vegas to Atlantic City. He’s performed for the likes of Barry Bonds and John… » Read More

Insolence Take The Stage At The SoFA Street Fair

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There are many parallels to be drawn between the return of the SoFA Street Fair this Sunday and the so-called “reunion” of Insolence, who along with Salmon and Maids of Honor will provide direct support to the festival’s headliner, Fishbone. But whatever you do, don’t call it a comeback. Sure, it’s true that… » Read More

Ruckatan Brings Blend Of World Music To Chacho’s For C2SV Latin Music Showcase

‘Perfect Fit’: Ruckatan’s eclectic music is the result of many disparate pieces falling into place.

A year and a half ago, veteran Bay Area musician Carlos Elizalde nearly called it quits. For more than two decades the lead singer of Ruckatan had been playing in local bands—including The Yardies, Mirage, Bautista, Cantera and La Ventana—but he had hit a roadblock that seemed insurmountable. Elizalde’s cousin was bowing out… » Read More

Photos: Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

A group of festival attendees enjoy a drink at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival.

The 43rd annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival was held this past weekend on Castro Street, the cultural and culinary center of one of Silicon Valley’s most tech-savvy cities. People from all over the Peninsula and the South Bay flocked to downtown Mountain View for the food, beer, wine, art and music.… » Read More

Working Musicians: The Chop Tops Open Tour At The Blank Club, Speed Toward 20th Anniversary

Rockabilly Road Warriors: The secret to The Chop Tops’ success is a good, old-fashioned American work ethic.

No one in The Chop Tops has a day job. It’s been that way for the Santa Cruz-based “revved-up rockabilly” outfit since sometime in 2007. But even though they’ve been doing little else besides playing and writing music for the better half of a decade, you’ll never hear Gary “Sinner” Marsh, the… » Read More