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'Classical Indie' Duo Dagmar Play Art Boutiki

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Fall Arts 2016: A Changing of the Guard

ART NOUVEAU: There's a new gang in town. Highly motivated and extremely creative, they are changing the face of the Silicon Valley arts and culture scene. Photo by Paul Tumason.

In decades past, five big arts groups dominated the Silicon Valley culture scene, slurping up the majority of public support and private donations, while dozens of much smaller organizations fought over the table scraps. With annual budgets that in better times passed the $5 million mark, Ballet San Jose, San Jose Rep,… » Read More

‘Altamont': Rock Journalist Pens In-Depth Chronicle of ‘Rock’s Darkest Day’

ROCK WRITER: Joel Selvin's new book dives deep on the Rolling Stones' disastrous free concert held at the East Bay race track.

The following is an excerpt from Joel Selvin’s new book, ‘Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day': Rock Scully had passed through Heathrow Airport in London many times before. Growing up as the stepson of a respected international scholar and journalist, Scully had spent years… » Read More

Zed: SJ Blues Metal Band Drop ‘Trouble in Eden’

ZED'S NOT DEAD: With ‘Trouble In Eden,’ San Jose rockers Zed prove they’ve got what it takes.

Boasting an audio arsenal of thunderous riffs, heavy grooves and powerful vocals, San Jose-based quartet Zed have been making a name for themselves in the Bay Area hard rock scene, and beyond, for nearly a decade now. The band showcased their formidable chops in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Friday at… » Read More

Hit List: Music, Art & Culture Aug 24-30

PRISONERS: Aussie rockabilly punks The Living End play The Ritz.

San Jose’s Pride celebration returns this weekend with a massive dance party and parade through downtown. Also, Australian rockabilly punks The Living End play The Ritz, San Jose pop punk outfit Callsign tears through a blistering set at Art Boutiki, Tower of Power bring their signature, horn-heavy sound to the final Music… » Read More

Explosions in the Sky Bring Excellent New Album, ‘The Wilderness,’ to The Mountain Winery

KAPOW: Austin post-rock band Explosions in the Sky play The Mountain Winery.

Explosions in the Sky’s new record, The Wilderness, is the band’s most critically acclaimed collection in years—and for good reason. According to Michael James, guitarist and bassist for the Austin post-rock outfit, the group approached the album with very deep intention, working hard to craft a subtler set of songs that would… » Read More

Michael Franti, Touring Behind New Record ‘Soulrocker,’ Plays Mountain Winery

'SOULROCKER' Michael Franti plays Mountain Winery.

For Michael Franti, the word “soulrocker” represents much more than just the title of his ninth studio album. In many ways, it also describes the role he’s played as a creative leader and positive force behind the genre-defying, signature sound of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a group that has promoted social and… » Read More

‘Classical Indie’ Duo Dagmar Play Art Boutiki

DIRTY DUO: The bubbly harmonies of Dagmar are reminiscent of Dirty Projectors and Björk.

Miranda Lee and Gemma Rose first sang together in a fifth grade choir in the tiny Iowa town of Fairfield. They went to different schools, so they didn’t reconnect until a mutual friend’s birthday party during college. There, they became instant, vocal soulmates over their shared passion for obscure harmonies. “I was… » Read More