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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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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

Stream Lyrics Born’s New LP, ‘Real People’

Keeping It Real: ‘Real People’ honors the influence New Orleans music has played on Lyrics Born’s career

It’s fair to say that Lyrics Born (a.k.a. Tsutomu “Tom” Shimura) felt the cultural void when he left Berkeley for UC Davis in the early 1990s. A hip-hop head stranded in a rural college town, he made the most of his time by going on late night walks through campus with nothing but… » Read More

D-Sharp: The Official DJ Of The Warriors

Doctor (D)J: The official Golden State Warriors DJ, D-Sharp, keeps the crowd and players juiced with his selections.

Stephen Curry and Co. uncorked the roars at Oracle Arena on Sunday, putting on a clinic in three-pointers, breakaway dunks and timely thefts during the first game of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals. But, the energy of that victory wasn’t supplied solely by the men on the court and their adoring fans. Credit is… » Read More

All Time Low Bringing Pop Rock Anthems To San Jose

Guitar Heroes: All Time Low prove guitar-driven pop can still rule the airwaves.

Jack Barakat has just stepped off the plane when his tour manager, at the behest of his publicist, has instructed him to hop on a call to conduct yet another interview in a prolonged publicity campaign pushing his band’s new record. And yet, he is cordial—happy, even—to be talking to the press… » Read More