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Dream Theater Level-Up on 'The Astonishing'

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Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Dec 7-13

HO HO HUNG: Horrorcore pioneer Brotha Lynch Hung is coming to BackBar SoFa.

The sound of hoofbeats on the roof may be a welcome sign of Santa, but you’d better hope that those aren’t the steel toe boots of Brotha Lynch Hung. The legendary horrorcore pioneer brings his grimy rhymes to BackBar SoFa this week. If tales of disembowelment and cannibalism aren’t your thing, perhaps… » Read More

R.I.P. Johnny V’s: Downtown SJ Bar Closes Doors

ADIOS: Johnny V's is closing its doors. Photo by Alex Stover.

Multiple sources are reporting that downtown San Jose dive bar and music venue Johnny V’s is closing its doors permanently. The news came abruptly on Wednesday, Dec. 7. It appears that all live shows scheduled at the venue will not go forward. “Well folks, It’s official. Johnny V’s is closed as of today,” Benjamin… » Read More

Benefit Concert for Oakland Ghost Ship Fire

GHOST ORCHESTRA: A symphony performs inside The Ghost Ship. (Photo:

Roger Springall awoke this past Saturday to a missed call and strange voicemail, logged at 2:49am, from an unknown number. He was alarmed. He’d already learned of the deadly warehouse party fire in Oakland, which killed 36 late Friday night. “I have a 25-year-old son who lives in Oakland,” Springall says. His… » Read More

PHOTOS: Diplo Packs The Ritz

SOUNDSYSTEM: Diplo rocks  a packed house at The Ritz. Photo by Greg Ramar.

They say that a good DJ knows how to read a room. He knows what the crowd wants to hear before they know it themselves. A top-notch selector does more than simply match beats while stringing together a series of current hits and throwback jams. A truly great DJ blazes a path through… » Read More

Dead Heavens: ’70s psych grooves with a twist

REFORMED PUNKS: Much of the Dead Heavens crew has a background in early hardcore music.

Though the name might not ring a bell, fans of early East Coast hardcore will likely recognize at least some of the personnel behind New York rockers Dead Heavens. The group is composed of singer and guitarist Walter Schreifels, formerly of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today and Quicksand; guitarist Paul Kostabi of White… » Read More

Gemma Ray Plays Anno Domini Gallery

RADIANT: Berlin-based singer-songwriter Gemma Ray performs at Anno Domini next week.

Gemma Ray is one of those singer-songwriters whose saturated, soulful sound is at once eerily familiar and yet completely distinct from anything else in today’s pop music landscape. Pulling from a range of influences and sound textures—including Pink Floyd, ’60s girl groups and the musical scores of John Barry—Ray’s sonic palate is unquestionably… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Nov 30-Dec 6

SELECTAH: Major Lazer frontman and Mad Decent founder Diplo comes to The Ritz.

Hate him or love him, there’s little doubt that Diplo is one of the biggest names in electronic dance music right now. The Mad Decent founder, Skrillex and Bieber collaborator, and Major Lazer figurehead comes to both the SAP Center and The Ritz on the same night this week; Flux Pavilion leads… » Read More