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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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  • Friday, October 08, 2004

    Face-time with A-Yue and hip-hop with the Crown City Rockers

    I got a chance to talk to Taiwanese rebel rocker A-Yue at the Maxwell Hotel near Union Square before his concert last night at Slims in San Francisco.

    First thing he tells me when I see him is, "You're wearing make-up today!" I guess he noticed I don't usually wear any. :op

    During the interview, A-Yue was like a cartoon, squishing his face into silly expressions.

    The promotion crew took up two adjoining rooms on the third floor while the band took up the entire fourth floor. Only the people playing in the band, Free9, could come. Everyone else (make-up, hair, etc.) had trouble getting visas. The government only allowed those associated with the band to come, anybody else, they said, could possibly be hired here in the States.

    They brought 40-some pieces of luggage along with 6 or so guitars. "We hope we can make it through," said A-Yue's manager George Trivino, referring to A-Yue's penchant to throw his guitars during concerts.

    The concert was incredible. He sang with strains of
    Green Day, Rage Against The Machine and Jack Johnson. Then Taiwanese rapper MC Hotdog came on, and rhymed in Mandarin about growing up in Taiwan, even said "Put your hands in the air" in Mandarin. I've listened to SO many wack Asian rappers that it was sweet to hear one that made me proud.

    A song to check out:
    A Perfect Circle's rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine," which Channel 104.9 Program Director/Station Manager Johnny X describes as "very dark and hauntingly meaningful."

    This weekend, there's lot of good music, so ch-check it out...

    Tonight (10/8):

  • Positive alternative rockers Switchfoot @ the Warfield

  • G-love & Special Sauce (they discovered Jack Johnson) plus Slightly Stoopid @ the Catalyst Nightclub in Santa Cruz California

  • Saturday (10/9):
  • Punk pop band Slightly Stoopid @ The Grand At the Regency Center
  • Hip-hop collective Crown City Rockers @ Elbo Room

  • Sunday (10/10):
  • Indie pop band Badly Drawn Boy @ The Fillmore
  • Garage punk band The Mooney Suzuki @ the Catalyst Nightclub in Santa Cruz California


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