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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
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Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

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1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

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  • Wednesday, September 29, 2004

    Monkey martial arts

    Ch-check it out..

    My Norah Jones story prints today. Read how she enjoys doing interviews, because it enables her to talk over:

    "all this stuff, and all... I've done in the past couple years. I don't go around talking about that stuff with my friends. I try to not to think about it, actually. It's just too much to think about."

    Tonight ch-check out this amazing Tijuana ska band (no, I'm not kidding).

    WHAT:
    Los Kung Fu Monkeys
    WHERE:
    Bottom of the Hill
    WHEN: 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7) Tonight 9/29
    TIX: $10; all ages;
    ticketweb; (866)-468-3399
    WHY: Their name is curious enough and their sound makes you want to bounce frantically.

    24-year-old vocalist Bernardo Leos answered my questions in an email from Tijuana:
    WHY THE NAME?
    We needed a name for our first show, and I have always been in to martial arts (me being a Ni Dan {2nd Degree} black belt in karate), looking in to a martial arts magazine, and we put the name on our first flyer "Monkey Kung Fu" and people just started calling us "Los Kung Fu Monkeys" and it stayed.

    HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND AND HOW MUCH DOES COMING FROM TIJUANA INFLUENCE YOUR SOUND?
    Punk, ska, Hard Core, with other mixes of new wave, metal, goth, and a little bit of everyone's influences...We grew up listening to all the bands from the U.S., just being a border city with San Diego, going to shows over there, having shows over here with great punk bands like
    Vandals, Guttermouth, VGS, Union 13, Ten Foot Pole, Sick Of It All, Bad Religion, Total Chaos, Buck O Nine, just to mention a few when we where growing up had a lot of influence on our sound.

    A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR APPEAL AND YOUR PERSONALITIES?
    We are very sexy (joke), we are 8 people, we are all very different, it's hard to explain for them but personally I'm a person just trying to express frustrations, experiences and other situations on our music, and our live performance that is very intense every member pours his heart out every time we hit a stage, we are very passionate of what we do, and we try to interact with the audience, and make a part of Los KFM too.



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