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The Ageless Aggression of No Age

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Cafe Con Tequila Bring the Latin-ska Party to SJ

DOUBLE SHOT: Latin influences and a DIY approach have helped Cafe Con Tequila find success.

Eleven years ago, the ska scene in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles was nonexistent. And so, when drummer Francisco Rodriguez and guitarist Luis Fematt formed Cafe Con Tequila, they had few expectations. They just wanted to pay homage to the sounds of their youth. “We all grew up listening… » Read More

The Ageless Aggression of No Age

NOISY PUNKS: L.A. band No Age bring their clamorous guitar-and-drums rock to The Catalyst.

Ostensibly a noise rock band, No Age write surprisingly melodic songs that incorporate enough dissonance and non-traditional rock drumming to avoid falling comfortably into any real category. Punk? Not really. Noise? At times. Rock? Sure—there are guitar and drums, after all. But really, No Age is a band mostly defined by what… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Jan 17-20

ARTSY BEATS: Rey Resurreccion is just one of many local artists coming together for the SJMA's Third Thursday art and music event.

Join Rey Res, Cutso, Containher and many more great local musical acts at the San Jose Museum of Art for Soundscaping SJMA. The pioneer of the “ratchet” sound and architect of some of the biggest hip-hop hits of the last several years, DJ Mustard comes to Pure Lounge this Friday. And over… » Read More

Mercy High Keep Things Local on New EP

ZAETOWN ROCK: Fusing shoegaze and four-on-the-floor rock, San Jose scene veterans come together to form Mercy High. Photo by Greg Ramar.

For some creatives, San Jose can feel both claustrophobic and incestuous—like some backwater city in the middle of nowhere—and also impossibly sprawling, like any other faceless suburb. Not for Jafar Green. “It’s like a small town disguised as a big city,” the San Jose native says. “That’s what I kinda like about… » Read More

Kitty Castle Shut Down, Other DIY Venues at Risk

DIY DOWNER: In the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire, DIY venues are being demonized.

On a recent Saturday night during a relatively tame event, one of San Jose’s long-running DIY venues, Kitty Castle, was permanently shut down by the police. “Before this month, I had talked to the cops at least three other times,” says Stephanie Chang, who launched the venue in 2012, and has been… » Read More

San Jose’s Klank Celebrate New LP, ‘Rise’

POSITIVELY METAL: On ‘Rise,’ veteran industrial metalheads Klank embrace the good in life—along with brutal instrumentation.

Judging by the years-long gaps in Klank’s discography, one might presume that the San Jose-based industrial metal band prefers to take its time in the studio. But the truth is, until the tracking of the band’s forthcoming full-length album—Rise, their sixth—the guys from Klank were quite impatient. “This was probably the first… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Jan 11-17

SO HIGH: Matt Pike and High On Fire come to The Ritz this week.

Over the past year and a half, San Jose’s SoFA District has been steadily upping its live music game. More recently, the resurgent South First Street Area has overhauled two of its dance clubs with Aura and Avery. This weekend, Aura presents rising R&B singer Adrian Marcel, who releases his debut album,… » Read More